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Sunday, January 23, 2011

HoMe ReMeDies’ to treat WiNtEr HaiR: homemaker

HoMe ReMeDies’  to treat WiNtEr HaiR
I had my hair done at a new place, and asked for the summer blonde to be taken out. The result is a color I do not care for and hair in need of a good conditioning; so I have been researching in the hair care "on the cheap." My budget and husband are thanking me. Give these a try, they are all fabulous!
Why does the winter seem to dry out our hair?
The winter brings dry hair with its presence. Dry heat pumped into our homes equals’ dry hair. Hair hydrating conditioner treatments can become costly. Try these homemade conditioners straight out of you kitchen cabinets!
The HoNey HuMectanT:
Honey and molasses are both natural humectants, meaning they attract and hold on to moisture. They are also excellent ingredients to use in creating your own conditioning hair pack to help combat dry winter hair. (Yield: 4.5 ounces)
1/2 cup honey or molasses
1 tablespoon almond oil

4 drops of essential oil of lavender
Stir the honey and oil together until well mixed. Then apply the entire mixture to clean, damp hair and massage into your strands and scalp. Put on a shower cap or cover your hair with plastic wrap and leave the treatment on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Luster YOGURT isn’t Just for Eating:   
This is a great conditioning hair mask for repairing dry, damaged hair especially during the winter months. It will help revive lackluster hair, from your scalp to the ends of your hair. (Yield: 5 ounces)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoon light olive oil
2 to 4 drops essential oil of peppermint
1 to 2 drops essential oil of rosemary
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until you have a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair and massage into your hair and scalp. Put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in an old towel and leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then rinse well with warm water and style as usual.
AvOcAdos Anyone?

Avocados are rich in oil, protein, B vitamins and vitamin A, and they are super-hydrating to dry, damaged hair. They contain more protein than any other fruit, and their abundant natural oil will coat your hair and form a protective barrier, keeping your locks well hydrated, soft and flexible. (Yield: 2 ounces)
1 ripe avocado, mashed
2 tablespoons sour cream
Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 drops of essential oil of lemon
Stir all of the ingredients together until you have a smooth paste, using a fork or blender. Apply the entire mixture to your head and massage it into your hair and scalp. Wrap hair in a warm towel or put on a shower cap and leave the treatment on for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water, then shampoo as usual. 
The UltiMaTe RoYaL TreAtMenT:Use this conditioner once a week during the winter to keep your hair soft, radiant and flexible. It contains three natural oils that are effective in treating dry hair and easily found at your local grocery or natural food store. (Yield: 2 ounces) 
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon olive oil

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 drops of essential oil of lemon
Mix all the ingredients together and stir thoroughly. Massage into your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or use a shower cap and leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse well.
EggS Ain’t Just for Breakfast!
Using fresh eggs to nourish and condition your hair is a classic beauty treatment -- you may remember your grandmother doing this, it is a classic! The protein and lecithin contained in eggs keep your hair soft and smooth. (Yield: 3 ounces)
1/4 cup water
1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 drops of essential oil of lemon

Mix together all of the ingredients and stir well. Shampoo your hair as usual and massage the conditioner into your hair. Leave on for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water -- but not too hot or you could end up with bits of cooked egg in your hair! Follow with a cool rinse and style as usual.
Give these remedies a try and see if it adds some luster to your hair. Your budget is better used on a new pair of shoes anyway. ;-D

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