Have you ever bought a beautiful hair accessory only to find that it loses its luster on dull or damaged hair? Well I sure have and it compelled me to research the good old fashioned hair treatments that left our hair soft, shiny, silky and stylish. I remember those days so well, but for the younger set they may seem strange and unusual. Let’s take a look and learn.
Many women are shoes or a handbag collectors, my weakness is good quality hair accessories. For one very special occasion I purchased this beautiful, quality hair clip, adorned in gold and with yellow heart shaped crystals. All dressed up in my beautiful black cocktail dress and feeling sure to be the bell of the ball, I was devastated when I carefully placed my lovely hair adornment into my stylish up-do only to find that once placed, it looked totally washed up against my flat, lifeless, and dull hair. My beautiful and stylish look was suddenly blahh…… And my confidence went south!
So began my research to find the best, the most natural, hair treatments to help restore my hair back to life and liberty. My hair accessories demanded it!
I started with the usual new products that promised to make my hair shiny and silky, just like the girl in the commercial whose hair spun like strands of pure silk. Some of these products did a very nice job but I needed more so I looked back in time, for the sake of my damaged, dull hair.
When I was a teenager, back in the 70s, we would regularly use rain water that we collected in a bucket, to wash and rinse our hair; we would use essential oils, vinegar, beer and I even used eggs as hair care treatments that improve my hair’s condition and made it shine. Okay, eggs were my own invention I swear! But they are now known for their ability to soften and smooth hair. Let’s look at some of those homemade and slightly bizarre, but very effective hair treatments.
Beer has Vitamin B and natural sugars which are great for body and shine. Beer also makes a wonderful styling lotion. The ingredients in beer will coat the hair and help repair damage.
A warm rinse once every few weeks with flat, warm beer is very effective as it tightens the hair cuticle. Apple cider vinegar can also be added or used alone, with warm water, and for darker hair, a few drops of essential rosemary oil is a great hair highlighter; for blond to light brown hair you can use olive or Jojoba oil.
To use beer as a styling lotion, put flat beer into a spray bottle, spray and style.
Once a month I use my own recipe for deep conditioning:
Mix 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil with 5 drops of essential rosemary oil, 7 drops of essential lavender oil in a small dish. Warm for a few seconds in the microwave and work through dry hair with your fingers until well coated. Cover with shower cap and a pre-heated towel. I will change towels about 3 times to keep the warmth in for around 20 minutes. Shampoo as normal and follow with a beer or vinegar/water rinse.
There are many ways to use eggs as a hair treatment and egg is a wonderful beauty treatment to make hair soft and smooth.
Egg yolks, whole eggs or the whites alone can be mixed with many other ingredients such as honey, cucumber, yogurt, walnut oil or lime peel and then left in the hair for around 10 minutes, or until totally dry on your hair and scalp, then rinse completely.
Anyone allergic to eggs should not use the egg hair treatments.
Remember, good quality hair accessories deserve hair that will set them off like diamonds in the night sky. Do yourself and your hair a favor; try some old-fashioned, chemical free hair treatments and be the bell of the ball. A little online research will lead to many great natural hair care remedies.