Best Natural Hair Treatments

Sep 08, 10 Best Natural Hair Treatments

Considering the torture we submit our hair to on a daily basis, it’s kind of a surprise we have any left. Between the elements, the abrasive dyes to achieve the perfect color (not Tia’s Celia Cruz-inspired cherry red locks) and the heat from styling devices, hair can end up fried and lifeless. Sure there are tons of (synthetic and expensive) restorative treatments out there, but aside from burning a hole in your pocket they usually don’t live up to the hype.

Some even go as far as damaging your tresses further. Resulta peor el remedio que la enfermedad, as our parents might say. For a luxuriant mane, it’s best to rely on natural products. They’re cheap, easy to come by and deliver results:

  • The properties of coconut oil are renowned the world over. From India to the Caribbean to Polynesia, women from all over the globe have been using this miracle treatment for centuries. It is scientifically proven to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft and nourish it, breathing new life into dry and brittle strands. It also adds moisture and a lustrous shine. You can apply it directly to damp hair and leave for an hour, or you can add a large tablespoon to your bottle of conditioner.
  • You should know by now that avocados are chock-full of nutrients, especially vitamin E. They’re also rich in vitamins A, D and B6, magnesium, copper, amino acids, folic acid and lecithin, all of which are essential for hair growth and nourishment. They also contain a natural sunscreen that helps protect hair from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. You can prepare an avocado mask or apply warm avocado oil directly to hair.
  • Honey is a favorite of beauty experts. Why? Because it nourishes, moisturizes and promotes hair growth. You can make your own conditioning treatment by mixing 3 to 6 tablespoons of honey (depending on length of hair), 1 to 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Geranium, lavender and sandalwood are recommended.

Treat your hair to one of these treatments every once in a while. They will help undo the damage from curling, ironing, straightening, coloring, blow-drying, sun exposure and serving as your sobrina’s life-size Totally Hair Styling Barbie.

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