It’s been a long holiday season and your hair might be feeling a little bit tired by now. For party after party, it had to be styled and treated. Come January it just wants to wave a white flag and give up, leaving you looking rather dowdy just as a sparkly new year stretches out before you. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, as we all want to look our best on the first week back at work. Shiny, full hair can really brighten your day and bring out your confidence.
If you are experiencing this problem the first thing you’ll likely do is rummage through the stores to try and find a product that will give your hair some pep. But what you need to know is, usually shop bought products that contain chemicals won’t do the trick. If you really want something from the store, always go for a natural product.
The best thing, by far, is to go for plain old homemade. It’s natural, safe, and totally lacking in any nasty chemicals. The only snag, we are always led to believe that anything homemade is messy to make and time-consuming.
It doesn’t have to be that way. A lot of hair care recipes are very easy to make and can last for up to two weeks. Here is a sure fire treatment to ‘pep up’ and revive your style back to its full, shiny self. It only takes five minutes to make as well!
The most important thing you need is a kitchen and a well-stocked spice rack.
- Cayenne Pepper
- Castor Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- You’ll also need some Tea!
Don’t just use any old tea. Getting the right tea to match your hair tint is crucial. This is about enhancing your natural hair color. For red heads add a red colored tea, for darker hairstyles use black tea, and blondes should use chamomile tea.
Here is how each of the herbs can benefit your hair:
Amla: Strengthens the hair and brings out its natural waviness. It also helps to speed up hair growth.
Rosemary: Makes hair healthier and adds shine.
Thyme: Helps bring out the hair’s natural color and is another health booster.
Cayenne pepper: Accelerates growth, and improves the fullness of damaged or thinning hair.
Castor oil: This is pure magic. It carries ricinoleic acid and also omega- 6 essential fatty acids. It accelerates blood circulation to the scalp and helps create length, thickness, and vitality.
Apple cider vinegar: relaxes and cleanses hair and scalp while also bringing strengthening properties.
Ginger: Another growth booster that helps to make hair glossy and soft while also working on reducing hair loss.
The tea is there to bring out your natural hair color a little more, as stated earlier. They also help to bond and strengthen the entire mixture.
So how do we create a hair mask out of these ingredients? Well, it’s simple, really.
Start by boiling some water. Then get out a reasonable sized bowl and pour in a small layer of the apple cider vinegar. Add a few pinches of all the other ingredients. When the water boils, pour it over the other ingredients and stir for a few minutes. Put a lid on the steaming mixture, or cover the bowl somehow. Leave it to brew for at least a few hours, preferably 24, then pour the mixture through a sieve into a sprayer or bottle. Apply it to your hair and scalp every night before bedtime, and before you wash it. Make a new mixture every two weeks to avoid it going sour.
It really is that simple!