Shampoos and conditioners, whether conventional or eco-friendly, don't need to come from a bottle with a pretty label. Store-bought shampoos and conditioners are laden with chemicals that pose serious health and environmental risks. Even eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners have a downside—they have to be manufactured and transported for sale. So, instead of paying more for products that you don't really need, EnviroCitizen.org suggests that you take a quick trip to your kitchen! Natural products, such as food items, are much healthier for your hair! Many environmentalists believe that natural ingredients are always better than synthetic ones. Shampoos and conditioners are no exception to this rule.
- To replenish dry hair, try using avocados. Mash it up, then massage the avocado into your hair, leaving it on for about twenty minutes. Rinse the avocado out with warm water and you'll be left with hydrated, healthy hair.
- Coconut oil is also a great way to replenish dry hair. Massage coconut oil into your hair and leave it on for up to a couple hours. Wash your hair thoroughly and you'll have very silky, soft, hydrated hair.
- An egg is also a great hydrating ingredient. Whisk a few eggs together and massage it into your hair. The rich proteins and fats in the eggs will enhance hair growth, treat thinning hair and heal split ends. Leave the eggs in your hair for about ten minutes then wash it out.
- For cleaning your hair, vinegar is great! Considered the all-in-one cleaner, vinegar does a great job removing scaly build-up and residue while sealing hair cuticles to make hair stronger. The standard recipe for shampoo is one teaspoon of vinegar (apple cider vinegar seems to be the favorite) to one cup water. The colder the water, the shinier your hair will be. You can also add essential oils. Essential oils are great to add to your kitchen-based shampoos and conditioners because they can work wonders on any problem.
- Essential oils: Lavender heals dry hair, geranium heals damaged hair, and chamomile works great on keeping natural blonde hair bright and shiny. Sage and rose oils help to keep gray hair bright and shiny, juniper stops hair loss and eucalyptus and tea tree oils help to prevent and treat dandruff.
If you want an even more invigorating shampoo and conditioner duo, EnviroCitizen.org suggests you grab some baking soda and vinegar. Mix a handful of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Rub and massage it into drenching wet roots and scalp. Then, pour a mixture of vinegar (one teaspoon vinegar to one cup of water) onto your hair to rinse. This is quite an invigorating experience and leaves hair incredibly cleansed and vibrant!
Next time you want to treat you hair to a little therapy, take a trip to your kitchen—the best in-home salon you'll ever find!