Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Homemade Hair Treatments

I'm all into hair lately and I know a lot of edible stuff can be found in the kitchen that are also good for hair care. Like eggs, baking soda, lemon, olive oil, avocado, yogurt, cornstarch, honey, mayonnaise etc. There's a bunch of recipes on the internet, so why not try it out? And I did. I tried two of them and they both sucked. 

The first one I tried was the (homemade) apple cider vinegar recipe. It's supposed to remove the residue from the product buildup and work as a detangler. It's also described as a hair softener or a natural conditioner. Yeah, right. 
I mixed one part of vinegar with one part of water and applied it to my hair after shampooing and rinsing. My scalp didn't like it as much as I thought it would. It burned! I know our vinegar is quite strong, but I did dilute it... Anyways, I rinsed the vinegar after a couple of minutes and since my hair didn't feel right or soft enough, I decided to use conditioner as well. After I dried my hair, I could still smell the vinegar and my hair looked kind of damaged. The lower parts of my hair felt dry and didn't look that good - they usually look OK, so I guess it was vinegar's fault. If I count the burning of my scalp, the scent and the look of my hair, I'd never use it again - or maybe if I diluted it in a massive amount of water. The only good side of my apple cider vinegar experiment was that my hair didn't get greasy as fast as usual. 

My scalp gets greasy quite fast, but my ends are rather dry. That's why I decided to try the olive oil and honey hair mask recipe. I though olive oil and honey will give me the moisture my hair needs, but I got something else - nausea. I mixed 3 spoons of olive oil and 1 spoon of honey and heated it up (just a little) in a microwave. Warm oil is supposed to work better. I applied the mask to dry hair, wrapped them in some plastic and left it on for 45 minutes. The smell of warmed up olive oil almost made me hurl and I couldn't wait for the time to pass so I could wash my hair. Then I rinsed the mask off and shampooed my hair like I usually do. My hair didn't feel better after this mask. My scalp just got extra greasy after one day. And I didn't even use the mask on my scalp. Eh, the hell with it. My conditioner works and smells much better than this. Plus it comes in a tube so I don't have to mix it up... I give up! 

Maybe, just maybe I might give beer a chance. If I end up with a beer hair scent I won't hate it as much as I did with the treatments mentioned above. =) 

My hair is completely happy with my Balea conditioners, a nourishing mask every once in a while and hair oils. Today I used my Wildrosen Öl from Müller and now my hair smells like roses. Love it!

Do you use any homemade hair treatments? What are they and what do you think of them?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

27 comments:

  1. I've tried the mayonnaise mask before. I don't know how much it did to my hair, but it did make it super soft.

    I also use coconut oil usually once or twice a week ask an overnight mask and love what it does to my hair!

    Actually, come to think of it, I've rinsed my hair with beer before, and I think it just added a lot of shine. But I think that's what its supposed to do.

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    1. Coconut oil sounds good. I'm only gonna apply stuff that smells good to my hair from now on. =)

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  2. Probaj kokosovo olje. Meni res pomaga! Toplega nanesm na lase, pustim cez noc in ko jih zjutraj operem so svilnati in se skoraj ne vozlajo vec.

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    1. Katerega pa imaš in kje ga kupuješ? Hvala! =)

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  3. Hi there!
    I must say I've always suspected these homemade stuff wouldn't work, so the only things I did try were super simple stuff as rinsing your hair with a mint infusion, for brightness, or camomile infusion, to sooth the scalp. That's all. Other than that, I'd rather stick to the regular manufactured products and avoid nasty experiences as the ones you described. Hehehe... Specially because I'm quite sensitive with smells. ;o)

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    1. Well, I'm not saying it doesn't work, it just doesn't work for me. All those scents still make me sick just from remembering. =D

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  4. No don't give up! ;) I haven't used schampoo or conditioner in almost 6 months and I'm never going back if I can help it. I wash my hair with olive soap and then rinse it with apple cider vinegar but 1 part vinegar and 9 parts water. I'm guessing that's why it burned for you. I also do hair masks every other or third week with different oils that I let sit in my lengths for a couple of hours. Coconut oil smells really nice :)

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    1. Where could I get such olive soap? I've really wanted to try more natural remedies for my hair and body so I'm just curious.

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    2. Never heard of such olive soap... Sounds interesting though.

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  5. Tudi jaz imam slabe izkušnje s temi home-made zadevami. Enkrat sem si naredila masko iz banane, olivnega olja, medu in enega jajca. Groznooo, da ne govorim kako je smrdelo. Ampak kolegice so me prepričevale, da reeees lepo nahrani lase. FUJ. Mislim, da so lasje veliko lepši, ko uporabim balzam:)

    Drugače pa prisegam na kokosovo olje (npr. 1x na mesec)... nanesem po celi glavi in vmasiram v lasišče. Res pa je, da imam že naslednji dan glavo pripravljeno za pranje (ker je pač to le olje in kljub pranju še vedno verjetno nekaj ostane).... Lasje (vsaj konice) so pa res nahranjene. :)

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    1. Phehehe, si kar predstavljam koščke banane v laseh. =D Bi me potem še kakšni ptiči preganjali naokoli. Očitno si bom morala res nabaviti kokosovo olje, ko ga že vse omenjate. =) Katerega uporabljaš ti?

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  6. I think your vinegar rinse was far too strong, afaik you should only use one or two spoons on 2l of water.
    I don't really mix treatments for my hair, but I use some drops of oil (real oil, like jojoba, almond or coconut, not what the hair salons sell as "oil", even if it's mostly silicone) in my damp hair after washing (keep far away from the scalp, it looks greasy otherwise)

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    1. It crossed my mind too. I got the recipe somewhere on the internet, so I didn't really knew what I was doing. I'll try to mix it with more water and see what happens.

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  7. "so why not try it out? And I did. I tried two of them and they both sucked" hehehe, zato se ne lotevam takih reči. :D
    Edino "peeling" mi kar OK paše (olivno olje + sladkor). Imam zelo podobno situacijo kot ti, lasišče se mi hitro zmasti, konice so pa vedno bolj suhe. o.O

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    1. Predvidevam, da je to piling za kožo in ne lasišče. Imam prav? Očitno mi te 'homemade' zadeve enostavno niso usojene. Aspirinova maska mi je skurila kožo, po teh lasnih pripravkih me je pa še dokončno minilo vsakršno eksperimentiranje.

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  8. I don't mess up with my hair because I just love my regular conditioner so much:) but I quite enjoy these homemade masks for the face..you just can't go wrong with cucumber! :)

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    1. Totally agree with the cucumber thing. It's a moisture bomb.

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  9. I've read a review regarding the beer using as a homemade hair treatment. They said it was a myth and it won't have any good effect, in fact, it would only dry your hair. Also, your hair will smell like a beer that's why it's a No No to use it. Anyway, I've used coconut milk on my hair before because they said that it would make your hair smoother, but it didn't. In fact, it just made my hair greasier and stickier. Ugh, such a waste of time. Isn't it? Hope that you'll be able to find the right homemade hair treatment for you.

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    1. I think I won't mess with it anymore. It's not worth the time... My shampoo and conditioner work great. =)

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  10. Sorry to hear your experiments didn´t go so well! I´ve used vinegar/water mix with about 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water (poured on the head from a soda bottle and then massaged before rinsing off). It brings a nice shine without leaving them feel heavy like conditioners do. I´ve also done coconutcream-masks back when I used to dye my hair :)

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    1. My mix of water and vinegar was clearly too strong. I might try it again and dilute it in a larger amount of water.

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  11. Hehe, jaz sem se od šamponov in balzamov poslovila že avgusta lani in jih zamenjala s sodo in jabolčnim kisom. Soda mi pomaga, da se lasje ne zmastijo tako hitro, kis pa jih naredi mehke. Je pa res, da uporabim le kako žlico kisa in zmešam z veliiiiko vode, zlijem pa le po laseh, ne lasišču. Tako se izognem neprijetnemu vonju, pa še peče nič ne:) Edino kar pogrešam je vonj po šamponu:) No-poo ftw!:D

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    1. A? Potem sploh ne uporabljaš šampona? Jaz bi se bala, da bi lasje/lasišče delovali umazano. Zame še šampon ni dosti, če ne naredi veeeeeliiiiko pene. Vem, da to ni najbolj zdravo...

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    2. Ko mi je poleti znanec povedal, da si lase umiva samo z vodo, sem samo zazijala. Kako, a niso nič mastni, umazani? In sem šla z roko skozi njegove lase...Mehki! Lepi, sijoči:) Ne moreš verjeti, če ne vidiš sam. Povedal je, da je imel prve tri tedne neverjetno mastne lase, potem pa se je lasišče navadilo na nov režim in od tedaj po svetu hodi z lasmi, ki bi mu jih zavidale vse mi tukaj:) No, meni se je tole 3-tedensko mastenje las gravžalo, zato sem po internetu pobrskala za druge načine umivanja las brez šampona. S sodo in kisom so moji lasje lepi, mehki, brez prhljaja in vozlanja, se ne zmastijo tako hitro. In niso umazani:) Včasih si lase umijem samo enkrat na teden, ker pač niso mastni. Po šamponiranju sem imela prvi dan vedno take "frizzy" lase in se je frizura lepo "usedla" šele drugi dan, zdaj pa so lepo ravni in lahki takoj ko si jih posušim. Tudi razne gele in lake soda izpere. In še to: v Eurospinu dobim 1/2kg sobe bikarbone za 0,5€, tako da se mi tudi cenovno bolj izplača kot šamponi:) Edino kar manjka, je lep vonj, zato bo treba poiskat še kakšen naravni dišeći sprej za lase:) Jaz ne morem prehvalit sode in kisa, res punce, malo si preberite na internetu kaj teli šamponi in balzami pravzaprav delajo vašim lasem in lasišču...Res je, da je treba s sodo malo poizkušati, da najdeš pravo razmerje za svoje lasišče, ampak je vredno. Sori, ker sem se tako razpisala:) Lp punce!:)

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  12. I experimented with a rinse of catnip tea (partly because I hoped it would work, and partly because it was funny). It didn't do any harm, but I'm not it did much of anything. I'm now silicone-free and use broccoli seed oil (as I would a serum). It's really great, I can't recommend it enough - it's light but you only need to use a little, and it really works!

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    1. Never heard of broccoli seed oil before. I was thinking of going silicone-free, but can't really see why. My favorite hair conditioner has silicones in it and I love the way my hair feels when I use it.

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  13. I have tried the beer one it works fine I like it if your rinse it well you wont smell like a drunky

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