Kitchen Aids

Money looking funny? I think that's a common problem with almost everyone now a days and one of the first things we tend to sacrifice are hair products. At least I know that I do. But just because that $20 bottle of Nexxus Emergencee is no longer on the list of "can't do without products" doesn't mean you have to sacrifice. Believe it or not there are at least 5 products right in your kitchen that can provide you the same benefits of some of the chic (est) products on the market-sans the fancy bottle and pricey tags.

Olive Oil
Olive Oil is perhaps my favorite because it has so many useful benefits. It can be used as an conditioner, hot oil treatment, moisturizer, and the list goes on an on.

How to use it?

(1) Enjoy a deep conditioner by adding it your favorite conditioner and sit under a dryer for 20 minutes.
(2) Warm the Olive Oil and apply it as a hot oil treatment. Wrap your hair with a hot towel or sit under the dryer.
(3) Add it to Aloe Vera Gel to make your own styling product.

Eggs can be applied to the hair as a protein conditioner. Eggs adds strength, aids in breakage, and repairs damaged hair. Egg masks can provide the same benefits of more expensive protein treatments like Aphogee or Nexxus Emergencee.

How to use it?
Crack an egg and mix together in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil and blend well. Apply to the hair and cover with a plastic cap. Rinse. This can be repeated every 2 weeks but I recommend once a month.

Like eggs, mayonnaise is an excellent source for protein. However, mayonnaise has other substances such as soybean oil that aids in providing moisture which makes mayo a super conditioner. Since mayo contains eggs, vinegar, and oil-it gives the benefits of using all three products. Unfortunately, mayo is not the most pleasant smelling product, but the smell goes away once the hair dries.

How to use it?
Apply a generous amount of mayonnaise on your hair, cover with cap and leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse, shampoo, and style as usual.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) cleanses the hair and scalp by removing residue and build up on the hair. ACV rinses helps to balance the pH of the hair. It also aids in adding shine and softening the hair shaft. I must warn this is not a smelly good process, but the vinegar smell rinses out well so you shouldn't experience sour hair. lol.

How to use it?

Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 quart water. I use a squirt bottle to apply to my hair, but the mixture can just be poured over the hair. Gently massage into scalp. Rinse Well. I substitute ACV for regular shampoo but it can also be used as a final rinse after shampoo.

Honey acts as a natural humectant. Humectants attract and retain moisture in the hair creating a wonderful treatment for dry and damaged hair. Honey can be used as a deep conditioning treatment by adding to your favorite conditioner or alone. Please note that honey can be sticky, so the use of oil will help it glide easily through the hair.

How to use it?
(1) As a deep conditioner, add a teaspoon of honey and oil to your conditioner, cover with cap and sit under dryer for 20 to 30 minutes.
(2) To add sheen, apply to wet hair, cover with cap for 20 minutes

What are some of your kitchen secret weapons? Please share...
7 Responses:

Plain yogurt, dried herbs (sage, thyme, basil, rosemary) added to homemade oil blends, and teas (black, green, chamomile) for hair rinses.

I really love using the eggs, honey and mayo mix. I did a vinegar rinse awhile ago and I hate the smell, but I dont mind trying it again.

I prepoo once a week and since I don't like chemicals on my natural type 4 I always mix my own. Lately I have been doing two tbsp of mayo, half an avacado, two tbsp of olive oil, one tbsp of honey, one tablespoon of vinegar, and half cup of the thick creamy part of coconut milk when it seperates. Mix it all up and apply to dry hair. Let it hang out for 30 to 45 minutes. Then wash and condition as usual. My hair has been quite happy with this. This week I am going to try the famed coconut milk with lime juice. It's supposed to be really good for softening and stretching out hair. I'm skeptical but curious enough to give it a try.

I did mayo, honey and olive oil overnight and it worked like a dream. Honestly I have tried many products and nothing works as well as mayo. I would suggest co-washing afterwards instead of shampoo unless its a natural shampoo. Otherwise it will strip your hair of all the moisture that you just put in. And she is right the mayo smell does not go away until your hair is completely dry.

for the ACV treatment-if you use it instead of a shampoo can or should you still condition your hair afterwards?

@ Tee-Tee,

Yes, condition as usual.

wow, what a great compilation of natural recipes! the only thing i can add that hasn't been mentioned yet is using castor oil. it really does thicken your hair! i put some on my ends at night, and it is completely absorbed by morning. if i'm shampooing the next day, i'll use a lot more oil and wear a plastic cap, so i can get a deep pre-poo overnight treatment. you can get a small bottle for around $2 at the pharmacy, or "splurge" and get a bigger one for $8 at a health food store. it lasts a loooooong time and is totally worth it.

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