Let’s face it, everyone’s hair gets a little dull and damaged from time to time. There are far too many reasons that cause hair to dry out - Whether it’s taking too many dips in the pool during the summers, or exposing your hair to the cold air in winter, our hair does go through a lot. While taking professional help to bring back damaged tresses to life should definitely be on the cards, there are certain kitchen ingredients that prove to be much easier (and cheaper) options.
Using ingredients from your pantry is not only convenient, but it also gives you amazing results if used continuously over a period of time. We’ve rounded up five kitchen staples that can be whipped up to make amazing hair care treatments to banish dry and frizzy hair once and for all.
Yes, butter does taste amazing with bread, but the rich and creamy texture can add some softness and moisture to your hair as well. Studies show that butter is a great way to protect hair from sun damage and has been widely used by women in Ethiopia. If you have curly hair, using butter will help enhance your natural texture along with adding oodles of moisture and shine.
To use: Take a few spoons of room-temperature butter and rub it into your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for an hour. Then wash your hair as you normally would.
Raw egg is one of the best ingredients to revitalize dry and damaged hair. The egg yolk is rich in fats and proteins and acts as a natural moisturiser, while the egg white contains bacteria-eating enzymes and helps in removing unwanted oils.
To use: Take half a cup of egg yolk, add a little water and whisk it until it forms a fluffy mixture. Apply it to clean, damp hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (this is important to prevent the egg from cooking) and shampoo hair.
If you have dull, dry and damaged hair due to an over-use of styling tools, then yoghurt is a great way to reverse this damage. Yoghurt is a rich source of lactic acid that gently strips away dirt, while the milk fat moisturises your strands.
To use: Massage 1/2 cup plain yoghurt into damp hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then follow it up with cold water and then shampoo your hair as usual.
Avocado contains oils that mimic the natural oil produced by your scalp. It is enriched with minerals, vitamins and proteins that help repair damage and replenish dry hair. Rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and biotin, avocados boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair.
To use: Finely mash half an avocado and massage it into your scalp. Wash it off after 15 minutes.
Nothing eats through product build-up like baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks acids to remove excess oil and restore shine. It closes the hair cuticles as it is alkaline in nature. Dry hair attracts a lot of dirt and thorough cleansing is necessary to maintain its health.
To use: Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda with small amounts of water to form a thick paste. Massage baking soda into damp hair. Wash off after 15 minutes with shampoo and water.