by Aarti Kapur Singh
Solve your winter or all season hair problem with these magical homemade DIY hair masks!
Curling rods, irons, dryers, color, your hair take so much every day. And we are not mentioning the vagaries of the changing seasons and the havoc that dust, pollution and wind have on our hair. While hair health, like skin health, depends on our daily eating habits as well as nutritional intake, there is lot of tender love and care that you can give your crowning glory. The fridge, pantry, your fruit basket and kitchen shelves are full of really good ingredients that can make up topical nourishment for your hair. Constant itching, chronic hair loss, dryness, frizz, dandruff or lifeless and dull hair – there is a hair mask for each of these troublesome hair issues. On a daily basis, it may seem like a chore, but if it means a head full of healthy hair, we are sure you would definitely not mind the little effort into caring for your hair.
1. For itchy scalp and dandruff: Mix two tablespoons of flax seed oil (alsi ka tel) with one teaspoon of sugar and massage it into the scalp. Let the oil sit in your hair for 30 minutes. In the meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 30 ml water in a spray bottle. Wash your hair with shampoo but don’t use conditioner. Spritz the vinegar-water mixture on damp scalp, separating your hair into sections. After an hour, just rinse it out thoroughly.
2. For dry hair: Mix half an avocado with two egg yolks, one tablespoon each of honey and olive oil and apply to hair. Wrap hair in a bun and shampoo after 30 minutes. Take care to use only lukewarm and not hot water or else the egg will cook in your hair.
3. For dull and chemically treated hair: The perfect use for over-ripe pumpkins is to use them to enliven your hair. Pumpkins have lots of amazing benefits – they’re rich in Vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, natural humectants, to one cup of pumpkin puree and pack as much as you can onto your hair and scalp. You’ll have to wrap your hair to keep the mask in place. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then shampoo. Feel free to apply to your face as well!4. For frizzy hair: Mash an over-ripe banana with either a medium sized avocado or a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to clean, towel-dried hair and wash with a mild shampoo after an hour. Do take care to use a thick paper towel to catch the chunky pieces so your drain does not clog.5. For brittle hair: In the winters and monsoons, hair becomes prone to breakage. Chemical treatments also make hair brittle. To make them stronger, this mask is ideal. Blend an over-ripe banana with two tablespoons of yogurt and a tablespoon of jojoba oil. Massage onto clean hair and let it sit for an hour before shampooing off. If you can wrap a hot towel around your head after applying the mask, even better.6. For sparse or thinning hair: This sounds odd, but it’s really helpful to feed onions to your hair if it is thinning. You just need to juice a small one, add two teaspoons on honey and apply the mixture all over your hair or just to the spots that look thin. Leave it on overnight, and try to avoid covering it (although you can cover your pillow). The pungent aroma will be slightly improved by the honey – but it’s a small price to pay for the results you will see in a month – if you do this treatment twice a week. But if the smell bothers you, you can add a few drops of lavender or cedar wood oil to the mixture.
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