Why go through the hassle of buying expensive hair products that are not transparent about their composition when it is so easy to make homemade natural masks with everyday ingredients? Just like with household products or cosmetics, you actually have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards to make your own 100% homemade hair mask. Do you want to embark on a slow-moving approach to cosmetics or simply reduce the chemicals in your beauty routine? Here are the ingredients that will sublimate your hair.
Coconut oil to moisturize, nourish and protect
If coconut oil’s reputation in cooking is so well established, did you know that it can be an essential ingredient in your hair routine? Rich in lauric acid – a saturated fatty acid also found in breast milk – this vegetable oil has a strong emollient power which means it deeply penetrates hair, nourishing and hydrating it. It also has a good reputation for stimulating the proteins found in the hair fibres. So the hair becomes stronger and shinier.
In addition, thanks to its film-forming effect that acts as a protective veil, coconut oil is an effective ingredient in reducing the effect of external aggressions experienced by the hair fiber (hair dryer, pollution, UV rays). But what makes it particularly essential is that it is suitable for all hair types, provided you adapt to the frequency of use. If your hair is dry and brittle, it is recommended to do a coconut oil mask at least once a week. Otherwise, a mask every two weeks is enough.
Egg yolk, a multi-synergistic ingredient
Sometimes considered the miracle ingredient in homemade cosmetics, the egg is the most faithful ally for healthy hair. It is rich in vitamins A, B8, B9 and E which give it wonderful properties. Specifically formulated for dry and brittle hair, it restructures and gives it a real boost. Egg yolk, applied locally to the scalp, is also effective in stimulating hair growth and strengthening hair.
Another advantage of eggs is their synergy with other edible products in your kitchen that you can use as a mask. For dull hair, just mix egg yolk with yogurt. If your hair is oily or mixed, replace the yogurt with a few drops of lemon. And if you really want to nourish it deeply, add 2 tablespoons of honey and a drizzle of olive oil to your egg for a refreshing homemade mask from roots to ends. As you understand, eggs have benefits that will make the most popular hair products on the market pale, provided you feel comfortable with their scent. Practically speaking, there is nothing dramatic if you add a few drops of essential oils.
Flaxseed gel: the new keratin?
Popular among beauty and social media influencers, flax gel is undoubtedly the all-natural, vegan-friendly, zero-waste treatment that everyone craves. But what is it concretely? Well, flax jelly is obtained from flax seeds that are heated on low heat with water in a saucepan. The glue gives it a sticky and elastic texture, and is easy to apply to the hair.
In terms of effect, flaxseed gel is rich in vitamins B and E and has much the same properties as aloe vera. Moisturizes, nourishes, repairs and gives shine. A little advantage is that it’s also great at taming frizz and redefining curls, making it an ideal ingredient for frizzy hair. In addition to making good home masks, flax gel can replace dry shampoo. Just apply a small amount to remove excess oil and give your hair a light bounce between two washes.
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