Do you wish you could have that perfect hair day every day? If you are like me, you have “great” hair days, but more often have the “not so great” hair days. It feels great to have that salon great hair look. Searching the internet for great hair tips turns up a ton of product for sale and quite a few blogs about how you can use natural ingredients found right in your kitchen. It all sounds great, but I never am sure which product or treatment will actually work. I decided to choose the five most promising natural hair treatments and put one to the test every week. Here are my results of my five week experiment.
1. Baking Soda is credited with the softening effects of an alkaline wash as well as the ability to add volume by reducing product build up. The Method recommended is to mix 1/4-1/2 cup baking soda with enough water to make a paste and apply to wet hair. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing. The Result was good. I would recommend this treatment as a once a month clarifying routine.
2. Egg Yolk is known to add shine and boost hair strength. The Method recommended is to mix 3-4 egg yolks in a bowl and apply to dry hair. Leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing with a light shampoo. The Result was very good. You could repeat as often as once a week.
3. Coconut oil is so popular right now. It is said to penetrate the hair for a deep condition and repair. The Method recommended is to apply liberally to dry hair. Leave for 15 minutes before blow drying. Follow treatment with a full wash and condition. The Result was ok. It was hard to remove completely and it left my hair quite oily looking at the ends. A result similar to an olive oil treatment. I would recommend if your hair is dry and damaged.
4. Honey is said to condition and soften the hair. The Method recommended is to apply liberally to wet hair. Leave for 20 minutes and follow with a regular shampoo. The Result was good. My hair was softer, but not dramatically. I would rather recommend adding a teaspoon to your shampoo regularly if you want a subtle hair improvement.
5. Cinnamon has been used to stimulate hair growth and add an overall shine. The Method recommended is to combine 1/4 cup olive oil with a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and apply liberally to the scalp and gently massage it in. Leave for 10-15 minutes before a full wash and condition. The Result was good. I didn’t like how difficult it was to wash out. I would recommend mixing cinnamon into your shampoo for those with thinner hair. The olive oil is likely too greasy for thinner hair.
My favorite overall natural hair treatment was the egg yolk. Great lasting results! For each test, I chose not to combine them (except for the cinnamon), so that I could know for sure what effects the individual ingredient was having on my hair. In the future I would mix it up for better results. For example, I would use banana, avocado, mayonaise or apple cider vinegar in combinations that work toward a desired result. My next project will be to determine what the best hair masks are for the top five hair woes. Stay tuned!