Natural beauty is big news. Instead of spending a small fortune on elixirs, masks, conditioners and serums, there are products you probably have in your kitchen pantry and fridge right this very minute that have incredible skin and hair benefits. In addition to saving you real money, these ingredients will also help you treat your biggest beauty concerns without potentially harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.
Molly Leahy, bridal hair and makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston, provides the following quick reference guide for common ingredients that boast specific beauty benefits:
– Glossy Hair: eggs, raspberry, nettle or vinegar.
– Softness: cherry root, olive oil or marjoram.
– Dandruff: peppermint or vinegar.
– Hair Growth: basil, rosemary or onion juice.
Ready to start mixing? Here are 5 DIY beauty recipes that you can whip up in your own kitchen tonight.
Apple Cider Rinse
“Mix together the juice from 1/2 a lemon, 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and one cup of water,” Leahy says. “Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual, then pour the mixture on your hair and massage into the scalp and through the hair then rinse thoroughly with cool water. This is perfect for adding shine to your hair! If you don’t want to risk any slight lightening, simply omit the lemon juice and double the vinegar.”
“For awesome, bouncy hair, take 1 cup of beer, pour it into a glass, and allow it to go flat and get warm,” Leahy says. “Shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Pour the flat, warm beer on your hair and work it through. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.”
Avocado Hair Mask
The creative directors at Larenim Skin offered this fantastic hair mask for dry hair, split ends and shine. “Mash together 1/2 an avocado, 1 egg yoke and 3/4 cup of warm water. Apply the mask to your hair, then let the sit for 20 mins in a warm towel before rinsing out. Use this regimen once a month for optimum results.”
Want to strengthen your strands? Giovan Lane, founder and product designer of indie haircare brand inagrOrganic, suggests this recipe. “Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with 1 egg and apply to the length of your dry hair. Put a plastic cap on and sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then rinse. Continue with washing and conditioning with your regular shampoo and conditioner and rinse with cool water.”
Banana Deep Conditioner
Lane recommends this combo for a super hydrating conditioning treatment. “With a power mixer, mix one ripe banana with 1/4 cup coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of honey into a puree. Strain the mixture with cheese cloth to remove chunks and strings from the banana. Apply to the entire length of dry hair, put on a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes, then rinse. Continue with washing and conditioning with your regular shampoo and conditioner and rinse with cool water. Because the banana is packed with vitamins and minerals, it will make hair stronger, more moisturized, and less prone to frizzing. Honey is a natural humectant that hydrates the hair and coconut milk is a natural protein that will condition the hair.”
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