If you’re looking for effective hair care tips, look no further. You’ve just stumbled upon 7 little known and underutilized but nevertheless beneficial tips that will help you get the healthy head of hair you dream of. Hanging out in the summer sun is awesome and all, but too much sun, salt, hair products and hot tools can wreak some serious havoc on our hair. Don’t miss out on these effective hair care tips and make this season the best ever for you and your hair!
1. Baking Soda for Oily Hair
Baking soda has a lot of uses when it comes to beauty. You can use it in your bath, as a scrub, to brush your teeth and to wash your hair. If you’re looking for a safe and natural way to cleanse an oily scalp and strands, using baking soda is one of the most inexpensive and effective hair care tips you’ll find. All you need to do is mix one part baking soda with three parts water, mix it in your palms and use it like you would your regular shampoo for squeaky clean strands.
2. Vodka to Reduce Frizz
The next time you’re planning a night in doing beauty treatments, add this one to the list. It turns out that vodka has some serious beauty benefits and using it on your hair can help reduce frizz, relieve an itchy scalp and add shine. As a hair treatment, chop up one jalapeno into very small pieces and place in a ceramic bowl. Next, add a cup of vodka to the bowl and let it soak for several days. When you’re ready to use it, strain out the pieces of pepper and rub a small amount into your scalp every night for longer, silkier hair. Don’t have time to wait? Add a shot to your shampoo or conditioner bottle, shake it up real good and use it as you normally would for a clarifying treatment. Be sure you don’t use vodka too often since it can be drying to your hair.
3. Oats for Oil
This next hair care tip might sound really weird, but it works great, especially if you’re short on time and don’t have a lot of options. The next time you’re in dire need of some dry shampoo to soak up oily roots and need to add some oomph to your hair, grab a packet of plain oatmeal. Sprinkle the contents of the oatmeal packet into your roots and brush out, it’s as easy as that!
Have you heard of co-washing? I’ve been hearing about it, but wasn’t exactly sure all that it entailed even though smart, curly-haired women have been doing this for years. Co-washing= conditioner washing and it simply means that you wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This hair care method reduces damage to your hair, decreases color damage and keeps hair hydrated. If you’d like to try it out for yourself, swap your shampoo for conditioner a few times a week. Based on what I’ve read about user experiences, oily-haired gals might not benefit from this as much as those with dry hair types.
5. Skin Care for Your Scalp
We might not think of treating our scalp as we do our facial skin, but according to dermatologist Dennis Gross, using some of your skin care products that contain peptides and/or salicylic acid can do wonders for your scalp and hair, like helping with hair growth and getting rid of build-up that can block hair follicles. The next time you’re looking for new hair care products, look for ones that contain some of the above-mentioned ingredients.
6. Sugar for Your Scalp
Does your scalp need some exfoliating? Chance are, your scalp can use some love and this easy recipe can help remove excess oil, debris and dead skin cells. Just grab two tablespoons of olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons of organic brown sugar and a few drops of essential oil. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl, part your dry or damp hair into about five sections and apply it to your scalp in gentle, circular motions. After gently rubbing the scrub for a minute or two, rinse well and wash your hair as you usually do.
7. Conditioning before Washing
For those who aren’t too keen on the idea of swapping their shampoo out for conditioner; how would you feel about switching the order you wash your hair, starting with conditioner first, instead? Yep, you would wash your hair in reverse starting with conditioner and then finish off with shampoo. It sounded kind of odd to me too, but washing in reverse is a great way to hydrate hair without it being weighed down by too much conditioner.
So, what do you think, ladies? Would you ever give any of these hair care tips a try in your current hair routine? Some of the best beauty and hair care tips are the ones that sound a little crazy, but the results are certainly worth it! Do you have any hair care secrets you want to share with us fellow Stalkers?