I wrote a post a little while ago about natural ways to improve your skin, so I won’t cover that here. I remember my parents used a lot of everyday kitchen items for our hair and skin. I can’t recall when we shifted to store bought products, but we all changed at some point. I’m getting tired of spending money on products that may or may not be working so I’m gradually weaning myself off of store bought products and going more natural.
I’ve seen improvements, and hopefully, you can find some of these tips helpful.
Note: I verified my tips with some people with different hair types.
My hair is tough to manage. I have a lot of hair. A lot. But the individual strands are thin. What this does is make for a tangled mess. I can comb my hair, and within 30 minutes it’s tangled again. Add to that; I have multiple textures; it’s a combination of straight, wavy and curly. It’s also dry like the desert. I’ve tried curly hair products, products for dry hair, products to tame flyaway hair; nothing worked well.
I learned over time that combining natural products with a sulphite-free, olive oil based shampoo works for me.
Here are some tips:
Dry brushing to reduce breakage: A lot of people I know brush or comb their hair when it’s wet. I found dry brushing better for less breakage. I use a high quality, all-natural brush, and I brush gently. Harpersbazaar.com lists the best brushes for your hair type.
To fight limp or brittle hair, use eggs! It’s a trick my mom used, and I did it for many years. Whisk together one raw egg and a spoonful of olive oil. Apply this mixture to your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing it out with water. Egg yolk has healthy fats and proteins and is naturally moisturizing. Egg whites contain enzymes that kill bacteria and remove the bad oils. Olive oil will lock the moisture into your hair.
To beer or not to beer for softer hair? My mom used beer in my sister’s hair as well as mine to make it softer when we were kids. It worked for us, and we have very different hair types. Use beer that has no alcohol, and it has to be flat to work its magic. Wash your hair first, and then add the beer from top to the end of your strands and let it sit for three minutes before rinsing it out. Next, use a leave-in conditioner or detangler. It will help remove the beer smell from your hair.
Olive oil for hair growth and deep conditioning: I struggled to grow my hair for a long time, and this seemed to help. Try this treatment at night. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it on your scalp and hair. Gently massage it in for a few minutes. Put on a shower cap and leave the oil in for few hours or overnight (I do it overnight). Wash your hair as you normally would. This method also works for deep conditioning.
Coconut oil for dandruff, thinning hair and three other hair uses: I mentioned in my dedication to coconut oil that I’m just discovering its benefits. For hair, I only use it as a conditioner right now, but soon I will immerse myself in it from head to toe! It’s known to make hair stronger (especially those with fine hair), it also works for hair growth and fullness, dandruff, to tame frizz and can protect your hair from sun damage. Read how to make the treatments for all of these on livestrong.com.
My nails grow like weeds, but they were never strong. Now I have both!
Coconut oil to strengthen your nails and cuticles: Your nails can become weak from many things including nutrition deficiencies. Rub some organic coconut oil onto your cuticles and nails before going to bed at night. They will be noticeable stronger in a couple of weeks.
Lemon and baking soda to remove stains: Nutritional deficiencies or overuse of dark nail polishes without a base coat can cause discoloration. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and a couple of squirts of lemon juice. Wait for the fizz to disappear and apply it to your nails for 10 minutes. Gently scrub it off using warm water.
My teeth are strong. Since I was a kid, my parents focused on a combination of natural and other products for our teeth. So I attribute it to that and genetics.
Whiten your smile with pure baking soda: I mentioned baking soda for tooth whitening in a recent post. Sprinkle some on your toothbrush once a week and gently brush. You’ll start noticing a difference after a few times. Don’t use it more than this, even if you want whiter teeth faster because too much baking soda can wear away the enamel on your teeth.
Apples for everything tooth related! I eat one or two apples a day. They are rich in fiber and help scrub your teeth, gums, and tongue. The skin is highest in fiber, and as you chew it helps remove stains and fights plaque. Apples can also freshen breath.
Do you have any natural recommendations for hair, nails or teeth?