We are nearly at the end of the first week of confinement/self-isolation and I sincerely hope all is well with you. For me I am busy trying to finding ways to be constructive at home and not just watch on demand TV! Today is Saturday, and like hairdressers all over the world this is our busiest day and right now I would normally be working putting in your foils, blowdrying hair ... but not today.
So I thought that I would give you some home hair advice on how to make lovely homemade hair masks from regular items you will have in your kitchen (so you do not need to go out but can stay home). For the next 7 days you will find a new recipe to try and I am going to start with the classic Paris problem of an irritated scalp because of the terribly hard water we have here.
But above all, remember to look after yourself and your loved ones ... Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches :)
1. Irritated Scalp
Solution: Green tea and vinegar
Thanks to its natural antioxidant properties, Green Tea is a powerful scalp soother and can help rebalance an irritated scalp. By mixing in either apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar, this mixture can help soothe and hydrate your scalp without damaging the rest of your hair.
Ingredients: 1 cup of warm green tea to 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix well then massage into the scalp and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
2. Flaky scalp
Solution: Coconut oil and sugar
So we have dealt with an irritated scalp, so now we can look at a flaky scalp which often happens when your home is too hot and drying out your skin. Coconut oil is another anti-inflammatory and the sugar breaks down and dissolves the dead skin cells (the flakes you see on your scalp).
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of raw sugar and a couple of drops of tea tree oil.
Mix all together, then with your fingers apply to your scalp in small sections on clean damp hair in the shower. Once applied, massage for up to 5 minutes into your scalp and hair, then clip your hair up and continue with your shower. Just do a light rinse at the end of your shower.
3. Dull Hair
Solution: Honey, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil
So far we have looked at our scalp and we have ignored that our hair might be feeling a little dull. This can be due to pollution, buildup of products, over-styling etc. Therefore let's do something to make it feel more luminous and healthy.
Ingredients: Equal parts of honey, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
Apply the combined mixture to damp hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes, then shampoo it out.This sort of mask is great for all hair types and helps lock in your colour too! Bonus :)
4. Dry Hair
Solution: Honey, egg and apple cider vinegar
3 main hair problems, dry, damaged or greasy...let's look at the former first. If your hair feels or even looks a little dry, try this hair mask to give back the nourishment your hair needs. This hydrating treatment provides shine and moisture without weighing down your hair.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Combine in a bowl and you can double the mixture if you have particularly long or thick hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing. This treatment works on all hair types but just make sure, when you rinse your hair, the water temperature is not too hot as you do not want scrambled eggs in your hair!
5. Damaged Hair
Solution: Avocado, Egg and Olive oil
This masks is extremely nourishing and thick and can help save your hair from damage caused by the over use of styling tools, pollution, hair colour etc. This mask is full of omega-3 fatty acids and provides your hair with maximum strength and nutrition that is may be lacking. Again these natural ingredients are full of antioxidants which can help fight the free radicals when you lived in cities or over polluted areas.
Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Again you can double the ingredients if you have extra thick and/or long hair.
Apply to your wet hair with your fingertips, making sure you completely saturate the hair from the ends to the scalp. Afterwards you can wrap your hair in a loose bun and wrap in a hot towel or cling film to retain some heat. You could even use your hairdryer to blow hot air onto it to help activate the ingredients as well. Let this mask sit for minimum 30 minutes and then wash out in the shower.
6. Greasy Hair
Solution: Egg white and Lemon
In the last of the 3 hair problems, and something very common to contend with, is greasy hair. Greasy hair is a common problem and is not just due to pollution and unwashed hair, it can also be due to over-washed hair with cheap shampoo. As cheap shampoo does not clean your hair properly, instead it just coats the cuticle or outside of your hair with plastic silicones. Also if you wash your hair 'too much' you can over stimulate the sebaceous glands in your scalp, therefore producing more sebum. To help treat this problem quickly, as you also reduce the amount of times you wash your hair, try this following mask.
Ingredients: 1 egg white and juice from half a lemon.
Smooth the mixture over your hair from roots to ends and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour. Then rinse with lukewarm water, not hot water, as you don't want scrambled eggs in your hair, or cause too much friction between the lemon juice and your hair.
Last but not least of my hair masks is something else I commonly get asked...how to make my hair grow faster! There are many different suggestions, including taking supplements such as Biotin and Kelp, or eating certain foods. So here is another suggestion...cinnamon!
7. Slow growing hair
Solution: Cinnamon and coconut oil
Cinnamon is an anti-microbial spice that is known to stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth and strength.
Ingredients: Equal parts of ground cinnamon and coconut oil.
Blend the ingredients together and apply the mask onto your roots and part. Imagine you are applying a global colour, and then massage into your scalp. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and rinse. Aim to do this mask at least once a week.