Natural hair treatments are very common these days. This is an age where we want everything to be natural: the age of going back to natural, it is.
Hair cosmetics have improved a lot. One can find all types of shampoos, hair conditioners, gels, sprays, dyes, and other hair care and treatment products. It can be hard to live without hair. We want to make a statement by styling it, and caring for it.
Some facts about our hair
Our hair is made of keratin which are made up of fibers. Hair has a growth cycle, and it sheds everyday.
Treatments such as hair dyes, and perm are chemical. Other treatments such as the use of natural herbal oils and extracts are natural.
When to choose natural hair treatments
Whenever you can. Whenever you have the time, the energy, the chance, and whenever you can afford it. The more natural the better. The important question here is whether the treatment is entirely natural or not. If you are using a natural hair product, make sure that it has 100% natural ingredients. If you are taking a treatment in a spa, center, clinic, make sure the experts, the specialists are reliable.
Go for natural hair treatments if:
- Your hair has been damaged due to excessive chemical treatments.
- You are experiencing severe hair loss.
- You have undergone hair restoration surgery.
- Your scalp is scaly.
- Your hair and scalp are dry.
- Your scalp is irritated.
- Your hair is breaking.
How to choose natural hair treatments
If you are observing any scalp or hair problems such as irritation, pain, flakes, dandruff, patches of loss, excessive hair loss, too dry or too oily scalp, sudden changes in the type and color of your hair (except when it is naturally becoming gray), scalp being hard to touch, having had accidents on the back of the head, or any head injuries that resulted in the traction of the hair, inflammation, yellowish draining on the scalp, visit a dermatologist as soon as possible.
Your dermatologist can then advise you which products are natural and safe, what treatments you can take.
If your hair problem is not major, and has been caused by chemical treatments, you can ask your hairdresser for natural treatments too. You can also, ideally apply the basic natural hair treatments at home yourself.
Most hair tints are not entirely natural. Hair dyes are often made of chemicals that change your hair color, however, you can alter your looks by using pure henna or other herbal dyes. You might try to use semi permanent hair dyes for a change but keep in mind that these are not natural either.
Try not to get any hair styling that use hot items, hot hair blows. If the outside and inside temperatures allow, let your hair air dry after shower. Use the correct hair products for your hair type. Also, learn how to take care of your particular hair type – how to style it naturally, how to wear it, which hair styles would suit you, how to comb and brush it, and so on. Apply natural oils on your scalp and hair on a regular basis – not too often, and not less often than recommended.
Certain medications can take their toll on your hair. Ask your doctor if your medications have any side effects on your hair.
Our diets also have an impact on our hair. Our scalp and hair follicles need to get the necessary nutrients to grow, and be healthy. Massaging the scalp, avoiding excessive heat and sun, wearing a cap while swimming in the swimming pool, treating the hair with natural ingredients after long hours of swimming in the sea, not wearing it too tightly, and avoiding certain hair styles that have impacts on the blood flow to the hair follicles, and exercising will all affect the health of our hair.
If you like to take hot showers, avoid them. Too hot water damages our hair. Keep your hair and scalp clean. Most experts agree that taking a shower everyday is not healthy as it rids the scalp and the body of the necessary oils and bacteria, however, in some big metropolitan areas, daily showers are a necessity. In that case, take better care of your hair.
After shower, do not press the towel hardly on your hair, be gentle in your movements when you dry it. Most experts also suggest the use of old cotton t-shirts to dry your hair. Having a regular cut can get rid of the brittle.
Most natural hair treatment recipes make use of the below products:
- Honey: gives hair shine and softness.
- Egg: moisturizes hair, and is great if you have brittle.
- Baking soda: it must be mixed with water, otherwise can do more harm than good. And should not be used too often. Cleanses the scalp and the hair.
- Vinegar: often apple vinegar. Is a good ingredient to get bouncy hair.
- Olive and almond oils: they are great for treating damaged hair.
- Lemon juice: another good ingredient for cleansing. Use wisely, and sparely.
- Avocado: makes a good hair mask.
- Butter: while too greasy, you can give it a go for getting glossy hair.
- Different types of teas: can enhance the color (choose the tea that suits your hair color) and rinse the scalp.
- Yogurt: plain and natural (unflavored) yogurt is often best for hair. Some recipes include sour cream.
- Corn starch: removes grease from the head.
- Coconut oil: it is a magical oil for the scalp and the body.
You can look for natural shampoo and hair conditioner recipes to do yourself at home. Always ask your doctor if the natural remedies you are planning to apply are healthy and beneficial. Some recipes contain ingredients such as other herbal extracts – if they are strong oil, remember that they need to mixed with water or other oils, or else they can damage the scalp. Some other recipes talk about the use of beer, aspirin, salt, and other ingredients. Choose safe ingredients. There are some affordable natural hair care products in the market too.