I imagine the words natural remedies probably brings you out in hives, as you envisage me advising you to use extreme methods like bird poo or pig fat in your locks, all in the pursuit of maintaining a luscious mane.
By: Jacyra Baptista
But fear not dear readers. My methods are more subtle than that. Here is a rundown of great, tried and tested methods to add to your hair arsenal:
• African Black Soap –African black soap can be used in place of shampooing and cleanses the hair without drying it out. It also defines curls but mostly importantly it does not strip hair of moisture like shampooing can. Ensure that you rinse the soap out with cold water to close the cuticles and stop your hair from becoming overly porous.
• Garlic – Garlic is excellent for hair growth because it helps to decrease hair shedding. Hair sheds naturally everyday but excessive shedding can be a cause for concern and that’s where the garlic comes in. Garlic can be used for shedding in various ways which include: taking garlic pills or adding garlic to natural oils to minimise the smell. You can stop the garlic shedding treatment once your shedding returns to normal levels.
• Yoghurt and Honey – Both these staple condiments pack a great punch. This treatment is a deep conditioning treatment that adds moisture and strength to hair and believe me, your hair will thank you for it. It will leave your curls feeling extremely soft and nourished. Yoghurt also helps to smooth and hydrate your strands.
• Essential Oils (EO) – Now these are the indisputable kings to use on your crown. They are key to maintaining great locks as they evaporate easily and penetrate the scalp unlike other oils. EO’s can be used to treat a variety of scalp conditions such as dandruff, dry scalp, and itchy scalp. Research has also shown that Essential oils can help stimulate hair growth. Great EO’s to use are Peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil but have fun finding other oils that work for you.
Word of warning: Do NOT and I repeat do not just add essential oils straight to your scalp. This is just a recipe for disaster. They should be diluted with water or added to carrier oils (vegetable oils also known as base oils) like olive oil or coconut oil to minimize any unnecessary irritation.
As with anything, what you put into your body will be reflected on the outside. So with that in mind, it is important to do your own research and find what works best for your hair! A good diet consisting of fruits, vegetables and plenty of water coupled with a few of the above remedies will help you maintain healthy and strong curls.
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