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The Do-It-Yourself Hair Spa

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If a day at the salon achieving commercial-worthy locks is out of the question, it's about time to raid that pantry for an at-home pampering session that isn't only yummy, but hair-healthy too!

1. Dry Hair
a. Bananas

Asides from being part of a healthy and balanced diet, bananas are a perfect remedy for dry hair that's been plagued by split-ends. Depending on the length and thickness of your locks, puree a banana (or more) and apply all over the hair while massaging the scalp. Cover with a shower cap or regular kitchen plastic wrap for 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with shampoo. The potassium, vitamins, natural oils and carbohydrates in the fruit rejuvenate and moisturize the scalp, thus preventing your fragile hair from any more split ends and breakage.

b. Cucumber and Olive Oil

Not only are cucumber slices perfect for soothing tired eyes and getting rid of puffiness and dark circles, but they can do wonders for dehydrated hair, as well! To make the perfect cucumber cocktail, blend together an egg, a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a quarter of a cucumber and massage the mixture into the hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap or regular kitchen plastic wrap for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water-- and shampoo IF the olive oil is a little too oily for your taste. At the end of it all, you'll be left with smoother, silkier, and healthier hair than before.

2. Dull and Boring

a. Vodka

Aside from making any night out more interesting, a couple of shots of vodka will up the ante to your sobriety just as much as it can for your hair. Strange as it sounds, this favorite drink works as a clarifying agent when applied to the hair, removing any build-up from shampoos, conditioners and other commercial hair-care products and leaving your tendrils shinier than before!

Spritz two to three shots of vodka onto damp clean hair, leave for 5 minutes and rinse out with cool water. See it shine after a good blow-dry!

b. Coke


Yes, a can of Coca Cola can go a long way! Mix one part water with three parts Coke into a spray bottle and spritz all over your hair. Let it dry, and you've gone from straight to sexy in a matter of minutes! The carbon and sugar in your can of soda just gave you instant wavy locks, and a whole lot of body to puff up flat hair.


If you've got extra-long tendrils, you can try Lady Gaga's technique and use the cans as  rollers to achieve a more intense amount of wave to your 'do.

3. Homemade Highlights

When life gives you lemons… you bleach your hair! If spending an insane amount of money at the salon to achieve that beach-sexy bleached-hair look is out of the question, then turn to your friendly neighborhood grocery's fruit and vegetable aisle for the answer. Juice an entire lemon and spritz generously all over damp hair.

Comb thoroughly and go under the sun: the lemon's natural acidity fades hair color and adds amazing body when exposed to UV light, so you'll be left with natural highlights with some sexy texture just like any beach bum!

4. Dandruff Buster

a. Aspirin

Dandruff is a common problem that isn't always fixed by your run-of-the-mill, grocery-bought Head and Shoulders. To clear up the problem quick, crush an aspirin and mix it into your dandruff shampoo, or even with just your regular shampoo. The little pill will get rid of that flakey embarrassment in no time!

b. Yogurt

Yogurt not only does wonders for your health, but the benefits for your hair are amazing. For an anti-dandruff treatment and some simultaneous deep-conditioning that can battle out the dryest of locks, a yogurt hair mask is all you need. Massage half a cup of plain yogurt onto your hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap or regular kitchen plastic wrap for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

The natural lactic acid in yogurt has anti-fungal properties that battles dandruff and promotes hair growth. Also, the protein in yogurt strengthen and condition the hair wonderfully.



5. Puff Up My Flat Hair!

Beer


Everyone hates having flat, thin hair, and while using an insane amount of products can solve the problem, it does come at a price. Hair sprays and commercial thickening agents only stress out your locks, so switch to an alternative method to add some natural body to your hairstyle.

After shampooing, spritz half a can of regular beer onto damp hair. Blow dry it, and see a voluminous difference in no time!

6. Hair Rejuvenation

a. Olive oil, jojoba and honey

For instant gorgeous locks the natural way, mix 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil,1/4 cup almond oil,1 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 1 tablespoon of honey onto clean hair. Leave the mixture for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Not only will you come out with shiny hair that will make everyone wonder what salon you've been visiting, but your locks are now stronger and healthier than before!

b. Maple syrup

If split ends and a dry scalp have been plaguing you, try some maple syrup to solve the problem! What's good with pancakes is even better for your scalp, because the conditioning properties of maple syrup not only rejuvenate all that dry skin, but will supply your fragile strands with much-needed hydration!

Before shampooing, massage two to three tablespoons of regular maple syrup into your hair and scalp, concentrating on the ends. You'll be left with healthy, shiny and conditioned hair.

c. Mayonnaise

Although this may seem a little gross, mayonnaise is the miracle cure for fragile hair! Massage some real mayonnaise (not that low-fat stuff, and especially not sandwich spread) into your hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap or regular kitchen plastic wrap and leave to work its wonders overnight.


After shampooing the morning after, you'll find your hair strengthened, conditioned, and clarified!

By Kristine A. Caguiat




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