Natural Hair Treatments - Natural De-stresses for Your Tresses

Normal daily life can be tough on your hair. Give your hair a break from chemicals in traditional shampoos, conditioners and styling products; from the sun, wind, and air pollution, and from the hair dryer, flat iron and curling iron.

Try destressing your stresses with some natural hair treatments and TLC.

Here's how:

1. Skip the hair dryer.
This is an important first step in bringing back life to your hair. Let your hair dry naturally instead of blasting your hair with a blow dryer every day. If you (like me) prefer the way your hair looks and feels when it has been blow-dried, simply let your hair airdry until it's 80 to 90% dry, then use your blow dryer just at the very end of the drying cycle.

2. Ditch the Drugstore Shampoo.
Some beauty experts swear by giving your hair a break from chemical-rich, commercial shampoos and using a more natural alternative, described below, or available at SkinBotanica.

3. Try a New Conditioner.
Look for conditioners that do not contain any ingredients ending in the suffix "-cone," such as dimethicone - and that have as few ingredients as possible. Depending on your hair type, you may even be able to skip the shampoo and go right to the conditioner. (Or try skipping the shampoo with every other wash.) Use a dime- or nickel-size portion and work it well into your hair and scalp, rinsing as usual. This is especially helpful for people with curly hair.

4. Try a Bit of Baking Soda.
It's true - baking soda really can be used to clean just about anything, including hair! Use a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water, pour it over your hair, massage it in as you would shampoo, and rinse.

5. Rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Follow your baking soda wash with a vinegar rinse. Use apple cider vinegar for best results. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to every cup of rinse water. Pour this over your head (close your eyes an tilt your head back!), work it in, then rinse with clear water. A vinegar rinse is great for removing residue and buildup from products, and will leave your hair soft and shiny.

6. Or Try a Rosemary Rinse.
Rosemary is good for the scalp. Make a tea by steeping 1 tablespoon of rosemary's needle-like leaves per pint of boiling water. Cool this to lukewarm and use it as a rinse. The scent is divine, too!

7. Deep condition with mayonnaise
Using a comb, work a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise into your hair. Put a plastic shower cap over your hair, then wrap it in a towel. Leave for as long as you like - the longer the better, but 20 to 30 minutes should do the trick. Then wash out the mayo with a natural shampoo or one of the alternatives discussed above.  Here's an alternative application method: Start with your regular conditioner, apply it from roots to ends, then add a couple teaspoons of mayo from roots to ends. Leave on for 30 minutes. Then shampoo and condition with your regular condition.

8. Or use Milk and Eggs.
In a bowl, beat an egg. Add half a cup of plain yogurt or milk and work it into your hair. Like the mayonnaise, leave it on as long as possible for deep conditioning.

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