To hydrate your curls is one of the ongoing tasks you must include in your hair routine. Curly hair is a very delicate hair type and prompts to breakage if it’s not properly taken care of.
We know that sometimes a limited budget doesn’t allow you to freely invest in hair treatments or products to keep your curls healthy and hydrated, and, I mean, paying 50 bucks for hair treatment is not really necessary. That is why we would like to share with you these DIY treatments to keep them poppin’.
1. Coconut Milk and Honey
Coconut milk is a staple in any home, whether you use it to cook or to hydrate your body. Well, it can also be used to hydrate your curls. Coconut milk has so many benefits for natural hair: it contains high amounts of protein, which will restructure your hair shaft and strengthen your hair; due to its nutrients, it’s proven to condition and soften hair.
Honey, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties that can help with dry itchy scalp and dandruff. Honey also has emollients that make the hair look shiny and smooth.
To prepare this hair treatment and hydrate your curls, you just have to mix two tablespoons of your preferred honey with one cup of coconut milk and blend it well. Apply it to dry hair from the roots to the ends, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded drier for 15 minutes or keep the plastic cap on for up to an hour. To remove it just proceed to apply shampoo and conditioner.
2. Avocado – Banana
As a naturally curly girl, you know by now that curly hair tends to dry a lot! This is because the sebum (the natural oil that our scalp produces) can’t travel fast enough all the way down to the strands because of the curls and coils. But do not worry, Mr. Avocado is here to help!
Avocado is a natural moisturizer due to its high contents of monounsaturated fats which will quench your curls thirst of moisture. Avocado also has Vitamin E which not only is an antioxidant that repairs damaged scalp but it will keep it healthy and therefore promote hair growth.
Bananas contain amino acids; these protect your mane from the environmental damage (sun, wind, cold) and even product damage making your hair healthy and shiny.
This recipe is very simple! Just mix half of a banana and half of an avocado (you can eat the rest!) in a blender, along with two tablespoons of yogurt until smooth. Rub this mixture into your hair and scalp, cover with a plastic cap and let it do its work for 30 minutes.
3. Egg Yolk and Olive Oil
These two precious ingredients are high in fat and will definitely hydrate your curls. Egg yolk is a hair superfood with lots of vitamins: A, E, Biotin, and folate, which have been linked by researchers to promote healthy hair and hair growth.
Who doesn’t love olive oil?! It’s perfect for and in everything from cooking a delicious pasta to preparing the best salad you’ve ever had. It’s such a beneficial oil that it can be used to hydrate your curls as well!
Olive oil apart from having monounsaturated fats it contains Vitamin E, these nutrients act as a natural conditioner giving you smooth and soft hair. It is believed that olive oil also keeps split ends at bay and locks in hydration by penetrating the hair shaft.
4. Mayonnaise – Coconut oil – Honey
After winter or a long day spent at the beach during your Caribbean holidays, hair can get extremely dry and this is dangerous as it can lead to severe hair damage.
Ingredients in the mayonnaise, like vinegar, eggs, and lemon, contain fatty acids and vitamins that will not only make your curls shine but will seal in the moisture, helping you to hydrate your curls.
In a container mix four tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of coconut oil and a tablespoon of honey, blend it well and apply it to your hair. Cover with a plastic cap and let it be for 30 minutes. Voila!
These hair treatments will give your mane some good lovin’. Remember that to hydrate your curls you must also keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water, exercising and eating healthy. It is a combination of different factors that will work on your benefit. What is your favorite DIY hair treatment? Tell us in the comments below!
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