Why go to the hassle of buying expensive hair products that are not very transparent about their composition when it is so easy to make natural homemade masks with everyday ingredients? Just like with household products or cosmetics, you actually have everything you need in your kitchen cupboards to make a 100% homemade hair mask yourself. Do you want to embark on a slow cosmetics approach or simply limit chemicals in your beauty routine? Here are ingredients that will sublimate your hair.
Coconut oil to hydrate, nourish and protect
If the reputation of coconut oil in culinary recipes is well established, did you know that it can be an essential ingredient in your hair routine? This vegetable oil rich in lauric acid – a saturated fatty acid that is also found in breast milk – has a strong emollient power which means that it penetrates deep into the hair, nourishing and moisturizing it. It also has the reputation of stimulating the proteins contained in the hair fiber. The hair is therefore stronger and shinier.
In addition, thanks to its film-forming effect which acts like a protective veil, coconut oil is an effective ingredient in limiting the impact of external aggressions suffered by the hair fiber (hair dryer, pollution, UV rays). But what also makes it particularly essential is that it is suitable for all hair types, provided you adapt the frequency of use. If you have dry and brittle hair, it is recommended to do at least one coconut oil mask per week. Otherwise, a mask every fortnight is more than enough.
Egg yolk, an ingredient with multiple synergies
Sometimes considered the miracle ingredient of home-made cosmetics, the egg is the most faithful ally of healthy hair. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, B8, B9 and E which gives it remarkable properties. Particularly indicated for dry and brittle hair, it restructures it and gives it a real boost. Applied locally to the scalp, egg yolk is also effective in stimulating hair growth and strengthening hair.
The other advantage of the egg is its synergy with other edible products in your kitchen that you can use as a mask. For dull hair, just mix an egg yolk with yogurt. If you have oily or combination hair, replace the yogurt with a few drops of lemon. And if you really want to nourish them deeply, add two tablespoons of honey and a drizzle of olive oil to your egg for an invigorating homemade mask from root to tip. As you will have understood, the egg has benefits that would make the most famous hair products on the market pale, provided you are comfortable with its smell. In practice, nothing dramatic if you add a few drops of essential oils.
Linseed gel: the new keratin?
Very popular among beauty influencers and on social networks, linen gel is undeniably the natural, vegan-friendly and zero-waste treatment that everyone is craving. But concretely, what is it? Well, flax gel is obtained from flax seeds heated over low heat with water in a saucepan. Its mucilage gives it a viscous and malleable texture, easy to apply to the hair.
In terms of effect, flaxseed gel is rich in vitamins B and E and has substantially the same properties as aloe vera. It moisturizes, nourishes, repairs and gives shine. Its little plus is that it is also formidable for taming frizz and redefining curls, which makes it an ideal ingredient for curly hair. In addition to making good homemade masks, linen gel can replace a dry shampoo. Just apply a small amount to remove excess sebum and offer a light refreshment to your hair between two washes.
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