We go grocery shopping at least once a week, for the most part. Whether it’s to gather items for the next week’s menu or to refresh produce and other everyday items, we are there. Walmart, Winn Dixie, Kroger, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Aldi and so on-there is always a reason to visit a grocery store. So often, when someone goes natural, they also want a more natural approach to hair care as well. Trying to find 100% organic products may be difficult to locate, especially in local stores as opposed to online. One of the things many naturals miss is being able to go to the store, select a product and bring it home today. But if you’re the type of naturalista that doesn’t mind mixing up a batch of homemade conditioner, then this information just may be for you. Here you will find a list of 10 ingredients that you may already have in your refrigerator or pantry, that can be used for hair and skin care at home.
- Plain Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Baking Soda
Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture. It also contains antioxidants that helps protect the skin from UV rays. Honey also has healing virtues that remedy red, itchy eyes, and pink eye. Honey is also natural and has antibacterial qualities.
Yogurt provides hydration while combating dryness and dullness. Mixed with honey, this is a great hair mask that softens the hair as well as deposits moisture.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is commonly used to clarify the hair. It can be added to shampoo, conditioner or used with water and lemon juice to strip hair of its impurities and restore a natural shine and glow to the hair.
While lemon juice can be mixed with ACV for a clarifying rinse, it has also been used mixed with water to refresh the hair from elemental odors and to lighten the hair naturally.
Avocado is a natural deep conditioner that nourishes the scalp and helps repair damaged hair because of its protein content. Avocado oil is also used to moisturize the scalp and hair and is light and non greasy.
Is rich in fats and acids that coats the hair and scalp while providing maximum moisture. It also softens the hair and is great for a pre poo treatment, deep conditioner or hot oil treatment.
Baking soda can be used as a mild cleanser for the scalp. It has fine particles which can help gently exfoliate the scalp, especially if it is dry. It helps relieve cradle cap and flakes as well. It can be mixed with water to make a paste or with apple cider vinegar to make a clarifying soak.
Just cutting a potato in half and rubbing it along the scalp can help to lift dead skin cells while gently cleansing the scalp. It can also be used to treat itching and minor abrasions. Potatoes can also help alleviate redness and inflammation on the scalp and has soothing properties.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which is found in skin cleansers. The skin of the tomato can be used to gently cleanse and tone the skin. As a hair mask, it can be left on the scalp for 10 minutes then washed out. It will leave the hair refreshed, clean and glowing.
Beer has been used to condition and brighten dull hair. Allowing the beer to become room temperature, it can be poured on the hair and massaged in to the hair for 5 minutes. The results are soft, manageable and shiny hair.
Before going to the store, you can research the health benefits of fresh produce for the hair and scalp and may find new ways to nourish your hair in a healthy way, for a fraction of the cost!