Drastic changes in weather or prolonged exposure to sun and heat can do a number on your hair and scalp. Instead of dropping money on expensive remedies, why not just head to your kitchen instead?
In my previous article, I shared my love of this magic oil and how it can significantly improve and balance your skin. Well, olive oil doesn’t stop there. It can do wonders for your scalp and hair as well. One of my favorite treatments is so simple and inexpensive! I wrap myself in a towel so as not to get oil on any clothes. I warm up about three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (use more or less depending on the length of your hair). I do not cook the oil. I just place it in a cup and let it warm in the sun. Then, I gently massage the warmed olive oil into my scalp using my fingertips. From there I begin to work the oil through the rest of my hair from scalp to tip. I prefer to leave the olive oil on my hair for up to an hour but a half hour will soothe the hair and scalp. When I finish my treatment, I shampoo and condition as usual. I have found that this treatment reduces dandruff, minimizes split ends, and allows my hair to retain moisture and shine.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
I have a firm belief that Apple Cider Vinegar can probably cure 99% of your problems. Taken internally, Apple Cider Vinegar produces fantastic results for your health. When applied externally, it removes residue from hair products, eliminates tangles, and leaves your hair shiny. I always use raw apple cider vinegar for the same reasons that I use extra virgin olive oil. I want the least amount of chemicals to have treated the product before it touches my skin or hair. Mix equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Shampoo your hair as usual. Instead of reaching for the conditioner, pick up your spray bottle with the solution already mixed. Spray onto your wet hair and massage into the scalp all the way down to the ends of your hair. Let the solution sit on your hair for a few minutes and rinse. Resist the urge to condition your hair! Just allow the Apple Cider Vinegar to work its magic. Simply rinse and let your hair dry. You may want to experiment with the amount of Apple Cider Vinegar to water ratio. Oily hair responds better to a higher amount of Apple Cider Vinegar.
AVOCADO AND BANANA There is always that moment during the summer when I have spent too much time either in the ocean or a pool when my hair takes on a dull hue. Instead of heading to the salon for a color boost I use the two ingredients I always have in my kitchen to make a hair mask that brightens my hair. I blend the pulp of one avocado with a peeled banana and a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. I prefer a high-powered mixer that can ensure a smooth consistency. I wrap myself in a towel and begin coating my hair with this mask. I tend to focus more on the body of my hair and use whatever is left on my scalp. After 20 minutes I rinse my hair with my regular shampoo and allow my hair to dry. And just like that, I have my shine back!
COCONUT OIL AND HONEY
There is very specific damage done to your hair when you consistently use a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron. One of my favorite remedies is a simple mixture of organic coconut oil and honey. I put two tablespoons of organic coconut oil in a small bowl and allow it to warm in direct sunlight. Once it is in liquid form, I blend in 2 tablespoons of raw honey. With this mixture, I focus on the ends of my dry hair where most of the heat damage occurs, and then I work my way up to the scalp. I allow this mixture to rest in my hair for about 30 minutes and then wash it out with my regular shampoo and condition routine. My hair is left feeling smooth to the touch.
In the name of beauty, Mia Belle seeks to elevate the future of skin care.
Mia Belle is a well-traveled paramedical aesthetician with nearly two decades of experience in the fields of skin care and preventative aging. Her passion to be a part of the rapid advancements in health care and her continued training on a global level, allows her to develop the best treatments and products possible. She has trained in Montreal, Paris, London, Norway, Iceland, New York, and San Francisco with some of the most internationally renowned chemists, engineers, physicians and alternative health practitioners.
Mia Belle is a published skin care expert who has been featured on Oprah, EXTRA, “E” Entertainment, Access Hollywood and KTLA.