While there are many things I pin on Pinterest and then never try, I’m most likely to actually try what I pin to my “hair help” board.
My hair is thick, coarse, and has some damage from coloring. I wear it long because the weight helps pull it down some. I’m always looking for ways to get it looking healthy, shiny, and/or straight. I’ve tried several of home recipes and here’s what I’ve found works… and what doesn’t.
Coconut oil hair treatment: wash hair and then apply coconut oil to your hair. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, then shampoo. I tried this once and noticed a slight difference but I thought maybe I hadn’t used enough. On my next try, I applied liberally to my hair. But I somehow thought that I just needed to rinse instead of shampoo, which left me with one greasy head of hair. When I realized what I’d done, I shampooed my hair, which left me with extremely soft hair. I don’t know how often I’d really want to leave it on my hair for 24 hours in order to get those results, though.
Brown sugar hair straightening treatment: mix one cup of water with two tablespoon of brown sugar. Pour into a spray bottle and spray damp hair. Comb through and let air dry. Hair is supposed to dry straight. I’m convinced that someone just made this up and pinned it to see if anyone was gullible enough to try. I was, but you can save yourself the hassle.
Sea salt hair detox: this hair treatment is supposed to help get the build up out of your hair. Mix 3 parts sea salt with two parts mild shampoo. Shampoo with this mixture and rinse with cool water. I did feel like this removed some of the build up out of my hair though I’ve had similar result with a 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup water solution(an old tip from my hairdresser from the early 90s, when I aqua net-ed my hair to death to get big hair). This should only be done about once a month.
Hair repair recipe: 2 tbs honey, 1 tbs apple cider vinegar, 1 tbs olive oil. Mix together and apply to your hair. Rinse and shampoo after letting it sit on your hair for 30 minutes. I felt like the honey didn’t want to leave my hair(the salt hair detox helped) and yet that this was not enough to make any difference in my hair. Might work if you have thinner or shorter hair.
All natural scalp treatment: this is another that is supposed to remove build up plus relieve dry tight skin on your scalp and help with hair growth. I can’t attest to the hair growth, but this did relieve my dry scalp- it felt indulgent to do this treatment. This scalp treatment uses 4 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs grapefruit juice. This one is a little more involved so I’ll just direct you to the pin for the full directions for this all natural scalp treatment.
Hair shine treatment: shampoo hair then massage 1 tbs apple cider vinegar into your scalp. Condition and rinse. No dramatic difference here but it’s better than spraying brown sugar in your hair.