If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you’ve noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.
1 eggshell’s worth of olive oil
1 quarter of a peeled cucumber
Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.
Hair Spray for Fine Hair
2 C Water
Quantity: Makes about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of Lemon Hair Spray.
To Make: Chop up the Lemon in a wooden bowl so that you don’t lose any of the juice. Add the chopped Lemon to the water in the top of a double boiler. Simmer the mixture until the liquid has been reduced by half. Strain through cheesecloth or fine silk cloth and pour the liquid into a bottle that will fit a pump-type sprayer. A washed and rinsed Windex bottle will do for your spray container. Add 1/2 cup of water to thin the mixture if necessary.
To Use: Spray your hair with this mixture whenever necessary. Since it is gentle, with not alcohol or chemical additions, it can be used on children’s hair too. Should be made fresh every few days and kept in the fridge between uses.
Tip No. 1: One cup of the Lemon Hair Spray can be preserved with 1 oz. or more of Bay Rum.
Tip No. 2: Substitute an Orange for the Lemon for dry hair.
Lavender/Rosemary Hair Oil
1 oz. oil of Rosemary
1/8 oz. oil of Lavender
Quantity: Enough for about 6 months of use.
To Make: Simply mix the two oils together and store in the dark or in a small amber or light-proof bottle.
To Use: Put a few drops of the oil on your palm, brush your palm against your hairbrush and then brush your hair.
Tip: Proper Hair Brushing: Every day, rain or shine, men and women should thoroughly brush the hair. Brushing dislodges dirt and distributes the natural hair oils. Bend at the waist (this increases circulation to the scalp) and massage the scalp with fingertips. Then brush hair starting at the nape of the neck with long easy strokes from nape to ends. Follow each of the brush strokes with your other hand to eliminate static electricity. Brush about 100 strokes in this upside down position. This is guaranteed to give new life to your hair.
Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner
The extremes of heat and cold we endure throughout winter can make even the greatest of hair look and feel like straw. This nourishing conditioner blends honey for shine; olive oil for moisture and essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup warmed Olive oil (2T for normal to oily hair)
4 drops of essential oil of Rosemary
1 tsp. Xanthum gum (available in health food stores)
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.
Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair. Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap; leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.