- Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 01:00
Crisp, cool weather is almost like prayers answered for you to be able to wear your hair down without a meltdown. It also means less thermal styling and washing your mane less frequently. Ask me what’s the best way to keep your tresses soft and flowing this season and my answer is simple: look no further than your kitchen. That’s where you may be spending most of your days this holiday season anyway, right? I’ll help you save time and dollars while you accomplish all the cooking and preparation.
Here’s our goal: Cleanse, moisturize, and protect your hair just like skin! When it comes to caring for your skin, nails and hair the process is pretty much the same except that your hair is a hardened protein. In order for it to stay healthy, there are some ritual that can’t be missed:
Cleansing: Once in a while you need to clarify your hair for deep cleansing to remove build-ups from hair styling products (e.g. hairspray, leave-in conditioner, mousse, etc.) . How would you know there’s too much build-up? Your hair appears or feels heavy, dull, or it clumps together. Instead of using clarifying shampoo (which is too harsh for your hair and will strip color and keratin) try this: Shampoo your hair twice, then towel dry it. Blend a half slice of lemon juice and a spoonful of your daily conditioner. Apply the blend all over your hair and massage it on your hair towards the ends. Leave it for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Moisturizing: Stroll around your kitchen, check the fridge and cabinets and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of hydrating fruits, vegetables and oils. Please please please -skip the mayonnaise- if you don’t want to end up with hair like a grease ball. Try this concoction instead: Half a slice of avocado and a teaspoon of olive oil or grape seed oil. Blend it and apply it on dry, unwashed hair. Make sure to concentrate on the ends which, by the way, is the most porous part of hair. Leave it for 15-30 minutes. Rinse, shampoo, then condition.
Protecting: Cleansing and moisturizing is simply not enough to complete your holiday hair care. Although the heat is not so intense this season, it’s still important to protect your hair from the impurities from the environment. After conditioning, squeeze some fresh grapefruit or kiwi juice and dab it on your hair shaft. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes then rinse lightly; we want to keep the vitamin C and antioxidant-rich essentials while leaving enough of the citrus’ natural acidity to close the hair cuticle and make for massive shine.