Of the many things you can do to keep busy and enjoy yourself while staying indoors, one especially rewarding activity is exploring homemade hair treatments!
As you may have heard lately, caring for yourself is an integral part of keeping your spirits high during this time, helping you to feel beautiful and confident all around. So, from a hair mask to a scalp massage and beyond, let’s take a look at which homemade hair treatments can recreate the secrets of your favourite hairdresser.
1. Oil Treatment
One of the most essential products to add to your beauty and wellness lineup is naturally-derived oils. These elixirs can be used for the face, body, and of course, your hair! In addition to repairing and protecting the hair and scalp, the right oils can also be used to fight hair loss and promote hair growth.
Depending on your hair type, we recommend the following:
– Curly, frizzy, dry hair: coconut, sweet almond, or argan oil
– Straight, fine hair: castor oil
– Oily hair: jojoba, black cumin, or hazelnut oil
The idea is to work the oil in throughout your hair and let it soak for a few hours. Relaxation guaranteed!
Our advice :
- On unwashed, dry or slightly damp hair, coat your hair (from scalp to end, and even your scalp itself if you wish) with a good quantity of oil. It should be soaked, but without dripping
- Gather up your hair in a bun and cover it with plastic wrap, a hat, or scarf to prevent oil from staining your clothes or sheets
- Leave on for at least an hour, or even better, all night long!
- Rinse thoroughly and shampoo as normal
2. Hair Mask
Very dry or frizzy hair can benefit wonderfully from a hair mask. As an example, we recommend a highly nourishing concoction of coconut oil and avocado.
Follow this recipe:
- Peel an avocado, remove the flesh and crush it in a bowl
- After obtaining a smooth, uniform paste, add a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
- Wet your hair and apply the mask throughout your hair
- Leave on for about 30 minutes and rinse
For oily hair, we recommend purifying clay and its sebo-regulating effects.
- In a bowl, dilute 5 tablespoons of clay powder in 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water
- Once you have a paste, add a few drops of essential oil of grapefruit, lemon, or tea tree
- Add a tablespoon of nigella oil (or substitute with jojoba or hazelnut oil) and mix
- Apply throughout your hair
- Leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse
Does a scalp massage from your hairdresser send you into a state of pure bliss? Why not do it at home?
Routine scalp massage stimulates blood microcirculation, strengthens your hair follicles, and promotes growth. The icing on the cake: It relieves stress from the day and relaxes us. When you do it just before bedtime, it’s the perfect homemade hair treatment for a good night’s sleep!
But before you get to it, treat yourself to a relaxing shower or hot bath, apply your go-to evening skincare routine, and slip into one of our lovely sleepwear styles. This will help you achieve the absolute height of comfort.
Ready now? Let’s enjoy our scalp massage!
Place the tips of your fingers on your scalp, and without lifting them, make circular movements throughout the surface of our head. Go from the top to the temporal areas, to behind your ears, and ending at the nape of your neck. Ideally, this should be done for two to five minutes, but you can certainly go longer if you wish. There’s no harm in doing yourself some extra good!
4. Giving Your Hair a Break
As you probably know, the heat from hair dryers and straighteners tends to damage our hair. Sometimes the best homemade hair treatments are about simple alternatives to common habits!
Rather than using a hair dryer, opt for a microfibre towel and let your hair air dry. To reconnect with the natural beauty of your hair, you can adopt a more minimalist hair routine, consisting of nothing more than shampoo and conditioner. This is especially effective when avoiding damaging chemical ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and isopropyl alcohol.
Take care of yourself!
Have any hair care tips or homemade hair treatments to share with us? That’s what our comments section is for!
Adapted from French by David Harris