Top 5 Hair-Care Elixirs (From Your Kitchen Cabinet)

by Jannat Manghnani on July 19th, 2016

​If you live in Dubai, you are probably facing some inevitable hair issues! Be it hair-fall, dry and coarse hair or split ends, how much can you rely on products that are so chemically enhanced to fix your hair? 

My Story
I got married and moved to Dubai a year ago from Bombay, completely ignorant of the fact that how a sudden shift in the climate could overwhelm my hair and skin! I must’ve shelled out a biting amount of money chasing the “top” salons and buying “branded” hair care products for this irreversible damage! 

So what was my #lightbulb moment?
Skyping with my Grandmother! Seriously, I’m definitely the first person to run a mile when people ask me to use home-remedies instead of just popping pills because they take SO much longer and are very trial and error based, but being up to the brim with my frustration of bad hair days, I was ready to give her suggestions a shot! 
What you need to understand is:
  • In Dubai, more than the heat its the air conditioning and the hard water(due to high salt content) that is the main cause of damage to your scalp and thus hair!
  • Hydration is extremely important to combat the side effects i.e. an extremely dry scalp. And, hydration refers to from within as well as topically for your scalp!
  • If dandruff is your issue, sort that first by using products like menthol or rosemary..
  • Stimulation is also an important key to good hair health! Invest in regular hair massages or do them at home! You simply cannot discount on this.. 
​Apart, from these below I have listed some all-natural remedies in the form of products you will find in your kitchen cabinet! Save all that money for some expensive bag or a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. ;)

Avocado’s are rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that will restore the lustre your hair has been missing! 

Directions: Mash a pit-less ripe avocado and mix it one egg. Apply generously and leave it on for at least 20 minutes to an hour. Rinse it with cold water several times and repeat weekly or at least once a month to see results.. 

Mash a ripe, peeled avocado and add two tablespoons of olive oil to it. Mix well until the consistency is thick and smooth. Shampoo and rinse your hair. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes(cover the hair with a shower cap). Finally, rinse your hair. Do this once a week.

I’m dead serious! Butter/Ghee works wonders for your hair because it contains the essential fatty acids. 
Ghee is prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream, and removing the liquid residue.

Directions: Apply warmed ghee to scalp and massage it in for a couple of minutes. You can cover your hair and leave it on overnight or just a few hours before a shower. The downside with this is that, it will leave your hair super greasy and you need to be careful not to over-shampoo because that will then negate everything. But, this is also the MOST effective hair treatment ever! You will notice your locks getting thicker and shinier!

Bananas are an excellent ingredient to treat dry and damaged hair. They are high in potassium and moisture which not only prevents split ends but also softens and improves the elasticity of your hair.

Directions: Mash one overripe banana and spread it throughly over your hair from the roots to the ends, Leave it on for at least an hour and then rinse with lukewarm water. At least weekly application is required for effective results. The downside here is that, your shower might be clogged with banana. LOL and that your hair will smell of the fruit which is not a bad thing necessarily!

ACV has saved my life in a multiple ways. I have used it to treat acne, common cold and my damaged hair. If you drink it(diluted in water), it becomes an effective weight-loss remedy as well! It is truly a magical ingredient! 

Directions: Combine 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites, then rub the mix into your hair. Keep your hair covered for about a half hour using plastic wrap or a shower cap, then shampoo and rinse.

Mayonnaise is literally like a cheap version of your fancy conditioner! It contains tons of proteins(which is what your hair is made of) that helps maintain your hair and keep it soft and shiny!

Directions: Apply a thick layer of full-fat mayonnaise after shampoo or slightly damp hair. Massage it in and cover and keep for at least an hour. Rinse with cold water and shampoo as usual! Repeat weekly for intense hydration.
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