Free from nasty chemicals and cheap to boot, natural hair treatments often work better than shop-bought ones. Here we show you five treatments that don’t break the bank. Well, if it’s good enough for Cleopatra…
If swimming or applying products is part of your daily routine, baking soda works as a clarifier to banish build-up that can weigh hair down. Mix a teaspoon into yoghurt or shampoo and leave to soak for two to five minutes. The really brave swear by apple cider vinegar as an after-conditioner to enhance shine, but rinse thoroughly!
A South American favourite – whisk an egg yolk into mashed-up avocado for a luxuriously creamy, deep conditioning treatment. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash and condition for hair that is super smooth. Holy guacamole!
Gone coco-nuts with the blow dryer and straighteners? Coconut oil is ideal for dry, damaged and heat-damaged hair. It also works wonders as an anti-dandruff treatment by soothing flaky scalps. For a deep conditioning treatment, massage a couple of tablespoons of oil into clean, damp hair and scalp. Thin hair? Avoid this step and apply to the ends instead. It even helps with detangling and is great for dry skin, too.
Renowned for its nutritional and medicinal uses for centuries, honey also moisturises, softens and leaves tresses gloriously glossy. For an ultimate relaxing treat, mix with a small amount of olive oil and heat in the microwave before applying to the hair and scalp. Kick back, and leave for half an hour. Try adding essential oils such as rosemary or lavender for a super-sweet scent.
Perfect for thinner hair. Bananas are rich in potassium, strengthening damaged hair and preventing split ends without weighing it down. Mash a ripe banana and apply to hair for 15-20 minutes. Experiment by adding honey and coconut milk to the mix.
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