In recent years, hair treatments have evolved greatly due to the popularity of highlights and hair coloring. Every month, new treatments appear on the market, making it difficult to choose. How can one navigate through all the options?
Most treatments consist of a surfactant (or surfactant compound) derived from coconut or castor oil. Each manufacturer has their own recipe, designed for colored hair, hair lacking volume, etc. It is important to remember that damaged hair cannot be cured and can only be temporarily repaired. It can be successfully treated, but if the treatment is stopped after a few washes, it will return to its initial state (it will lose its treatment and moisture). There is no product with permanent effects.
The only thing that can really help is regular haircuts. In terms of treatments, it is therefore important to choose one that you can afford to renew regularly. There is no need to pay a lot of money: compare the first five ingredients of different products and you will be surprised!
Hair treatments are acidic, with a pH of around 3.5, which has the effect of closing the hair cuticles. Personally, I suggest a protein-based treatment (keratin or other) for broken or severely damaged hair. It is important to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before application, as some treatments have a very short exposure time of no more than 3 or 7 minutes. A too-long exposure time could have the opposite effect! Therefore, DO NOT SLEEP with a protein treatment in your hair all night.
Similarly, it is not recommended to activate a treatment with heat (using a hair dryer, plastic cap, or hot towel), unless the instructions specifically call for it.
My Grandmother's Best Recipes
1- For dry hair
Mix and apply equal amounts of coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, and castor oil to your hair.
Apply section by section with a brush, massaging the hair to make the oils penetrate.
Then wrap the head with a towel for several hours or even overnight.
After the exposure time, rinse and wash with a mild shampoo (for everyday use or for normal hair).
If you really like homemade recipes, give yourself an egg shampoo for frequent use by mixing four egg yolks with a teaspoon of honey (honey helps retain moisture in the hair) and the juice of a lemon. Beat everything together and apply like a normal shampoo.
2- For split ends
Apply shea butter to the lengths and ends in small sections.
Massage it all in to make it penetrate, then wrap the head with a warm, damp towel or one straight out of the dryer.
Leave it on for an hour and wash your hair with a mild shampoo without rubbing.
Perform this treatment once a week or as needed.
3- After-beach lotion
Very alkaline, seawater has a pH of around 8.3, which opens your cuticles and makes your hair dry and split.
In a spray bottle, mix two cups of green tea and the juice of one lemon (lemon has a pH of 2.9).
Apply after shampooing or directly after the beach.
DO NOT APPLY WHEN EXPOSED TO THE SUN!The lemon could alter your hair color.
4- For oily hair
On unwashed hair, apply cade oil in small sections with a brush.
Massage it in to make it penetrate.
Then wrap the hair in a towel for an hour and wash with a mild shampoo (for normal or everyday hair).
5- Essential oil shampoo
For a homemade essential oil shampoo, add a few drops of essential oil to an equal parts mixture of water and everyday shampoo.
Normal hair: 10 drops of lavender oil, 15 drops of thyme oil, and 15 drops of rosemary oil.
Dry hair: 20 drops of sage oil, and 20 drops of sandalwood oil.
Oily hair: 20 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of rosemary oil.
6- Leave-in conditioner for oily hair
In a spray bottle, mix two cups of green tea, squeeze in a lemon, and add a few drops of lavender and thyme essential oils. Apply this lotion to clean, damp hair and leave in. Rinse out if necessary.
7- Shine lotion for all hair types (except for colored blonde hair)
In a spray bottle, mix two cups of lightly brewed green tea and four tablespoons of red wine vinegar (pH of 3.5 to 5). Saturate hair and wait for a minute before rinsing with cold water. Be careful not to get it in your eyes!
8- Spinach and lettuce treatement
In a blender, mix two cups of spinach, two cups of lettuce, and two cups of green tea. Apply to your entire head before bed and wrap it in a towel. Wash your hair the next morning.
9- Lotion for oily hair
Massage the scalp with a mixture of equal parts jojoba oil, eucalyptus oil, and patchouli oil. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then wash your hair.
10- Green Clay Shampoo
Mix green clay with green tea infusion to create a smooth paste. Add some sea salt and a few drops of lemon essential oil.
11- Avocado treatement for dry hair
In a blender, mix two egg yolks, a ripe avocado, and eight drops of thyme essential oil.
Apply this cream to your hair, then cover your head with a plastic shower cap. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash your hair thoroughly.
12- Dry shampoo
Brush your hair and sprinkle it with cornstarch mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Massage the scalp and brush until the powder disappears.