Food for hair? Secrets to healthier locks revealed

May 4, 2010 3:28:48 PM PDT
Got dry, frizzy hair? Or maybe you have an itchy scalp? Instead of going to the salon for expensive treatments, you might want to go to the grocery store! When you're thinking of egg yolks, strawberries and yogurt, you're thinking of breakfast. But these are ingredients that can put some life back into your hair. The recipes are easy, and because the ingredients are all natural, they're actually better for your hair.

"There are so many chemicals and additives in different products that people can be allergic to," said Rachel Gower with the Upper Hand.

Gower says foods like bananas and avocados are actually better for your hair. They have vitamins that can really make your hair healthy.

"In many cases, they can be just exactly what your hair needs," she said.

For dry hair or damaged hair, try a banana smoothie mask.

"We all end up with two or three bananas that are brown, and you don't know what to do with them," Gower said.

Gower says bananas have potassium, a vitamin that will help soften the hair.

For the smoothie, you'll need an egg, honey, milk, which strengthens the hair follicles, and olive oil.

"Mix them all up, and then apply it to your hair," Gower said.

Let the mask stay on for at least 15 minutes, then rinse and shampoo. The result: Smooth, soft, silky hair.

Now here's a tip for those with oily hair.

"We're always looking for a way to get rid of the excess oil," Gower said.

Gower says hair powder is a wonderful product, but there's no need to buy it when you can make a lemon yogurt mask at home.

You'll need plain yogurt, baking soda, which will absorb the oil in your scalp, and lemon juice. Mix all of the ingredients, apply to dry hair, wait 40 minutes, then rinse for non-oily locks you'll be proud of!

Gower said if your hair lacks luster, "there are lots of products that you can buy over the counter that will help your hair be a little shinier."

But thre's no need to spend any money when all you need is some really ripe strawberries and mayonnaise.

Mix the two ingredients and apply to damp hair, cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes and shampoo and condition for a super shine.

If you have dandruff, Gower said you could simmer dry thyme and water for 10 minutes.

"Let it cool, put it in your squeeze bottle, and then apply that to your scalp and then let it go throughout the hair," she said.

Rinse and repeat at least once a week.

"Thyme is great for dandruff because it has anti-bacterial qualities," Gower said. "That helps kill the bacteria that causes dandruff."

If you use a lot of hair products or spend a lot of time in the pool, there is a vodka martini mask that will get rid of the buildup.

Below are all the recipes:

Banana Smoothie Mask (for dry or damaged hair)

1 banana
1 egg
3 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. milk
5 tbsp. olive oil

Mix them all up and then apply to your hair. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes, rinse and shampoo.

Like A Lemon Yogurt Mask (for oily hair)

5 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. or ½ a lemon

Mix all of the ingredients, apply to dry hair and wait 40 minutes then rinse.

Vodka Martini Mask (for chlorine buildup)

2 tbsp. vodka
2 tbsp. honey
½ avocado
1 egg yolk

Mix all of your ingredients until creamy then apply the mixture to washed damp hair. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, rinse and shampoo.

Strawberry Cream Mask (for dull hair)

8 strawberries
1 tbsp. mayonnaise

Mix ingredients, apply to damp hair, cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

Dandruff Remedy

7 tbsp. dried thyme
2 cups boiling water

Take seven tbsps of thyme and add it to 2 cups of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes and let it cool. Apply the mixture to your scalp. Rinse and repeat once a week.


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