4 Natural Treatments for Different Hair Types
Every type of hair needs special treatment. While most grocery stores label their hair products and list the hair types each product will work with, homemade natural remedies often require a few tests to determine whether a treatment will work on your hair or not. Thankfully, we’ve already tested these out for you. Each natural hair treatment is preceded by an explanation of which hair type it works best for as well as what problems someone with that hair type may experience. Find a solution that will increase your overall hair health here.
Coconut Oil Mask
If you have dry, brittle hair finding the right conditioner can be super difficult. The chemicals found in most conditioners (including sodium lauryl sulfate) can significantly dry out hair and have lasting effects. Brittle hair develops split ends over time and can become very difficult to brush and manage. The best natural treatment for this hair type is the coconut oil mask. The best part about coconut oil is that it can be applied directly onto the hair from the roots down with either your hands or an application brush. If you’d like to keep the coconut oil on for longer, consider investing in a shower cap that you can wear around the house. A word of caution, coconut oil works best on darker hair colors and may cause long-term discoloration on hair that is blonde or light brown. Always experiment on a small portion of your hair before applying to all of your hair.
Avocado Hair Mask
While it lacks the same volume of thicker hair types, fine hair can be easier to manage. It dries quickly, and you don’t need heavy-duty hair ties. However, fine hair does tangle easily and gets caught in hair accessories and jewelry. It also has a habit of being invisible and getting caught in every drain or sweater you’ve ever owned. You can’t always see fine hair, but you can feel it. Thankfully, there is a hair treatment that will work wonders on fine hair. Try an avocado hair mask to thicken individual hair strands as well as encourage hair growth if your hair is thin. Simply apply mashed avocado to your hair and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Thoroughly rinse afterward.
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
For frizzy flyaway hair, try using an apple cider vinegar rinse. This treatment is ideal for anyone with frizzy hair that simply won’t stay put. An added benefit is that apple cider vinegar encourages hair growth, perfect for anyone looking to grow their hair. Simply apply diluted apple cider vinegar into the hair and massage it into your scalp. Don’t forget to rinse with a mild shampoo. This will help balance the pH of your scalp and ensure that your hair is consistent rather than splotchy with oil in some spot and frizzy in others.
Egg Yolk Hair Mask
If your hair is oily like mine, it tends to last only a couple days without washing (if even that). It’s limp, flat, and heavy. If you’d like to add volume and reduce the amount of unhealthy oil in your hair, consider using an egg yolk hair mask. Egg yolk hair masks also increase the natural, healthy shine of your hair. The egg yolks can be applied directly to dry or damp hair and rinse with lukewarm water. Apply a leave-in conditioner afterward for prime volume and fabulous texture. If you’d like to, you can mix the egg yolk with olive oil and honey to make it more spreadable, but the yolks will work their magic either way. This hair treatment is safe to apply without testing, but feel free to test if you would like to.
Olive Oil Detangler
Time to put in a plug for my all-time favorite natural detangler. Olive oil works best on dry, tangled hair. If your hair always seems to find ways to tie itself in knots, try applying olive oil and carefully combing it out. To prevent future tangles, allow the oil to sit and moisturize your hair. Carefully rinse with a mild shampoo.
Each of these hair treatments has worked countless times for countless people struggling to tame their own hair types. While you may feel like your hair type is untamable, try one of these out before giving up because there’s a high likelihood it will work for you. Your overall hair health is most likely to be boosted by gentle, natural products than anything else.