No more of summerÃ¢â¬â¢s intense rays and poll and salt water to take their toll on our tresses. Fall is here, but that means a new set of challenges for our hair.
Celebrity colorist Kyle White of the Oscar Blandi Salon, who has worked with Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey and Robin Wright, offers seasonal DIY hair treatments that sound good enough to eat.
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, for your hair!
How is pumpkin good for the hair? Well...vitamin A is extremely good for the scalp. If you search any commercial beauty mixture, you will find that synthetic vitamin A is added to a lot of products. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and when you use it directly, you get all the natural goodness from it straight from the source. Like banana and avocado, pumpkin is another rich source of potassium and this nutrient is especially useful in promoting the re-growth of hair. This makes pumpkin one of the vegetables for hair loss. Pumpkin is also especially good for moisturizing dry or damaged hair.
Pumpkin Hair Conditioner
- 2 cups pumpkin (chopped and cooked)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1-tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Directions: In a food processor or blender, puree the pumpkin and yogurt. Add the coconut oil and honey after and ensure that the mixture is smooth. Apply to damp, hair. Cover with plastic cap and sit under the dryer for fifteen minutes. Wash out thoroughly and style as usual.
Bobbing for apples - Try an Apple Cider Vinegar to Remove Buildup!
Many women struggle with dull, lifeless hair. Highly alkaline shampoos, conditioners and styling products can build up on hair over time, coating strands and preventing shine. Luckily, this inexpensive solution is as close as your kitchen pantry. An apple cider vinegar rinse removes residue and restore hair's pH balance back to its natural acidic state. Apple cider vinegar closes up the hair's cuticle so the hair lies flat, making it glossy, healthy and more manageable. This natural remedy also adds highlights to brunette hair and removes excess sebum from the scalp.
Cranberry cocktail for the perfect Ã¢â¬ËkissedÃ¢â¬â¢ rinse
Whether you are allergic to chemicals commonly found in hair dyes, or simply want to create a subtle change with an all-natural product, cranberry juice can be used to add a temporary red tint to your hair. If you are a natural redhead, it can also be used to enhance your natural hair color. Cranberry juice will temporarily tint your hair without damaging your strands, and the dyeing can easily be done at home
- Wash and condition hair to remove any oil or residue build up on the strands.
- Thoroughly dry hair and brush out knots.
- Tilt your head upside down over the sink and carefully pour 1/2 cup of all natural cranberry juice on to your locks. Work the juice in using your fingers.
- Twist all of your hair up on top of your head and secure it in place using a hair clip.
- Blow dry your hair on the lowest heat setting until all of the cranberry juice is dry.
- Rinse the cranberry juice out of your hair using warm water.
- Repeat steps one through six daily to keep the red tint to your hair for as long as you desire.
What's up Doc? Carrots for a golden tone
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which provides them with that orange color. In concentrated form, beta-carotene is intense red, like blood. To make carrots really work, you'd have to apply a pureed carrot mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice, that adds an acidic penetration enhancer.. Cranberries have an in-built acidic penetration enhancer, but they tend to give your hair a vibrant red hue, while carrots give a true golden tint.
Sweet Potatoes for battling hair loss
Beta-carotene in foods is converted to vitamin A in the body, and vitamin A is necessary for all cell growth, including hair. A deficiency can lead to dry, dull, lifeless hair and dry skin, which can flake off into dandruff. So if you love sweet potatoes with those little marshmallows as much as I do, you can indulge guilt free by thinking of how rich in beta-carotene sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkins are, and if your including left overs, hopefully you'll see a more gorgeous head of hair by New Years.
Caramel concoction for relaxing curls
Using all natural ingredients, a caramel hair treatment softens and hydrates the texture of hair for easier manageability, especially for those who would like to naturally relax their hair slightly. This offers women the ability to stretch out the time between their visits to the salon for a relaxer treatment. Additionally, this can reduce the amount of time a woman uses with a hot straightening iron. The homemade caramel treatment can leave your hair soft and easier to manage for up to four weeks.
- Mix 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of blackstrap molasses, 1/4 cup of olive oil, one splash of apple cider vinegar and one container of baby food bananas together in a bowl.
- Section your hair into four sections so it's easier to work with. Clip the sections with large hair clips to keep unwanted hair out of the hair you are applying the treatment to. Keep the hair near the nape of your neck unpinned, as this is the area you'll start with.
- Apply the caramel hair treatment to the roots of your dry hair near the nape of your neck using an application brush or a small paint brush. Apply the treatment to the remaining length of hair in that section. Continue to the next sections and cover your head with the caramel.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait one or two hours.
- Rinse out the caramel treatment and wash your hair. Apply a conditioner. Finish with a cold water rinse to add shine.
Here is a little bit of how these ingredients work to make this treatment effective:
- Honey is a natural humectant to help hold in moisture. It also has vitamins such as Iron, magnesium and foliate.
- Molasses is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. It's said to strengthen hair and leave it soft and full of sheen.
- Apple cider vinegar gives the hair shine and is said to promote blood circulation.
- Bananas contain potassium, vitamins A, B, C & E and natural oils. It leaves the hair soft and moisturized. It also contains tryptophan which is beneficial to the hair and scalp.