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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Hair

Natural Treatments for Healthy Hair
  -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educator
Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help you glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that nourish your body also nourish your hair. Below you’ll find recipes for a variety of haircare products that you can make at home with a few simple ingredients. Make them for yourself or even give them as gifts by reusing pretty class jars or bottles. Your friends and relatives will love the personal touch, and you’ll be recycling and saving money too! Here are some recipes to get you started.

Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using any of these products. Apply a few drops to the inside of your wrist, and wait 12 hours to see if any irritation develops.

*For more information about uncommon ingredients, see bottom of article.

Lemon-Ginger Moisturizing Shampoo
This concoction is great for cleansing the hair and scalp, especially if you are prone to dry hair and scalp. The olive oil and eggs moisturize, the castile soap and lemon juice thoroughly cleanse, and the ginger invigorates. Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Wet hair with warm water, massage in an ample amount of shampoo mixture, and rinse. Unused shampoo must be refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

Vinegar Conditioner
Vinegar helps soften hair and makes it shine. The apple cider vinegar scent will fade away completely when your hair dries. Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Massage into freshly shampooed hair and scalp. Leave on for up to 15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Unused conditioner must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

Deep-Conditioning Honey & Yogurt Hair Mask
All of the ingredients in this recipe moisturize and soften your hair. Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to dry hair, concentrating on hair ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, covering with a shower cap to contain any drips. Shampoo as usual. Unused conditioning mask must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

*Information about Uncommon Ingredients

Castile soap refers to liquid or bar soap that is made exclusively from vegetable oils (as opposed to animal fat) and comes in a variety of scents (or unscented). You'll find it in natural foods stores. Dr. Bronner's is a commonly used brand.

Grapeseed oil (also called grape seed oil or grape oil) is pressed from the seeds of various grapes. It possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities, and is often used in commercial eye creams. You'll find it in most natural or gourmet food stores, next to other cooking oils.

Vegetable glycerine is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid that is often found in cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap and more. You'll find it in small or bulk-size bottles at natural foods stores (typically in the cosmetics/beauty aisle) and some craft stores. It has a shelf life of one to two years.