HAIR RAISING by Kirsten Alexander

Using natural, organic and holistic products minimise the risk of allergic reactions and toxin build up ' they're also so much better for you and for the environment. Choose natural brands when selecting products or alternatively, make up your own recipes with nutrient rich kitchen ingredients.  From deep moisturising to natural highlighting, here are some natural solutions that go from root to tip.
DID YOU KNOW? It's impossible to tell gender by a person's hair. Men's hair and women's hair are identical in structure. Avocado Roots Avocado has a well-deserved reputation as a superfood. This magical fruit also does wonders for your face and hair. The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is higher than extra virgin olive oil and gives your hair a deep nourishing moisture treatment. For a simple and effective hair treatment follow this easy recipe: Mash together an avocado, banana and tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl until the lumps are gone, making a paste.  Rub the conditioning paste into the roots of your hair and work it down from the roots to the tips. Read your favourite magazine for half an hour; then get in the shower and shampoo, condition and rinse as usual. Apple Cider Rinse Apple cider vinegar is packed with nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin C and potassium; perfect for building strong locks. Combine two cups of water with a ' cup of Apple cider vinegar in a bowl or jug. Slowly pour the mixture over your hair, gently scrubbing your scalp. Use this rinse as your final step after washing, conditioning and detangling to remove product build-up, restore the pH balance of your scalp and hair, stimulate new hair growth and get a soft, healthy sheen. Coconut Conditioner Of course we had to include coconut oil. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help remove build-up in hair follicles. You can use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage the oil into your scalp and work it through your hair to the tips. Leave it on for a couple of hours and wash it out using your favourite shampoo. Your hair will feel silky-soft with a luscious shine. Dairy Dazzle Some styling products can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine. Dairy products like sour cream and plain yoghurt can come to the rescue. The lactic acid in these products gently strips away dirt while the milk-fat moisturises your hair. Massage ' a cup of sour cream or plain yoghurt into damp hair and let it sit for around 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water and then again with cool water, and shampoo as you normally would. You can apply this treatment every other week. Lemon Lightener Magic happens when lemon and chamomile tea combine. Both have long been used to encourage gentle highlights for both dark and light hair. Try a simple rinse; tilt your head back over the sink and pour a cup of cooled tea combined with the juice of a lemon over clean, wet hair. Let your hair sit for a couple of minutes and then give it a rinse. Pumpkin Power Pumpkins have lots of amazing benefits. They're rich in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and zinc; a great mix for healthy hair. Add one to two tablespoons of runny honey to one cup of pumpkin puree, mix thoroughly and pack as much as you can onto your hair and scalp. You might like to wrap your hair in cling wrap or wear a shower cap to keep the mask in place. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and then rinse it off for a brilliant, moisturised shine. You can apply the mix to your face, too. Tea Tree Flake Fix Tea tree oil helps unclog hair follicles and nourish your roots. You only need to use very little at a time, so it's well worth the investment.  Add a couple of tea tree oil drops to your shampoo and you will be amazed at the difference. You can also mix a few drops with jojoba or coconut oil, apply the mix to your scalp and gently massage for 5 ' 10 minutes. The oil moisturises and prevents scalp itching and flaking. You can also find tea tree oil shampoos for sale that already have this brilliant ingredient included. HERBS FOR HAIR
  • Catnip: Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Chamomile: Softens hair, soothes the scalp, lightens and conditions.
  • Horsetail: Helps brittle hair due to its high silica content.
  • Lavender: Stimulates hair growth
  • Nettle: Conditions, improves texture, helps with dandruff, irritated scalp, and dry scalp
  • Parsley: Enriches hair colour and gives a good lustre
  • Plantain: Great for dry, irritated scalp, dandruff, and seborrhoea
  • Peppermint: Stimulates the scalp
  • Rosemary: Acts as a tonic and conditioner, gives body and shine, stimulates growth, helps with dandruff, and brings out lowlights in the hair
  • Sage: Effective in restoring colour to greying hair, excellent for weak brittle hair
  • Saw Palmetto: Good for thinning hair and hair loss
  • Thyme: Good for oily hair and dandruff
  • Witch Hazel: Cleanses hair

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