You can buy high end hair masks and deep conditioners at the salon, but the very best products for your hair might be found at your grocery store – no, not in the toiletries and cosmetics aisle! Shop in produce, dairy and and even the alcohol cooler to find some of the best solutions for all of your worst hair woes.
While you’re buying veggies for your salads this week, pick up a few extra avocados. Avocados are rich in oils that are similar in weight to our own skin oils, making it one of the best options for damaged or unruly hair. Mash up half an avo and massage it into clean, damp hair every two weeks, leaving it in for 15 minutes at a time. It will smooth down crazy curls and repair damaged strands.
Bananas are another great item to mash up and put in your hair. Blend a banana with an egg, honey, milk and olive oil and leave on for a half an hour.
Yogurt, sour cream and eggs may be on your shopping list for the week already, but these dairy products have some serious benefits to your hair as well as your body. Plain yogurt and sour cream can be massaged into damp hair to reverse damage from pollution or styling products that may have made hair dull. The lactic acid is the magic ingredient in these two fridge staples.
Eggs can be considered an all-purpose hair treatment, since it has benefits for almost all types of hair. The yolk is rich in fat and proteins that nourish dry hair, while the whites contain enzymes that zap bacteria and remove grease.
For normal hair, scramble a half-cup of raw egg and apply it to your hair to remove unwanted oils at your roots while conditioning the ends. If you have oily hair, only use the whites, and if your hair is super dry, use only the yolks. The egg mixture should coat your scalp and hair.
You might not think your hair would enjoy a nice cold beer, but a brewski is actually the perfect treatment to liven up limp or fine hair. The yeast in beer plumps up fine hair.
Mix a ½ cup flat beer with 1 teaspoon light oil like canola oil and a raw egg, then apply to hair and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Some of the same ingredients that make your baked goods so delicious may also revitalize your hair. A paste made from water and baking soda will work through even the toughest product residue that has built up. Cornmeal and cornstarch also soak up oils from super-greasy hair – simply shake it onto your dry hair and brush it out.
You might also be picking up some EVOO to drizzle on the bruschetta at your next cocktail party. When you get home, consider adding it to your hair routine, too. A combination of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of water is a great treatment for an itchy, dry scalp. Massage it onto your damp scalp and leave on for 20 minutes.
Honey is another haircare item that might already be on your grocery list. Honey naturally attracts and locks in moisture, so when applied to dry or damaged hair, it can make a huge difference. Add about a half a cup of honey to clean, damp hair and leave in for 20 minutes. For an ultra-nourishing mask, combine honey with an egg yolk or avocado.
The cosmetics aisle certainly has a good selection of hair care products, but when you shop the rest of the grocery store, you might just find the perfect solution to your hair woes.