Kelly LeVeque of Be Well by Kelly gave us the low down on how to create hair masks from items found in your pantry. The most important ingredient was fat. Kelly explains, “Fat is essential for producing hormones, absorbing fat-soluble vitamins, and hydrating your hair from the inside out.” Applying food to your hair in moderation is a great way to naturally nourish your mane with fat, proteins, vitamins and minerals and alleviate your hair from chemical build-up. Keep reading to see what kitchen pantry ingredients can transform your tresses.
The yolk is rich in B Vitamins, Vitamin A, E, and Selenium – all of which are important for hair growth. Egg yolks provide our body with the essential fatty acid precursors and healthy cholesterol to balance hormones naturally, and when we are balanced, sebum production is under control. Egg yolks are also high in sulfur, which can help prevent greasy hair. We are always proponents of eating your way to healthy hair, but who doesn’t love a good hair mask? Applying an egg yolk mask directly to your scalp will help restore lecithin and protein to the hair follicle, strengthening the root and eliminating grease post mask.
Egg Yolk Hair Mask:
Beat egg yolks by themselves, then add MCT oil and mix until smooth. Apply to dry hair and put your hair up or wrap it with a towel, then leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash hair thoroughly and rinse well, then add conditioner.
AVOCADO AND MCT OIL
Avocados contain monounsaturated fat that helps hydrate and shield the scalp, protecting against oxidative stress. Besides acting as a natural moisturizer for your hair, avocados are associated with anti-aging due to xanthophyll, an antioxidant and carotenoid with DNA damage protection. Avocados are also a primary source of Vitamin E, which stimulates collagen production and benefits hair elasticity. MCT oil will act as a natural conditioner and strengthen brittle, damaged ends. We need to consume healthy fats in order to absorb fat-soluble nutrients, and that holds true for our hair too. Your hair radiates shine through fat, and applying fat like MCT oil to your mane will allow your scalp to better utilize those nutrients.
Avocado and MCT Oil Mask:
Mash ¼ of an avocado with a spoon and then add 1 tablespoon of MCT oil and mix until smooth. Apply to dry hair for 15 minutes, then wash hair thoroughly and rinse well.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND COCONUT OIL
Dry and overly processed hair needs two things: to return to its normal pH level and moisture. Apple cider vinegar removes excess product buildup and environmental factors like pollution and dust. It’s an acid that delivers antioxidants and naturally restores the mantle of the hair to a pH of 4.5-5.5, which maintains the correct balance of moisture and shine. While ACV strips the hair, pairing the vinegar with coconut oil will ensure that the hair’s natural oil is not removed. Pairing ACV with coconut oil will prevent the vinegar from stripping away the sebum and natural oils.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil Mask:
Mix 2 tablespoons of organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio. Massage the liquid to the ends of dry hair and leave in for about 10 minutes. Rinse, wash and condition hair.
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