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Taming the Tresses

Tired of bad hair days? Jamila Emms shows you ways to make peace with your crowning glory – the natural way.

If you are fortunate to be blessed with thick, wavy or curly hair that is sometimes a little unruly, don’t be too quick to be annoyed with it! Your precious locks are not being difficult on purpose; it’s just that hair can be affected by many things. Our hair responds to our diet, medication, weather conditions and the way we treat it. It is vital to identify our hair mistreatments and then find positive solutions in order to achieve lustrous results.




The quest for lovely locks often results in excessive brushing, and the use of heat and styling tools saps hair of its natural moisture leading to a dry brittle texture. Treat your tresses as gently as a silk shawl. Dry wet hair naturally and try to avoid using a hairdryer unless you absolutely need to. Hide those straightening irons out of sight!




Another cause of lifeless unruly hair may be that its pH balance has been adversely affected. This is sometimes the result of using harsh shampoos and overuse of styling products. An effective and simple way to restore the pH balance of dry, unmanageable hair is to use apple vinegar and water. A half a cup of each mixed together makes an excellent final rinse.




Now that you have done your bit, is your hair still looking a little frizzy, a bit flyaway and hard to control? Why not show it a little love and coax it back into submission. All the stuff you need to pamper it with is readily available in your very own kitchen. You can easily make these effective and economical treatments for your hair with just a few basic ingredients.




Eggs are little powerhouses of goodness for all types of hair. Their yolks are rich in fats and proteins and will do a beautiful job of adding moisture to dry locks. One yolk added to half a mashed avocado makes a super nutritious hair mask. Just apply the paste to clean damp hair. Leave on for fifteen minutes before rinsing well with tepid water and shampooing as normal. As an alternative, substitute the egg yolk for two tablespoons of mayonnaise or sour cream. The lactic acid in dairy products cleanses hair of dirt and the milk fat moisturises very effectively. Give this lovely treat to your rebellious hair every two to three weeks and win it over.




The Kitchen Beautician – Incredible Eggs




Another good way of adding moisture is to apply a yoghurt hair mask made of one egg white, one quarter cup each of plain yogurt and mayonnaise. Simply beat the egg white until frothy and then combine with the yogurt and mayonnaise. Massage this into your hair and cover with a shower hat for thirty minutes. Shampoo and finish with a cold water rinse to add even more shine and bounce.




Olive Oil
Olive oil is a fantastic and time-tested way of adding suppleness to thirsty hair. Combine two egg whites with four tablespoons of olive oil. Apply this mixture to your hair and wrap it snugly with a towel. Leave for thirty minutes to let all the richness of the oil to penetrate deeply and get to work. Complete the treatment by rinsing well in warm water and washing with a mild shampoo.




Finally, remember as with most things in life, what you sow, you will reap. Hair is no exception. Making and sticking to a hair-care routine will very soon, reward you with healthy and happy hair.





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Jamila Emms works for Lush cosmetics and has experience of advising on the selection and use of natural beauty products. She is increasingly fascinated by the use of simple remedies for everyday beauty concerns and handmade natural beauty products.