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5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments for smooth, healthy tresses

Face masks can be DIY-ed. So why not hair treatments too?
 

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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If heading down for your bi-weekly hair appointment is taking too much of your time (or if you are just having a really busy month), then try out these easy-to-do DIY hair treatments that promise to make your hair look smooth and frizz-free.

1. Sour cream or plain yogurt

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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Dairy is rich in lactic acid and milk fat, which work together to remove dirt and grime while delivering moisture to your hair. But no, you do not use it to replace your shampoo or conditioner. Instead, you use it as a pre-shampoo step by applying it directly to damp hair and leaving it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Then, shampoo as you normally would. It is that simple.

2. Honey

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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Honey is commonly praised for its skin-loving benefits did you know that it’s a great treatment for your hair too? Ideal for dry hair, this natural humectant helps to attract and retain moisture for smoother, softer and more manageable tresses. Leave the honey on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Plus, it is suitable to be used before straightening or curling your hair to protect it from the heat.

3. Avocado

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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Suitable for those who have frizz-prone hair, avocado is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and a blend of vitamins to smooth out and weigh down frizzy hair. All you have to do is to mash up half an avocado, apply it to damp hair (yes, you have to wash your hair before applying it), and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

4. Coconut oil

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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If you always thought coconut oil only helps to moisturise your hair, here’s a quick newsflash: it does more than just that. When applied onto the hair, it can help condition, detangle, treat dandruff and even stimulate hair growth. And the best part? It helps to protect hair from sun damage, making it an amazing all-natural sunscreen. Bonus: you do not have to rinse it off once applied. Just apply it sparingly so it doesn’t weigh down hair or make it look greasy.

5. Lemon

5 ways you can use food as DIY hair treatments

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Using lemon as a hair treatment is perfect for those with itchy and flaky scalps. These citrus fruits are rich in vitamins C and B, folic acid and a blend of other minerals like calcium, so it not only cleanses the scalp of dirt and debris, it’s also great in strengthening hair follicles to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth. Lemons can also help to fight dandruff and other scalp fungal infections.

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