To say I’ve damaged my hair over the years would be an understatement, I started dyeing my hair when i was 15 and never looked back, until recently I’m completely over dyeing my hair and I’m letting it grow out naturally. My natural hair color WAS blonde and now that I’m letting it grow out its coming out this really weird brown color I have to say its pretty nice not having to buy so much dye and maintaining color is a bitch. Maybe my hair wouldn’t have come out like straw if i used normal hair dye, but noooo I used everything you could think of, I dyed my hair black a lot and I think I only used normal hair dye once I switched to african hair dye that’s waaaay cheaper than normal dye and of course henna.
I got over the black and decided to bleach my hair, I learned a valuable lesson don’t EVER let your boyfriend dye your hair for you, he focused many on my roots and I ended up with white as can be roots and orange and black everywhere else, I ended up liking it and left it like that for a while after that I went a little crazy and dyed it pink, blue, purple, burgundy, burgundy and black and red. I still miss the red 😦 it was my favorite. If you don’t believe me please see the pics 🙂 and yes I went through piercings just as fast as my hair.
dark red and black
Now that I’m trying to fix my hair without expensive hair treatments, its turned into some really interesting experiments, my top three hair treatments that works.
Apple cider vinegar
I love this one it leaves my hair shiny and soft 🙂 and no it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar 🙂
Why it works:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is replete with nutrients that will balance the pH of your scalp. ACV can help to remove dead skin cells that clog follicles and retard the hair’s ability to grow; it can relieve an itchy scalp and dandruff. . Apple cider vinegar is effective because it contains many beneficial acids such as acetic acid, lactic, and malic acid.
The reason to exfoliate the scalp is to remove old, dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. It will relieve scalp itchiness and product build-up on the hair and scalp. *If you use a lot of hair products such as, mousse, gels and hairspray- you should exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating is important. Your scalp has 5 layers of skin and connective tissue, along with an abundance of capillaries and blood vessels running through to supply your hair with needed nutrients to grow and stay healthy.
As we age, cells tend to thicken and compromise hair follicles and our hair starts to thin out. Hair products containing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can cause a build-up on the scalp and interfere with hair growth. DHT can shrink the hair follicle.
How to use it
After you wash your hair, mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of apple cider vinegar into 1 cup (250 ml) of warm filtered tap water and pour over your hair massaging in and leave in your hair, don’t worry the vinegar smell disappears when your hair dries. I do this treatment once a week.
Yes you read correctly, we always have a ton of beer, (the joys of having a german boyfriend :/) I found out about this when i googled what to do with leftover beer, this is actually amazing it works better than the apple cider vinegar, It makes you look like a hair advertisement, the only downside and its a pretty big downside is the fact that you smell like beer and its hard to get the smell out
Why it works:
Beer is made from malt and hops, which contain proteins that are thought to repair hair damaged by chemical processing, sun, chlorine and pollution, and add body to limp strands. The sugars in the beer are believed to make hair shiny by tightening the hair cuticles.
How to use it:
After shampooing and rinsing your hair, pour the entire beer over your hair, making sure to coat the strands from scalp to tips. Gently massage the beer into your hair and let it soak in for at least two minutes. Rinse your hair completely with cool water. You can then use your regular conditioner to neutralize any traces of beer scent.
This is great for making your hair soft and moisturized, I found that it was hard to get the banana out of my hair though, a week later i still kept finding little pieces of banana in my hair maybe i just suck at this stuff I don’t know 😦
How to use it:
blend 1 banana until well pureed and condition in your hair and let stand for 15 minutes before washing out.
Hope you guys found this useful, here is 2 photos of what my hair looks like now 🙂 have a great day!