Bad hair days are the mortal enemy of self-confidence. Limp, flat hair is one of the most common forms of bad hair. It is generally the result of hair strands with a very thin diameter, referred to as fine hair.
People with fine hair tend to have more hair per square centimetre. This is actually what contributes to the flat hair. Since each hair follicle has its own oil gland, the higher density of hair produces more oil within a smaller area. The consequence is flat hair that sticks together, reducing the volume. People with other hair types are also liable to end up with limp hair, if they use the wrong hair products. However, this could be easily remedied using simple herbal ingredients, straight from your kitchen.
Yoghurt and coconut oil
When styling products are used on hair, they form a layer on the hair strands. This layer prevents moisture and nutrients from reaching the hair follicles. Yoghurt helps remove this layer from the hair strands and scalp. It also moisturizes and closes the hair cuticles. Lauric acid in coconut oil acts as a hair rejuvenator. Take a cup of natural, unflavored yoghurt and add two tablespoons of coconut oil to it. Mix well to obtain a paste with thick consistency. Apply evenly on the scalp and hair, work from root to tip, massage gently on to scalp and leave on for two hours. Then, wash off with a mild shampoo and apply thrice a week to increase the hair volume.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes hair silky soft, more elastic and stronger. It repairs the hair cuticles and effectively removes the oil and build-up on the hair and scalp. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Shampoo your hair and thoroughly wash off the shampoo with water. Then, apply the mixture on to your hair and work well from root to tip. Massage gently on to the scalp for two minutes. Let it sit for five minutes and wash off with water. Take care not to get the mixture in your eyes. This rinse could be used thrice a week.
Beer, olive oil and egg
Yeast in fermented and alcoholic drinks revives hair. Carbonation in beer helps clean the build up on scalp and around hair follicles. It also helps effectively nourish the hair strands. Sugar in beer closes the cuticles. Eggs add protein to nourish the hair and contribute to removing the build up on hair shafts. Take half a cup of beer and add one tablespoon of olive oil to it. Then, break an egg and add that as well. Mix well. Rinse hair and towel dry. Massage the mixture on to hair, pile the hair on top of the head and cover with a shower cap. After 30 minutes, wash off the mixture well with cold water. Repeat twice a week for best results.
Banana and olive oil
Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients, essential to the maintenance of healthy hair. It softens hair, improves hair strength, effectively reducing the dullness. It would leave the hair thick, voluminous and shiny. Olive oil smoothens and nourishes the hair strands. Take two ripe bananas and blend them to obtain a smooth pulp. Then, add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the banana pulp and mix well. Cover your hair well with this mask, from root to tip. Let it sit for one hour. After one hour, wash off with water and shampoo. Repeat thrice a week for best results.