Archive for October, 2013
With the increased awareness of organic foods and a return to naturally made products comes an increase in home remedies for hair.
Lemon juice to lighten, coconut oil to condition, egg for protein, avo for frizz, beer for body or honey for hydration – the question is – do these home remedies work??
While I am all for eating healthy, I do believe that organic and natural foods work when ingested. They often have little benefit when used in their raw form on the hair. They can often cause long-term damage rather than do any good to the hair.
The molecular structure of most of these products are not made to penetrate the hair shaft and give nutritional value where it is needed. They often coat the hair, giving an illusion of an instant fix, this coating is able to fill in the cracks in the cuticles and smooth the hair shaft, giving the hair a silky soft and shiny appearance. In truth, repeated layers of this kind of coating to the hair shaft can do considerable damage over time.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand it, is with an analogy of painting your nails – the nail varnish gives the nails a glossy and healthy appearance. This layer of polish through wear and tear begins to chip and flake, if you should paint another coat over the chipping layer of polish, it would look great again for a while, but repeated coats of nail varnish over time is going to damage the nail.
Using good foods that are unable to penetrate the hair shaft effectively is achieving the same result as painting layer after layer of varnish.
Foods can also be quite difficult to rinse out of the hair and not easily removed from the hair.
Today there are so many products available that work on specific hair problems, they have been scientifically designed to work on a molecular level to give you optimally healthy hair. There are also an ever-increasing amount of products available that are derived from natural substances and free of harsh chemicals and parabens.
Besides being a rather messy hair care experience, raiding your kitchen for a hair remedy is not likely to benefit you hair. Stick to eating healthily and use a good product that suits your needs instead.