Hair is a woman’s crown, indeed. I’m not saying this to make you girls put your self-respect or to respect someone just based on the hair. A BIG NO. Just like a little girl who just fell in love with all things Disney’s princess-related, hair is a “crown” that we can play with, by styling it any way we want. From straight hair to curly and vice versa.
The problem is, when we play with our hair too often – like changing the color, smoothing or rebonding, using hair dryer, using flat or curling iron almost every single day – those can damage our hair. Our hair becomes dry, prone to splits ends, hair loss, and many other issues that we don’t want to happen. So it’s important to know at least what ingredients that are good for our hair. Here are four ingredients that helps to maintain the beauty of your hair and it can be easily found in your home.
What I mean is, drink lots of water. This is the most basic and the easiest thing to do. Admit it, we often neglect it because we’re too busy with our activities, or simply forget to drink. Water is good for us in general, and it probably the least ingredients that can make us feel the difference on our hair, but it helps to improve hair condition from the inside. No matter how busy we are, try to find the time to drink lots of water. If you drink less water than your body needs, the chance of dehydration is higher, and it can impact our health and hair growth. For our (body and) hair’s sake, drink more water. I think most of us already know to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but let’s try to increase the number. It won’t do us any harm.
Egg contains a lot of proteins and nutrients which help repair damage hair. In fact, our hair is made mostly from protein. So it helps make the hair follicle stronger. The easiest and cheapest way is we can use it as a conditioner. Depending on how long your hair is, one egg is enough for short to medium length, and for long hair you might need two. The egg yolks have a lot of vitamins so we better use the yolks only, combine it with one spoon of olive oil or another oil that you prefer (jojoba oil or castor oil), and whip them well, pour into lukewarm water to make the texture thinner because if we don’t add water, you can imagine how uncomfortable it would be, right. :p The best hair condition before we rub it in is a semi-wet hair. It would be even better if we wash our hair first with gentle shampoo – I personally use baby shampoo in this case – and make sure to semi-dry your hair, so that no more water is dripping from your hair. Now rub the egg conditioner to the scalp and the rest of our hair. Wait for 15 – 30 minutes, then wash it with cold water and gently wash your hair with shampoo to get rid off the smell. DO NOT use hot water, we don’t want to cook the egg on our head
3. Aloe Vera
This is one of the famous ingredients out there for hair. My grandma has been using aloe vera for as long as I remember. At the age of 77, she still has quite a thick hair. I can still remember my grandma walking around the house with lepek hair for hours, LOL. My grandma would always use pureed aloe vera by getting the jelly part of it and remove the thick green skin first then pureed it so it’s easy to use. I learned from her to apply this to the scalp and gently massage it. Wait for two or three hours before rinsing it off. Aloe vera contains an enzyme that boosts hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle, it also has anti-pruritic properties that can ease itching and dryness.
Yogurt is nutritionally rich in milk protein which helps strengthen the hair. It has long been known to be a great hair conditioner. Yogurt works to stimulate hair growth and act as a natural gentle cleanser that tightens and clarifies the pores on the scalp. The lactic acid will smooth out hair strands and yogurt helps to hydrate the scalp as well. Pick plain yogurt, coat the scalp and hair with it (we also can blend the yogurt to get smoother form), leave it for 15 – 30 minutes then rinse it off.
Other than these four, there are also honey, shea butter, vegetables, and many more which might be interesting to write down for the next article. If your hair needs to be treated or you want to keep your scalp and hair healthy, you probably want to try one of the above.