There are tons of hair treatments and masques that you can create and use at home for different hair needs, many of the ingredients can be found in your own kitchen.
Do you notice your strands seem mushy or weakened? Your hair may be in need of a protein treatment.
Protein treatments temporarily fill in the “holes” in our strands where we have lost keratin, the protein that make up our hair strands. Doing this treatment will allow your strands to strengthen, and stronger hair assists in ensuring that your styles come out the way you desire.
On the other side of the spectrum, your hair may be in need of a deep conditioning* treatment. You should shoot to deep condition at least once a week which adds moisture, softness, and sheen to your hair.
Examine your hairs direct needs and provide what’s needed. You can search sites like Pinterest for recipes for a protein treatment and deep conditioner* you can make at home.
As I mentioned earlier, apple cider vinegar* (ACV) rinses are great for clarifying your scalp and strands. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help reduce flaking of the scalp. If you add oils* to your part ACV-part water mixture you will notice that a rinse prior to shampooing has the power to transform your hair.
For me, I feel like I notice a shine and a more livelier appearance when incorporating this into my wash day. I personally don’t like to co-wash as often because I feel like my scalp and strands don’t get as clean, but when I do I ensure that I definitely do a quick ACV rinse prior to ensure that my hair is clarified.
Switch up products
Lastly, you may want to consider switching up your products a bit. It’s possible your hair has developed a resistance to the products you’re using or it’s original effect has worn off.
Overtime, our hair goes through natural changes. This is expecting being that hair is often affected by both what happens inside our body (including water and food consumption), as well as what goes on outside of it (including environmental effects and direct treatments such as chemicals and heat).
Consider reading up on your hair’s porosity and do the test to determine what types of products you should be using. Shea Moisture* has recently developed a line devoted to both low porosity and high porosity hair types that you may want to consider trying. Overall, listen to your hair. If it’s looking dull and lacking life and luster chances are something needs to change.
What methods do you implement to bring life back into your hair when it’s appearing dull?