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ARE YOU A STRIPPER?
Lather, rinse, repeat? Not. One pass is good enough to thoroughly cleanse relaxed hair. Just make sure to fully clean the scalp and strands and you're good! Additional applications of shampoo are stripping and may dry strands. Self-relaxing gals should not follow this maxim on relaxer day though - three or more latherings are often necessary to remove all of the relaxer residue.
Don't throw that "empty" conditioner bottle away! Fill it halfway with water and shake vigorously. This mixture makes a great setting lotion for bouncy, moist, conditioned roller- or flexirod-sets, bantu knots or twist sets!
Did you know that Henna is an incredible strengthening and thickening treatment? It also adds beautiful warm highlights to dark hair. For a colorless treatment try "clear" henna known as cassia. Search the web and YouTube for amazing resources on using these wonder treatments!
Saran hot oil treatment
This treatment works amazingly in short order! Saturate strands in oil and cover with saran wrap. Run a hot blow dryer over saran for 5-10 minutes, moving quickly to heat each section without lingering. Remove saran, then shampoo and condition. Strands will say aaaahhh.
Keep it smooth
For taming flyaways and maintaining super smooth strands, rub a little conditioner or oil on your brush's bristles and gently brush it through hair. Strands will stay smooth and tame.
sunscreen for hair
This summer, combat sun-parched tresses with sesame oil. Sesame oil has natural sunscreen properties. Simply rub a few drops into ends and along the length of the hair the next time you are headed to the pool or beach.
Take your meds
Dandruff and flakes? Crush two aspirin and mix with your weekly shampoo. Repeat weekly until symptoms subside.
cool and dry
No time to air dry? Keep a blowdryer that has a locking cold setting on hand. Hair can be fully dried in 10 minutes with absolutely zero damage
baggy on the sly
Give your ends a secret treat: Cover them with coconut oil or conditioner, form a bun and slide a sandwich baggy over it to retain heat
and moisture. Cover the bun with a pretty scarf and go about your business - treating your ends all day!
TWICE AS NICE
Dry as the Sahara? Try a double co-wash! Using a moisture-based conditioner, do two co-wash "latherings" in succession, leaving the second application in while you finish your shower. Rinse and apply your leave-ins in-shower. Your parched tresses will say aaaaaaahhhhhhhh.
Schedule yourself mini goals and challenges. You can do a month of damp bunning, twice weekly DC's, greenhousing or a mini heat-free challenge. Challenges can include extreme TLC or mini-breaks you give your hair and over time they really add up!
A styling treat
Turn that protective style into a treatment! The next time you bun, treat your ends first by applying deep conditioner and tucking them away out of site. No one will know you're giving yourself a treatment. Simply co-wash it out on your next cleansing day.
put a lid on it
Just sitting around watching television or cleaning the house all day? This is the perfect time to greenhouse! In fact it's a good idea to do this anytime you think of it. Simply place a plastic conditioner cap over your hair. No need to do anything else. Your body heat will produce warm steam that deeply moisturizes strands! Done on a regular basis, this can really combat dryness.
a sWEET sCALP
Rid yourself of flakes and buildup with a weekly nourishing brown sugar oil scalp scrub. Nutritious oil nourishes and lubricates the scalp while gently exfoliating sugar keeps flakes at bay. Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil. Gently scrub scalp in sections. Shampoo and condition as normal.
winter hat trick
Make your scratchy wool winter hats more hair-friendly by lining them with old silk scarves. Simply lay a large square silk scarf inside the hat making sure to allow for volume in the crown. Baste a few hidden stitches around the rim. Trim away excess fabric. Your hair will thank you all winter long!
Did you know that a paste of cinnamon and honey can safely lighten strands? Mix 1/4 cup raw organic honey with 3 tablespoons organic cinnamon. Apply to desired areas and leave under a plastic cap overnight. Shampoo and condition. Can be repeated weekly until desired lightening is achieved.
Go chemical and silicone-free with this wonderful rosewater setting lotion that gives glistening roller and flexi sets: 1 Cup Rosewater, 3 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel, 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil. Shake well before use. Lightly mist each section prior to rolling.
Don't throw those black bananas away! Mash them up with olive oil for a super nutritious deep hair treatment. Apply and leave under a plastic cap for one hour. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Laziness strikes even the best of us. Next time you "don't feel like" slathering on that deep conditioner or doing your weekly prepoo get some motivation from your hair idol! Keep a picture of your hair idol in the bathroom cabinet for inspiration. One peek at her ultra-perfected tresses and you'll be deep conditioning like a maniac!
the skin test
Tressbuzz has a foolproof way to tell if a hair product (conditioner, moisturizer or other leave-in) is truly moisturizing. The skin test! Choose a dry area on the arm or leg and rub a small amount of the product there then go about your business. Later in the day check that area. Has the product dried up and evaporated? Does the skin there look and feel dry? Not so good. If the area is still moist and soft looking then you know that product will do the job!
Hair too dry for comfort? Try an in-shower moisturize and seal: After cowashing with a moisturizing conditioner, rinse hair then moisturize with a bit of conditioner or your moisturizer and seal with oil while the hair is dripping wet. This seals the maximum amount of moisture into strands. Blot excess water with a towel and allow strands to airdry. Supermoist!
Strands dull, gunked up, rough and dry? Try an apple cider vinegar rinse! After your next shampoo and condition, combine three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water and saturate strands as a final treatment. DO NOT RINSE. The vinegar smell will wear away. This mixture helps cut through stubborn buildup and close the cuticle - smoothing the feel and texture of hair and adding shine. Vinegar rinses can also help reduce tangles and knotting.
I am always stunned by women who look like they are trying to give themselves a facelift with their hair. Then they are wondering where their hairline went. Pulled tight as a drum is not best for any hair on your head - let alone your delicate hairline. Always comb down or forward on the hairline - never tight back. This relieves the pressure on those fragile hairs - aiding growth and retention in that area!
HOMEMADE SCALP FRESHENER
Too busy to shampoo? Freshen and invigorate the scalp with your own tingling scalp freshener. Simply mix one cup of water with 3-5 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously then spray the scalp in sections and massage the mixture in with your fingertips. Gentle massage combined with this invigorating mixture stimulate the follicle and aid in new growth!
Unruly edges? New growth won't lay down? A silky microfiber knee sock is the perfect size for a headband to hold back your hair and lay down those edges while you do your makeup. It's totally adjustable - just secure it as firmly or loosely as necessary with a mini jaw clip.
Don't throw out those old silky nylons and microfiber socks. Cut them into three inch sections for the perfect hair ties! Unlike the damaging ties in the drugstore, these ties are soft and silky and never cause breakage! Do not use cotton socks as cotton can zap moisture.
SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
Don't clog the landfill with those old grocery bags. Keep them on hand to use for deep conditioning and baggying your hair. TIP: even without conditioner they make a great overnight incubator for dry strands!
Honey is incredibly therapeutic for hair! It lends softness and shine and fortifies damaged strands. Simply add a couple tablespoons to your conditioner or deep treatments. Rinse thoroughly after use.
Avocado/Mayo Treatment Mask
Tackle uber dry strands the cheap way! Mix 1/2 mashed avocado with 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Apply to dry hair and let sit 1 hour. Shampoo and condition as normal. Tresses will be moisturized and supple!
Think beer is just for drinking? Think again. Adding six tablespoons to 1 cup water for your final rinse will remove residue and render strands soft and shiny!
For ultra-clean, shiny hair on a dime, use a paste of four tablespoons baking soda plus two tablespoons water. Massage the mixture into your hair and scalp then rinse thoroughly for soft, shiny locks.
Frizz got you down? Try this cheap pre-shampoo treatment: add 3 tablespoons of black strap molasses to your deep conditioner. Saturate hair and cover with a plastic cap for 1-2 hours. Shampoo and condition as normal. Molasses impart frizz control and shine.
Next time you hit up the craft store keep an eye out for amazingly beautiful, super cheap fabric flowers. Just a bobby pin and you have some gorgeous hair bling or attach one to your sun hat for some fun summer style.
Pure silk pillowcases not
in your budget? Get a large-sized old silk scarf and stitch it to the face of a
standard pillowcase. Voila! Protected tresses.
Don't waste precious cash on expensive protein treatments! Simply take a beaten egg and mix it with 1/2 cup of your favorite conditioner. Apply to the hair and leave on for 30 minutes under a conditioning cap for a deep protein treatment. Shampoo thoroughly and follow with a super moisturizing condish to finish.
Avocados two for a dollar at the Safeway? Pick some up for your hair! Avocados are filled with beneficial oils, nutrients and phytochemicals. Simply mash up a whole avocado and add it to 1/2 cup of your favorite moisturizing conditioner. Apply to dry hair for 1-2 hours then shampoo and condition as normal.
Protein treatment on the cheap? Try a milk rinse for a light boost of protein. Milk is loaded with beneficial protein and enzymes. Saturate hair in milk and leave on for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.
tECHNICOLOR FOR PENNIES
Hey Kool-Aid! Looking for fun color but can't spring for that expensive box rinse? Try Kool-Aid! Black cherry leaves burgundy highlights. Orange leaves a warm copper glow. Add two packets of the color of your choice to 1 cup moisturizing conditioner. Apply and let sit under plastic cap for one hour. Shampoo and condition as normal. Adds highlights. Will not lighten hair. Search YouTube for tutorials.
yogurt hair smoothie
Next time plain yogurt is on sale pick up extras for your hair! Yogurt is loaded with milk protein and probiotics that are beneficial for the hair and scalp. Slather on in place of your monthly protein treatment. Let sit under a conditioner cap for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.
extra mayo please
Mayo: the ultimate inexpensive moisturizing protein treatment. Water and oils plus egg equals the perfect protein/moisture balance! No need to mix anything - apply straight mayonnaise to hair, cover with a plastic cap and leave for one hour. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Don't waste your pennies on chemical gels filled with adhesives. For your next twistout or slicked back style make natural silicone-free gel with flax seeds! 2 Cups Water, 2/3 Cup Flax Seeds. Combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain through a nylon into a lidded jar. Must be refrigerated.
Too strapped to spring for Brazilian Keratin? Go DIY with this formaldahyde-free option: Saturate hair with a keratin-based conditioner then sit under an overhead dryer or hot towel for an hour. Shampoo then deep condition with a moisturizing DC.
THE REJECT BIN
Cupboard full of rejected products that tried out for holy grail status? Don't throw them away. Shampoos make great body wash or hand soap - just fill those dispensers with it. Turn rejected conditioners into DC's by mixing in nutritious oils.
The tress-obsessed know that the salon and drugstore are not the only places to stock up on hair products. Outlets, discount stores and dollar stores can be a bounty for great products! Tressbuzz has found Chi at TJ Maxx, Fine organic products at the Grocery Outlet and great $1 conditioners at the dollar store so hit up those bargain bins!
Can't afford an expensive overhead dryer or heat cap for your deep conditioning? Try a hot towel treatment! After applying your deep conditioner cover hair with a conditioner cap. Saturate a small towel with hot water and cover your head. As the towel cools you can reapply hot water as needed. Continue for 10 minutes. The heat will relax the cuticle and allow nutrients to penetrate deeply!
Can't spring for that salon brand deep conditioner this month? Tressbuzz hits the kitchen pantry for an oil pre-shampoo treatment! Apply olive or vegetable oil to your dry strands and cover with a plastic bag or cap. Put a warm hat over the plastic cap to lock in body heat. Voila! Instant hot oil treatment. Leave this on for an hour then shampoo and condition as normal. Strands will be super soft and moisturized!
Did you know that your moisture-based (no protein please) conditioner can do double duty? Add a dab to tresses as a nourishing moisturizer and seal with your oil of choice. Put a dollop on ends prior to damp bunning or protective styling. Keep a light hand and tresses will stay moisturized and never weighed down!
THE BOTTOM LINE
Think you're too strapped for cash to start a haircare journey? NOT. V05 brand shampoos and conditioners are extremely low-priced (.79 cents this week in my drugstore flier!!) and have many of the same base ingredients as the more expensive brands. They have a wide selection that addresses both moisture and protein so get out there and get shopping!