Overdone the hair dye? Feeling frazzled by bleach, blow drying or using hair straighteners too much? It's time to put down the GHDs and flat irons, step away from that bottle of hair colour and let your real natural beauty shine through.
You may scoff at the idea of your natural hair colour, length or texture. But how many times have we got it wrong by choosing the wrong colour for our hair, permed it or used every product going in an effort to have the hair we like the look of? The 'Rachel' hair cut was popularised by Friends actress Jennifer Aniston in the 90s, but today it seems we all want our hair to go to miraculous lengths.
Celebrities and pop stars these days change their look every five minutes to appear fresh and exciting.
They cut their hair short, dye it blonde, red, black. Then add extensions only to remove them again. Resorting to wear a wig when the stress gets all too much for their locks. But celebrities have hair stylists to look after their hair 24/7 so it's expected they will always look their best. From Rihanna to Lady Gaga, celebrity hair has never felt so stressed.
The average girl can not compete with such demands. We may feel like changing our hair, but we have to be aware of the many dangers and hair raising problems that can go wrong when we fail to nourish our follicles.
After all, hair is just dead protein and too much pressure on it can cause it to become thin, weak and ultimately, snap.
To avoid this, the best option is to ensure you give your hair a well deserved rest. The prime way of doing this is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. But not with any store bought moisturiser. No, the best way to moisturise your hair doesn't involve spending a fortune on expensive conditioners.
Inexpensive products you can buy at your supermarket including honey and avocados, are rich in antioxidant properties which can help to improve the quality and texture of your hair. Honey is a natural humectant and is fantastic when mixed with water, as it penetrates the skin or hair follicles more intensely.
Another fantastic ingredient is coconut oil. When rubbed into the scalp, it can help to minimise protein loss and leave your locks feeling super glossy and shiny. Mix together a few tablespoons of avocado, honey, coconut oil and a dash of olive oil and you have a recipe for growing healthy, strong and beautiful hair.
Take a look around your local grocery store or supermarket and see what fruit and vegetable produce you can try to improve your hair. You could even try the alcohol aisle as rinsing your hair in beer after shampooing is known to give great shine and bounce!
Experiment and have fun with these cheap and all natural products, which are free from nasty chemicals that manufacturers don't want you to know about - such as synthetic chemicals and parabens.
The next step is to avoid or cut down on hot styling products like blow drying and straightening with a flat iron. These processes damage hair follicles and can add to the breakage of hair. It is worth eliminating anything that is harsh to hair, such as rugged hair bands or clips which can cause hair to snap. And if you must colour your hair, look into trying henna products or natural hair dyes which are free from ammonia, peroxide and parabens.
So save time, save money and get great looking hair that A-list celebrities can only dream of with these top tips to help heal your hair with natural products.