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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

How to Care For Your Hair - Cheap and Easy

Haircare is something that you can spend a great deal of money on but there are also many creative ways to cut your haircare expenses. For instance, did you know that if you have to brush your hair more than three time during the day to keep it in place, you need a change of style? If you invest in a good haircut and styling, you can save time and money you would have spent on styling products. Graham and Rosemary Haley author's of Haley's Hints have some great suggestions on saving money on haircare:

More shampoo for less - Commercial shampoo can be diluted to half-strength without altering its ability to clean hair. I actually do this with my laundry detergent also and I add a water softener which helps boost the cleaning power of the detergent.

Homemade dry shampoo - Sometimes you can't shampoo in the shower and need a dry shampoo. You can make your own by simply sprinkling baby powder on your hair and brushing vigorously. Baby Powder also comes in nice scents like lavender.

Baby shampoo for all - If your family members all have different hair types, try switching to baby shampoo, which is effective for dry, oily and normal types.

Clean Hair Brushes and Combs - Fill a basin with warm water and add 2 tablespoons baking soda. Rub brushes together in the solution. Rinse and pat dry.

Home Protein Treatment - Blend 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 3 whole whipped eggs in the blender. Apply to clean damp hair and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. This treatment helps damaged ends and gives hair a nice shine.

Homemade Conditioner - Take two beaten egg yolks and add a teaspoon of gin or vodka. After you've washed your hair, towel dry and massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave for 5 minutes and then rinse.

Hot Oil Treatment - Wet hair and dry. Apply warm vegetable or baby oil to hair roots and massage gently. Cover with a warm towel, fresh from the dryer. Wait 15 minutes before shampooing. Do not use on color treated hair. Use every other time you shampoo.

Dandruff Shampoo - Crush an aspirin tablet until powdered and add it to your normal shampoo. Shake well until powder is dissolved. The acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin is the same ingredient used in many commercial dandruff shampoos.

Save your color treated hair after swimming - This tip comes from my stylist. Rinse your hair with club soda to remove chlorine from hair. Bring a bottle with you to the pool.