For dry hair avoid over washing your hair and consider a shampoo containing humectants or that offer a low ph balance. Shampoos that have a high ph or ph balancing shampoos often lift the cuticle of the hair thus allowing moisture to evaporate from the hair.
Easily reduce static electricity – Cut down on static electricity by dampening your hair brush before brushing.
Keep your braid in place – For those that braid their hair use a gel to smooth down uncontrolled hairs. Place a small amount of gel on your fingertip or hairpin and move the stray hairs into the braided section.
Flexible but styled – Want a soft look but still want your hairstyle to stay in place. Spray some hairspray in the palm of your hand and smooth over the surface.
Inexpensive dry shampoo – Baby powder makes a fine dry shampoo but be sure to brush out thoroughly.
Below are easy herbal rinses for all hair color:
Brightening blonde recipes: 2 tablespoons dried chamomile 2 tablespoons dried marigold Steep herbs in one quart of boiled water for about a half hour. Strain and cool to your comfort and pour through wet hair.
Shine for a brunette recipe: 2 tablespoons sage 2 tablespoons rosemary Steep herbs in one quart of boiled water for about a half hour. Strain and cool to your comfort and pour through wet hair.
Depth and luxurious red recipe: Rosehips and Cloves Make a strong tea of rosehips or cloves. or 3 tablespoons calenduala to 3 cups water, steep, strain and cool. Pour over wet hair.
Fight dandruff recipe: 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon fresh chives Steep for 30 minutes and strain. Use as a rinse after shampooing.
Clarifying rinse – all too often product builds up in the hair shaft. Consider a clarifying rinse with 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and the juice of a half lemon. After shampooing pour this rinse over your hair and then rinse with cool water. The vinegar smell will dissipate once your hair dries.
African American hair needs intense moisture. Consider shampoos with Emu oil or argon oil to thoroughly hydrate the hair. Olive oil masks or egg yolks mixed with water are an option for deep moisture conditioning.
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