Long hours in the sun can wreak havoc on your hair. Exposure to UV rays, coupled with sweat and humidity, chlorinated pools or the salty ocean can dry out and damage your precious locks. So what to do when you don’t have the time or money to pamper your hair regularly at an expensive salon? Try these simple and effective homemade hair sprays to not only bring your tresses back to life but to add a gorgeous healthy lustre.
1. Sunscreen for all Hair Types
Hair need protection from the sun as much as your skin does. Try this DIY hair sunscreen, which can be prepared in minutes. Dilute two teaspoons of SPF 25 sunscreen in a cup of water. Add rosemary oil as it stimulates the hair follicles, encourages hair growth and strengthens the roots, all at the same time. Since water and oil do not mix, you will need to shake the mixture well before each use. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz on hair before going out into the sun to protect your color and shine. Use a clarifying shampoo later to get rid of buildup.
2. Tame the Frizz
When the air is all stuffy and your hair are turning into a fluffy, frizzy mess, it’s aloe vera to the rescue. Aloe helps in restoring moisture and sealing out humidity, while adding shine. Mix one cup water, two tablespoons aloe, one teaspoon argan oil and one teaspoon glycerin in a large measuring cup and pour into spray bottle. Argan oil hydrates hair without making locks greasy and provides the solution an extra frizz fighting power. Aloe-ha!
3. Coconut Milk for Hair
Coconut milk not only works as a conditioner and de-tangler but also improves hair growth. It has high fat content, proteins, and vitamin E which nourish hair from roots to ends, restore thinning hair, split ends and dry, damaged hair. Add half a cup of coconut milk in one cup of water. Shake well and the add one teaspoon olive oil. Alternatively, you can use argan or jojoba in place of olive oil. Your leave-in conditioner is ready.
4. For Coloured Hair
Harsh ultraviolet rays can lead to fading of highlights and leave hair color looking dull. Combine two cups of water, juice from two lemons, 2 tablespoon almond oil and 10 ten drops of chamomile essential oil. Mix well, transfer to spray bottle and shake thoroughly before each use. This lemon-infused spray, when applied before going out into the sun, contains citric acid which heats up, opening the hair cuticle to lift out pigment and deliver natural-looking highlights. One word of caution – overusing this spray can cause drying out of hair due to the high acid content.
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