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Video:5 Natural Kitchen Hair Care Products

with Lea Elleseff

Natural hair care doesn't have to be complicated. A great place to start is your very own kitchen. See which five products from your cabinets can shampoo, condition, and style your hair!See Transcript

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Transcript:5 Natural Kitchen Hair Care Products

Hi I'm Lea Elleseff, and today on about.com I'm going to teach you how to take care of your hair using five products you can find right in your own kitchen. Let's poke around my kitchen and see what we can find.

Wash Hair With Natural Baking Soda Shampoo

Everyone knows that baking soda is good for baking, but it also makes an excellent shampoo. Baking soda does not contain the harsh sulfates that most manufactured shampoos do, and does a thorough and healthy job of cleaning your locks.

To use it as a wash, dash a bit of baking soda into a bowl, and add a splash of water. Stir it up, and it's ready to be worked into your hair and rinsed out.

Try Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Conditioner

After a good wash, most of us look forward to a good conditioning. I use apple cider vinegar. Its astringent value lightly cleanses, smoothes, and softens locks all at the same time. To maximize it as a hair product, add to it one part water, and condition as usual.

Squeezing lemon juice into the solution enhances your hair's shine and elasticity.

Use Milk for Damaged Hair

And the next thing we'll need is milk. Heavy on proteins, milk is perfect for restoring damaged hair. Think of it as a deep conditioner, that you use once in a while when need be. Use it by working the milk straight into your hair and letting it sit 2-5 minutes before rinsing.

If you find your hair in a state of extreme dryness and damage try beating in an egg into your milk. This added dose of protein will sweet talk your hair into submission. Leave the mixture in your wet hair for 3-5 minutes before thoroughly washing out.

Rinse Hair With Natural Tea

And we are just in time for tea. The benefits of drinking various teas are great and diverse, and the same is true of washing our hair with it. In Russia, it is a common to rinse with black tea for cleanliness and shine.

Prepare your tea wash, much like you would a very strong cup of tea. Add a heaping tablespoon of loose leaf black tea to a cup. Fill the cup to the top with boiling water. Now leave the brew to cool to room temperature, before using it as you would a shampoo. Add to your hair, let it sit for 3-5 minutes, and rinse out.

Olive Oil for Hair

And finally we've come to my favorite kitchen hair product. Olive oil, cold pressed. I use it in the shower as a conditioner, when I need a really smooth finish. You just work some into your hands, add to your hair, use only a little, you don't want it to be too slimy, and then wash it out.

And the other great thing about it, is that you can use it as a midday quick frizz fix. That's right, you can just pour the tiniest bit onto your palm, and smooth out your locks with it. It works best on very thick, curly hair, that's natural tendency is to be out of control.

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