9 Popular Healing Remedies That Can Spoil Your Hair

9 Popular Healing Remedies That Can Spoil Your Hair

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Trends change but one thing that will always be in style is natural beauty. Since haircare is no exception, the internet is full of magical egg, oil, kefir, and even kerosene recipes that are meant to help you get shiny and healthy hair. Of course, we can’t deny the usefulness of most of those recipes but it’s important to remember that using even the most harmless cosmetic items can sometimes lead to unwanted consequences.

We at info-ideal analyzed the content of popular recipes for hair masks and want to warn our readers about common mistakes. Also, keep in mind that it’s always better to consult an expert or a hair stylist before applying a new self-made mixture to your hair.

1. Beer

Promised results:

Deep restoration, shiny hair, nutrition, and less hair loss.

What you should keep in mind:

There are, however, several drawbacks when it comes to using beer masks for your hair.

  • Alcohol can dry out your hair and can destroy the natural protective layer on your scalp. To avoid this, it is generally suggested to use beer as a rinse (without long exposure) or to boil the beer and cool it down before using it as a treatment in order to decrease the amount of alcohol.
  • The beer smell is quite strong, even after you rinse off the mask. Some recipes recommend using shampoo after the mask and even though this can help, the smell will be noticeable if the hair gets wet again, for example, in the rain. It is often recommended to let the beer lose its smell before using it, but according to reviews, it doesn’t actually help.

2. Onion

Promised results:

Stronger roots, faster hair growth, and shinier, thicker, and healthier hair.

There is a great deal of information that supports the theory that onion and garlic juice can help treat baldness (focal alopecia.) The strong antibacterial and fungicidal effects of sulfur that is contained in onion, as well as antioxidants that have an anti-inflammatory effect, could be the reasons that such a mixture works.

What you should keep in mind:

  • Fresh onion juice can cause a significant amount of inflammation of the scalp, especially if there are scratches on the head.
  • As trivial as it might sound, onion gives a strong and long-lasting smell. When using this mask, you should also check the methods to get rid of this smell as you’ll definitely need them. The more onion pieces you use, the stronger and more long-lasting the smell will be. It is only onion juice prepared in a juice-maker that should be used as a mask.
  • The onion smell accumulates and with each new mask, it will be more difficult to get rid of it. But many recipes recommend using onion masks for several weeks in a row.
  • The liquid consistency of the mask together with its eye-tearing effect can cause additional problems.

3. Eggs

Promised results:

No split ends, shinier and smoother hair due to vitamin D and E, as well as proteins.

What you should keep in mind:

  • The main mistake that many people using egg masks make is using the whites. In this case, you should rinse the mask with cold water only, otherwise, you will have to comb out the leftovers of those boiled whites for a long time.
  • It has been proven that egg whites are too big to be able to penetrate into hair and build up the strong binding. Therefore, it is better to forget about protein therapy.
  • The smell is very difficult to get rid off and it’s very bad.

4. Baking soda

Promised results:

Lighter and smoother hair; less greasy; less expensive.

What you should keep in mind:

  • Using only baking soda to wash your hair is quite risky since the pH level of a 5% soda solution is about 9 pH. Moreover, many recipes suggest using more saturated solutions. Meanwhile, the acidity of the scalp is much lower — 5.5 pH, while the pH of hair is about 3.67. Studies of different shampoos have shown that washing hair with liquids the pH level of which is higher than 5.5 pH can be harmful. It can damage the hair’s structure, increase fragility, and cause tangles.
  • The ability of baking soda to remove dirt from the hair without using additional ingredients is quite dubious. Just compare the photo above to see the difference between hair washed with shampoo and hair washed with baking soda.
  • Another study conducted by scientists from the University of Vienna has proven that using alkaline soap on the scalp increases the production of sebum and damages the protective layer. Therefore, soda can be effective if used once but if used for a long time, it can lead to problems with the scalp and the hair itself.

5. Oils: coconut, castor, burdock

Promised results:

No dryness of scalp and hair; shinier and softer hair.

What you should keep in mind:

  • It has been proven that using oils can worsen the condition of the hair. First of all, dry hair needs to be moisturized, but it becomes impossible when its surface is covered with a layer of oil. It’s the same situation with nutritional elements — oil clogs hair follicles and disguises the problem instead of solving it.
  • When using oil masks regularly, the scalp becomes more oily but the hair becomes drier. That’s why many hair stylists and trichologists (hair specialists) don’t recommend applying oils to your hair.
  • When using oils, you should keep in mind that they wash out hair dye. Therefore, it’s not recommended to use them after dying your hair.

6. Natural dyes: henna and anthocyanin

Promised results:

Hair color that’s brighter and richer; hair that’s shinier; improved hair structure; faster hair growth.

What you should keep in mind:

Natural and long-lasting hair dyes like henna and anthocyanin have a range of disadvantages that many people usually forget about:

  • Natural dyes penetrate deep into the hair structure and it’s very difficult to wash them out. The reddish tinge that henna gives can stay even after dying hair different and darker colors. It’s almost impossible to wash those colors out, unlike chemical dyes that can be easily replaced with other colors. Very few hair stylists actually agree to remove henna. Moreover, it’s very difficult to get cold blonde and pastel shades after using henna. The situation is the same with colorless henna — there is a high probability that the result of your coloring will be very different from the expected one after healing hair with colorless henna.
  • It’s difficult to predict the result of coloring with a chemical dye after using henna. The best result will be a red color; however, other options are also available.
  • Natural dyes make hair appear thicker. But this effect is temporary and it’s harsh on the hair. Henna dries out the scalp and hair and that’s why it’s recommended to pay extra attention to moisturizing hair masks.
  • A complete lightening is required in order to get a bright and pure color when using natural dyes. For example, if you color unlightened blond hair with anthocyanin, then, in the best case, you’ll get a light tinge. In the worst case — a dirty color.

7. Salt

Promised results:

Scalp peeling effect; faster hair growth.

What you should keep in mind:

Experts outline beneficial features of rinsing hair with water and scrubbing the scalp with salt. However, it is important to be aware of some of the warnings:

  • A salt mask can cause severe burning of the scalp. There should be no injuries on the skin of the head.
  • Salt shouldn’t be used on dry hair as it can provoke hair damage and hair loss. When rubbing salt, intensive moisturizing and care are required, even if you have oily hair. It’s recommended to use salt masks no more than once a week. After 10 procedures, a several-month break is required.

8. Acids

Promised results:

There are numerous recipes for masks and rinses with vinegar, lemon juice, and fermented milk products. After using them, the hair is supposed to become smooth, soft, and healthy.

What you should keep in mind:

  • The normal pH of the scalp is about 5.5 and that’s why most haircare products have the same acidity index. According to experts, acids with a lesser pH than 3 (like in lemon juice or vinegar) to 4.4 (yogurt and kefir) can cause skin irritation, especially if they’re used for a long time.
  • Any acids including kefir and yogurt dry out the hair and that’s why there is a high chance of getting rough and tangled hair when applying such masks.
  • Kefir and lemon juice are contained in many folk recipes that are meant to “remove” hair dyes. You should keep this in mind when considering applying such a mask on freshly-colored hair.
  • The smell of a kefir mask isn’t the best and it’s very difficult to get rid of.

9. Kerosene

Promised results:

The origins of using kerosene as a product for hair care come from stories of the old days when it was supposedly used to fight lice. This method was actually quite popular and it was then that it was found out that this procedure can stop hair loss and make the hair thicker and shinier.

What you should remember about:

  • Kerosene is a product of oil refining. It has a viscous oily structure and a strong, corrosive odor which can be removed neither by shampoos nor by essential oils. All because hair, due to its porous structure, absorbs smells very well.
  • Kerosene is highly toxic when it gets into the body. For example, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the USA outlines the following frequent reactions of the body to this substance: irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and throat mucous, dermatitis, burning in the chest, headache, digestive disorders, confusion, and anxiety. Should one really risk so much in order to get dubious results?

What natural hair remedies do you use? Please share your favorite recipes and their results in the comments!

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