Whether it's an ever flakey scalp, a case of the flats, dry, overstressed tresses, or a baby with cradle cap....th answer is right in your home:
Olive Oil & Lemon Dandruff Buster
Dandruff is a common complaint as the dry, cool weather hits or stress takes over our busy bodies. Lemon juice and olive oil is a great blend to bust up those flakes and soothe dry winter scalp. *Lemon juice is also very effective for cradle cap, when mixed with a little white vinegar and massaged into baby’s scalp; it will break up the thick oily layers.
To Use: Mix 1 part fresh lemon juice, 1 part olive oil and 1 part water, and massage into damp scalp to stimulate. Wrap in a warm, damp towel and let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair.
Woman have long used the benefits of yeast from beer and mead to create beautiful, bouncy locks. The yeasts will plump up your hair shaft and leave your hair looking full and voluminous. The heavier the beer the better (don’t blame me if your gal steals a Guinness out of the fridge, guys).
To Use: Mix 1/2 cup beer (room temperature is best) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Add a splash of vanilla or orange extract to improve the smell. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with tepid to cool water.
Dry/Damaged Hair: Honey
Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture. If your hair is thirsty, frizzy and otherwise parched, this is a great way to revive it and gain some shine….and you will smell good enough to eat!
To Use: Apply to freshly shampooed, wet hair for easier application (trying to work honey through a head full of dry hair is NOT advisable). Massage approximately 1/2 cup of it in and let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Add a tsp. or two of water to the honey itself if you need to thin it out. *For extremely damaged hair, trying mixing in a protein-rich ingredient like a tsp. of avocado/yogurt or an egg, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that styling tools and the sun destroy.
Overdue for a shampoo but can't make the time? Cornstarch
Cornstarch has long been a secret of the travelling super model. If you don’t have time for a shampoo and blow out, but your roots are looking dark and greasy, or it’s just too cold out to imagine getting your head wet, this trick will make you VERY happy. Save your money buying those fancy dry shampoos and “bodifying sprinkles” because this works just as well (maybe better).
To Use: Pour cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker, and sprinkle onto your roots. Flip your head upside-down and scrub the cornstarch into your scalp as if you were shampooing- just for a few seconds. Flip up and check yourself out. Amazing, right?