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Hair care products that can be found in your kitchen

May 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
For years, women have been searching for out-of-the-box, natural ingredients to help treat their tresses. Some experts say the best treats for your troubled hair could be found right in your kitchen.

Apple cider vinegar can be used to deep clean and remove buildup. Pour one cup over wet, unwashed hair, and then shampoo and condition as usual. Once a week is all you need.

Your favorite beer is also good for your locks. It smoothes damaged cuticles that make your hair look dull. Just shampoo and condition, and then pour a bottle of dark stout over your wet hair to add shine and strengthen. Once a month should do the trick.

Finally, replace expensive deep conditioning salon treatments with coconut oil. Heat two teaspoons of coconut oil for a few seconds and massage it into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on overnight. Shampoo twice in the morning and say goodbye to dry parched hair. It's beauty on a budget. For best results, use pure unrefined coconut oil.

For extra-conditioning, you can rub a pea-sized amount of the oil in your hands and concentrate it on the ends of your hair. A one-pound jar will usually cost you less than $10. If you have color-treated hair, dermatologists recommend using shampoo and conditioners with a pH balance between 4.5 to 5.5.

If you have long hair, sleep in a loose braid to prevent damage to your hair cuticles.

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