Most people yearn for a natural permanent straight hair. Using some readily available ingredients one can permanently get a shiny healthy hair without spending a huge amount on expensive treatments. Repeated use of chemicals and hot hair straightening tools weaken the hair with time. This also leads to hair loss due to breakage and damaged hair. Chemicals and hot hair treatments are easier to use but the consequences are dire. Coconut milk and lemon juice have been attested to naturally straighten the hair without damaging the hair.
Coconut milk contains saturated fats which have emollients and softens and nourishes the hair. The milk also has acids which balance the alkaline-acid of the scalp.
Lemon juice gives the hair luster because of its straightening and cleansing effects.
Benefits of lemon juice on hair
Lemon is rich in vitamin B and C, minerals and folic acid. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorous are minerals found in lemon.
- Vitamin C is essential in making the hair strong and long.
- Lemon juice strengthens the hair follicles reducing hair fall.
- It has limonene which is a compound that adds life to dull frizzy hair.
- It acts as an anti-fungal substance and it fights off dandruff and fungal infections on the scalp.
- At the same time it is acidic and it cleanses the hair off deposits and dead cells.
Lemon is acidic and should be used in moderation as it can make hair brittle and dry. It strips the hair of the oils and color.
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice because it is free from preservatives.
Do not use lemon juice if you have cuts and open wounds.
Lemon juice is a bleaching agent, so don’t leave it on hair for more than 10 minutes. However, some people think that lemon juice is better than a coloring agent but remember that you control hair coloring but you have minimal power over lemon juice bleaching effect.
Lemon juice is used together with coconut milk to balance the effects. Lemon rubs off the oils from hair is only temporal, but you need to know that the oils removed are actually essential for the hair and no benefit comes with stripping the hair off its oils.
Coconut and lemon juice hair straightening product
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice from a freshly squeezed lemon or 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Pour the coconut milk in a saucepan then add olive oil and whisk together. In another bow whisk the fresh lemon juice with cornstarch and get rid of all the lumps.
Add the cornstarch and lemon mixture to the coconut milk mixture. Over medium heat the sauce pan while whisking. The mixture will start to thicken with the help of the cornstarch. Mix until you achieve a consistency similar to a conditioner.
Cool the mixture and preferably store in the refrigerator for four hours. The mixture will be thick with a curd like layer.
Apply the mixture on to your hair in small sections so that the whole hair receives the treatment.
Put on a shower cap heat with a hood dryer. If you are not in a position to access a hood dryer do a hot towel treatment. Let the towel be on your head for about 30 minutes.
Shampoo the hair and then deep condition the hair. Sit under a dryer or put on large rollers and let the hair to dry.
If you are not against heat treatment you can use a flat iron on your hair for a sleek finish.
This treatment will make the curly hair straight.
It will give you a healthy, strong and shiny hair.
Vices of this treatment
It is a wonderful thing that you want your hair straight permanently. This hair treatment is the thing for you but it has some side effects though they are not immediately experienced. After managing to have a healthy straight hair the effect lasts for one year then it starts to wear off. The damage to your hair after wearing off is you are left with more coarse hardened hair with split ends. This hair treatment will last up to one year.