By: Davonne Schäfer
The winter season can wreak havoc on your hair. With spring right around the corner, it’s time to update your winter beauty routine to a new, fresh you. And as a busy mom, I need easy-to-do beauty routines that keep me feeling confident, but don’t leave me in the bathroom getting ready for a solid hour.
Below are some of my favorite, easy-to-do DIY hair routines:
- Deep conditioner
I deep condition my hair once a week with a creamy coconut oil mixture. Coconut oil penetrates your hair quicker than most conditioners. It reduces hair breakage, frizz, dandruff, and can promote hair growth. Not to mention, it also smells great! After I wash my hair, I apply my DIY deep conditioner:
- 2 tablespoons inexpensive conditioner (Schwarzkopf, Pantene Pro-V, etc.)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
Depending on the length of your hair, you may need to alter the ratio of ingredients. Mix all the ingredients together and work in into your hair, starting with your ends and working your way up to your roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave on for about 20 minutes. The shower cap creates a warm environment for the deep condition to penetrate deep into your hair stands. Rinse out and style as usual.
Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may not want the coconut oil residing on your strands. For thin haired moms, you can deep condition your hair before you shampoo so the coconut oil doesn’t weigh down your hair, leaving you with that greasy haired look that only Jon Snow can pull off.
2. Peppermint spray
If you’re it like me at the gym, you sweat… A LOT! I don’t wash my hair every day, so after the gym or in-between wash days, I spritz my scalp with a homemade peppermint spray to refresh it and prevent sweat and hair product build-up. Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory properties, relives a dry, itchy scalp and can promote hair growth. My recipe follows:
- Add 3-5 drops of peppermint oil to one cup (250 ml) of distilled or boiled water (cooled to room temperature)
- Mix a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, or almond oil, into your peppermint water mixture
- Spray directly onto your scalp, rub with your fingertips and enjoy the tingling sensation
If you wash your hair everyday, add a few drops in your shampoo to receive the same benefits.
3. Apple cider vinegar rinse
My favorite hair rinse is apple cider vinegar (ACV). There are several different rinses that me and my friends have tried, including tea, beer, and lemon juice. And a lot more that we still haven’t tried: Coca-Cola, coffee, champagne – which is great if you accidently swallow some! After I wash and condition my hair, I rinse it with my ACV mixture, which restores your hair’s pH, decreases dandruff and clarifies your scalp from hair product build-up. My homemade mixture is below:
- Mix one cup (250 ml) of filtered tap water with 1-2 tablespoons of raw/unfiltered ACV. (Make sure you purchase the raw/unfiltered ACV with the sediment at the bottom. I purchase a bio ACV from Alnatura.)
Once your hair dries, you won’t smell the ACV. Make sure you tilt your head enough to prevent the mixture from running into your eyes – I’ve learned from experience that it burns like hell! Also make sure not to scratch your scalp too hard before your rinse your hair; you’ll definitely feel a strong tingling sensation depending on how hard you scratch.
Do you have any DIY hair treatments that you can’t live without?
Cali-born, Boston-bred and now living in Munich – Davonne is just another average girl trying to find the best cake in Munich. After arriving in Germany, she was faced with the common challenge many culturally diverse women face: What in the world am I going to do with my hair here?!
After a botched hair appointment, several failed attempts with different hair stylists, and no access to her favorite brands from Target, she decided something’s gotta give – and started experimenting in her kitchen by making homemade hair creams, gels, shampoos, deep conditioners, hair rinses, etc.
When Davonne isn’t hanging around at play groups, you can find her bustling around her hood, Haidhausen, or sitting outside her favorite neighborhood café, stuffing her mouth with cake.
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