Nat­u­ral ways to straighten hair

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - AASHNA MALANI ( IN­PUTS FROM SHAH­NAZ HUSAIN)

Alot of peo­ple reach out for straight­en­ing irons or chem­i­cal prod­ucts to make their hair poker straight. Re­peated straight­en­ing with heat or chem­i­cals weak­ens hair, lead­ing to break­age and hair loss. Here’s how to make your hair straight nat­u­rally: CO­CONUT MILK AND LE­MON JUICE Co­conut milk nour­ishes and soften the hair. It con­tains sat­u­rated fats, which pro­vide emol­lients. It also con­tains acids that re­store the aci­dal­ka­line bal­ance of the scalp.

METHOD: Mix le­mon juice with fresh co­conut milk. Le­mon juice has a cleans­ing and straight­en­ing ef­fect and helps add lus­tre to the hair. REG­U­LAR HOT OIL TREAT­MENT Hot oil ther­apy helps the hair ab­sorb the oil bet­ter, mak­ing it smoother and straighter.

METHOD: Heat co­conut oil and ap­ply on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot wa­ter, squeeze out the wa­ter and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a tur­ban. Keep it on for 5 min­utes. Re­peat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. Wash off with mild sham­poo. Comb

with a wide-toothed comb. Do this twice a week.

MILK AND HONEY

Hair is made up of a pro­tein called ker­atin. Pro­tein in adding strength and body. Milk also con­tains fats, which help to soften and smoothen the hair. Honey is a nat­u­ral mois­turiser that adds sheen to hair.

METHOD: One ta­ble­spoon of honey may be mixed with milk to soften and straighten the hair. They also add shine. The com­bi­na­tion can also be put in a spray bot­tle. Spray the hair with it af­ter sham­poo, leave on for 2 min­utes and rinse with plain wa­ter.

OLIVE OIL AND EGGS

The chem­i­cal struc­ture of the nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring oil in our body is sim­i­lar to olive oil. That is why it helps re­store the nor­mal bal­ances. Olive oil con­tains hy­drox­y­ty­rosol and Vi­ta­min E, both of which tain vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, along with fatty acids.

METHOD: Mix 2 eggs with olive oil. Ap­ply on hair. Wear a shower cap and leave on for 20 min­utes, be­fore wash­ing. RICE FLOUR, FULLER’S EARTH AND EGG WHITE This makes a hair mask, to be used once a week. It not only cleanses, but straight­ens the hair and adds vol­ume.

METHOD: One egg white should be added to one-quar­ter cup rice flour and one cup Fuller’s Earth. Ap­ply the paste, comb hair and leave on for an hour. Wash off with sham­poo.

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