Surprising Ingredients For Healthy Hair

Surprising Ingredients for Healthy Hair

If you have natural, black or curly hair, you may constantly be on the lookout for easy and inexpensive ways to maintain and care for your hair. Natural hair is beautiful and versatile, but it does require a little more maintenance and care than other hair types. The key is to practice the proper hair care methods and use the right products with beneficial ingredients. Expanding more on the latter, here are some unusual ingredients that are surprising great for your natural hair:

Rice Water

Rice water is quickly becoming a very trendy hair hack for smooth, shiny and strong hair. East Asian women have been using rice water for their hair and skin for ages, but it has only recently become popular in Western countries. Harlem Hair Company, a black owned company that offers high quality body wave extensions highly recommends rice water for natural hair.

Rice water is simply the starchy water left over after cooking or soaking rice. It is thought to help detangle your hair and make it smooth and shiny. If you are in the process of growing out your hair, rice water can help prevent split ends and breakage, and make your hair stronger so that it grows faster and healthier. Here's how to use rice water for hair as recommended by Harlem Hair Company:

Thoroughly rinse about a half a cup of uncooked rice, then combine it in a bowl with two to three cups of water. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes, then strain it into a new clean bowl. Shampoo your hair as usual, then rinse thoroughly with water. Follow up with the rice water, in place of your regular conditioner.

Pour the water onto your hair, and gently massage it through the strands and onto your strands. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes to allow your hair strands to absorb the nutrients, then rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water. Doing this regularly can result in smoother, bouncier, shinier and stronger hair. This is a great natural alternative to your regular commercial conditioner.

Vegetable Glycerin

This under-the-radar ingredient may not be the most popular when it comes to natural hair care, but it is a hardworking hero. Its humectant properties make it great at attracting and retaining moisture, which natural, black and curly hair craves deeply. It's a fantastic ingredient to look for in humid climates, or when the weather gets warm and humid in the summer. A good tip is to combine some vegetable glycerin with distilled water in a spray bottle which you can use to quickly freshen and moisturize your hair throughout the day.


You may have heard your mother or grandmother recommend mayonnaise as a hair treatment for softer, more defined hair. It was a popular hair treatment for many years until it fell out of favor recently due to the unpleasant smell and messiness. But the truth is that mayonnaise contains a lot of great ingredients that are beneficial for your hair, including lemon juice, vinegar and soybean oil that can seal in moisture and boost shine.

To do a mayonnaise hair treatment, start with clean, wet hair. Apply the mayonnaise generously to your hair as you would a regular conditioner. Be sure to massage it thoroughly through your hair strands, focusing on the tips to soften them. Using a wide tooth comb and sectioning your hair can make this process easier and ensure that the mayonnaise is evenly distributed.

After you have evenly coated all your strands with mayonnaise, put a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair and let the treatment sit for at least 30 minutes. Then thoroughly rinse with water and a gentle shampoo to get rid of all mayonnaise residue. The result will be incredibly soft and well-defined natural curls!

Which of these surprising ingredients have you tried before? If none, which are you willing to try out? Go ahead and try them out; you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how great the results are.

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