We already know that regular use of Keratin Complex® products will help keep your hair looking its best, the KeraGirls also have a few simple home remedies for giving your hair an extra kick of shine and body. And better yet, you can find these beauty-boosters right in your pantry!
Baking soda as a shampoo booster
Mix a dime-sized amount of baking soda into a dollop of shampoo and cleanse your hair, concentrating at the scalp and then working the lather down to the ends. The baking soda will help remove impurities, leaving your hair lighter and full of volume. Try this trick every so often with a Keratin Complex shampoo such as Keratin Care Shampoo.
Please note: It’s important to follow this with a conditioning step, such as Keratin Care Conditioner, which will return the hair to the proper pH to close the cuticle and make your hair smoother, softer and shinier.
Vinegar for shiny hair
Try an occasional final rinse of vinegar: Its acidic pH helps to maintain the pH balance of the hair and remove the buildup of hair products, for incredibly soft and shiny hair. You can use either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (we hear the latter is not quite as strong-smelling).
The most effective way to do this is to dilute one part vinegar in four parts water (e.g., ½ cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water) in a spray or squeeze bottle. You may also consider adding a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, rose or peppermint to the mixture. This formula can be kept in your shower for up to a month.
To apply: Tilt your head back, close your eyes (to avoid eye sting), and distribute the vinegar mixture through your hair, starting at the scalp. After a few seconds, rinse with cool or cold water. The colder the water, the better: Cold water helps to close the cuticle, smooth the hair, and add shine.
Eggs for a conditioning masque
The incredible egg is not only edible, but it’s also packed with nutrition for the hair! The yolk is rich in fats and proteins that moisturize; while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.
Once a month or so, you can use a raw egg masque to condition your hair. For normal hair, use the entire egg; for oily hair, use egg whites only; and for dry hair, use the yolks only. You need at least ½ cup of the egg mixture that is appropriate for your hair type, or enough to coat scalp and hair.
To use the egg masque: Cleanse and lightly condition your hair. Apply the egg masque to damp hair, coating the scalp and entire hair length. Cover with a plastic cap (optional) and leave on for 10 – 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool or cold water, as hot water would “cook” the egg.
Beer for shine and body
Some women swear by beer for making their hair shiny and voluminous—not by guzzling it, but by pouring it down their hair! Apparently, the protein-rich malt and hops help build body, the alcohol acts as a cleansing agent, and the maltose and sucrose sugars tighten the hair’s cuticle for enhanced shine.
Just let the beer go flat before using it. You may use any kind of beer, although most beauty experts recommend traditional brewed beer made from hops, rather than commercial brands, to maximize nutrients and minimize chemicals. You may pour it straight from the bottle or put the beer into a squeeze or spray bottle for easier application.
To use beer as a hair tonic: Shampoo and rinse as usual. Pour the beer onto the hair, starting at the roots, and work into the scalp and hair for a few minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm to cool water. Comb carefully with a wide-tooth comb.