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It’s no secret that keratin treatments can be expensive. If you can’t stomach the price of those salon visits, I have the solution. You can make your own keratin treatment!
There’s more than one natural alternative to keratin hair treatment procedures. I’ve compiled my favorites into the following list. So skip the salon and head to your kitchen or medicine cabinet for natural keratin sources and alternatives that will breathe new life into your hair without the high price tag.
Aloe Vera Conditioning Treatment
If you’re hoping to smooth hair, aloe vera can do the trick. There are several ready-made conditioners with aloe vera you can use, or try your own version at home. Just cut an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel to damp hair.
Start at your scalp and work down. Wrap your hair in a warm, damp towel and chill out for about 15 minutes while the aloe vera works its magic. Wash as normal to remove the product. This adds moisture, helping to eliminate frizz. It's also amazing for skin.
Almond Milk Hair Mask
Remember that keratin is a protein, essential for healthy hair. Almond milk has an insane amount of natural proteins. It has virtually the same effects as a smoothing treatment.
Try mashing together a banana and an avocado. Add a few tablespoons each of maple syrup, olive oil, and almond milk. Stir until everything is blended. Apply the mask to your hair and finger comb it through to make sure it’s even.
Let the mask sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with a natural shampoo.
Agave Nectar Smoothing Gel
Agave nectar tastes great in margaritas, but you can also use it as a natural alternative to keratin hair treatment. It deep conditions your hair, thanks to high levels of sugar that attract water.
Mix a quarter cup of agave nectar with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and finger comb it through. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and sit for 15 minutes before rinsing the gel out with warm water and then shampooing.
Organic Protein Treatment
If your hair is dry and damaged, a protein treatment will do the trick. This treatment is not only easy, it’s incredibly affordable as well. Simply beat one or two eggs, depending on your hair length, and stir in a little olive oil. Apply it to the entire length of your hair and then cover with a shower cap. Let the mixture sit for about half an hour before rinsing out with cool (not warm) water.
In addition to applying a protein treatment, you can also eat more protein, like chicken, spinach, and turkey, for healthier locks that have less need for a straightening treatment.
Coconut Milk Mixed with Lemon Juice
These two natural ingredients can give you the straight hair you’ve always wanted.
Mix a cup of coconut milk with a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Whisk the juice of one fresh lemon with two or three tablespoons of corn starch in a bowl. Add the corn starch mixture to the coconut milk mixture and stir until dissolved. Heat gently over medium heat while whisking until the mixture thickens.
Let it cool before applying the mixture to your hair, working in small sections. Wrap your hair in a hot towel and sit for about half an hour before rinsing and shampooing.
Hot Oil Treatment
Head to your kitchen and grab your olive oil or coconut oil for this natural alternative to keratin hair treatment. You can use a ready-made product, but if you’re going for all natural, skip the store-bought oil treatments. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils if desired.
Gently heat the oil in the microwave in short increments, stirring often. Then gently massage the oil into your scalp. Wrap with a hot towel and sit for about half an hour before rinsing and shampooing with warm water.
Milk and Honey
If you have some time to kill, try this milk and honey mask. Milk nourishes hair and can loosen curls. Honey intensifies the effect.
Use enough milk to cover your hair and add a few drops of honey. Mix well. You can either use this mixture at room temperature or try gently heating it up to make it easier to use—but be careful not to scorch the milk if you do. When you’re ready, apply to the entire length of your hair. Let it sit for about two hours before rinsing and washing with a natural shampoo.
It might take a few tries to find which natural alternative to keratin hair treatment works best for straightening and improving the appearance of your hair. You also might need to combine a couple of these treatments to get the results you’re after. But you can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of options that can provide you with straight and sleek hair that don’t involve a salon.