Posted: Aug 01, 2012 1:00 PM
 
If you have dry, brittle hair, it’s probably getting worse as this summer approaches -- so it's time to intervene quickly. Don’t run to the salon. Instead, run to the kitchen to whip up a healthy hair cocktail to stave off further damage.

Salon treatments can be effective, but they're pricey and don't always contain the healthiest ingredients. Fortunately, you can enjoy the benefits of salon treatments without the price tag or chemicals. Randi Ragan of GreenBliss EcoSpa in Los Angeles lets us in on her best natural hair treatment secrets. Pick your favorite recipe and help your tresses through the summer heat.

Rosemary hair rinse

If dullness is your biggest complaint, bring on the shine and bounce with a rosemary tea infusion. Add a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs to a small pot and cover with just enough distilled or filtered water to cover the herbs. After bringing the water to a boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. After the mixture cools, pour it into a jar and store in the refrigerator. After washing your hair, mix a 1/2 cup of rosemary water with a 1/2 cup of warm water. Pour through your hair and rinse. You'll be left with shiny, bouncy, great-smelling locks.

Banana conditioner

Dry hair is a gigantic beauty bummer. It can be lifeless and difficult to manage -- attributes that nobody wants. Don't fret. A nutrient-packed banana treatment pours moisture and life back into parched, brittle hair. Mash one very ripe banana in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. After shampooing, massage the rich mixture into your wet hair and let it soak in for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal soft, vibrant strands. Ahhh -- beauty crisis averted.

Hair guacamole

Chips and guac are a go-to food favorite, but avocados can also be an indulgent treat for your hair. For an excellent all-around, deep-conditioning treatment, utilize one of nature's healthiest and richest fats.

Mash one avocado with 1 tablespoon of full-fat (plain) Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and a 1/2 a teaspoon of lime juice. Massage into clean, wet hair and let it go to work for 15 minutes (perhaps brush up on your salsa or merengue while you wait). Rinse thoroughly and introduce yourself to your fresh, bouncy 'do. Now, bring on the margaritas!

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