A German friend suggested this new (actually old – they’ve been using it in Germany for some 12,000 years!) beauty recipe for hair that’s lost its mojo and seems totally dry and dull (MINE!). I took it for a road test this week and after ages had hair that actually seemed bouncy and healthy and pretty… not easy, let me tell you, for strands that have been colored and straightened into total lifelessness over many, many years of
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Apples contain an ingredient called pyrus malus, which is a terrific hair conditioner. In fact, pyrus malus is used as a conditioning agent in many hair products, ranging from shampoos and conditioners to mists and serums. Think Garnier Whole Blends Green Apple & Green Tea Shampoo and Conditioner, Frédéric Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo and Liz Earle Naturally Active Botanical Shine Conditioner to name just a few.
Apple cider vinegar, at the same time, helps balance hair’s pH levels, while simultaneously removing all gunk and product buildup. It also helps close the hair cuticle. The result is a smoother surface, which reflects more light, making hair much, much shinier and easy to manage.
How to make the apple hair mask
1. Peel, core and grate 1-2 large apples; mash into a thickish pulp with a large spoon.
2. Combine this pulp with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon corn flour; mix well.
3. Work this mixture into dry, unwashed hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
4. Rinse off the hair mask with tepid water.
5. Wash and style your hair as usual.