10 Homemade Hair Treatments For Different Hair Problems
Homemade hair treatments are so simple and easy to use. They are a cost-effective way to strengthen and condition your hair at the same time. Most of the ingredients are items you already have in your kitchen so they’re also convenient.
Most everyone is looking for ways to stretch their dollars but you don’t have to sacrifice your hair because you simply can’t afford the treatments you need. Nature has already provided us with many of the ingredients that can energize your hair. Our Mother had great intentions for all things natural!
Natural ingredients may sound expensive but they aren’t. You simply don't need as much of the product so you use much less than regular products. In fact, many organic products have many of the ingredients you’ll find below added to them. That’s how well they work!
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Homemade Hair Treatments for All Hair Types
Eggs yolks are rich and proteins and fats and are naturally moisturizing while the egg whites are great at removing excessive oils because it contains bacteria-eating enzymes.
Normal hair - use the entire egg to condition hair
Oily Hair - use egg whites only
Dry, Brittle Hair - use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair
How to Use: Combine 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for your hair and apply to clean, damp hair. Use more egg as needed if there isn’t enough to thoroughly coat hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic cap to help hold and retain heat. This also allows your hair to absorb more of the egg mixture. Leave on your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and shampoo and condition as normal.
Whole egg and yolks only treatments should be used once a month to energize. Whites-only treatments should be used every two weeks to revitalize.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Dull Hair
Styling products (as well as pollution) can leave a dull residue on your hair that depletes moisture and dulls shine but simple dairy products like sour cream and yogurt can help reverse the condition. Lactic acid (found in milk-type products) gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes.
How to Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt onto slightly damp hair and allow it to penetrate the hair shaft for at least 20 minutes. For the best results, cover with a plastic cap and sit somewhere warm, like the sun or in a warm room in your home. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as normal.
Repeat this treatment every other week until you get the results you want.
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Homemade Hair Treatments for Shiny Hair
Add more highlights using lemons! Lemons are slightly acidic when they aren’t consumed so they can eat away at hair product build up.
How to Use: Combine the juice from half a lemon (no pulp) in one cup of water. Use as a final rinse. If you have chemically treated hair, you’ll need a detangler to comb through locks.
For extra shine, combine one ripe avocado, two tablespoons of olive oil along with a quarter cup of melted coconut oil.
How to Use: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well until you get a smooth, thick paste/mix. Apply the hair masque from roots to tips on clean, damp/dry hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
Leave the mask on your hair for at least 30 minutes. For even better results, sit out in the sun or in a warm room in your home. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and towel dry your hair.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Fine, Limp Hair
Beer contains generous supplies of yeast, which volumizes and plumps tired-looking strands.
How to Use: Combine 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 teaspoon light oil (sunflower, peanut, canola, or extra light virgin olive oil) and one raw egg. Mix well. Brush on clean, slightly damp hair. Allow it to set for 15 minutes, covered with a warm damp towel heated in the microwave for best results. Rinse with cool water.
Repeat biweekly as needed.
To revitalize flat hair, spritz a small amount of flat beer directly onto hair throughout the day. This leaves behind a protein barrier on your hair (from the wheat, hops, or malt) and breathes new life into hair. (Don't worry. The alcohol will evaporate so you won't smell like a brewery.)
Use these homemade hair treatments anytime for a little hair pick-me-up!
Homemade Hair Treatments for Dry or Damaged Hair
Honey attracts and locks in moisture because it’s a natural humectant.
How to Use: Massage 1/2 cup plain honey onto clean, damp hair. Allow it to set for 20 minutes. For best results, use a thermal heat cap or warm towel warmed in the dryer. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
For easier application (because honey is so sticky) add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of olive oil to the honey.
For dry, damaged hair, mix 1/2 cup plain honey with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the basic structure of the keratin protein bonds.
Treatments can be used once a month.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Oily or Greasy Hair
Egg whites can be whipped, then used as a shampoo for oily hair.
How to Use: Combine 3 egg whites in a blender and whip until they’re frothy. Start sectioning off your hair and apply the egg whites to the scalp and hair, then start working the whites throughout your hair, just as you would shampoo. When your hair doesn’t ‘lather’ anymore, rinse thoroughly with warm, tepid water.
Rubbing alcohol and plain ammonia can cut grease to remove oily build up.
How to use: Combine a few drops of ammonia with 2 ounces of rubbing alcohol and one cup of purified water. Spray onto any oily areas on your hair and scalp. Use a thin towel to dry and let the rest of the solution dry naturally. Much of the excessive oils will be gone. Use between regular shampooing.
Cornstarch and/or baking soda can also be used to remove oil and grease.
How To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornstarch (or unscented cornmeal-type powder like Gold Bond) into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto any oily sections of your hair and scalp. Allow it to set for 10 minutes, then use a large paddle hairbrush and brush it out of your hair. Hold your head upside down and rub your scalp with your fingertips to remove remnants from your scalp completely. Brush again thoroughly.
These homemade hair treatments can be used as needed.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Damaged Hair
Avocado contains oils that are almost bio-identical to the natural oils secreted by the sebaceous glands in your scalp and skin. The combination of oils and proteins bolster hair’s strength and elasticity and help smooth and weigh hair down.
How to Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. (You’ll need to wear an old T-shirt or hair color cape cause this will be messy!) Using a wide toothed comb, comb through if possible. If not, just massage well into your strands.) Cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow it to penetrate the hair shaft for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
To boost moisturizing power combine mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of sour cream, egg yolks, or mayonnaise.
Treatment can be use every two weeks.
Clarifying Homemade Hair Treatments
Remove hair product build up by using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). It breaks down anything acidic, so it does a great job, and it also cuts unwanted oils.
How to Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amount of water. (Start with a couple of drops and add more as necessary.) Stir to form a thick paste. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo.
Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Itchy Scalp
Combine the acidity in lemon juice (which helps loosen dry flakes of skin), with olive oil (which helps moisturize) and you’ve got the perfect low cost way to soothe itchiness.
How to Use: Mix together 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 2 Tablespoons water. Massage well into your scalp. Allow it to penetrate your hair for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.
Treatment can be used every other week.
*Tea tree oil and jojoba oil are also great scalp treatments. To use them, saturate a cotton ball and apply the oil directly on your scalp, targeting itchy areas especially. Leave on overnight for the best results. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Homemade Hair Treatments for Dry Scalp
Eggs, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil can help invigorate a dry scalp and remove dandruff. Try these three techniques:
Apply equal amounts of water and vinegar to your scalp with a cotton ball. Rinse thoroughly.
Rub one beaten egg into your scalp and hair. Rinse with warm water. After hair is dry, brush thoroughly to remove dry flakes.
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and spray onto your scalp to distribute. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave on overnight. In the morning, massage warm olive oil to your scalp and cover with a plastic cap again. Allow it to remain as long as possible. Shampoo and condition as usual and you’re finished.
Repeat weekly until your scalp is thoroughly moisturized and visible flakes are gone. This hair treatment will also help thicken your hair!
Using homemade hair treatments is one of the fastest and least inexpensive ways to keep your locks looking fantastic while you save money. Always take good care of your hair and it will return the favor!
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