Sometimes the best hair treatments aren’t found at your local salon or drugstore, but in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. We often overlook the most obvious of beauty solutions and think that the more expensive the product, the better it’ll work. Don’t believe the hype! These simple DIY tricks and tips will not only help you go green, but will save you money in the long run.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
The apple cider vinegar rinse is one of my favorite ways to clarify my hair. I’ve found that it’s just as effective as brand name shampoo. Apple cider vinegar rinses are known to act as a natural detangler and remove any product buildup. In addition to making hair soft, it also adds shine. The best method, as shown by natural hair and beauty guru, Francheska of Hey Fran Hey, requires a small spray bottle in order to evenly apply the treatment. Here’s a quick step-by-step: Divide your hair into sections. Fill the spray bottle with ¼ apple cider vinegar (the kind labeled as “with the mother”) and then the rest with water. Distribute the mixture to each section. Leave for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse fully. You don’t need to use conditioner right after but considering the overwhelming smell of the ACV, many people do. For maximum reaping of the benefits of an ACV rinse, stick to using it once or twice a month.
2. Egg Treatment
This treatment works for all hair types. Speaking to Women’s Day, author Janice Cox (Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair) stated that, “The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.” Cox also explained how to use the egg depending on one’s specific hair type. Normal hair requires the entire egg. Oily hair only calls for the whites. The yolks benefit dry, brittle hair.
3. Coconut Oil
By now you’ve probably heard about the wonderful, miraculous, versatile uses of coconut oil. It seems that this natural hair tool has crossed over from the world of beauty bloggers to the glossy pages of mainstream women’s magazines. That’s because coconut oil is a great moisturizer. Hello Natural recommends a tablespoon or less, depending on how thick or thin your hair. Rinse, and then shampoo. For curly-haired girls who have thick, sometimes dry curls, leave the oil in overnight and you’ll wake up with soft hair.
4. Creamy Shea Moisturizer
Shea oil is another “new” craze that seems to be prevalent in more and more health and beauty products besides haircare. Black Girl with Long Hair provides an easy recipe for home-grown shea moisturizer.
5. Avocado Leave-In
Avocados aren’t just for eating! They’re nutritious for your hair, too. Marie Claire offers them as a remedy for flat, limp hair or frizzy curls. Blogger Shannon Ray tested the treatment on her own hair for Allure. Her recipe has a few more ingredients and steps than the one shared by Marie Claire. You’ll need one avocado, ¼ of olive oil, and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix in a bowl, then distribute evenly to your hair. Leave the mixture in for 20 minutes, then rinse. Voilà! Shiny, brushable hair!
It should be noted that the aforementioned methods are not a one-size-fits-all cure for the absence of hair growth. The average person’s hair grows a quarter of an inch per month. You’re better off taking Biotin and being mindful of your diet and water intake. However, these homemade hair solutions can serve as a reliable and effective replacement for bottles and bottles of corporate-sanctioned products. Not only will your wallet thank you, but your hair will appreciate the TLC.
Have you tried any of these DIY methods? What are your favorite home remedies?