10 Easy Luxury Hair Treatments From Your Kitchen

by Megan Brame on 3 January 2014 2 comments

Hair follicles take a beating throughout the year from sun and wind damage. If you hair feels dry or brittle, there are easy treatments that you can make right in your own kitchen. Here are a few ideas. (See also: Homemade Hair Conditioners)

1. Hair Masks

Hair masks are usually overnight treatments in which the scalp and follicles are coated with a moisturizer and then wrapped (try saran wrap or a shower cap). The end goal is to moisturize and to create a healthier head of hair.

  • One of the most infamous hair masks found right in your kitchen is...mayonnaise! It may sound gross, but full-fat mayonnaise has been used for years to add shine and luster to hair. Why use full-fat? It has the highest amount of fatty acids, which helps to give hair a boost on shine. (See also: Surprising Uses for Mayonnaise)
     
  • If you're fighting a lot of dandruff, especially during the winter when the air inside is dry, applying a yogurt mask to the hair and scalp will help nourish and moisturize dry and frizzy strands. Its high levels of lactic acid also help to stimulate hair growth and can help remove any leftover product buildup.
     
  • Coconut oil is also great to help restore shine to hair and has been used for centuries in India to create fuller and smoother locks. Virgin and organic coconut oil are best, as they have the least amount of manufacturing refinement and are still chocked full of fatty acid.

2. Hair Rinses

Hair rinses are often used to remove buildup and oil from the hair. Add any of the following herbs to water and use as a rinse after shampooing. (See also: Natural DIY Facial Products)

  • Basil, which has antibacterial and tonic properties, has been used to bring luster to hair and to invigorate the scalp while cleansing the hair.
     
  • Parsley is soothing, plus it has cleansing properties and can be used to help clean salt from the follicles after a long day at the beach.
     
  • Rosemary is full of antioxidants and can add a sheen to dull hair and improve shine. (Plus rosemary has also been used as an aphrodisiac in Mediterranean cultures. Just saying…)
     
  • Sage is a stimulant on the scalp and has been known to color gray hair. It has astringent properties, so it is great to use on an oily scalp.

3. Olive Oil Hot Treatment

When hair becomes brittle and dry, it can lead to breakage and flyaways. Hot oil treatments help to bind the oil to the hair shaft, which locks in moisture to the follicle and can prevent further damage. Just like the hot oil treatments available at drugstores, using warm olive oil on your hair can help brittle hair become soft again. Heat the oil to a temperature that is soothing but will not burn the scalp and apply in the shower, then rinse vigorously.

4. Natural Hair Tints

While herbs cannot drastically alter hair color, they can help temporarily compliment the natural hues. And even though many of these aren't commonly found in kitchen pantries, you can pick them right out of your garden and infuse in water (avoid using lemon juice, as it may be too harsh for regular use and can strip the follicle of its natural oils).

  • Chamomile flowers are famously known for creating a soothing bath, but they're also great as a universal hair treatment. They give a lighter appearance to medium hair, bring out golden highlights on brown hair, and can create very soft highlights in dark brown/black hair. (See also: Dye Your Own Hair Without a Disaster)
     
  • Calendula (or Marigolds) can add an auburn tint to darker hair, and infuse a strawberry blonde appearance to lighter hair.

Do you use any natural, find in your kitchen hair care products? Let us know in comments!

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Tina in NJ

I used a rinse of one part apple cider vinegar to one part water for years. The acid tightens the hair cuticle. I stopped when I was perming my hair. Shouldn't use it with colored hair either. White vinegar might work better with blondes.

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Thanks for the tips. I would have liked links to using the two herbs, but I'll see what I can find with a search.