Natural hair remedies can do wonders for restoring healthy shine, relieving dandruff and even reducing gray hair. Not to mention hair loss!
Making your own homemade hair care treatments saves you money, protects your health and supports the planet - three great reasons for giving these natural hair treatments a try!
The quality of the hair care products you use has a direct effect on your hair's appearance - junky ingredients can contribute to dandruff, dry, frizzy hair, split ends and breakage. Or they can cause your scalp to produce more oil in response to constantly being stripped of its natural oils.
Since your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, it's worth it to buy or make the best quality hair care products you can.
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Dry, damaged hair often needs more intense conditioning than other hair types. Using natural hair remedies such as a weekly or bi-weekly hot oil treatment or deep conditioning hair pack can work wonders to restore dry, frizzy hair.
2 tablespoons Honey
1 tablespoon Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil
(or your choice of carrier oils)
1 Egg Yolk
3 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
Oily hair can look heavy and greasy even when you wash it every day. Hair gets greasy-looking when the oil glands on your scalp are working overtime to product sebum, the body's natural oil. Here are a few natural hair remedies you can use to help cope with oily hair.
Use a clear, natural shampoo. Wash your hair daily, massaging the shampoo into your scalp and leaving the shampoo in your hair for at least 5 minutes.
If your hair still feels oily after you've washed and dried your hair, you need to wash it twice in a row. Shampoo can take away only so much oil at once, so don't be afraid to use lots or wash twice.
Use a herbal hair rinse to reduce shampoo residue and help slow down your scalp's oil production. Use the recipe below or click here for another herbal hair rinse recipe.
Oily hair often needs much less conditioning than normal or dry hair. Lack of moisture is not the problem! If you find that the ends of your hair are dry, try putting the TINIEST amount of Jojoba oil onto the ends only.
To use your herbal hair rinse, shake the bottle, then simply pour it over your hair after conditioning, rub it gently into your scalp and rinse.
My research on remedies for gray hair turned up mixed reviews about the effectiveness of natural treatments for reversing gray. That said, ALL of the natural hair remedies used the herb Sage, and some people swore it really worked for them.
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup dried sage
1/2 cup dried rosemary
It's my understanding that this method of covering gray works cumulatively over time - it's not an instant fix.
Everyone sheds millions of skin cells from their scalp every day, mostly without ever noticing it. Dandruff can sometimes be caused by an overgrowth of microscopic fungus living on your scalp. These natural hair remedies are formulated to help solve this problem.
If you live in a cold, dry climate, your dandruff may be the result of an over-dry scalp. Try using the deep conditioning treatments at the top of this page, since the natural hair remedies for dandruff below will further dry out your scalp. And try washing your hair less frequently if you can stand it.
1 tablespoon (15ml) Sesame oil
1 tablespoon (15ml) Lemon Juice
5 drops Ginger essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a small glass or bottle. Make sure they're well mixed - you want to emulsify the oil and lemon juice.
To use, massage into your scalp and let dry before shampooing. Do this at least three times a week.
Use the Basic Shampoo Recipe with the optional additions for dandruff included with the recipe.
If you don't want to make your own shampoo, buy a good unscented shampoo and for every 4oz (125ml) add the following: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 10 drops tea tree, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops lemon and 5 drops rosemary essential oil. Shake until everything is well mixed.
When you wash your hair, massage your shampoo into your scalp and then wait 5 minutes before rinsing it out. This gives the essential oils some time to affect the fungus. It may take a week or two before you notice results from natural hair remedies, so stick with it!
1/2 cup (125ml) Witch Hazel
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
Combine the ingredients in a 4oz (125ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
To use, massage about a tablespoon into your scalp every night before you go to bed. Keep doing this until the dandruff clears up.
Combine 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar with 2 tablespoons conditioner in a small bowl. (Click here for a natural hair conditioner recipe.)
Massage the mixture into your scalp (aim for your scalp, not the ends of your hair!) Use your fingers to rub your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as normal.
Use this homemade hair care treatment once a week.
Round out your hair care routine by making these other easy, inexpensive hair products for natural hair health.