Natural Hair Remedies
Make your own homemade hair care treatments... healthy solutions to your hair problems
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 cair products you can.
Click on the links to jump straight to a specific hair care remedy or scroll down to browse through them.
Natural Hair Remedies
Home Remedies for Dry Hair
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.
Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Treatment
- Combine 2 tablespoons jojoba or almond oil with 6 drops sandalwood, 3 drops chamomile OR palmarosa and 1 drop ylang ylang in a small glass.
- Put the glass into a bowl of very hot water. Stir the hot oil mixture until it reaches a nice warm temperature.
3. Apply the hot oil straight onto your dry hair or dampen your hair slightly first -
most people generally find that one way works better for them. Experiment to see which is best for you.
4. Pile your hair on top of your head and put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in plastic
wrap. (I use a plastic bag from the grocery store and clip it closed at
the front.) Wrap a towel around your head and relax for at least 20
A couple of hours to overnight can be great for really dry,
over-processed hair. (If you keep it on overnight, protect your pillow
with an old towel.)
5. Wash the hair oil out. A great trick for getting the oil out is to massage some shampoo into your hair before you get it wet. This helps break down the oil and makes it easier to wash out.
Deep Conditioning Honey Hair Pack
2 tablespoons Honey
1 tablespoon Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil
(or your choice of
1 Egg Yolk
3 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
- Beat together the honey, oil and egg yolk. Stir in the essential oils.
- Dampen your hair, then use your fingers to massage the mixture into your hair.
- Pile your hair on top of your head and put on a shower cap or wrap your hair in plastic wrap. Wrap a towel around your head and relax for at least 20 minutes.
- Rinse your hair well, then shampoo to remove the conditioner.
Natural Hair Remedies for Oily Hair
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 shampooo 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.
Minty Fresh Hair Rinse for Oily Hair
- Combine 2 cups (500ml) distilled water with 3 tablespoons each dried
Peppermint and Rosemary in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
- Remove from the heat and let steep for an hour.
- Strain out the herbs and pour into a large dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
- Add 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar and 10 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Tea Tree and 5 drops Rosemary essential oil.
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
Natural Hair Remedies for Gray Hair
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.
Rosemary-Sage Natural Hair Dye
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup dried sage
1/2 cup dried rosemary
- Combine all ingredients in a pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, then steep
for several hours. Strain, then use the resulting liquid for the
- Pour the liquid onto your hair and leave on until dried. Rinse and dry.
- Repeat once or twice weekly until you reach the desired shade, then monthly to maintain color.
It's my understanding that this method of covering gray works cumulatively over time - it's not an instant fix.
Also, I would suggest using this recipe in conjunction with the basic
using the herbal infusions for gray hair included with the recipes.
I'd love to know these natural hair remedies this really work for gray hair (and I'm sure I'm not the only one!) so if you try it, I'd be grateful if you'd share the results on the Hair Help page.
Natural Hair Remedies for Dandruff
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.
Ginger Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Dandruff
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.
Dandruff Shampoo Tips
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!
Anti-Dandruff Scalp Treatment
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.
Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub for Dandruff
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs
I always recommend Mountain Rose Herbs first because I like and trust them. Their quality's good, their prices and service are excellent, and many of their essential oils are organic.
You can find a good selection of basic ingredients for your natural hair remedies such as
carrier oils and
as well as any essential oils you might need.
Poke around on their website (or use their Search feature) for ingredients like castile soap, glycerin
and grapefruit seed extract - pretty much everything you need for
making natural hair remedies is in one section or another. (Oh yeah,
they also have a nice selection of
You can also find essential oils and other supplies
at Amazon. They have a number of different brands available at a variety
of prices. (Just remember, you get what you pay for!) Happy hunting!
Just Naturals Organic Care has a terrific selection of top
quality organic hair care products and natural hair remedies. They also
offer some excellent information on different hair conditions, why they happen and what you can do about them. Click on the links to learn more.
Tip: most of the educational stuff is at the bottom of each page - scroll down to find it...
Still Got Questions?
Click on this link to go to Hair Help
and ask! Everyone can participate, so you have a huge pool of knowledge and experience to tap into.
Got a great hair tip, trick or product you want to recommend? Hair Help is the place for that too!
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