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 care products you can.

Scroll down to browse through specific hair care remedies.

Natural Hair 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


2 tablespoons (30ml) Jojoba or Almond Oil

6 drops Sandalwood

3 drops Chamomile OR Palmalrosa

1 drop Ylang Ylang

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  1. 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.
  2. 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 minutes. 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 (30ml) Honey

1 tablespoon (15ml) Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil
(or your choice of carrier oils)

1 Egg Yolk

3 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Rosemary essential oil


  1. Beat together the honey, oil and egg yolk. Stir in the essential oils.
  2. Dampen your hair, then use your fingers to massage the mixture into your hair.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 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.

Minty Fresh Hair Rinse for Oily Hair


2 cups Distilled Water

3 tablespoons (45ml) dried Peppermint

3 tablespoons (45ml) dried Rosemary

2 tablespoons (30ml) Apple Cider Vinegar

10 drops Peppermint essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

5 drops Rosemary essential oil

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  1. 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.
  2. Remove from the heat and let steep for an hour.
  3. Strain out the herbs and pour into a large dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  4. 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 rinse.

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

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  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Strain, then use the resulting liquid for the colorant.
  2. Pour the liquid onto your hair and leave on until dried. Rinse and dry.
  3. 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 shampoo and conditioner recipes, using the herbal infusions for gray hair included with the recipes.

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

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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

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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.

What Next?

Round out your hair care routine by making these other easy, inexpensive hair products for natural hair health.

Natural Hair Dye

Shampoo for Natural Hair

Natural Hair Conditioner

Natural Hair Loss Products

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