Guest post by Stacy of A Delightful Home
Does all-natural hair care seem like a luxury you can’t afford?
It did to me!
Thankfully I learned that a few, simple DIY hair treatments were all I needed to have natural hair care whenever I wanted.
Today I’d like to pass along a few tips so you can also enjoy naturally beautiful hair without spending a fortune.
Not only is homemade hair care much less expensive than store-bought, it’s also free of toxins and chemicals. When you make these treatments yourself, you’ll know exactly what ingredients are included. That’s always a bonus in my book.
Without further ado, here are three simple hair treatments you can make at home:
DIY Honey Softening Hair Treatment
This is a little sticky, but it truly makes your hair feel soft and smooth.
To give yourself a honey hair treatment:
Massage 1/2 cup of honey, or as much as you need (less for short hair, more for long hair) into dry hair and leave for 20 minutes.
Increase the effectiveness of this hair treatment buy putting on a shower cap or wrapping a plastic bag around your hair. This will help keep the heat in which will allow the honey to sock in more deeply.
Once the 20 minutes are up, shampoo and condition as usual.
Image by Jolie Bean
Honey is also great as a face cleanser. Find out how to use it here: 10 Ways to Use Honey (in Your Food and On Your Skin).
Other one-ingredient hair treatments include mayonnaise and avocado. Simply massage into hair as described above.
Vinegar adds a lovely shine to hair. It’s probably the most frugal hair treatment available (a close rival to the baking soda).
Vinegar cleanses hair, removing dirt, grease, and build up.
A vinegar rinse can be used a few times a week. How often you use a vinegar rinse depends on your hair type; take note if it is causing any extra dryness. If so, reduce the amount and frequency.
To make a vinegar rinse:
The easiest way to make and use a vinegar rinse is to pour 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle. Close the lid and shake to combine.
Spray onto hair and massage into scalp. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Alternatively, you can mix up a cup of water and vinegar and pour directly over your hair. I find this a little difficult, but maybe you are more coordinated than me.
The amount of vinegar you use can vary greatly. Some use straight vinegar and others use a highly diluted mix. Experiment to see what works best for you. If you have oily hair, use more vinegar. If your hair is dry, use less.
Vinegar rinses can be customized by adding 1-2 drops of essential oil. Lavender, rosemary or chamomile are all excellent choices for this.
Dried herbs can be steeped in vinegar for a number of weeks to create an infusion. This creates a lovely scent, plus gives the vinegar some extra nourishing properties. Find instructions here.
DIY Hot Oil Hair Treatment
When I was teenager I bought hot oil hair treatments in little tubes. They always promised soft, bouncy hair, and sometimes delivered. But, as I learned more about how chemicals and toxins affect the body, I became wary of these products and stopped using them.
Happily, I discovered it was easy to make my own hot oil hair treatments. And they work very well!
Here’s how to do it:
Pour 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a heat proof measuring cup.
Place measuring cup in a heavy saucepan.
Pour water into the saucepan until it comes up to the same height or slightly above the oil.
Warm pan over medium heat until the oil reaches about 100 degrees F.
Remove from heat (VERY carefully – you will probably need a hot pad or oven mitt).
Gently rub the oil into dry hair and leave for 30 minutes. Use a plastic bag or shower cap around the hair for extra heat and to keep from creating any mess (sometimes the oil drips).
Create an herbal version by steeping rosemary in the oil.
So there you have it, three simple DIY hair treatments. All natural and frugal.
I’d love to hear your experience with natural hair treatments.
Have you tried any DIY natural hair treatments? If so, which ones?
Stacy is a preacher’s wife and homeschool mom of three. Slightly obsessed with all things DIY, she most enjoys creating herbal remedies and homemade body care. Stacy blogs at A Delightful Home and is the author of Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, a comprehensive guide to creating natural, gift-worthy, body scrubs.