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Homemade Beauty Recipes for Hair

Natural Treatments for Healthy Hair

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Many of the same wholesome foods that you eat to help you glow from the inside-out can also be used externally, as shampoos, conditioners and hair masks. These vitamins, minerals, and oils that nourish your body also nourish your hair. Below you’ll find recipes for a variety of haircare products that you can make at home with a few simple ingredients. Make them for yourself or even give them as gifts by reusing pretty class jars or bottles. Your friends and relatives will love the personal touch, and you’ll be recycling and saving money too! Here are some recipes to get you started.

Note: If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test before using any of these products. Apply a few drops to the inside of your wrist, and wait 12 hours to see if any irritation develops.

*For more information about uncommon ingredients, see bottom of article.

Lemon-Ginger Moisturizing Shampoo
This concoction is great for cleansing the hair and scalp, especially if you are prone to dry hair and scalp. The olive oil and eggs moisturize, the castile soap and lemon juice thoroughly cleanse, and the ginger invigorates.
  • 3 Tbsp unscented castile soap*
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups ginger tea
Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Wet hair with warm water, massage in an ample amount of shampoo mixture, and rinse. Unused shampoo must be refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

Vinegar Conditioner
Vinegar helps soften hair and makes it shine. The apple cider vinegar scent will fade away completely when your hair dries.
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil*
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable glycerine*
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Massage into freshly shampooed hair and scalp. Leave on for up to 15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Unused conditioner must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

Deep-Conditioning Honey & Yogurt Hair Mask
All of the ingredients in this recipe moisturize and soften your hair.
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup plain, full-fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to dry hair, concentrating on hair ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, covering with a shower cap to contain any drips. Shampoo as usual. Unused conditioning mask must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.

*Information about Uncommon Ingredients

Castile soap refers to liquid or bar soap that is made exclusively from vegetable oils (as opposed to animal fat) and comes in a variety of scents (or unscented). You'll find it in natural foods stores. Dr. Bronner's is a commonly used brand.
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Member Comments

  • I am probably going to get some flack for this but it is better to NOT use anything on your hair. And I am talking ONLY to the males on here. Did you know that the chemicals in your shampoos and conditioners actually HURT your hair instead of help it? Why do you think many have thin, dry hair? It's the shampoos that do the drying. The scalp naturally cleans itself daily. When you first stop using shampoo, your hair creates excessive oil because it is trying to get rid of the layer of crap left by shampoos and conditioners. After about two weeks of not using hair products, your hair stops producing excessive oil and wait a daily shower, your hair finishes nice and clean WITHOUT any foul smell. - 1/22/2014 12:02:31 PM
  • I would not use this recipe if you have colored , lightened or any chemical treatments on your hair ............(smoo
    thing , perm, highlighted etc.)


    From a Hair expert - 4/18/2013 5:02:49 PM
  • Occasionally I use a recipe a friend gave me, though she didn't have measurements, so I just wing it. :) I whisk up some mayonaise with an egg, some olive oil and some vitamin E. She told me to also add vitamin A, but I don't have any around the house and haven't added it. I'm going to try your method Two Sparrows. It sounds interesting. - 9/11/2012 7:35:26 AM
  • I have been using the recipe with yogurt, egg, grapeseed oil, about once a month for several months now. I usually leave it in for 45 minutes. It makes my hair incredibly soft. However, I strongly suggest using greek yogurt for this recipe as it is thicker, so does not drip as much when applied. - 8/25/2012 2:19:07 PM
  • The good of these conditioner that are making of things that you have in your home and if you "see" it.s cheaper than those that you have to buy in a store. The bad thing is the time you have to leave those conditioners in our hairs. Overall I like it because really help my hair. I have dry hair and is difficult for me to find a good conditioner cheaper. I'll try to use what this article show to me; because I prefer cheaper help to my hair than time. - 7/20/2012 1:14:00 PM
  • I'm interested in making my own haircare and skincare produts thanks for the info. - 5/23/2012 12:35:17 PM
  • It's not homemade but it is all natural - I've started putting henna in my hair about every two months. I read a doctoral dissertation about how henna for hair actually can have chemical additives (not regulated in the countries where it grows) but if you use henna for your skin, and prepare it like you do for hair (lemon juice, tea, and/or water) it will be pure ingredients. I have dark brown hair and it turns my hair auburn, covers the grey (which I don't mind but it's kinda cool) and leaves it super conditioned for weeks. My hair is thicker, softer, shinier, and a very awesome color - all from a dried plant. My husband compliments me almost every time he sees me in the sunshine where the red really shows. - 7/16/2011 12:05:23 PM
  • These would be good if the person using them needs extra protein in their hair - but for those with already balanced hair, or dry hair (needing moisture, not protein), these protein-rich treatments may leave hair dry, brittle, and prone to breaking. - 3/17/2011 7:49:11 PM
  • My mom swore by a cider vinegar rinse for hair - and it does make a difference. I think it's the pH that does it - so the lemon juice in the first recipe should work too. - 3/17/2011 10:34:19 AM
  • These recipes look healthy, evironmentally safe and logical. I just wish that I could make a batch that would last a month and not require refrigeration...w
    e live in such a busy world, don't we?

    I appreciate all the posts on this topic and will try some of the suggestions that are a little more easier. When I take a vacation and have the spare time I am going to try the recipe for the deep conditioner. I am a long haired blond with non-bleach highlights and my hair can get pretty dry at times.

    Thank everybody for the suggestions. - 3/17/2011 10:20:22 AM
  • These are good tips. I have been natural for almost 2 years. Avocado can be used as a conditioner too just blend it. My hair does not Protein only products. I had a jerri curl for twenty years. Yep you heard right. Now I am loving my natural hair. I am learning how to care if every day. - 3/17/2011 10:12:48 AM
  • These are good tips. I have been natural for almost 2 years. Avocado can be used as a conditioner too just blend it. My hair does not Protein only products. I had a jerri curl for twenty years. Yep you heard right. Now I am loving my natural hair. I am learning how to care if every day. - 3/17/2011 10:12:32 AM
  • If I really had hair... - 8/28/2010 12:05:09 AM
  • What I've found works well here in Saskatchewan where the temperature reaches -40 degrees (where Celcius and Farenheit agree it's doggoned cold!) or colder in the winter is good old olive oil. Rub it into your scalp and comb it into your hair from root to tip. Cover your head with a plastic shopping bag and then a towel, and leave it there for an hour. Rub your shampoo into your hair BEFORE you get it wet and you would not believe how beautiful your hair will be. No smell, not gooey residue, just shine and softness.

    My daughter uses a hi-temp hair straightener and is always colouring her hair. She's got very badly damaged hair and thought I was crazy until I hit her on a right day and helped her with a treatment. She was absolutely amazed at the difference and asked me to do it again right away. Once a week should do it for badly damaged hair, twice a month for moderate damage, and once a month for everyone else.

    Just a suggestion. - 8/16/2010 2:37:56 PM
  • OCALA441
    Thanks for the recipes, I can hardly wait to try them. Perhaps in using them I can curtail the hair loss, itchy scalp and breakage. My hair is presently relaxed and I am trying to grow it out while clipping the ends. Thank you so much for sharing. - 12/27/2009 8:21:59 PM

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