Between coloring, tight ponytail holders, the sun, swimming (read: chlorine and salt water), and sweaty workout sessions, our hair certainly takes a beating. No matter the length, texture, or density, it’s important to give your tresses a little extra TLC beyond normal shampoo and conditioner sessions. But you don’t need to splurge on a pricey hair mask or in-salon remedy. You can save yourself time and money by heading to your kitchen and whipping up one of these easy-yet-effective DIY treatments.
1. Banish Flakes With Lemon
Layering on the product, infrequent shampoos, climate, diet, and stress can contribute to unsightly flakes that can make styling a nuisance. The solution:
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of water
Mix together and apply to a damp scalp; massage thoroughly. Let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing hair as normal. Most effective when conducted every other week.
2. The Multi-Purpose Wonder
All hair types can benefit from the power of the egg! The fat and protein-rich yolk provides moisture and the white can banish non-essential oils thanks to enzymes that dissolve bacteria. Normal hair types can use the entire egg while those with an oily scalp should stick to the whites. If your hair is excessively dry, use the yolk only. The solution:
½ cup minimum of applicable egg mixture (those with long tresses will need more)
Apply to clean, damp hair; leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water (not hot!) and shampoo as usual. Egg white treatments can be applied every two weeks while whole egg and yolk treatments should only be conducted once a month as too much protein can have an adverse effect.
3. Reverse Dullness With Dairy
Between environmental pollutants and styling products, your hair can start to have a film that can take away much-needed moisture while making it appear dull and lifeless. The lactic acid in dairy products such as yogurt or sour cream can dissolve the dirt and grime while providing moisture at the same time. The solution:
½ cup minimum of plain yogurt or sour cream
Apply to damp hair; leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water followed by a cool water rinse to seal the cuticles. Shampoo as normal. This dairy-infused treatment can be applied every other week.
4. Eliminate Frizz With A Superfood
You love avocado toast, but did you know this omega-rich superfood is also great for your hair from the outside, too? Its natural oils and proteins can sooth unruly tresses without making it feel heavy. The solution:
Half an avocado; more if you have long or extremely thick hair Optional: sour cream, egg yolks, or mayonnaise (1-2 tablespoons) if hair is extremely dry or damaged
Mash the avocado thoroughly (minimize chunks for ease of application) and apply to clean, damp hair. Massage for a few minutes before letting it sit for 15 minutes; rinse with water. This repairing mixture can be applied every two weeks.
5. Repair Sun Damage With Honey
Summer is around the corner which means you’ll be spending more time outside catching some rays. While the sun may be good for your psyche, it wreaks havoc on your hair. Honey can help restore your mane by attracting and locking in moisture — it’s even great for those who are addicted to hot tools. The solution:
½ cup of honey; more if your hair is severely damaged or on the long side Optional: olive oil (1-2 tablespoons) if you find the honey difficult to apply on its own
Massage honey mixture into damp hair; leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Only apply this concoction once a month to avoid a build-up.