10 Homemade Natural Hair Treatments

Sometimes I think of my hair as an accessory.

Styling it in different ways makes me feel more put-together. When my hair is healthy, I feel more confident about how I look. Scraggly hair makes me feel sort of frumpy. Does it do that to you?

All that said, I don’t like to spend a lot of time or money on my hair. And I certainly don’t want to use a ton of chemicals on it to make it look good, even though I have done so on occasion. Hello, perm! (I was 16, OK?)

The following is a round up of natural hair treatments you can make at home. Most are quick and easy to prepare, so try a few and let me know what you think.

10 Homemade, Natural Hair Treatments

1. Hot oil hair treatment

Create a hot oil hair treatment in just a few minutes by warming a few tablespoons of olive oil then massaging into the scalp and down to the ends. Find the full details here.

2. Homemade leave-in conditioner

It’s quick and cost-effective to make your own leave-in conditioner/detangler. I’ve been doing it for years and it works great. In fact, I like the homemade detangler better than any I’ve purchased at the store. All it takes is mixing a little conditioner and water in a spray bottle. Find the ratios in my post: Homemade detangler or leave-in conditioner.

3. Honey hair mask

This is super simple and will leave your hair feeling soft and smooth. Just massage honey into your hair from scalp to tip and leave for It is a little sticky to put on, but it’s worth the trouble.

While you’re at it, why not give yourself a honey facial? And maybe eat a little? Check out 10 ways to use honey (in your food and on your skin) for ideas.

4. Make a Vinegar Rinse

An apple-cider vinegar rinse will help increase shine and cleanse the scalp.

Mix 1/4 cup of apple-cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. After shampooing hair, pour the apple cider mixture over hair and massage into your scalp. Rinse with warm water.

Keep a mixture of this in a bottle in the shower for use at any time without the need to mix.

5. Mint Tonic

This mint hair tonic stimulates the scalp. Use it before you shampoo.

In a saucepan mix 3 tablespoons of dried mint, 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then allow to cool.  Strain and massage into the scalp. Let sit for 10 minutes, then shampoo as normal.

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6. Avocado hair mask

Avocado’s add  moisture to hair. They are the perfect natural treatment for soothing frizzy or dry hair.

Simply mash an avocado and massage into hair. Wrap hair in a towel of shower cap for about 10 minutes. Shampoo as normal.

If you like to eat avocado, there are some good ideas here: The health benefits of avocado and 10 yummy ways to eat it.

7. Baking soda shampoo and hair rinse

It is possible to give up shampoo completely and use baking soda to clean your hair instead. I have only tried this for a week and didn’t get past the yuck stage, but plenty of people have and find their hair adapts well. Find all the details here: How to clean your hair without shampoo.

Baking soda mixed with water also makes a good hair rinse. Simple mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Pour over wet hair after you have shampooed. Massage into scalp and rinse with warm water.

8. Shampoo Bar Soap

Many people avoid toxins in their shampoo by using shampoo bars. I have tried some from Apple Valley Natural Soap and liked them very well. If you’d like to try your hand at making your own, Frugally Sustainable has a great looking shampoo bar recipe.

9. Mayonnaise Conditioning Treatment

Mayonnaise is an excellent choice for conditioning dry hair. Massage mayonnaise into hair (if you have long hair it may take a whole cup of mayonnaise). Cover hair with a shower cup of plastic bag. Leave mayonnaise on hair for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and shampoo. Follow with a vinegar rinse to remove any residual greasiness.

10. Rosemary shampoo, oil treatment, and vinegar rinse

Rosemary is one of the best herbs to use on hair. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo for every day use. Or, add 6 drops of rosemary essential oil to the hot oil hair treatment above.

A rosemary hair rinse can be made by mixing 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves with one quart of water, bring to a boil, cover and turn of the heat. After 30 minutes, strain and use as a hair rinse by pouring over clean, wet hair. No need to wash out.

Have you tried any of these natural hair treatments? Do you have any homemade hair treatment ideas to share?


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This is Day 17 in the 31 Days of Natural Beauty Series

Originally published on Feb. 26, 2013.

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  1. Great ideas. Will definitely try some of these out soon. BTW, I am hosting a blog link up and would love for you to come and share this post. In fact, you can post up to 3 a week! Hope to see you there!

  2. I have finally gotten to the place where I make every product I use on my hair ~ shampoo, herbal vinegar rinse, hot oil treatments, curl shaper and hairspray. I am so happy with them. My hair has never been healthier or looked better. I’ll never go back to store bought products.

  3. Just found you on Wildcrafting Wednesday and have saved these tips in Evernote – many thanks. Following you now – let me know if you fancy guest-posting at Mumtopia any time.

  4. These are some great suggestions here! Thank you for sharing them on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

  5. I found that sunflower oil put in a spray bottle works just as well for a detangler as does mixing conditioner with water. For smell add a bit of pure vanilla. I spray it in my hands first and then rub through my daughters hair and work out all the knots. It also works for her hair when it is dry from the pool. I work a quarter size amount worth of oil through her hair and then have her shampoo as normal and it drys looking healthy and knot free.

  6. Love this article! I am definitely going to try a few of these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. Monique says:

    thank you for the recommendation, it’s very useful, I also use pro naturals moroccan argan oil which helps me to have healthier hair. 😀

  8. I love using home remedies for my hair, it’s super curly and frizzy. I also tend to splurge on good quality products like pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask, at least I know they work :)

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  10. I will be honest, I have never tried any of these natural treatments but I really need to. My hair is so dry. I’m really digging the avocado hair mask.

  11. Great ideas! I really like doing no-‘poo with rosemary essential oil mixed in with the baking soda and water. I feel like my scalp is healthier. The mint tonic sounds like a great idea to try!

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  16. Natural guy says:

    For all the people saying that they want to try these because they have dry hair, need to STOP using “shampoo” from shampoo companies.

    Any shampoo that is mass produced, which is virtually ANY shampoo you can care to mention – will just totally dry out your hair.

    Here is the thing you need to know about your hair.
    The oil produced from your head is your own personal, unique, conditioner, that can not be replicated, no matter what.

    Stop using mass produced “shampoo” and use the natural methods listed up above, but do not wash your hair everyday, as you will take all the natural conditioner that your head produces out of your hair.

    Learn to love your natural oil that comes from your head, because it is your own personal conditioner and use natural things like mentioned above like honey, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, eggs, REAL olive oil, and whatever else to clean your hair and it will improve. I promise.

    Nature versus nourishment; nature ALWAYS wins.

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