DIY projects – 5 Homemade Hair Recipes
Imagine this scene – you, at a party or a night out, and one of your new friends asks you something like: Wow, great hair. How do you keep it so healthy and shiny? My hairstylist swears by Oscar Blandi and Redken… Read about our 5 amazing homemade hair recipes below:
And your response? Eggs and avocado oil.
I can vividly imagine that face and that dropped jaw because I’ve seen it happen. I am a professional stylist, but I’ve been dabbling a lot over the past few years in all-natural hair nourishment. I’ve seen some great results, and I am here to share!
Why does it make sense to experiment with homemade hair products? A few reasons: The manufacturer of your hair care products probably did not have YOU in mind. What I am trying to say is those hair products are chunked into categories for things like dry or for greasy hair. But everyone’s hair isn’t the same. We don’t just suffer from dry or greasy hair, because hair is a lot more complicated than that.
Homemade recipes allow you to experiment and adjust your treatments to suit you. A drop more of this and a dash more of that and see how your hair reacts, and in time, find that sweet spot that will lead to the kind of situation I described at the beginning. Most of the “good stuff” in hair products is herbal-based anyway, but it’s mixed with chemical concoctions that might be drying the life out of your hair. If you have been chasing the elusive dream of healthy hair for years, then this might be your answer. Plus, it saves you money, and in spite of what impression you might have right now, all of the homemade recipes I am about to present take under 15 minutes to make!
So, let’s dive right in!
1. Natural Egg Shampoo
Eggs are superfoods but not just alongside bacon or rye toast. They are just as great for your hair as they are for your stomach! Eggs are especially moisturizing and nourishing leaving you with nice, healthy, and shiny hair.
For natural egg shampoo you will need:
- 2 whole eggs and one additional yolk
- 2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1.5 tbsp of honey
- 3 drops of olive oil
Application: Use a spray bottle to wet your hair with warm water. Apply the mixture evenly and leave it in for two minutes and then rinse using warm water.
2. Avocado & Mayo Conditioner
This is one of the greatest examples of the simplicity of making all-natural hair products. It takes five minutes to make, ingredients are common, and it works wonders on dry hair.
For natural avocado and mayo conditioner you will need:
- 3/4 of a medium-sized avocado
- 1 jar of homemade mayo (I use a 16 oz jar)
Mix the ingredients well using a hand mixer until the mixture is evenly blended.
Application: Dampen your hair and apply a generous amount of the mixture. Take some time to evenly and fully cover the strands of your hair and then cover with a plastic cap. This way the nourishing ingredients will penetrate deeply into each strand. Leave the mixture in for 20-minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
3. Deep Sesame Conditioner
This homemade recipe is not only great for the hair, it’s also great for your scalp. If you have a dandruff issue, now is the time to say your bye-byes!
For a deep sesame conditioner you will need:
- 1/3 cup of sesame seed oil
- 2.5 tbsp of Aloe Vera Gel
- 0.5 tbsp of olive oil
- 3 drops of tea tree oil
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
Application: After mixing together the essential oils and the yogurt, apply the conditioner to your hair in the shower and also leave it on for a few minutes for it to take full effect. If you are needing a deeper conditioning treatment, feel free to apply the conditioner to wet hair and wear in a cap for as long as you’d like.
4. Aloe Vera & Coconut Leave-In
This is my favorite leave-in of all time. I’ve seen this one in action many times, I use it personally, and it turns the worst of skeptics and non-believers into DIY product junkies.
For an aloe vera and coconut leave-in you will need:
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup Aloe Vera
- 6 drops of honeysuckle oil
Application: Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle starting with the aloe vera gel. Gently shake the bottle until all the ingredients are well blended. Refrigerate the leave-in and shake well, but gently before each use. I’ve seen the best results when I apply it to damp, freshly washed hair.
5. Flax & Grapefruit Detangler
This is my favorite all-natural detangler! If you have naturally oily hair, you might find that the use of conditioner alone is just not enough to detangle your hair well enough and that not even the best hair straightener does the trick to getting you the silky hair you are going for.
I cannot always completely explain why these homemade hair growth recipes for black hair work and sometimes I don’t even try. With this recipe, I believe that it’s all the super beneficial protein that does the trick.
For a flax and grapefruit detangler you will need:
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1/4 of finely ground flax seed
- 8 drops of grapefruit seed extract
Application: Mix the water and the ground seeds in a pot on your stovetop on low heat. Stir until you get a nice and consistent gel-like mass, then set aside to cool. Strain the mixture through a fine sifter; this will remove the seed residue. Then, add the grapefruit seed extract to the gel and stir gently until even. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If stored correctly it can also last up to 20 days so label the container to make things easier! Apply the detangler directly to your knotted strands and watch the magic happen!
6. Homemade Hair
I have to admit something; I was even a skeptic about homemade hair recipes for a long time. I believed it was a waste of time to mix, grate and sift like it’s the 18th century until one of my friends practically forced me to try some of these things. But then I was hooked right then and there.
When I think about it, I have clients whose hair just doesn’t respond well to anything we try. The problem might be in the added chemicals, so the homemade recipes are not to be scorned!
Also, let’s not forget the fact that not everybody can afford Bumble and Bumble and products at similar price points! Try one of these homemade hair recipes, and no matter what you think right now, you are bound to be surprised!
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.