13 Homemade Hair Care Solutions

Can't  make it to the hairdresser? Get salon results with these natural products you probably already have at home.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
3-minute read

Get salon results without ever leaving the house. These home remedy hair tips will have your hair feeling healthy and lush without the unnecessary products and chemicals.

Everyday Answers

1. Sensational “Salad” Shampoo
It may smell like a salad when you mix it up, but this shampoo formula works wonders to cleanse and clarify your hair! In a spray bottle, simply combine ½ cup water, ½ castile soap, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons tea tree oil. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil scent. The result will be more liquid than creamy, so it’s easiest to wet hair, spritz it on, massage it, and then rinse.

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2. Conditioners from Your Kitchen
Looking for a simple, natural conditioner you can use every day? Try mayonnaise or coconut oil. Leave on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing out. If your scalp tends to be greasy, concentrate conditioning on just your ends.

3. Get Hair to Cooperate with Lip Balm
When you’re on the run, just swipe some lip balm on your hands, warm it in your palms, and rein in crazy hair. The secret: Most lip balms contain beeswax—the base of many hair pomades.

Get to the Root of Problems

4. Healthier Hair in Your Sleep
No time for hair treatments? Restore your hair while you sleep! Before bed, apply a quarter-size dollop of coconut oil to your hair, comb it, and cover it with a shower cap. In the morning, remove the cap and shampoo as usual.

5. Save That Fruit!
Don’t toss those brown bananas and overripe avocado! They’re perfect to make a nutrient-rich conditioner. Just mash them together and enjoy a tropical hair mask for 15 minutes before washing out.

6. Thicken Thinning Hair
Feed your hair protein to thicken and strengthen! One of the best sources: eggs. Simply beat 1 or 2 eggs and apply to damp hair, paying special attention to the scalp. After 30 minutes, shampoo out.

7. Vitamins to Strengthen
We know oranges are full of good stuff for our body, but hair benefits from the vitamin C, acids, and pectin in oranges, too. To transform hair from damaged to silky and strong, puree an orange in the blender (peel included!). Apply the orange hair mask and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing out.

8. Stop the Slick
Just like an astringent for your face can control oil, an astringent for your scalp can do the same. And it’s simple to make your own formula! Mix equal parts witch hazel and mouthwash, then dab on your scalp with a cotton ball before shampooing.

Flake Fighters

9. Dandruff Remedies That Work
Tame it with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic. Just add a few drops to your regular shampoo to give it dandruff-fighting power.

Coloring Helpers

10. Lighten with Lemon
You can go light while leaving the damage of chemical highlights in the bottle! In a spray bottle, mix 2 parts lemon juice with 1 part water. Then saturate any area of your hair you want to lighten. Use the natural rays of the sun or heat from your hair dryer to help set the color; leave on for an hour before washing out. Repeat once a week for a month for longer-lasting effects.

11. Trend Toward Red
Rather see red? In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup beet juice with ½ cup carrot juice. Guard your clothing from tough stains, then saturate any area of your hair where you want to see touches of red. Step into the sun to set the color, or get heat help from your hair dryer. Wash the juices out after an hour. You can repeat once or twice a week for a month for bolder, longer-lasting effects.

12. Keep Color Lasting
The more moisturized your hair is, the better it holds color. Treat your tresses to some coconut oil—one of the best natural moisturizers.

13. Simple Root Touchup
Roots sneak up on you? You can blend away any discrepancy in a hurry. All you need is eye shadow! If your roots are darker than the rest of your hair, soften the transition with the help of an eye shadow that’s the same shade as your roots. Just apply with a makeup brush or cotton ball to about an inch below your roots to create a better blend. If your roots are lighter than the rest of your hair, apply an eye shadow that is the same color as the length of your hair onto the roots.

About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.