Before you head to the store to shop for your next hair care product, look around your kitchen and you might have all you need to get hair healthy. That’s right kitchen beauties, mother nature has blessed us with a lot of wonderful ingredients that are not only edible but also perfect as homemade beauty treatments.
Using these natural ingredients commonly found in your kitchen as hair care products can prove beneficial for your hair in the long run because you avoid putting a lot those nasty chemicals from commercially manufactured products on your hair. Plus, think of how much money you could save and use on something else like a girl’s weekend trip or more.
Here are 23 common kitchen items to get hair healthy
1) Extra Virgin Coconut oil
Coconut oil is one of those must have ingredients to get hair healthy. It is also versatile as a beauty product and makes a great hair care treatment because of its richness in fatty acids that moisturize and treat the hair and scalp.
It is ideal as a deep conditioning treatment for dry, damaged hair or coarse hair. It also makes an excellent detangling and moisturizing treatment for thick, curly and kinky hair types.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient if you’re looking to grow and strengthen your tresses, and carrots are jam filled with beta carotene, an excellent source of Vitamin A.
To make your very own carrot oil from scratch, check out this recipe from Ygoy. Another alternative is to simply purchase all natural carrot oil, which is often more potent.
To get hair healthy and grow it long, you need to minimize hair loss and shedding by strengthening hair strands. Protein in the hair is the chemical compound that affects the strength and structure of the hair.
Eggs are a great source of protein and make a great weekly hair mask especially when combined with other natural ingredients such as yogurt, honey or avocados.
Honey is another one of those versatile ingredients that make great as a beauty treatment. In hair care, honey helps to retain and draw water to the hair keeping the scalp and hair strands moisturized.
It can be combined with other natural ingredients to create a mask. Or can be used alone or mixed with your favorite natural oil as a deep conditioning treatment.
If you’ve ever purchased one of those hair growth vitamins, then you have noticed biotin as a top ingredient on the list, that’s because Biotin plays a major role in maintaining healthy scalp and growing healthy hair.
Yogurt is an excellent source of Biotin and also contains other vitamins and proteins that make it a great treatment for hair. To use, simply blend yogurt with other natural ingredients or oils to create a hair mask.
6) Peanut oil
We often hear of olive oil, argan oil or castor oil to get hair healthy, but one of the better and lesser known natural oils for hair care is peanut oil. Peanut oil is filled with essential vitamins such as Vitamin E, A and D that help to grow strong, healthy hair.
It is ideal for curly hair types, coarse and dry, damaged hair. It can be used alone as a hot oil treatment.
You’ve most likely heard of Mayonnaise as a homemade treatment for deep moisturizing, to get hair healthy. It is filled with protein which is known to strengthen hair strands for longer, shinier hair.
For dry hair and scalp treatment, try the ultimate avocado mask. Avocado is a yummy vitamin filled goodness that can be easily blended with other natural ingredients such as yogurt or egg yolk as a luxurious hair treatment. Its use in homemade hair care dates far back to the days of early Egyptians.
9) Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is another multi-use product that has a ton of great benefits. It helps to balance pH levels and bring hair and scalp to normal acidic levels which plays an important role in growing healthy hair.
In homemade hair care, it works great as a hair rinse, an alternative to shampoo, as a dandruff treatment or simply a mixture with other natural ingredients and essential oils as hair treatment. To use a hair rinse to revive dull hair and make it shiny, simply mix with equal parts water, spritz onto hair, leave on for several minutes and rinse.
To use a shampoo alternative, you can mix with baking soda to create a paste and apply mixture onto the hair and scalp. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off thoroughly.
10) Baking soda
Baking soda can be used in homemade hair care to cleanse the hair. As previously stated above, it can be mixed with apple cider vinegar and used as a alternative to shampoo.
This might come shocking to a lot of people as I know it did me, but who knew that good ole’ beer can make a great hair treatment. That’s right, beer works great a hair rinse to replenish moisture to hair. According to TruthinAging.com, beer is filled with B vitamins and proteins that coat the hair, draw in moisture and repairs damaged hair. These nutrients are found in the malt and hops.
To use, simply pour some beer into a glass and let is sit to room temperature levels. Then with finger tips simply apply to hair and scalp in small sections. Then blow dry as usual.
Beer also makes a great hair styling treatment and can be used as an alternative to hair spray by simply spritzing onto the hair.
For those with dry, damaged hair, banana is a great treatment to get hair healthy again. It is an excellent source of essential vitamins that nourish the hair. It can be easily mixed with other natural ingredients such as yogurt, egg, avocados etc to make a luxurious hair mask.
13) Ghee butter
I wrote about ghee butter as a hair conditioner in a previous article and from first hand experience, I can attest to the benefit and effectiveness of ghee butter. It works especially well on coarse, dry damaged hair as a deep conditioning treatment.
Garlic is an excellent treatment to combat hair loss and promote healthy strands. To use, you can simply cut garlic into tiny chunks, put into a glass container with a bit of water and leave overnight to extract the juices. Use the tonic as a pre-treatment by applying it all over the scalp before shampooing. To increase the effectiveness, put on a hair cap and sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes.
Lemon is an all purpose product that is well known for its lightning properties. In hair care, it can be used as rinse and also a natural, hair bleaching treatment. To use, simply mix with a bit of water, apply to hair, and it is recommended to sit under the sun for increased effectiveness.
16) Cayenne Pepper
Apparently cayenne pepper is an excellent ingredient to aid in hair growth. It is said to work by improving circulation and blood flow which aids in regeneration and growth. It is often mixed in natural hair oils and massaged onto the scalp.
Similar to garlic, onions work to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Use in a similar fashion as garlic, by cutting into small chunks and extracting juice. Or you can simply rub cut onions onto sparse areas of the hair.
Similar to cayenne pepper, rosemary works to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. It is a powerful herb that has been used in natural hair care for decades to get hair healthy and strong.
19) Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea can be used a natural way to lighten the hair or as a rinse. To use, simply apply tea mixture to the hair and scalp. It can also be mixed with other essential oils.
20) Red wine
Want to a natural way to become a red head, well reach for a glass of red wine. That’s right, red wine can be used a natural way to add a subtle red tint to your hair. To use simply apply red wine to damp hair, put on a shower cap and wait 10-15 minutes. Voila! Red hair in an instant.
21) Grape juice
Similar to red wine, grape juice can be used a natural hair dye to brighten, dull brassy tones on blondes and to get rid of the dreaded orange hair. You can simply mix with equal parts hair conditioner and leave on hair for 20-30 minutes, rinse thoroughly afterwards.
22) Tomato Juice
The benefits of vitamin A in hair care is stronger, healthier hair. Tomatoes are an excellent source of this vitamin amongst others and works as a great treatment for severely dry, damaged hair. Simply mash raw tomatoes to extract juices and apply directly to hair or mix with other natural ingredients.
23) Extra Virgin Olive oil
Last but not least, extra virgin oil is one of those absolute necessities in natural, homemade hair care to get hair healthy. It can be used in a variety of ways. Apply it to freshly washed and conditioned hair as a hair oil, mix with other natural hair ingredients or use as a hot oil treatment.
What other items do you use from your kitchen to get hair healthy? Please share in the comment box below