Pantry Beauty: Healthy Hair Treatments You Can Whip Up At Home

October 4th 2020, 7:00 pm

Think of your kitchen as your own beauty supply store. Everything you need to transform and repair your hair can be found inside your fridge or on your pantry shelves. Indulge in a bit of self-care and follow these easy-to-whip-up recipes from our trusted community of reviewers at MakeupAlley to boost your strands without leaving your own home.

DIY Baking Soda Shampoo

5.0

(1 Review)

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TYPE: Shampoo

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Mix 3 tablespoonsof baking soda in 9 tablespoons of warm water (about 1:3 ratio for shoulder length hair)

  • Apply to hair (Remix often as the baking soda doesn't stay in solution long)

  • Wait 3 minutes and rinse

  •  Follow with a 1:4 vinegar to water conditioner and cold water rinse.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I'd read about washing hair with baking soda shampoo & finally tried it. My hair came out clean and soft. I was amazed it worked.”

Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair

4.4

(132 Reviews)

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TYPE: Clarifying Rinse

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water and pour into a spray bottle.

  • Spritz ACV solution allover scalp and hair. Leave on for 15 minutes, tops.

  • Rinse with water afterwards.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I never have a bad hair day when I rinse my hair with ACV. This stuff adds shine, and, weirdly, I think this moisturizes my hair. "

Beer Shampoo

5.0

(3 Reviews)

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TYPE: Shampoo

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

- flat beer

- honey

- your favorite shampoo

  • Mix 1/3 shampoo and 2/3 beer.

  • Add a drop of honey (add more drops if your hair is extra dry).

  • Shake well.

  • Then, use the mixture to cleanse your hair. Shake well with each use.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “Catherine Zeta Jones has been using her own mixture of beer and honey shampoo. Hops are very healthy for hair. Your hair will have amazing shine and bounce."

Fermented Rice Water

4.3

(3 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Repairer/Booster

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • You can use any type of uncooked, plain natural brown, white or jasmine rice.

  • Rinse the rice with water, allowing it to stand for no more than 5 minutes; then strain. (Use enough rice to cover the bottom of the jar about 1/4 to 1/3 full.)

  • Put the rinsed rice in a medium-sized 10-12 oz wide-mouthed glass jar (so it's easy to get the rice in and out).

  • Bring spring water to a boil, and pour over the rice straight into the jar. Carefully, cover the jar with the jar lid, and leave it on the counter for a couple of days.

  • Check in about 48 hours; when it's ready, it will have a funny smell and be bubbly—that's the fermentation. It can take up to 72 hours in cooler/winter temps.

  • After the fermentation process, remove the water from the rice. You can store the fermented rice water in the fridge for use for a couple of days.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I never had shiny hair until I tried rice water. I don't have a regimen, but at least once a week I spray rice water onto my hair, comb it through, and leave it 'til my next wash in 2 or 3 days."

Mayonnaise Hair Mask

4.1

(34 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Mask

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

-1 egg yolk

-1 tablespoon water

-1 tablespoon 5% vinegar or lemon juice

-Dash of mustard powder or prepared mustard (this is optional. Mustard is included in most homemade mayo recipes; plus, it is said to have hair growth benefits.)

-1 cup of your chosen oil (extra-virgin olive oil is highly recommended)

  • If using a hand-blender (immersion blender): Add all ingredients, let settle and wait until water is separated from oil. Then, blend on high until to desired thickness.

  • If using a hand-mixer: Using only one beater attached. Add yolk, water, vinegar, and mustard. Blend well. Manually pour in small amounts of oil, waiting until each bit is fully emulsified before pouring in more. Once it starts to thicken, you can be a bit quicker. Blend until desired thickness.

  • Slather your unwashed hair with the mayonnaise mixture. Massage it in well. Leave on as long as you like before washing hair as usual.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “This makes a gorgeous, thick, non-smelly mayo that gives even better results than store bought. It's like using your favorite hair oil, but better. It makes a ton, so you can freeze the rest for future treatments. It would suit well for an overnight treatment because it is thick and not-drippy."

Egg Yolk Mask

5.0

(1 Review)

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TYPE: Pre-Poo

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

- 2 tablespoons of honey

- 1 egg

- 1/4 cup of avocado oil

  • Combine 1 egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup of avocado oil together.

  • Apply the mixture to your hair, from scalp to ends.

  • Leave it on for 30 mins to 1 hour.

  • Then, wash it out with your favorite shampoo, and condition your hair as usual 

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “My current fave pre-treatment mask for dry and breakage-prone hair. It makes a big difference. It adds shine and moisture."

Coconut Milk

Hair Mask

4.2

(12 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Mask

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Mix some coconut milk or coconut cream with essential oils, like ylang ylang, lavender, rosemary, etc, and apply it on your hair.

  • Leave on for about 2 hours.

  • Then, shampoo and condition as usual.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “...I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk just the same as many prefer to use extra virgin olive oil instead of olive oil. You can keep fresh coconut cream in the fridge preferably up to 3 days and if you want to keep it longer you can freeze it. I freeze it in an ice cube container to make it more convenient...I haven't enjoyed washing my hair for a while, because my sulfate-free shampoo does not lather and makes my hair frizzy—but adding coconut cream changed all of that.  I don't even have to blow dry my hair. I just let it air dry and it has so much body and bounce. I was so amazed with the result that I kept wondering how did so much hair grow out of nowhere. Coconut cream, it seems, will help in preventing hair shedding."

DIY Avocado and Coconut Cream Hair Mask

3.0

(2 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Mask

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

-1 can of coconut milk

-1 avocado

- a pot

- a mixing bowl

- a spoon

- a shower cap

  • Simmer the coconut milk on low heat until it is a thick cream. Stir constantly to prevent burning/sticking to the bottom of the pot.

  • While waiting for the water to evaporate from the coconut milk, scoop out the avocado. Remove the skin and the pit, and mash in a bowl until smooth.

  • Pour the coconut cream into the mashed avocado and mix until blended. Let this mixture cool until lukewarm and then massage it into dry hair from ends toward roots.

  • Saturate well and cover your hair with a shower cap. Let the mask sit for as long as possible (at least 30 min). You can wrap a hot towel (fresh from the dryer) around your head to help it penetrate your hair faster.

  • In the shower, rinse the mixture out and shampoo and condition your hair.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I found that avocado and coconut are two of the best things to put in your hair because they penetrate the hair better than most oils. I break out from using oils directly on my hair or skin, but for some reason I don't break out when I use avocados and coconut milk. I make a hair mask every once in a while with both of those ingredients to strengthen my hair and hydrate it a couple days before coloring."

Rosemary Oil Conditioner

4.7

(9 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Conditioner or Scalp Treatment

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Mix one teaspoon of the rosemary essential oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil (olive, almond or vegetable oil).

  • Then apply it to the scalp.

  • Wrap a towel around your head and leave it on for an hour or two, or even overnight.

  • Afterwards, wash your hair as usual.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I combine this with jojoba oil or grapeseed oil and concentrate mostly on my scalp and ends. It smells very good and never makes my hair feel greasy or limp. It does a great job of controlling frizz and doesn't kill too much of the curl in my hair"

Honey Conditioner

5.0

(2 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Conditioner

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Warm 5 tablespoons of honey with 5 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner in the microwave for at least 30 seconds. You want the mixture to liquify but not be piping hot.

  • Wet hair. Then apply the honey mixture all over your mane.

  • Let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes.

  • Then rinse it out thoroughly with water.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I have been using honey as a hair treatment for the past 6 months and it does wonders for my hair. It is definitely the secret to moisturized, soft shiny hair. Just a side note: honey will lighten your hair or give you highlights [if you use it consistently for a long stretch of time]. I have dark hair and do not mind the natural highlights, since it isn't damaging to my hair; plus, the highlights look great in the sun. If you stop using the honey, the highlights will eventually fade on their own."

Virgin Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mask

4.7

(12 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hot Oil Treatment

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Combine equal parts extra virgin olive oil and unrefined coconut oil in a bowl.

  • Microwave the mixture for ten seconds in the microwave.

  • Apply to dry hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or saran wrap

  • Let it sit in your hair for a couple hours. Then, wash hair as usual.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I always have extra virgin olive oil and unrefined organic coconut oil on hand in my pantry... I love to mix them with my cheap conditioners for a boost them up and sometimes I mix them together in my homemade leave-ins. They really do a great job of moisturizing and strengthening my hair. My hair looks less dull as well. I usually do olive oil and coconut treatments a couple of times a month as I am a hair product junkie and have hundreds of hair products to try but I do [highly] recommend this if you are on a budget or looking for an organic treatment. Just make sure to get extra virgin olive oil and unrefined virgin coconut oil; it makes a difference."

Homemade Aloe Vera And Coconut Oil Leave-In Conditioner

3.7

(3 Reviews)

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TYPE: Leave-In Conditioner

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo and then towel dry it hair.

  • Take a scoop of coconut oil and rub it between your hands until it liquifies; then, add aloe vera to it and apply the mixture to the ends of your wet hair.

  • Air-dry hair naturally.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I've started creating my own homemade leave-in conditioner using 100% aloe vera gel ( I like Fruit of the Earth from Wal-Mart) and virgin coconut oil (from the health foods section of the grocery store). My hair looks better than it ever has. I no longer use a rinse out conditioner, and I use this mixture as a leave-in. It has no wax and no silicone...[Note:] If I use it on dry hair, it makes my hair greasy and disgusting; but on wet hair, if I don't use too much, it is perfect. I have tried both coconut oil and aloe vera before separately, and they did not work as well as they do in combination."

Mustard Oil Treatment For Thinning Hair

4.0

(2 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Loss Treatment

USER TIP: Mustard oil goes rancid quickly if not refrigerated. It will keep for months unopened but once it's open put it in the fridge.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I've used coconut oil, Vatika oil, castor oil (very good) and lately mustard oil. Mustard oil has, so far, made the most difference. It really smells bad (I'm going to be upfront about that.) It's a rather light oil that I can feel "heating" up my scalp, stimulating it. I put it on my scalp about three times a week, leave it for at least 3 hrs [overnight if I can] and wash it out. I sometimes mix it with castor oil or I just use the castor oil along my hairline and crown because castor oil makes your hair look thicker and that's where I'm thinnest. (Hate to break it to you ladies but castor oil only makes your lashes look longer because it makes the shaft swell). With frequent use of mustard oil, I've seen some significant regrowth and finer hair has thickened up and regained some color. It's still a little early to tell but the "baby bangs" are growing"

Unflavored Gelatin Protein Treatment

4.3

(3 Reviews)

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TYPE: Hair Strengthener/Protein Treatment

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

- unflavored powder gelatin

- your favorite shampoo

  • Mix 5 grams of powder gelatin in water.

  • Similar to the Aphogee two steps protein treatment: apply the gelatin mixture on to damp hair (wash your hair with your favorite shampoo beforehand).

  • Then, dry your hair with a hairdryer [or air dry]

  • Once it's hard, rinse with water.

  • Apply your favorite conditioner afterwards, if necessary.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “I love this treatment! My hair is very long, frizzy and not thick at all. Since I started using heat tools, it is like jelly. After the treatment my hair feels super strong, and it looks thick and shiny. This effect lasts until the next hair wash. [If your hair isn't damaged or weak, I don't recommend that you try this treatment—too much protein will make your hair feel dry or brittle.]"

DIY Hair Color Stripper

5.0

(1 Review)

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TYPE: Hair Color Stripper/Corrector

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

YOU'LL NEED:

-Dawn dish soap

-10-20 (or more depending on hair thickness and length) Vitamin C tablets

-baking soda

-shampoo (Head & Shoulders or a clarifying shampoo work best)

-deep conditioner/moisturizing conditioner

-lemon (optional)

  • Crush vitamin C tablets as best you can and put in a bowl.

  • Add enough warm water to create a paste.

  • Next, add your choice of shampoo. You want to create equal parts paste and shampoo but enough to make it easy to get through hair. Let it sit in your hair for 30-60 minutes, wrapped or covered. Then rinse with warm water.

  • While hair is damp, add equal parts Dawn dish soap and baking soda. Again, enough so you can cover all your hair. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so, working the mixture down the hair shaft and into the roots. Rinse.

  • OPTIONAL: cut a lemon in half and squeeze into hands or directly on hair—working it into all the strands. Then, rinse gently with cold water.

  • NOTE: After the above steps, your hair will feel very stiff and squeaky clean (this also serves as a great remedy for hair buildup.) Do not try to comb hair or manipulate it directly afterwards, as it may be too tough to work with. Slather your hair with a load of deep conditioner (you may require more than you usually use to break up hair stiffness). Let it sit for as long as you like. Then, rinse with cold water for maximum shine.

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “This is a much cheaper, safer, better smelling alternative to color stripping that should be tried before subjecting your hair to more chemicals. I stumbled across this combo by exhausting every avenue I could find on the internet. DISCLAIMER: for this to work best, your hair should be recently colored. For example, I wanted a light ash blonde but the box dye came out much darker. Two days later I did this and all the color was removed. Also, it worked best on my more porous ends vs. my virgin roots so it may be necessary to re-dye afterwards. Do not expect to have your original/prior color back, chemical dyes alter the hair—this solution can only do so much. Repeat applications may be necessary."

Tomato Paste Color Corrector

5.0

(1 Review)

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TYPE: Hair Color Corrector/Toner

MUA MEMBER DIY RECIPE:

  • Cover your hair with tomato paste, tomato sauce or ketchup after washing it.

  • Leave it on for 20mins.

  • Then, rinse out and condition your hair. 

MUA COMMUNITY COSIGN: “Tomato paste, tomato sauce or ketchup are great at removing unwanted hair dye out of hair. This worked for me when I dyed my golden blonde hair an ash blonde and it ended up looking grey. You'll feel like an idiot having tomato paste in your hair, but it works and it doesn't damage the hair like hair strippers. It's also very cheap. After the first treatment most of the awful color was gone, after the second treatment all was gone. There are two theories on why this works: one is that it's acidic and it strips the color from the hair; the other is that it counteracts the oxidization process of the dye. I don't know which or if both are true, but it saved me so I was very happy!"


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