Let’s face it, everyone’s hair gets a little dull and damaged from time to time. Whether it’s from swimming in chlorinated pools in the summer, or having to live with dry, cold air in the winter, our hair goes through a lot. And while going out to get a revitalizing hair treatment from a salon can seem like the only solution, there are some much easier (and cheaper!) options.
We’ve rounded up 13 of the best at-home hair treatments that you can easily make yourself. And the best part of all? They use ingredients that you probably already have on hand. When you peek inside your fridge, you’ll likely find some eggs, butter, yogurt, and avocados. In addition to whipping up a delicious breakfast, you can use those ingredients to treat your dry and damaged hair. With any one of these treatments, your hair is going to be taking on a whole new life.
- Heighten your shine with tea
Some of us need tea to get the day started and bring us back to life, and as it just so happens, it can have the same effect on your hair. If you’ve noticed your hair has been looking a bit dull lately, black tea is a great way to add a revitalized shine to your locks, according to Lifealth. If you’re already a tea drinker then this at-home remedy is going to be super simple to add into your routine. And even if you’re not, it’s still pretty darn easy. Bonus: black tea has also been known to help with curl loss.
To use: Brew some black tea and let it sit until it’s cooled off. Pour the tea onto your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash the tea out and enjoy your shiny hair.
- Add moisture with butter.
We all know butter is rich and creamy, but as it turns out, it can add some softness and moisture to your hair as well. The treatment is inspired by a long-standing similar practice in Ethiopia where people use butter to moisturize their hair and protect it from sun damage, according to the Daily Mail. For those with curly hair, using butter is a great way to enhance your natural texture while adding moisture and shine, according to Naturally Curly.
To use: take a few spoonfuls of room-temperature butter and rub it into your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for up to an hour. Then wash your hair as you normally would.
- Moisturize dull hair with dairy.
Anything from harsh styling products and air pollution can sap moisture and dull shine — but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help to reverse this damage. “Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes,” says Lisa Belkin, author of The Cosmetics Cookbook. While this mask can work for all hair types, the protein in the yogurt is especially great for enhancing natural curls.
To use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.
- De-frizz with avocado.
Rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, biotin, and vitamins A and E, avocados boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair, Cox explains.
To use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks, or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.
- Use coconut oil to strengthen.
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile products on the planet: You can use it to cook, clean, and condition your hair. According to Healthline, lauric acid allows coconut oil to be more easily absorbed into the hair shaft, making it a top choice for reducing protein loss from sun exposure or chemical treatment.
To use: Massage 2 Tbsp coconut oil from your roots to your ends and let it sit for 5 minutes before a shower. Follow with your normal shampoo and conditioning routine.
- Revitalize Your Hair with Bananas
It’s no secret that bananas are good for us — they’re nutrient packed and high in potassium, which helps regulate our bodies. And all of those great benefits help make bananas an amazing choice for hair masks. According to Healthline, bananas contain the mineral silica, which helps your body to synthesize collagen, which can make your hair stronger and thicker. A banana hair mask can also reportedly moisturize your hair and help relieve a dry, itchy scalp.
To use: Blend together two ripe bananas and half a cup of coconut milk. Coat your hair in the mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes, then wash the mask out of your hair.