You don’t always have to shell out a lot of cash to have great hair. As Instagram and Pinterest will tell you, a good ol’ DIY treatment can be just as effective as an extravagant hair mask when it comes to toning down the frizzies.
What’s even better is that you know exactly what you’re putting in your hair.
So if you want to low-tox and wind down on chemical hair products, here’s how you can whip up a few home remedies for your dry and frizzy hair in the comfort of your kitchen with some of nature’s purest ingredients.
1. Coconut Oil
When your hair’s dry, it tries to seek moisture from the air. As a result, the cuticles swell up, forcing the hair strands to stick out in different directions creating a frizzy look.
Luckily, you can solve this issue with a few drops of coconut oil.
Coconut oil consists of Lauric acid, a natural moisturizer. It helps your hair retain moisture for longer while minimizing protein loss.
Coconut oil also fortifies your hair, improving elasticity, and resistance to breakage.
For best results, pour a few drops of coconut oil in your palm, massage it gently into your hair, and leave the oil on for about 15 minutes.
You can also add a few drops of vitamin E oil for shinier and healthier hair.
You can do this either before or after washing your hair.
If you have no time during the day, you can also use coconut oil as an overnight treatment.
Make sure to use an old unused pillowcase or a sleeping cap.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Hair is healthy when its pH is acidic (3.5 to 4.5). In this range, the cuticles lay flat and aligned, making the hair strands smooth and shiny. However, if the pH increases and gets alkaline, the cuticles will flare up, creating frizz. This is where apple cider vinegar can help to rebalance things up.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps to lower pH. As a result, it can tame frizz and return your hair to its silky nature when applied by sealing the hair’s outer layers. In addition, it can clear your scalp from accumulated product deposits, preventing dandruff and flakes.
To use this home remedy correctly, mix one-third of a cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of warm water. You can either use all the mixture or use a part of it and keep the rest for another use. Apply as you see fit according to your hair’s length and thickness.
Leave the apple cider vinegar for about two minutes, and then wash it with cold water. Finally, leave your hair to air dry. Ideally, it’d help if you tried this remedy one or two times per week. At first, you may worry about the vinegar’s smell on your hair, but rest assured that once you rinse it out, the smell will dissipate.
3. Avocado Paste
Avocados are packed with highly nourishing ingredients that can be beneficial to dry and frizzy hair. For example, it contains vitamins E and A, which can help give your hair the strength it needs to fight frizz from humidity. Moreover, it’s a natural moisturizer that can enhance your hair’s ability to hold on to moisture for longer.
Here’s how you can whip up an avocado hair mask at home:
Mash a ripe avocado and mix it with three spoons of coconut oil. Keep on mixing until you create a smooth paste that isn’t too runny. Apply the paste gently to your hair and scalp, and cover your head with a shower cap.
Ideally, you should wait for about 20 minutes before rinsing it out. If you have fine hair, make sure to wash it out thoroughly to avoid residues. For the best results, try the avocado mask one or two times weekly.
Eggs have many benefits to overall health, and hair is no exception. Whipping up a raw egg mask can tame your frizzy hair and give it a superior shine. This is mainly because eggs are rich in proteins, which can strengthen your hair’s inner structure. However, you shouldn’t try this remedy if you’re allergic to eggs.
To try this remedy, mix an egg’s white with two big spoons of lukewarm water. Then, massage the mask to your scalp and hair in circular movements. After a few minutes, wash your hair with water first and then with shampoo.
As an alternative, you can whip two or three eggs with one spoon of honey and two spoons of olive oil. Apply the egg mask to your scalp and hair, and cover your hair with a plastic cap for about half an hour. Finally, rinse your hair with cold water and shampoo. If you don’t have olive oil, you can mix your eggs with argan oil or coconut oil instead.
5. Honey and Yogurt
It’s a known fact that yogurt moisturizes hair intensely; that’s why it’s the main ingredient in many homemade hair masks. When mixed with honey, its effect becomes even more significant. Together, they can eliminate frizz successfully and give your hair its gorgeous, silky appearance back.
To make it at home, use three large spoons of yogurt in a bowl and add one spoon of honey. Mix them into a thick paste. Next, apply the hair mask to your hair’s entire length, from your scalp to the tips.
Ideally, you should leave the yogurt and honey mask on your hair for about 35 minutes. Then, wash it off with shampoo and cool water.
6. Argan Oil
Argan oil is rich in linoleic acid, vitamin E, oleic acid, and many antioxidants that are excellent for smoothing the hair texture, eliminating frizz and dryness.
That’s why many hair styling products contain argan oil as a key ingredient.
To try this home remedy, follow the steps below:
Put a few drops of argan oil in your palms and apply to wet hair.
Comb the oil through your hair or massage thoroughly from roots to ends.
Since argan oil is lightweight and non greasy, you can also use it as an overnight treatment.
7. Aloe Vera Gel
Using aloe vera gel takes a proud stance among home remedies for frizzy hair because of its beneficial effects. It can help in taming frizzy hair and reducing hair damage that results from dryness. Aloe vera also stimulates hair growth.
To prepare this remedy, squeeze a small amount of aloe vera gel in a cup, add almond oil or olive oil. Mix it thoroughly and then apply the mixture to your hair, starting from the roots till the ends.
Finally, leave the mask on for about an hour or overnight, and wash it with a gentle shampoo.
8. Hot Oil Treatment
A hot oil treatment uses the power of steam to infuse oils deep into the hair.
This is highly beneficial for people with low porosity hair, who have a hard time with moisturizers sitting on top rather than absorbing into the hair.
To do a hot oil treatment you can use any standard hair oils like castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, organic coconut oil, or corn oil.
Mildly heat half a cup of whatever oil you’re using. Make sure it doesn’t boil. Next, massage the warm oil onto your head for a few minutes, and then cover it with a warm towel. Ideally, you should use this remedy as an overnight treatment.
However, if you don’t have time to do that, you can leave it for only half an hour. Afterward, rinse your hair and shampoo it thoroughly.
Bananas are high in silica, which stimulates your body to produce more collagen. A rise in collagen makes for very healthy hair too.
To whip up a banana mask, mash one banana, add two spoons of olive oil, and one spoon of honey. Mix them well in a bowl. Apply the mask to your hair and leave it for about 20 minutes.
Ideally, you should wash your hair with a mild shampoo and condition it. Then, you can try this mask once per week for a healthy shine and lively hair. It’ll get so silky that you won’t even need a flat iron anymore!
10. Lemon and Honey
To tame frizzy hair and adorn it with a healthy shine, you can try the lemon juice and honey home remedy. It’ll clean your hair shaft from all the dirt and oil, which promotes hair health. Moreover, vitamin C can lighten your hair dye slightly and give it an attractive shine.
To prepare this mixture, blend two spoons of lemon juice with two spoons of honey, and add water. Then, wash your hair, and leave it to dry for a while. Next, apply the mask to your damp hair in a massaging fashion. Leave the mask on for a few minutes, and then rinse using tepid water. You can use this remedy once every two weeks to have frizz-free hair.
To Wrap Up
There’s nothing better than natural remedies when it comes to hair. So if you want to treat your dry hair and give life back to your hair strands, there are a lot of remedies for frizzy hair that you can try!
Charlene has been blogging for over 10 years and has a background in digital marketing. She's also a certified yoga teacher and loves to travel.
When she's not working on her next article, she can be found spending time with her two young daughters or planning her next big travel adventure.