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Natural Hair Treatments Which You Can Find In Your Kitchen

Updated on March 13, 2014
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Your hair is your crown. Many women feel nude without hair. Next to our skin our hair is what we take pride in. You don't have to spend a lot of money to achieve beautiful hair. Natural products from your kitchen can help you in that department. Look around the kitchen and garden for these products.

Achieving beautiful hair is easy and you can do this yourself. Basically the same rules for skin care will apply to hair care because the hair is a part of the skin.

Dry hair causes split ends and breakage. If you have dry skin it's most likely that you will have dry hair. Likewise oily skin brings greasy hair. Just like your skin your hair needs balance to be healthy.

I will give you a few tips on how to treat your hair from the kitchen and garden when money is short.


Good old olive oil

Steaming the hair

Dry hair?

Dry scalp?

Hair breakage?

Split ends?

What you will need:

  • An electric steam cap
  • A plastic shower cap
  • Olive oil

What to do: Wet hair. Apply olive oil all over. Make sure the oil is not running. Cover with a plastic cap and place electric cap that has been plugged in and gauged to the correct temperature for steaming (this is up to you to determine which temperature is comfortable for you). Leave on for the duration of the steam. Most caps will have a timer on it. If you are using the older ones, leave on for 15 minutes.

If you don't have a steam cap you can use the plastic shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes while you go about your business. This will work fine in warmer temperatures. If you have a dryer station you can sit under it for between 8 to 10 minutes. Always use the plastic cap.

Note: you can substitute mayonnaise for olive oil.

Coconut oil

For generations the colored race have been using coconut oil to comb their hair and we used to believe that it was due to poverty. Little did we, the new generation, know that coconut was the best thing for kinky hair. That was then,but what about now?

Coconut oil is soothing, smells great and contains conditioners for hair, skin and nails. It helps to reduce protein loss in hair and makes your hair soft and smooth. Use on skin as moisturizer and watch your skin become supple and taut.

So, it's always good to have a bottle of natural coconut oil around. Use daily on hair and skin. The cold press oil is best. Also drop a bit in your warm bath and have a teaspoon daily to keep your digestive tract healthy.

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All natural from kitchen and garden (or market if you don't have a garden)

General Conditioning - apply to hair after shampoo, leave in for 3 minutes then rinse with warm water.and

Deep Conditioning - Apply to hair after shampoo, cover with plastic cap or plastic wrap, leave for 15 minutes

One of the following:-

  • Mayonnaise
  • Aloe Vera (gelled)
  • Avocado (mashed)

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Replenishing/Treatment - Apply to hair before shampoo. Apply to wet hair, cover with plastic cap and leave on for 20 - 30 minutes.

One of the following:-

  • Aloe Vera (gelled)
  • Papaya (mashed)
  • Egg yolks (beaten)

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Dry itchy scalp - Apply to scalp after shampoo and conditioner.

One of the following:-

  • Cucumber (grated or blended, strain and use water to final rinse hair)
  • Aloe Vera (let Aloe Vera bleed in enough water to final rinse hair)
  • Peppermint (bruise pepper mint leaves add water and make half cup solution. Apply to scalp do not rinse.)

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Luster/Body - Use in place of, with or after conditioner

One of the following

  • Aloe Vera (gelled)
  • Honey (remember to rinse honey properly)
  • Egg yolks (beaten)
  • Buttermilk

Notes: You may combine ingredients from each category to get that extra treatment. Like adding the buttermilk to the mayonnaise for both conditioner and to add luster. Feel free to experiment. Remember these are natural products that wont cause a combustion! Don't worry about causing some lab meltdown....lol

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    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 

      6 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Yes, I've been enjoying coconut oil for a lot of things, but surprisingly I don't much like cooking with it! I prefer peanut oil for hot cooking (and it also makes a good all-over after bath moisturizer!)

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Sally, thank you. Coconut oil is a natural conditioner for both hair and skin. Your hair will feel soft and silky after using. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sally Branche 

      6 years ago from Only In Texas!

      These are excellent ideas! I like to use a little coconut oil as a hair dressing on the day I plan to wash my hair. I just wear my hair up on that day so it just looks nice and shiny and well-controlled. Doing this gives my hair all-day conditioning, and it ends up really soft!

      Voted up and awesome! ;D

    • Loi-Renee profile image

      Loi-Renee 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Yes there is a lot of chlorine in our water. I don't like to use it to cook because it damages the pots. I've never thought of what it can do to my hair.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Loi, I hope they turn out okay. Sometimes it's the Chlorine in the water that damages out hair. Jamaica piped water has too much chlorine.

    • Loi-Renee profile image

      Loi-Renee 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Cardisa. I have so many problems with my hair sometimes I feel as if I would just cut it all off and start over again. I will try some of these.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks waffles, have a great day.

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      Waffles And Syrup 

      7 years ago

      Hi Cardisa,

      Great hub! Loove the tips. Thanks for sharing. ????

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Renee, thanks for stopping and yes, you can save a few dollars this way.

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      Renee 

      7 years ago

      Hi Cardisa

      Great hub, love your tips. I'm a student and money is always the ?;but I got to look and feel good. Keep up the good work.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Litsabd, thanks for reading. I am happy you found something useful.

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      litsabd 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub. Loved reading through it! Altough I am allergic to cucumber, the honey and egg mask is superb for my skin and hair!

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Two of my favorite things to eat too...lol

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting. I'll try your deep conditioning treatment. Mayo + avocado sound kind of yummy, though. I'll try to refrain from eating it. lol

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Rachelle, not every hair type will respond to everything. I may use mayonnaise and my hair loves it and you may use it and see no difference. It's just to try new stuff and see what works for you.

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      Rachelle Williams 

      7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      My hair loves olive oil, but that's about it as far as the natural stuff goes.

      I have been on popular forums like Blackhairmedia.com, and I follow the mega-popular Youtube channels, like Kimmaytube and Naptural85, but my hair does its own thing and marches to the beat of its own drum.

      However, I can certainly attest to the usefulness of Olive Oil. Great Hub! Thanks for sharing.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Ruby, thanks for stopping by. Olive oil may be one of the most important items one could have in their kitchen, it's good for almost any thing and packed with anti-oxidants.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good info. I've used olive oil on my hair for sometime. I really like the sheen it gives. Thank's for the other good tips.....

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Movie Master, cucumber adds moisture to skin and the scalp is no different. Did you know that most products used on skin can be used in hair. If the product you us eon your skin is bad for the hair then it certainly will eventually harm your skin.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cardisa, my hair needs all the help it can get!

      I shall have to try the cucumber rinse, I have never heard of that before!

      Thank you for sharing some great tips.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      LOL.....that's funny a part Italian not loving oregano and especially olive oil. Mayonnaise will do great!

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      I tend to fight off dry skin in the winter. I think I would substitute mayonnaise, though. I'm not a fan of olive oil's smell. (What! A 1/4 Italian woman not loving olive oil? I'm not a big fan of oregano either.It must be the 3/8 UK background?)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Polly, it's great to know you approve of this and have tried it. The peppermint will help ease itchy scalp too....it works like menthol. Thanks for confirming my recipe!

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      I have used the olive oil (years ago used vegetable oil) and both are good. I didn't use heat but I used a shower cap and left on my head while cleaning house, maybe up to a few hours and it is great, every bit as good as the oil you buy and pay a fortune for. I use to add vinegar to cheap shampoo to make my and my family's hair shine. It really works. I haven't used the aloe, avocado or peppermint, so I will have to try those. I have peppermint growing in with all my outdoor plants so that is nice to know, thanks for a great fun and useful hub.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Emma, I do hope my suggestions help. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Lesley, with your hair maybe it's better to keep it at least shoulder length. I would suggest a deep conditioning with the olive oil. Sometimes kinks are caused from the dryness of the hair. I hope you find a solution.

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      Emma Kisby 

      7 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Great ideas here. I do suffer with a dry scalp and have tried everything to help! I shall try out your 'recipes' - thanks!

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      Lesleysherwood 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the advice Cardisa. I have so many problems with my hair. Never know if it should be long or short. It has an awful kink so is neither straight nor curly. Nor long or short and in bad condition. Nothing worse than long hair with split ends and out of condition. These tips will really help me I feel. Vote uP as usual for your writing.

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