Whether or not saving your moola was one of your new year’s resolutions, chances are your wallet is feeling a little lighter right about now. Don’t worry, we’re hair for you! We’ve rounded up our 5 favorite, budget friendly hair DIY’s that will have everyone thinking your mane is allllll Gucci.
1. COCONUT OIL + HONEY = SOFT AND SILKY
If your mane is parched and dry, but your cash flow won’t let you get your hair mask flow on, try this easy DIY for quick and painless damage repair. The honey acts as a humectant with the coconut oil, pushing the healing qualities deeper into the strands and sealing it in. Heat up 1 tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil with 1 tsp raw honey until just warm enough to mix. Apply on freshly shampooed or dry strands from mid lengths to ends (coarse, curly, frizzy, or unruly hair types can apply from roots to ends). Comb through with a wide tooth comb and let sit anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. When you’re finished, simply shampoo and condition as usual.
2. CASTOR OIL = LONG, LUSCIOUS LOCKS
If you’ve suffered a bad haircut or made a rash decision to cut your hair at home, this will help! Castor oil is super thick and sticky, so you may need to dilute it with a carrier oil (like olive oil or sesame oil), especially if you have fine hair. Apply a few drops to the scalp, then massage in, gently stimulating the scalp. You can mix with your regular conditioner and use daily, or apply at night and wash out in the morning.
3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR = FRIZZ FREE SHINE
Products and the environment usually leave our hair’s pH level on the alkaline side, meaning the cuticle layer of the hair opens and swells (FYI, hair color is alkaline so that it can get inside the hair strands!). This causes frizz, dryness, and a rough, dull texture. To restore the hair’s natural pH level, dilute 1 tbsp unfiltered apple cider vinegar with warm water and rinse your hair with it post wash.
4. EGG YOLKS + OLIVE OIL = THICK, LONG STRANDS
The vitamins and minerals in egg yolks are rich in essential fatty acids that strengthen, soften, and promote hair growth while sealing and preventing split ends. Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsps water then dilute with half a cup of warm water. Massage onto scalp then let sit for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, shampoo as usual. Apply 2 times per month for best results.
5. OATMEAL = SOOTHING OILY SCALP, IRRITATION, OR DANDRUFF
Oatmeal helps remove excessive oils while treating the hair follicles. Mix oatmeal, almond oil, and regular milk or coconut milk into a paste. Brush hair thoroughly to remove any tangles, then apply directly to the scalp and massage in. Let sit 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition.
Do you have a favorite DIY hair recipe you swear by? Share with us in the comments below!