Practical ways to live better on less.
There are plenty of budget friendly conditioners that you can make at home using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Who needs a $20 salon conditioner? Many of these overpriced salon products are loaded with chemicals, fragrances, parabens, and other toxic substances. Here are a few of the best ingredients for at home hair masks.
Olive Oil – Olive Oil is an excellent deep conditioner for dry hair. I apply about 1/2 cup of the oil to my hair, cover it with a plastic bag, and then let it sit for about 30 minutes. This natural, affordable wonder works great for anyone with dry hair, especially chemically treated hair!
Honey – Honey is another great moisturizer for the hair and also contains plenty of beneficial nutrients. It makes a great addition to the olive oil mixture or can be used on its’ own. I usually always apply honey with another product because it is too sticky to apply on its’ own. I prefer using Manuka honey, which contains even more antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids then traditional honey.
Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil is great for strengthening and moisturizing your hair. It is very affordable (about $5 for a large jar at Trader Joe’s) I heat the oil and apply about 1/2 cup or so to my entire head of hair. I left mine on overnight in a plastic cap and washed it out in the morning. My hair was so shiny, soft, and manageable afterwards!
You can either leave it on overnight or just for a few hours – either way your hair will thank you! I always apply this mixture over the sink or bathtub because it is extremely messy! Also be aware that it is hard to wash out. I need to wash my hair a few times to completely get it out, however, in the end my hair thanks me for the extra moisture!
Eggs Yolks – Eggs add protein back in your hair and are great for people who frequently heat or process their hair. You can mix an egg with the olive oil solution to add protein and moisturize at the same time. I usually crack open one egg, use the egg white for a tightening face mask, then apply an egg yolk/olive oil mixture to my hair. This hair mask works wonders! Your hair will feel so smooth afterwards!
Avocado – Avocados contain plenty of healthy moisturizing omegas. I mash one whole avocado, add a bit of olive oil, and let it sit on my hair for about 30 minutes. This hair mask works really well for unruly frizzy hair types. It really smooths the hair down and makes it shine!
Yogurt – The fats from the milk will help to add moisture to your hair. Mix a few tablespoons in your hair with or without any of the above listed ingredients. Coconut yogurt works well too.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix a few tsp of the vinegar with about 2 times more water. Put this mixture in your hair after shampooing. It will give your hair some extra shine, remove buildup, and also add essential minerals. This is a great way to naturally reduce buildup without buying expensive specialty clarifying products.
I buy Eden Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which can be purchased at a health food store like Whole Foods. I would use this mixture about once a month to remove buildup – check with your colorist before attempting this one at home due to the acidity.
The coconut oil treatment usually works the best for my hair, which is pretty dry from over-coloring throughout the years. Feel free to adjust the amounts needed to cover your entire length of hair. These figures are just estimates! As always, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day as ater is the best natural, free way to hydrate your hair!
Have you tried any of these homemade hair solutions yourself? How did they work out for you? Do you have any additional budget friendly homemade hair masks to add to the list?