Do DIY Hair Treatments Really Work?

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Do DIY Hair Treatments Really Work?

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When it comes to DIY hair masks, you may be curious about whether slathering hair in mayo or any number of other pantry items will transform your locks to gorgeous and shiny. They say olive oil is great for dry hair, and apple cider vinegar is amazing for adding shine. But do any of these home remedies actually work? 

The short answer is yes, but there are some caveats. Let’s explore some DIY hair masks and suss out the ones that work from the ones that don’t.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Depending on how daring you feel, there are tons of natural homemade hair masks that might work for you. One of the most popular DIY hair treatments is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Known to make hair shiny, ACV clarifies and lifts away buildup left behind from hair products. It’s a natural alternative to clarifying shampoo if you’re in a pinch. This treatment is good to do once in a while to purify and deep cleanse, leaving hair super shiny and squeaky clean. 

The best kind is raw ACV that contains “the mother”, aka the nutrient-rich sediment you’ll see floating around the bottom of the bottle. Yum. You'll find ACV in your local supermarket. 

How do I use it? 

1. Shake the bottle well to disperse the vinegar.

2. Fill a large mixing bowl with ACV and water

3. Flip your head downward and dunk hair in the bowl. Allow the mixture to saturate hair, wring it out, and leave it in for 3-5 minutes.

But be warned: This stuff is majorly stinky and highly acidic. You don’t want to get it in your eyes, so be mindful of drips! The fumes can be enough to sting if you have sensitive eyes. Diluting with water should help. The result is shiny, super clean hair. 

Beer

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Another popular DIY hair mask for shine is beer. Beer is known to strengthen the hair cuticle. While the smell is a far cry from any salon shampoo, unlike ACV, the odour isn’t quite as noxious. Just be sure to discard the bottles or cans in the recycling bin instead of leaving them in the bathtub, less people get the wrong idea! You’ll also need to be 18+ in most places to buy beer, even if you don’t plan on drinking it. 

How do I use it? 

1. Leave the beer out for a couple of hours opened (preferably overnight) to let it flatten. 

2. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and use your regular daily conditioner. 

3. Pour the flat beer through your conditioned hair and leave for a couple of minutes. 

4. Rinse the beer off preferably with cool water. 

Olive Oil

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Another common DIY hair mask is olive oil. Olive oil is an excellent natural moisturiser for hair. It’s great for bringing hydration back to dry strands and fragile split ends. 

Many home remedy sites recommend applying it to your whole head like a mask. However, we found that olive oil is hard to rinse out of hair cleanly, and can honestly leave you smelling a bit like salad dressing. 

How do I use it?

1. Pour some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) into your hands

2. Using your fingers pat the EVOO on the ends of your hair only - remember, a little goes a long way.

This one is a great natural alternative to leave-in conditioner. Plus, most everyone has olive oil in the kitchen.

Tip: If you don’t like the smell of olive oil, coconut oil smells much nicer. It is also less messy to apply since it comes in solid form. Again, focus on your ends only. Too much oil can be hard to rinse and leaves hair greasy. 

Mayonnaise

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Speaking of hard to rinse DIY hair masks, mayo is another that comes to mind. Filled with fats, oils, and protein, mayonnaise is a treat for dry, damaged hair. But that healing power comes at a price. Mayo doesn’t rinse clean, can leave hair with a greasy feel, and the smell leaves something to be desired. If you want to give it a try, maybe don’t experiment with this one on date night. 

How do I use it? 

1. Apply mayonnaise to freshly washed hair in the same way you would conditioner. 

2. Place a shower cap, plastic bag or, preferably, a thermal cap over your hair. 

3. Leave the treatment on your hair for 15-30 minutes. 

4. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to remove the mayonnaise. 

Honey

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One of our favourite hair masks is honey. Rich in vitamins and minerals, honey is a natural humectant that restores moisture to dry hair and can even boost shine with regular use. Plus, the smell is divine. As an added bonus, honey rinses clean since it is sugar-based (water easily dissolves sugar). It’s a real treat to use, and feels more luxurious and spa-like compared to other home remedies. 

How do I use it? 

1. Fill a bowl with honey and warm water to dilute the honey and mix well. 

2. Massage the honey mixture through your hair from root to tip and work it gently through your hair. 

3. Cover your hair with a shower cap - it drips! - and leave the mask on your hair for three hours. 

4. Rinse of the honey using a warm water and a gentle shampoo. 

Banana, yogurt, honey

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If you prefer to get a little more fancy, try a mixture of banana, yogurt, and honey. Banana is protein-rich, which is essential for hair health. Yogurt revives dull hair thanks to lactic acid, and honey restores moisture to dry strands. The best part is you can use any leftover for a yummy snack. Talk about killing two birds with one stone! Apply the mixture to damp hair for as long as you like. A minimum of ten minutes should do the trick. 

How do I use it? 

1. Mash a banana in a small bowl and add in yogurt and honey and mix well until smooth

2. Apply the mixture to damp hair and come through your hair with a wide-tooth comb. 

3. Apply a shower cap over the mix and leave for 20-25 minutes. 

4. Rinse with warm water to remove the mixture - if the mix is too sticky use a gentle shampoo. 

Avocado

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If your ends are really dry, mashed avocado is super moisturizing and packed with natural oils and nutrients that heal damaged hair. Avocado is best avoided near the scalp, though, since it has a greasy tendency. The downside is avocados can be expensive. Luckily, a little goes a long way. Dab any extra around your eyes while you’re at it so none goes to waste. This super fruit replenishes and hydrates dry, delicate skin and can ease the appearance of fine lines. It’s a win-win. 

How do I use it? 

1. Mash a ripe avocado in a small bowl until it's smooth and creamy in texture. 

2. Apply to hair avoiding going too close to your scalp.  

3. Cover with a shower cap and leave for 15-20 minutes. We recommend sitting in the sunshine to warm up the cap! 

4. Rinse the mixture off using warm water and a gentle cleanse with shampoo if needed. 

As you can see, there are many options for home hair treatments. You probably have several of these ingredients in your cupboard or fridge. Next time you plan on spending a relaxing night in, give one of these remedies a try!

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