DIY Deep Conditioners for Hair: The Top Three Homemade Treatments
If your hair is dry, damaged, brittle, or over-processed, why not try a homemade deep-conditioning treatment? You can mend your hair for a fraction of the cost of using salon or drug store products, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. Whether you choose an egg, mayonnaise, or oil pack, your hair and budget will both thank you.
1. Deep Conditioning Vegetable Oil and Egg Hair Treatment
How It Works
Eggs are rich in protein, a component of hair, so eggs restore and nourish your strands. Eggs are also renowned as one of nature's best moisturizers.
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil (olive oil is good)
- 1/8 cup of water
Note: You may want to double or half these amounts, depending on the length and texture of your hair.
- Mix ingredients well in a medium-sized bowl.
- Apply to hair after shampooing.
- Leave the mixture on for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse with cool (not warm) water.
2. Mayonnaise Mask for Distressed Hair
How It Works
The main ingredients in mayonnaise are eggs, vinegar, and oil. Each one of these elements is good for hair in its own right. Eggs nourish and fortify, vinegar adds shine, and oil moisturizes and protects. This mixture addresses all the problems of distressed hair.
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (approximately)
- Apply the mayonnaise to your dry hair. If your hair tends to be oily, avoid the scalp.
- Massage the mayonnaise into your hair thoroughly, and then cover your hair with a disposable shower cap, plastic bag, or plastic wrap. For deep penetration, cover the plastic layer with a hot towel.
- Allow the mayonnaise to stay on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before shampooing as usual.
3. Do-It-Yourself Hot Oil Treatment
How It Works
Hot oil is widely recognized as a powerful therapy for damaged hair. The heat causes the hair to open and allows the oil to penetrate deeply. The oil softens, nourishes, moisturizes, and protects the strands. Oil is a good vegan option for those who don't use eggs.
- 1/4 cup oil
Note: The best choice of oil is virgin coconut oil, an ingredient that is solid at room temperature but liquid when slightly warmer. Olive oil is also excellent for hair. If neither is available, any vegetable oil will work.
- Heat 1/4 cup of the oil until it is very warm to the touch but not uncomfortably hot.
- Apply the oil to your hair, section by section, to condition all areas evenly. If you tend to have oily hair, leave the oil off your scalp.
- Cover your hair with a plastic bag or wrap to keep in the treatment and warmth. For even better results, layer a hot towel from the dryer over your plastic wrapping.
- Leave the oil on your hair for at least half an hour.
- Shampoo thoroughly until your hair is clean but not stripped of oils.
Which homemade deep conditioner would you be most inclined to try?
These do-it-yourself treatments are safe, gentle, and natural, but that doesn't mean that they're ineffective. They're packed full of high-performing proteins, vitamins, and emollients. Your hair will look and feel better after one use, but treat it once a week to keep your hair in top condition.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.