5 Natural Hair Recipes


If you are as keen on living frugally as we are, then you’ll be delighted to know that most of what you have in your kitchen larder will give you, and your family the kind of tumbling locks you’ve always wanted for virtually free! The bonus is all these treatments are completely natural, with none of the nasties found lurking in so many of the shop-bought treatments. Here are 5 different solutions for all types of hair- go have fun and treat yourself!

Dry or sun-damaged hair

Whether you’ve over-ironed your hair, or exposed it to too much sunlight or even chlorine- there is a solution to return your hair into soft dewy tresses. Honey has the ability to attract and retain moisture, so is the key ingredient to use when your hair feels dry and brittle.

Super Soft Sensation-Natural Hair Recipe

What you need

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Honey’s ability to attract and retain moisture is well known

  • egg Yolk
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 170 g/ 6 oz of liquid honey

Optional extras (use  1 or 2 of the essential oils below)

  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop of Rosemary
  • 1 drop of Sandalwood
  • 1 drop of Geranium

What to do

Mix the ingredients together with a stick-blender and then apply to clean, damp, towel dry hair. Massage it in thoroughly and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing out with warm water. Repeat this every two weeks for an instant difference.

Greasy Hair

Grease-No-More-Natural Hair Recipe

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cornstarch is the perfect antidote to greasy hair

This is the perfect dry shampoo and is a perfect aid to reducing the appearance of oil on your hair. Apply a little cornstarch or cornmeal to dry hair with a flour shaker, leave for 15 minutes and then brush out. You don’t need much or you’ll end up looking grey, which might not be your intention!

Frizzy Hair

My eldest daughter has a head of the most gorgeous curls imaginable. Frizz is her demon, so rather than heap on lashings of silicon serum, she uses this. Avocado contains oils that are moist and light mimicking those found in our own skin, so this makes the perfect solution to those frizzy hair days, when the air is humid and your hair feels a little wild and unkempt.

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Avocado contains oils that are moist and light

Tame your Tresses-Natural Hair Recipe

What you need

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp of creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil
  • 1/2 or 1 avocado ( depending on the amount of hair to be tamed)

What to do

Mash the avocado and then add the rest of the ingredients and blend together with a stick-blender. Massage into your hair and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing out with luke-warm water.

 Limp product-build-up hair

We all suffer this form time to time, when our hair feels limp and dull.  It’s time for the ultimate residue rescue remedy!

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Limp hair? Baking soda comes to the rescue!

Residue Rescue Remedy-Natural Hair Recipe

What you need

  • 3-4 tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • water

What to do

Mix the ingredients together with a spoon until a paste forms, then massage it into damp, towel dry hair and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing your hair as usual.

Dandruff Hair

Several factors encourage dandruff and are often associated with stress playing havoc with your hormones, upsetting the delicate balance your body needs to function optimally. Some people are just more prone to it, no matter how relaxed they are; so here is the perfect treatment for your itchy scalp.

Soothing Solution-Natural Hair Recipe

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Tea Tree oil: the best solution for an itchy scalp

What you need

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbs of water
  • 1-2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

What to do

Mix together and massage into your damp scalp, then leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and applying shampoo. Treat weekly.

Do you have any natural hair recipes you care to share with us?


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  1. Thank you for sharing these great recipes. My 6 year old son has very dry scalp. Would you have a suggestion for for that?

    • NMNadmin on

      Try massaging in a little shea butter, or failing that a little jojoba oil into his scalp-leave for 10 minutes before washing off with a mild shampoo, rinse and towel drying his hair. You might try offering him some flavoured Omega 3 fish oil, if he hates the taste you could conceal it in a daily smoothie. It would certainly help moisturise him from the inside out:-)x

  2. Carla on

    Awesome! I love the avocado mask idea – – my curls are always frizzy when I leave them alone – I would love to have something that keeps them tame and in control. I will be trying this one for sure! Found you on Frugally Sustainable :)
    Have a great week!

  3. Hi Rebecca!
    I wanted to come by and say hello and thank you for your great entries on the Farmgirl Friday linky! They are wonderful!

  4. cathy on

    I came over from Chic in a shoestring Deco. I can’t wait to try the avocado mask on my hair. I was wondering if baking soda will strip the color?
    I am so HAPPY to find a natural approach. I am going to bookmark this page and will be following your blog!
    Thanks and have a great week,

  5. hi, I have dandruff and I really like your recipe for dandruff hair, but I’m allergic to olive oil, do you have any suggestions for me?

    • NMNadmin on

      I have not tried it personally, but would suggest you try flaxseed oil for its anti-inflammatory properties.

  6. Becca on

    Hi, Rebecca!
    I am so looking forward to trying the Avocado sour cream hair recipe. My hair tends to be frizzy as well, and it’s humid as all get out here in the US in Tennessee.
    These are all great recipes! I’m pinning them for future reference.

  7. Kelly on

    I have very manageable hair but unfortunately my scalp gets dry, especially in the winter. I have tried olive oil but I have never tried it with lemon and tea tree oil; I am definitely going to try it out! Here from the Mostly Homemade Monday Linky

  8. I stopped washing my hair with anything other than water just over a year ago. I don’t have any hair products now! And my (long) hair look and feels great, and I have more time and money for other things. I like to tell people about it, might just be enough to encourage you give it a try too.

  9. April on

    I really enjoyed this post. Nature has so many wonderful products to help us look our best and it’s lovely to know how to use them. I particularly like the sound of the Super Soft Hair recipe- I like the idea of adding the essential oils.

    • NMNadmin on

      Thank you Lisa Lynn x

  10. Lea H on

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)