While there are many hair toners, serums and treatments available on the market, many people find that these treatments fall short in many ways, and some have adverse side effects for many people after prolonged use. However, there are some home remedies that can help without the use of harsh chemicals and laboratory-created ingredients. These remedies have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, so consult your doctor before changing your hair care regimen if you are worried about allergic reactions or potential irritants.
Mayonnaise and Egg Yolks for Dull Hair
According to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939,” a mixture of mayonnaise and egg yolks can be applied to hair follicles to help give them more body and a healthier overall appearance. To make this mixture, combine 4 tbsp. mayonnaise and one egg yolk in a small container and whisk or mix thoroughly to combine. Gently massage the mixture into the roots of the hair and length of the hair follicles and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water and wash with a gentle shampoo and cleanser to remove the mixture. This treatment can be used once per week as long as it doesn’t bother your skin or scalp. Unused portions should not be kept in the refrigerator for longer than 24 hours.
Beer and Jojoba Oil for Volume and Shine
According to Planet Green, a website devoted mostly to health and natural living, a mixture of beer and jojoba oil can be used to help increase volume and shine in your hair. To make this mixture, combine one 8 oz. glass of warm beer with 1 tsp. jojoba oil and stir to combine. Pour the mixture over your hair after using your regular shampoo and conditioner, and massage the beer and jojoba oil through the length of your hair. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and let your hair dry naturally. This treatment can be used regularly as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin, and unused portions can be kept in the refrigerator for approximately one week and brought to room temperature before each use.
Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil for Dandruff and Scalp Irritations
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” a mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil can be used as a hair toner for dandruff and other minor scalp irritations. To make this mixture, combine the juice of ½ lemon with 4 tbsp. coconut oil in a small container and shake or stir to combine. Gently massage the mixture onto the scalp and roots of the hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner before letting your hair dry naturally. This treatment can be used daily as long as it doesn’t bother your skin or scalp, and unused portions can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939"; Jethro Kloss; 2004
- "Ayurvedic Beauty Care"; Melanie A. Sachs; 1994