Last Modified on May 19, 2014
Hair Care without Chemicals
Our hair is important to us; a part of our persomal ensemble and a form of self-expression. Commercial products may contain chemicals that can be absorbed into our bodies or even damage our hair for short-term effects. The good news is there are many great alternatives to putting those products into your hair.
Natural Hair Conditioner Options
Below you will find dozens of ways to treat and restore your hair naturally. Among our more popular home remedy options for natural hair treatment are apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, and we even have heard about positive results using egg yolks, borax, and honey!
|Apple Cider Vinegar||11 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||8 YEAS|
Table of Contents
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
- Argan Oil
- Baking Soda, Borax, Mayonnaise
- Banana and Olive Oil
- Beef Bones and Olive Oil, Carrot Juice
- Borax, Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Borax, Conditioner, Citric Acid
- Cedarwood, Juniper, Rosemary, Flower Water
- Chamomile Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Dishwashing Liquid for Hair Growth in Toddler
- Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
- Faster Hair Growth
- Fenugreek Powder With Yogurt
- Fenugreek Seeds
- General Feedback
- Hibiscus Leaves and Petals
- Honey and Rosewater
- Jojoba Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Hair Straightener Recipe
- Nettle Tea
- Olive Oil for Split Ends
- Pure Crude Oil
- Silicon Supplements
- Soap Nuts
[YEA] 08/27/2010: Tasha from East Coast, Usa: "Apple Cider Vinegar is WONDERFUL for hair especially frizzy/curly hair. I mix 1/3 ACV or White Vinegar and 2/3 water in a bowl. First thing I do is dump this over my head. I let it sit while I wash up, rinse at the end and follow with a tad of conditioner. I have fine curly hair and its usually a hit or miss as far as how my hair day goes. I havent had a bad hair days since I started doing this. Hair is smooth, shiny, FULL and just plain gorgeous."Replies
08/28/2010: Tricia from Ireland replies: "I do this too for scalp as much as hair. I use a spray bottle to get it into the scalp and then comb it through my hair. Less waste. I find it amazing that although I can normally only use a comb on my curls when I have conditioner in it, I can comb the ACV mix through without any bother at all."
08/28/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "The spray bottle is a great idea as I always waste a lot because I don't know where I am throwing it. But do you do that as a rinse after washing your hair or with it dry?"
09/02/2010: Tricia from Ireland replies: "Hi Francisca, I enjoy your posts and reviews. I had awful problems with my hair after giving birth which I blamed on hormones. It took me two years and many hairdresser visits(I usually only go once every 2-3 years) to realize it was SLS. Curl fell out. Colour wouldn't stay and it felt like I had a wire brush rubbing on my scalp. So now I rarely shampoo my hair unless I'm going to get a colour put in. I use a protocol devised by Lorraine Massey called "no poo". I 'wash' my hair each day but only use a non-silicone conditioner - no shampoo. Google her. It's a great system. Once or twice a week, before breakfast I spray my dry hair and scalp with ACV/water - have brekkie and clean up - then shower and condition. Normally I only leave it on half an hour or so but a couple of times I realize at the school gates that I forgot to wash it out. Doesn't look good but it has never done any damage. The spray bottler is non waste and I'll use it for cleaning too. I spray it on my brass bathroom taps just for a min and then scrub with an old toothbrush to get rid of the green stuff that accumulates on them. And it gets rid of the soap residue my family are determined to leave in the sink. It's great stuff to have in the bathroom."
09/03/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Tricia, many thanks for your kind words. Actually I have stopped posting the book reviews because I didn't think that there was much interest.... As far as the ACV goes I have just remembered that like you I also have a spry bottle with ACV and water which I use to clean mirrors and so, that will be handy for my hair too! I will surely Google Lorraine Massey. Normally speaking I don't need to wash my hair more than once a week and I have just read in a book of mine that you should only wash the scalp, not the rest. Nowadays we only use natural shampoos and I am starting to rinse it with beer and then water. It gives volume and the hair becomes very soft. I also brush it with my head upside down and then straight up at least twice a day, like someone suggested here a while ago and that has made my hair look fuller and thicker while keeping it a lot cleaner. I have must finished reading a little book with a lot of beauty tips, if there is interest I will post a review on this site (the problem is that I don't think you can find the reviews again)! Funny you say you keep the ACV in the bathroom, I keep the spray bottle with the diluted one but also a bottle with the normal stuff as I use it in my bath, to wash my fact, against yeast infections, everything and anything!"
09/10/2010: Tasha from East Coast, Usa replies: "I did try the spray bottle also. The problem is that unless its directed close to the scalp, it goes everywhere. It looks like fine mist, but unless you spray in the shower- your bathroom will smell of vinegar. I also want to note that ACV is great but I actually much prefer white vinegar. The results seem even better. The vinegar doesnt seem to dry my hair out even though I use it on my strands as well as my scalp. I rinse in vinegar nearly every day. It doesnt seem to cause much fading of my red hair color either, but maybe thats because of the PH."
12/20/2008: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario: "Can anyone tell me if adding ACV to your final rinse is ok if u just had ur hair colored and highlighted, or if one should wait for a bit. Has anyone had experience with this, please let me know asap if possible as I just had my hair done. Thank you"Replies
12/20/2008: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "It should be ok to use right after coloring darker hair, but it might be too soon for light hair. You could try a chamomile tea rinse for your light hair."
12/24/2008: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "Thank you for your response, I have dark hair naturally but have red and blonde highlights in it. First time I try this its sexy actually....anyways what do u think should I wait on the AVC rinse cause of the lighter highlites. I have tried ACv rinse very little already and seemed to be ok. Just asking opinions. Thanks again."
[YEA] 08/23/2009: Pauline from Sebring, Florida replies: "to Laurie from SudburyOntario- My hair was very fine and wouldn't even hold a hair clip it would drop out. This is what I did, massage the scap real good with olive oil then massage the olive oil into the hair all the way to the ends. you can leave it on for 30 minutes or a little longer the longer the better. Then shampoo and condition, then mix half Apple Cider Vinger and half water pour this through the hair and leave it in do not rinse, just wrap a towel around your head leave it on about 5 minutes then take the towel off and let your hair air dry. When the hair dries you won't smell the vinegar. The olive oil will make your hair grow and make it thick and the A/C/V will clean out any chemicals like hairspray, spray gel, hair mousse.
Now for the nails, I use olive oil but you have a choice to use olive oil, castor oil or petroleum jelly, all three are good for the nails. If you use olive oil or castor oil use a cotton ball and wet it good with the oil and rub it into the nails and cuticles real good. for the petroleum jelly use a small amount on nails and cuticles. Make sure you do this before going to bed. Use rubber gloves for cleaning bathrooms,dishes and gardening, water is not good for the nails. Remember nothing works overnight! It will take a few weeks for this to work. You will see a difference as the weeks go by. It sure did work good for me, I know it will work for you too. Good Luck!
[YEA] 06/20/2007: Donna from Houston, TX: "I just tried the Apple Cider Vinegar Rince on my hair for the first time . My hair feels much lighter and cleaner , But it burnt my forehead, so when you use it becareful not to get it on your forehead."
[YEA] 09/16/2006: Lana from Hamilton, OH: "I started using to rinse my hair after washing and cream rinse. I have long hair from my crown about 31 inches. I use 1 cup of apple cider vinegar ever time I wash my hair, which is 3 times a week. The smell only stays for about 30 min, but my hair is so much healthier and has also grown. If I miss the vinegar rinse my hair feels flat and unclean. It also helps with the split ends. White vinegar is not to be used on your hair as it will strip the naturel oils"
[YEA] 02/12/2006: Amanda from Ontario, Canada: "I rinsed with the apple cider vinegar for 4 nights in a row. My hair didn't have any build-up in sight! thanks! :)"
[YEA] Barbara from Phoenix, Arizona: "I have been using vinegar once a week for years and years as a hair rinse. It gives my hair the perfect pH balance. As a result, at the ripe old age of 63, I have very thick, healthy, shiny hair. When I tell people about it, they think I am crazy, but it works!! I remember when I was very young, my mom would wash my hair in rain water and then rinse it with vinegar.
I use approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup vinegar diluted with about 1/2 cup water. I shampoo and rinse first then pour on the vinegar - let it sit about a minute and then rinse out the vinegar and then shampoo again and rinse very well so there is no odor of vinegar. This was even recommended to me by a beautician once, and I hadn't even told her that I was already doing it!! The vinegar also removes all the old shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc. build-up in the hair."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Sharon from Los Angeles, CA: "The Apple Cider Vinegar as a conditioner was great! However, my hair smelled quite obviously of vinegar until the next time I washed it even though I rinsed it well with shampoo! I will try it again, but perhaps with less vinegar."
[YEA] Donna from Aspen, CO: "The vinegar cuts the minerals in your water--that's why it works. Hard minerals stick to your hair. Just try rinsing with distilled water for silky hair."
[YEA] Dora from Ottawa, Ontario: "The apple cider vinegar worked very well. The only things to be watchful for: is not getting it in your eyes (becomes irritated for a couple of seconds) and being mindful in the shower where it becomes slippery on the floor. The best way I believe to use the ACV is over a sink to wash your hair, not the shower."
[YEA] Sue from Kingston Area,Ontario: "After being guided to use apple cider vinegar to rid Candida.. I decided to cleanse my scalp of any yeast buildup. Wow...my hair is so curly,shinny and very healthy. I will use every second week as a cleanser. Try diluting 1/2 cup of ACV with 1/2 cup warm water-pour onto scalp, then shampoo & conditioner. I have even tried it on a cotton ball to exfolliate my skin--results were "glowing skin". Buy the "unpasturized"apple cider vinegar-it is live and therefore ACTIVE.Try it - IT does work."Replies
07/20/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Sinusitis symptoms are:
1. Severe Cold
2. Nasal Congestion
4. Pain around eyebrows, eyes, nose areas
5. Sore Throat
6. Inflamed Throat
Nausea or mind fog are not sinus symptoms. Chances are you are having vertigo. Maybe you should consult a chiropractor.
What is your work type, continuous sitting or continuous standing. Prolonged same posture working habits can cause stress in the spinal chord that can manifest in your said symptoms.
If you are very sure about sinusitis, consult a good Homeopath to cure it. Homeopathy cures sinusitis at any stage.
For your congnizance and physical health. You should do SUN WORSHIP or SUN SALUTATION - which is a yoga exercise (SOORYA NAMASAKARAM) that will take only 10 mins in the morning in front of sun. You will see nice difference in one week in your cognizance.
SUN SALUTATION will cure most of the diseases balance your energy, balance your internal system, physical agility.
just google about SUN SALUTATION OR SOORYA NAMASKAR
However, you have to check for toxins in your food and water. Toxins cause the mind fog that keeps you preoccupied.
Hope this helps."
[YEA] Kirsten from Louisiana: "A friend told me that i should use ACV to help with the removal of old shampoo/conditioner as well as hair spray...i use about 1/2 cup every other day and it keeps my hair nice and soft and it really does remove hairspray!!"
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Ed from Wenatchee WA, USA: "I have been using a mixture of ACV, Baking Soda, and Water for a conditioner for about a week and a half. I use about 1/4 tablespoon of BS and ACV till the bubbling stops. then I add just enough water to complete filling a small cup About 3 inches high, 1/2 full. I apply just enough of this to soak my hair ( I do this in the shower ) and rub it in with my fingertips for about 1 minute, then I rinse it out. I have had mildly itchy scalp and hair that does not obey. Now I have no more tangles, my hair does what I want, and the itchy scalp is better. It's not gone yet, but is getting less itchy. Using this small amount of ACV does not leave any smell to my hair either. Thank you so much for this site. Ed"
[YEA] 10/15/2008: Nita from Valdosta, GA: "I have recently become Earthclinic's biggest fan, trying a couple of suggestions that were in others' testimonials. Last night I soaked my hair in undiluted ACV to wet it. Then I used baking soda to srub my scalp clean, next I put a warm egg on my hair(focusing on the ends). I worked the mixture in and let it sit for about 10 minutes. My hair was instantly smoother when I put the BS on but I decided to add the egg anyway. When I rinsed it out my hair was very easy to comb through and it still was silky to the touch. I followed it up by putting coconut oil on my hair while it was still wet and wrapping it. I tied it up and went to sleep. When I combed the wrap down this morning I found the softest, shiniest, hair I have ever had. I am African American with chemically altered hair so this remedy is like finding a pot of gold! I am so amazed by the results of the cheapest most common things. I will never have to waste my time and money on useless hair products again. I'm 23 now so I'm sure this will save me a lot of money over the years. I feel so blessed to have found this site and I hope these remedies touch many more lives."Replies
01/04/2009: N.B.N from Charlotte, NC replies: "Thank you so much for sharing really i needed to hear this in this season of my life"
01/12/2009: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "Hi , first of all you need to specify amounts as a few people are now mentioning the side effects. How much "undiluted ACV" do you use (as wouldnt that burn your scalp). Then how much BS and what do you mean by a "warm egg" you mean room tempature. Thank you"
05/17/2014: Kay from Destin replies: "Cautionary note about conditioning with Raw Eggs; be sure to rinse out egg very well with COOL/COLD water (or you may get a rotten egg odor that lasts weeks)!"
05/18/2014: Robert Henry from Ten Mile , Tn. replies: "HI U KAY, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , your post is strange to me because as a vain young man I frequently resined my hair with the yoke of an egg. As you know the white of an egg will starch your hair like a board. The yoke leaves it smooth, shinny and silky. Please explain how you got a rotten egg smell from a fresh egg. Egg yoke has been used for eons as a hair conditioner.
========OLE ROBERT HENRY=============="
[YEA] 04/26/2009: Francine Case-Shore from Playa Del Rey, CA: "I have been using an oil from Morroco that is made from argan, indigenous to Morroco. It is amazing, there are a few products out there with this oil. I cannot tell you how my damaged hair has repaired itself, this oil will not make your hair oily and speeds up the drying time."