7 Homemade Natural Treatments | Quick DIY Hair Moisturiser Recipes

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Short on funds, in a hurry, or can’t get to the salon in time? If only you know how to make a hair moisturizer. Look no further. These DIY hair moisturizer recipes will help you get through. You can make these from everyday ingredients to maintain beautiful hair.

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Putting that moisture back into the hair shaft is as essential for hair beauty as it is for moisturising your face.

We can’t always make it to the hair salon. Here’s how to make your own hair moisturizer at home with natural products

Tip: A lot of people are opting for natural shampoo and conditioner bars right now! These are convenient as they take up little space when storing and they last quite a long time.

Try the beer shampoo bar. Beer conditions and it’s well-known for leaving hair shiny and full of body.

To use, you simply wet your hair, lather up with the bar and rinse, similar to using a bar of soap to wash your body. >> Check out the full range and prices at the Australian Biome Eco Store!

Why DIY Home Hair Treatments?

Chemical products, hairdryers, and hair straighteners take their toll on our hair with moisture loss.

A DIY home hair treatment is a great fix when you’re not able to get salon products or treatments for whatever reason.

Doing it at home is simple and cost-effective. 

You might be into simplified living and want to avoid synthetic chemicals in your personal care.

The DIY treatments are generally made of natural ingredients.

We all want our hair to look shiny, healthy, and clean. 

DIY Hair Conditioning Treatments

The following list of natural hair moisturizers includes ones that will suit most hair types.

Olive Oil As A DIY Hair Moisturizer

pouring olive oil, which can be used as a dry natural hair treatment
Olive oil makes a cheap DIY hair treatment (Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay)

An oil treatment works well on dry hair as a DIY hair moisturizer. I use virgin olive oil. I find it works great as a natural hair moisturizing treatment for my fine hair when it starts to dry out, especially during winter or after being in the summer sun. 

How to treat dry hair with oil? For a DIY, grab that olive oil from the pantry.

Olive oil is high in monosaturated fats. Oils with a high loading of saturated or monosaturated fats, like olive oil, diffuse into the hair shaft and work much better than polyunsaturated types for treating your hair.1 If it works for you as it does for me, you’ll find your hair is soft and lustrous.

Olive Oil recipe to add moisture to dry hair

  • Pour enough oil to coat the ends of your hair (about a tablespoon or two).
  • Leave it to soak in for 30 minutes to a few hours or overnight (just make sure to place a towel on your pillow so as not to stain it).
  • Then, just wash and style as usual.

Coconut Oil As A Hair Moisturizer DIY

fresh coconut and coconut oil, which can be used as a natural conditioner for hair
Coconut oil – used as natural conditioning for hair (Image by moho01 from Pixabay)

Coconut oil is an everyday item worth having in your home — It’s included in the 10 Simple DIY cleaning options for your home I wrote about.

It’s a natural product and perfect for oil-pulling in oral care. It’s also another natural moisturizer for dry hair. In place of olive oil, you might find that coconut oil works for you as a deep natural hair conditioner. Apply the same method as stated for olive oil.

Tip: If you use coconut oil you may need to warm it first. Be careful not to overheat it. You could also use other oils, for example, virgin sesame oil, coconut oil, or grape-seed oil as a homemade leave-in hair moisturizer before you shampoo.

Coconut oil, like olive oil, penetrates the hair shaft, as it is about 90% saturated fat ¹.  Also, it provides natural conditioning for hair as it has a high affinity for hair proteins since it is a triglyceride of lauric acid and so works well as a homemade deep conditioner for damaged hair. As a treatment before or after shampoo, it is known to reduce hair protein loss.²

How to Make Natural Hair Moisturizer Using Coconut Vinegar

What’s a good final rinse for dry hair? For a moisturizing final hair rinse, try coconut vinegar.

This will help repair damaged hair and give you a fuller and shinier head of hair. This rinse works by sealing the hair cuticles to lock in moisture and stop the hair from drying out.

  • Dilute 1 part coconut vinegar with 2 parts coconut water.
  • Pour over the hair in the final rinse after rinsing out the shampoo.

Egg Protein DIY Hair Mask

woman in bathroom preparing to use a home diy hair mask
Egg moisture hair mask for a homemade protein-rich hair treatment

About making a hair mask at home…

You can use eggs in a homemade deep conditioner for dry hair. It is possibly the best moisturizer for dry hair and scalp in terms of a DIY hair mask.

Using an egg moisture hair mask provides a great protein fix to make your hair look fuller, with a bouncy shine. This makes a good homemade conditioner, especially as a dry hair treatment.

How to Make A Homemade Hair Conditioner Using Eggs

For a moisturizing natural hair conditioner for hair that’s dry, try the following from Living Green:

  • Take three eggs.
  • Whisk these together with 1 tablespoon (15ml) of apple cider vinegar and apply to damp hair.
  • Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse off in cold water.

Spoiler alert: The mix of raw egg and apple cider vinegar in this homemade hair moisturizer does give off an odour, but if you can handle this for 15 minutes, you are on your way to shinier, healthier hair.

A Cool Water Final Rinse Is A DIY Hair Treatment For Shine

A final rinse can make a difference in locking in moisture and adding shine to those locks.

woman in shower where she can use a homemade hair treatment
Cool water final hair rinse to lock moisture in the hair

Another of my haircare hacks…is this simple trick. After shampooing, as a final rinse, use cool to cold water.

Why does this work? Using cool water as a final rinse helps to close the outer hair sheath cells so they lie flat. The result is a smooth shiny finish to your hair.

This simple action amazingly helps (if you can remember to do it). It is a simple DIY hair treatment that works towards saving you dollars at the hair salon or on commercial products.

Rosemary Herbal Final Rinse

Rosemary has a reputation for stimulating hair growth as it helps with the blood circulation of the scalp. So, it aids in preventing hair loss. It also helps (especially combined with sage) to treat premature greying (source).

Rosemary from my garden

This is a treatment for hair that is normal to oily. It will leave your hair feeling glossy, clean, and soft. You can also use it to treat dandruff or an itchy scalp. 

Like lavender, rosemary contains terpenic compounds that are useful in the treatment of dandruff.

Recipe For Hair Moisturizer Homemade With Rosemary

Here are the steps to create a leave-in treatment using rosemary:

  • Collect 3-4 sprigs of rosemary from your garden or purchase them from a supermarket
  • Boil 2-3 cups of water in a jug
  • Steep the rosemary sprigs in the boiling water for about 1 hour
  • Strain the herbal water to remove the rosemary leaves
  • Use the rosemary-infused water as a final rinse after washing your hair
  • Leave it in your hair as a leave-in treatment (or if you prefer, you can rinse it out)

You can also make tea from sage leaves for this purpose...

Sage herbal tea hair rinse

Like Rosemary, sage tea can be used to darken and intensify hair colour. It’s claimed sage promotes hair growth and improves scalp health. It is a natural alternative to commercial hair products and can help reduce dandruff, similar to Rosemary.

I wrote about the goodness of this herb in my article on the uses and benefits of sage.

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Fresh sage that I grow in my garden

Here are the steps to make sage tea for moisturising hair rinse:

  • Add 3-4 sprigs of fresh sage or 1 tsp of dried sage leaves to 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Lower the heat, and let the tea simmer for around 5 minutes.
  • Allow the tea to cool for 2 hours and strain.
  • Use the strained liquid to rinse your hair.

This easy-to-make hair rinse applied once a week is said to help with rejuvenating dry or thinning hair.

conditioning Herbal Oil Treatments

A home hair treatment using herbal oil will give your hair a lift when you need that quick fix.

Essential oils for hair type

You can use the following essential oils for your hair type…

TypeEssential Oil For Treatment
Dry hairsage
Oily hairlavender or peppermint
Anti-dandruffcamomile, rosemary, or thyme

For example, for a simple dry hair treatment, DIY to add moisture, choose sage.

Recipe for herbal oil treatments for hair

Use your DIY herbal oil hair treatment with a hot towel treatment to add moisture.

  • Choose the essential oil suited to your hair type (see table)
  • Add 6 drops of the essential oil to 30 ml (about 2 tablespoons) of sweet almond oil
  • Massage the herbal oil mixture into your hair and scalp
  • Then wrap a hot towel* around your head
  • Leave for 30 minutes allowing the heat to work with the oil
  • Then shampoo and rinse

*To prepare your towel for wrapping around your hair, dampen it first. Next, roll it up and place it in the microwave for about 40 seconds to 1 minute, but keep in mind that the exact time may vary depending on your microwave’s power and the thickness and size of your towel.

Natural Haircare Tips That Save You Expensive Salon Treatments

Tip: Use an oil treatment to lock in moisture and add shine. After massaging the oil into the hair and scalp, cover your hair with a towel.

Then, place a plastic covering over the towel to keep the heat in.

A DIY plastic covering can be made from plastic food wrap or by using a plastic bag cut to fit over your hair. Alternatively, you’ll need to replace the heated towels.

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Before you go…

Knowing this is the first step. Read my next article about natural face moisturizing…

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