You’ve probably heard of them–the homemade hot oil treatments and hair remedies made from items you can find in your kitchen. And maybe you’ve even tried a few–beer in the shower anyone? But before you go raiding your fridge, we’re here to tell you the truth about the top homemade hair myths, so you can go from pantry to pretty without the mess.
Does beer make hair shiny?
Yes. You can use a stout like Guinness. Pour a bottle over freshly washed hair (skipping your conditioner) and let it sit for a minute or two before rinsing with warm water. Tip: make sure you rinse well, so you don't smell like a stale brewery!
Does avocado condition?
Yes. You can use avocado as a hair mask. You can even mash a little banana in there for good measure. Apply all over damp hair from root to tip. Hang out for twenty minutes and then shampoo in the shower. You can apply your normal conditioner too, and style as normal.
Do eggs strengthen hair?
Nope. You can use egg whites as a face mask, if you’re so inclined, but they won’t really do anything special for your hair. Then there’s the mess...
Is maple syrup as hydrating as a deep conditioner?
Nope. Stick to the pancakes and the waffles you’re used to, maple syrup.
Does baking soda work like a clarifying shampoo?
We don’t recommend using baking soda on your hair, mainly because there is no research that supports it. While some people report loving this natural method, others say that baking soda damaged their hair. We just don’t think it’s worth the risk.
Can Apple Cider Vinegar be used like a dandruff shampoo?
Yes. Ish. While there is not a lot of research to support that apple cider vinegar can help with dandruff, there are many who have had good results. Plus, dandruff shampoos are often pretty harsh on your hair, so a cup of apple cider vinegar is a friendlier option.
Should you hold the mayo?
Not necessarily. Mayonnaise contains L-cysteine, a powerful antioxidant, and can be used to condition dry hair. Apply to wet hair, concentrating on the damaged ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
Olive oil does something, right?
Yes. Olive oil will make hair soft, strong, and shiny. Apply warmed olive oil on dry hair, or apply oil to damp hair and wrap a hot towel around your head. The hat helps oil get beyond hair’s cuticle. Sleep on it—your hair will thank you for the extra time.