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There a lot of things just in your kitchen that can that can benefit your hair. I’m sure you have already tried some oil or maybe combined a few things together to create homemade masks, but you have a whole kitchen full of fun ingredients to us. Click the notes to the 12 you can start using right now. –– Kelly Rowe

Avocado: Mash it up and put it on after shampooing. It’s loaded with fats that your hair will love, plus it won’t make it feel greasy. Rinse well after 20 minutes for shiny tresses.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Great for so many reasons! Use it as a shampoo once a week to balance the pH of the hair, unclog hair follicles, and help seal the cuticle of the hair to make hair super reflective.

Eggs: Packed with protein and fats, these are like the miracle food for hair. Whip them up put them on your hair and let sit for about 30 minutes rinse well with cold water.

Honey: It’s a natural humectant so it helps the hair bring in moisture plus if you leave it on long enough (about 60-90 minutes) it can lighten and brighten hair by almost a full level.

Corn Starch: Use it as dry shampoo. You only need a very small amount, so don’t over do it because it can create a lot of grip in the hair.

Earl Grey Tea: Enhance your brunette! Make a very strong big cup of the tea. After shampooing, rinse your hair with your brewed batch. Do it once a week to keep your brunette fresh.

Coconut Oil/Olive Oil: You may be familiar with these already and they are great for moisture. Keep them off the scalp and rinse, rinse, rinse to ensure you don’t get a greasy outcome.

Yogurt: Use the unsweetened version for dry hair and particularly for dry scalps. It can help stop itchiness and flaking. Girls with their hair colored dark or in fashion tones should avoid because the lactic acid in the yogurt could possibly lighten their artificial color.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is great for heavy product users, people who are trying to remove a bit of artificial color, or anyone who just needs a very clarifying shampoo. Mix ¼ teaspoon with your shampoo and scrub.

Butter: Butter’s high saturated fat content is horrible for your body but awesome for your hair. Use as a pre-shampoo treatment. Heat it up, melt it down, apply to dry hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes then shampoo and condition as usual.

Beer: Try not to use a light beer but really any will do. The malt and hops will strengthen hair and give it volume and bounce. The sugar in it will tighten up your cuticle to give it shine

Ketchup: Use it when you turn your blonde green from swimming in a chlorinated pool. While you may think it will stain, it won’t. Technically red does neutralize green but that’s not really the reason this works. The green you see is actually copper in the water oxidizing on your hair, kind of like how you see copper turn green pretty much anywhere else. The acid from tomatoes and vinegar in ketchup neutralize the reaction, ridding your hair from the green. Scrub it in, let it sit for about 20 minutes, wash it out.

 

By Kelly Rowe. A Graduate of ARROJO Cosmetology School, Kelly is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.

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