The Best DIY Hair Treatments, According to Real Stylists

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While there are plenty of amazing hair products to choose from on drugstore shelves, at Ulta or Sephora, it turns out some of the best rinses and treatments can be made from the confines of your own kitchen. And if you don’t you already have at least of some of these ingredients stashed in your fridge or pantry; you can easily pick any of them up at the local grocery store.

What’s more is that these recipes aren’t just random ones I picked up off of a late-night binge on Pinterest, but rather are the best DIY hair treatments, according to top stylists. Whip up one or more of these concoctions to fortify strands, boost shine, and maintain your hair’s health, too.

Mayonnaise

“Mayonnaise is a great at-home ingredient that can add shine and tame frizzy hair. Just apply a generous amount all over the roots to ends, wrap hair in a hot towel for 20 mins, and rinse out. The condiment works well because it contains both fatty acids and vitamins, both of which help to nourish and replenish the hair.” – Eliut Rivera, Eliut Salon

Coconut Oil + Peppermint Oil

“To help keep my bleached hair soft and my scalp happy in the winter, I slather coconut oil spiked with a few drops of peppermint essential oil after a shower. The peppermint leaves my scalp tingling, helping to boost circulation, which keeps my hair thick and my scalp moisturized. Best of all, it smells heavenly!” – Bethany Brill, Celebrity Stylist

Jojoba Oil

“Jojoba oil, one of what’s known as cold-pressed oils, is incredibly nourishing for the scalp thanks to a slew of antioxidants as well as vitamin E. Start by warming a half-cup oil to about 80 degrees—or what feels comfortably warm (but not hot!) to the touch—and then massage into strands for three to five minutes. Let it set anywhere from 30 minutes to as long as overnight. In the morning, wash the jojoba oil out with a sulfate-free product.” – Joel Warren, The Salon Project

Avocado Oil + Almond Oil + Sweet Almond Oil + Olive Oil

“Mixing equal parts avocado oil, almond oil, sweet almond oil, and olive oil in a glass bottle makes for a beautifully nourishing and hydrating hair treatment. You can use it before every shampoo—simply apply to dry strands from roots to ends. If you’ve got a few minutes, let it penetrate into strands, if not, feel free to rinse out right away. Hair will be polished and will add more elasticity and shine.” – Adel Chabbi, Adel Atelier

Castor Oil + Avocado

“Since castor oil aids in hair growth, it works wonderfully as the base of a treatment. Then mix in one avocado for its omega-3 fatty acids, which help to strengthen the hair and help prevent dryness and dandruff on the scalp. This will also thicken your mask and make it easier to apply. To make your mask super luxurious, add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil for a lovely scent. Apply your mask all over (mainly focusing on the ends) on dry or wet hair. Comb through and leave on for at least 45 minutes to reap on the benefits! – Liana Zingarino, Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon

Avocado + Egg Yolk + Coconut Oil

“I love using avocados as they’re full of amino acids and vitamins B and E which promote strong and healthy hair. You can just apply avocado straight to your strands, or you can mix it with coconut oil and one egg yolk, both of which further strengthen and hydrate hair. It also eliminates frizz pretty much instantly.” – Dominick Pucciarello, Celebrity Stylist

Apple Cider Vinegar + Honey + Egg

“This is a great mask for wintertime that provides shine and builds strength without weighing down strands. Just mix a teaspoon of ACV, 1 egg, and a tablespoon of honey—you can double or half the recipe, depending on your hair’s length—and leave on for 30 to 40 minutes before rinsing.” – Stephanie Brown, Celebrity Colorist


About the Authorrachel-jacoby-zoldan-headshot

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a native New Yorker who has been a writer and editor for over a decade, covering health, wellness, and beauty. Always fascinated by human behavior, Rachel received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she's contributed to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Business of Fashion, SELF, Glamour, Allure, Teen Vogue, and Shape. When she's not fusing science and humor with her work, she can usually be found practicing yoga, partaking in a complex skincare routine, or spreading the gospel of the borough of Queens with her husband and two kittens.