There is a flood of beauty products on the market tailor-made to solve tress trauma, from curing split ends to sealing in moisture.

But our family members and friends have an arsenal of problem solvers, found right in the kitchen, that can strengthen hair when used correctly.

Polling my group of friends for food ingredients they’ve actually used or been advised to try, I’ve heard about the wonders of various products from condiments to fruit to seasoning.

One friend says she used lemon to color her hair while another swears by mayonnaise to moisture her strands.

Still, another friend claims that she’s experienced hair growth after putting cayenne pepper on her scalp, to the shock of the other women in the room.

Which food ingredients do you use on your hair? Have you tried mayonnaise, cayenne pepper or lemon?

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  • LemonNLime

    Oh Lord this is a long list!

    Oils: Olive, grape seed, apricot, almond, tea tree, lavender, rosemary, coconut
    Gels: Aloe vera, flax seed
    Butters: Mango, cocoa, shea
    Coconut milk
    Lemon juice

  • Netta

    Coconut milk, honey, olive oil, and aloe vera gel.

  • tight lipped mary

    organic virgin coconut oil and aloe vera mixture

    organic vinegar

    black tea

  • Nisah

    Pure Coconut oil and Grape Seed Oil. I have thick, coarse, relaxed hair. I have never struggled with hair growth, but rather moisture retention. Ever since I started using the aforementioned oils, my stylist has told me to keep using whatever it is that I have started using. She barely had to trim my end after 8+ weeks.