Oh, hey girl, HEY. You broke? No shame in that. It’s hard out here for a lady friend these days and it gets even harder when beauty editors like me wiggle really expensive beauty products at you all day long as the All Holy Whatnot That Will Be Your Everything.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I LOVES ME some expensive beauty products. If I could slather my whole body in La Mer and kick up the jams in Kerastase and La Prairie eye cream all day long, I would. But the truth is, I don’t live like that, neither do you and sometimes a girl just wants to look cute without wondering if she has to sacrifice her rent for a bangable ‘do.

The Carrie Bradshaw days of sacrificing your rent money for Manolos and beauty products is over. We don’t roll like that anymore.

You have pretty much everything you need right in your own kitchen to make some fantastic hair treatments. We’re about to go all Laura Ingalls, Little-House-on-the-Prairie style on your hair routine, so listen up, Half Pint.

Apple cider vinegar rinse:

Crazy product build-up can lead to hair that’s limp and lifeless like a hook-up after an all-night bender. Mix 2 cups apple cider vinegar + 10 drops essential oil (I’d recommend tea tree for dandruff and chamomile for when you need to chill the hell out) in a Mason jar (see, told you we were going frontier style on this), and set the mixture aside for at least two days. To use, add a ½ tablespoon of the vinegar mixture to 1 cup of water and pour it through your hair right after you shampoo. That’s it. Wrap your head in a towel and let it air dry. The vinegar will remove the residue and your hair will feel so soft and manageable it’s like it was washed with angels’ tears.

Beer rinse:

Whether you just threw a party in your apartment or you just happen to have some adult beverages lying around, somewhere in your domain there is most likely some beer. If you want bouncy hair with crazy shine, just pour a room-temperature pint (or bottle) of beer over your hair after you shampoo and then condition and style as usual. The malt helps clean and strengthen your scalp. The barley gives you incredible body and elevator envy-worthy shine.

Mayonnaise hair masque:

You can only heat style and chemically alter your hair so often before it starts to go all Donald Trump on you (belligerent, dry, demanding attention in the wrong ways at the wrong times). Mayonnaise has enough fats in it to help soften and repair the damage, so get yourself a jar of mayo and slather it on your hair like you would any deep conditioner. Cover your hair with a shower cap, plastic bag or plastic wrap to seal in moisture and heat and then chill out for 20 minutes (or watch your favorite 30-minute TV show). Rinse until the mayo is all out for silky smooth results. Girls with curly or natural hair, this works especially well for you.

Avocado hair masque:

Avocado is also filled with crazy good essential fats and is extra nourishing. Add a little olive oil and you’ve got some extra good hair lovin’ going on there. Basically, scoop the entire contents (minus the pit and the skin) of one avocado into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mash it together really well, then take that into the bathroom. Shampoo your hair, then slather the mixture on your hair and wrap your head with a steamed towel (take a damp hand towel and throw it a giant freezer bag with the zipper open, then pop it into the microwave for 2-4 min –- handle CAREFULLY after you let it sit for a few). Let it sit until the towel cools and then rinse it out well.

Egg Treatment:

Eggs –- they’re not just for breakfast anymore! They’re for putting on your head. Throw an entire egg over your hair (just the egg white if you have oily hair) and let it sit for 20 minutes. The enzymes will clean your locks and scalp, while the yolk naturally moisturizes and adds shine. Just be sure to rinse with cool water so the eggs don’t start to cook.

Yogurt or Sour Cream Hair Treatment:

Plain yogurt has great enzymes that can also get rid of product build-up and lactic acid that can help moisturize like crazy. So slather ½ cup of plain yogurt or sour cream into your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water followed by a blast of cool water to seal the cuticles and lock in crazy shine. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Honey Hair Treatment:

This time of year, dry hair is going to be rampant, so reach for the cupboard and use one of my favorites: honey, which is a natural humectant. ½ cup of honey slathered on wet hair and allowed to sit for 20 minutes (use the steamed towel trick with this one), followed by a warm water rinse will help seal in much-needed moisture when you’re battling wool hats, indoor heat and outdoor freezing winds.

And there you have it: tons of fab hair treatments you can do at home to get salon-worthy results for little to no money.


This post originally appeared on XOJane. Republished with permission. Click here for more Kristin Booker on XOJane! 

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  • Practically everything I use in my hair comes from my kitchen. Saves money in most cases, and I have total control over the ingredients. Olive oil and aloe vera juice are my staples.

    • Pseudonym

      I’ve been curious about aloe vera juice and always consider buying it when I see in the grocery store b/c I keep hearing it get props on-line. What exactly does it do?

    • Aloe vera juice is ideally pH balanced for hair care which helps the cuticles to lie down so curls are smoother, less frizz, less prone to tangling. It’s also a humectant, so it’s great for moisturizing.

      The pH balance is ideal and humectant properties are great for skin care too–mix with equal parts witch hazel and you have a refreshing and gentle toner.

    • Pseudonym

      Ooooo, thanks! I might try for when straightening my hair to keep the cuticles down.

      Thanks, again!

  • London

    I have loads of thick curly hair that absorbs anything really quick so cant wait to try the mayo might try adding something to it

  • hairfood

    How about peanut butter in your hair? Lol check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGDCfrYcTso
    The results looked good.

  • my hair has been just breaking off..will any of these help!? i’m actually realyl good with my hair but for whatever reason..maybe the weater..my hair HATES me. I tried a sulfate-free shampoo and my hair has been jumping shit ever since!


    • Keepitreal

      How long is your hair? Are you making sure to wear it off your shoulders to protect the ends?

      Are you moisturizing with a watery leave in and then sealing in that moisture with an oil like Extra virgin olive oil?

      Are you sleeping with a satin cap or on a satin pillow case?

      Are you only combing your hair when it is conditioned?

      Do you coat your hair with an oil before washing it?

      Are you deep conditioning with every wash?

      How is your moisture/protein balance? IOW, does your hair spring back to its natural state quickly when it’s stretched while wet? If the answer is no then you need a protein DC, plain yogurt for 30 minutes will help.

      Hope this helps.

    • cece

      My hair isn’t shoulder length at all. I’m also relaxed. I trimmed to about 10 wks ago maybe more, I always wrap my hair as for the oils, i have never tried them. I just started a small collection of coconut and olive oil.

      i’m going to try yogurt thing. I have sour cream on hand so i will try that.

      Thank you SO MUCH!

  • Señorita

    So when you try these hair treatments do you have to worry about any lingering smells/scents from the mayo, beer, cider, etc.?

    • gsutiger

      Good question.

    • cece

      i did the mayo last night. there was no smell afterwards…HOWEVER…i had to push thru to get all that mayo in my hair. the smell of mayo isn’t very pleasant for me.

      I’m starting to think I did it wrong though because i shampooed and conditioned after rinsing for fear of the mayo smell.