Chemical-Free Ways to Fix Your Hair

Chemical-Free Ways to Fix Your HairOh, chemicals. We eat organic to avoid them in our food, but what about our toilette? Instead of buying yet another mousse that leaves your hair crunchy and full of chemical build-up, waltz into your kitchen—chances are you already own the ingredients you need for beautiful, chemical-free hair.

Add Volume and Shine With Beer

It sounds shocking, but a beer rinse is a fabulous natural way to get glossy, voluminous locks on the cheap. Crack one open and let it sit until it’s warm and flat, then pour over hair after shampooing. Rub it in a bit, and let your hair air-dry. Don’t worry, you won’t smell like an alcoholic—the scent vanishes as it dries. Proteins in beer add volume to your locks, while beer’s natural sugars tighten up your hair’s cuticle for extra shine.

Deep Condition With Oils

You’ve probably noticed a slew of conditioning products that list olive, coconut, jojoba, or avocado oil as one of their moisturizing ingredients. Skip to the chase and give parched hair a DIY treatment with whatever oil is in your cabinet.

Massage the oil into your hair, focusing especially on dry ends, until your entire head is covered. Wrap hair in a towel or plastic wrap—the trapped heat will help the oil absorb better. Leave the treatment in for 30 minutes to several hours, then shampoo thoroughly to remove all oil. Makes a great weekly conditioning treatment for extra-damaged hair.

Thicken Fine Hair With Egg

The golden yolk of an egg is filled with protein that can coat the shaft of your hair and make it temporarily thicker. If your hair could use some extra body, whip up an egg yolk with 1/4 cup of plain organic yogurt (also a great source of protein). Coat your hair with the mixture, and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Clarify With Baking Soda

If your hair is looking particularly dull and limp, it may be because you have too much product build-up on your strands. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant, making it one of the cheapest and best ways to clarify your hair. While in the shower, squeeze a dollop of shampoo into your palm and mix in about a tablespoon of baking soda. Massage this mixture into your scalp, then rinse and condition.

Degrease With Corn Starch

Hair stylists are obsessed with dry shampoo for its ability to soak up oily sebum and dirt while adding volume and texture to dry hair. Don’t feel like springing for the $20 bottle? Pick up a box of cornstarch—it’s the main ingredient in many pricey dry shampoos, anyway.

The next time your hair looks limp or oily, dip your fingers in the cornstarch and rake them through your roots, focusing on extra-greasy areas, such as bangs. Brush or shake as much as you can out of your hair.

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