DIY Beauty: 5 featured homemade recipes for hair


Here are five DIY recipes I’ve shared for various hair needs: increase volume, add body, reduce oiliness, and strengthening roots. Most of them are really easy to replicate but as with most DIY recipes, you’ll need some patience with the results. In any case, they’re really fun for those who like to get their hands busy.

1. Lemongrass for oily hair
Since I have oily hair, I figured that lemongrass would be great as a herbal hair rinse after shampoo and conditioning. Just peel the outer leaves, cut the bottom of the stalks, wash and boil in a pot of water. To infuse more of the smell into the water, I left the pot to cool for a good half a day before decanting to smaller bottles. Oh, I really love this because the lemongrass smell is really robust! And my hair is also less oily when I use this although I only use this up to twice a week. More details on the making are available here.

2. Rosemary hair tonic rinse for hair growth
This recipe is somewhat effective for controlling greasy hair and promoting hair growth because rosemary cleans our hair follicles. In addition, the recipe is particularly recommended for people with dark hair and the rinse can also give luster to dry hair. The best part is, it’s really easy to prepare and all I need are rosemary and water. Check out more details on how to brew the tonic here.

3. Sage for strengthening hair
I originally tried this to darken my hair but it doesn’t work that well. Instead, I’ll recommend it to be used together with the rosemary to strengthen them as sage is also used to reverse baldness. Oh, by the way, the ancients considered sage a sacred herb and believed that its growth in one’s garden would promote immortality but it’s kind of an irony that I learned that sage contains thujone, which in large doses is potentially toxic.  Check out details on how to create this recipe here.

4. Sea salt water for hair volume and control
It seems that sea salt water can give our hair some volume and control. In fact, I understand it’s great for to make wavy hair wavier than normal. But given I have straight hair, and so I can only try this for volume and control. I like this recipe as it indeed does what it promises! My hair feels thicker and easier to tame and style. I am kind of loving this except that I also know that using too much salt on our hair can be drying. More details on the recipe are available here.

5. Beer to add body to hair
You must have come across this tip before – using beer to add body to the hair. I used to shampoo my hair with beer as a teen, thinking that it would grow me some hair but really, it only made my hair look fuller. The reason is because beer is a fermented drink containing generous supplies of yeast and vitamin Bs, which are said to repair damaged hair, nourish and boost overall body. In addition, it can also give hair some added shine. Check out my easy recipe here.


  1. Marie says:

    I agree with Rosemary because a friend of mine recommended it to me because I had lots of falling hair because the shampoo I had used was extremely toxic, so she advised me to use Rosemary and my hair has been great, more fuller and does not look dry and dull anymore. Thanks for these tips, I enjoyed reading your article!
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  2. Heather says:

    I really like using the sea salt, my hair is naturally thick and wavy. I spray a little bit of the sea salt mixture and its like I spent the day at the beach. I have lemongrass for bug and cooking purposes now I’m going to have to try it out on my hair ?
    Heather last post is: Face Shaving For Exfoliation

  3. Sesame says:

    Awesome! I’m so glad rosemary works for you. I’ve been trying to get my supply of rosemary but they’re not always available.

  4. Sesame says:

    You should enjoy the smell of lemongrass. ?

  5. Evelyn says:

    I have tried the beer for volume, but have never heard of sea salt being used before. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

  6. Michelle says:

    I love the sea salt idea!! It makes so much sense as when I lived by the sea, my hair became really wavy (and it’s usually pretty straight). It also lightened quite a bit but that was probably the sun.

    I also love both sage and rosemary for the hair.

    Two more hair-loving natural ingredients:
    Apple cider vinegar- great for a final rinse to clarify the scalp
    Castor oil- good for long-term thickening treatments and very dry hair. I use it about once a week though my hair is not dry. It keeps it soft and strong.

    Great round up of posts!
    Michelle last post is: Jamaican Black Castor Oil: what is it and why is it so special?

  7. Sesame says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve yet to use apple cider vinegar for the hair…the smell is something I find it hard to accept.

  8. Sesame says:

    It does but it also dries out your hair so use sparingly.

  9. Jenny says:

    This article is so helpful! I recently switched from store bought shampoos to baking soda and apple cider vinegar, so it’s good to see other natural alternatives that I can put in my hair! The vinegar does smell bad, I’ll admit, but it makes my hair feel amazing once I rise it through, and the smell usually disappears by the time I dry my hair.
    Jenny last post is: 5 Tips On How To Get Longer Eyelashes

  10. Robert says:

    Sorry, I’m a bloke on your website. But only because my wife showed me this post, because I have been rather concerned about my hair loss (vain thing I am). I was interested in your comment above about Sage, and how you recommend it for strengthining what i’ve got left, with maybe a chance of regrowing or fixing some of the bald patches.

    Anyway, I appreciate the tip.


  11. Sesame says:

    With natural remedies, it can take a lot longer.

  12. Sesame says:

    Hope you’ll find some results using these remedies.

  13. Lou says:

    I have used castor oil as a hot oil treatment for man ears with great results. I wrap my hair up in a hot towel (warmed up in the dryer) to make the oil penetrate my hair even more.
    Lou last post is: Will Natox Really Reduce Your Wrinkles?

  14. Sesame says:

    That’s great! I like the idea of using a hot towel to help oil penetration.

  15. lucy says:

    Nice tips… never know that Sea salt water is good for hair…
    lucy last post is: Fall Option – Leather Jacket 2015-2016

  16. Sesame says:

    It is not really good as overusing can cause dryness but it can act as a volumizer.

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