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.