People with straight hair are quite often envious of those of us with bountiful natural curls. But those nearly 40% of women who’ve never dealt with frizzy or naturally curly hair have no idea just how tough it is to tame that wild beast every morning!
Over-the-counter products and salon treatments can add up, costing hundreds per year. Not to mention that many such treatments aren’t good for daily use.
If you’re looking for a less expensive, more natural way to get your hair under control, try using one of the time-tested, non hair-harming methods listed below.
1. Avocado & Mayo Mix
This might not sound like a fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon, but it’s a tried and true method that actually works wonders on frizzy hair and definitely helps to tame out-of-control curls too!
Note: If you have access to a food processor, this concoction is much easier to make.
• Mash or puree a single medium avocado together with a cup of mayo. Though this distinction shouldn’t need to be made, “salad dressing” such as Miracle Whip is not true mayonnaise and will not have the same conditioning effect on your hair.
• Rub mixture thoroughly in your hair, cover with a bath cap, then wrap a hot and wet towel around your head. The towel, and the warmth it provides are important to the process, remove and rewet it with hot water every 5 – 10 minutes.
• Leave in for 30 minutes.
• Rinse with carbonated water, beer, or apple cider/water mixture, as detailed further down the page.
2. Coconut Oil Treatment
Olive oil works equally well for de-frizzing and conditioning your straight or curly hair, but coconut oil leaves a more pleasant scent behind when you’re done! Oil is a great hair sealer and will leave your hair softer and shiner than it’s ever felt before, if you’ve never tried this before.
• Warm up a cup of coconut or olive oil and rub it gently throughout your hair.
• As with the avocado/mayo treatment, you want to put a shower cap on, cover with a bath cap, then wrap a hot and wet towel around your head. Take care to rewarm the towel every 5 – 10 minutes to keep the oil under the shower cap warm.
• Leave in for 30 minutes, or longer if you wish.
• Rinse with carbonated water, beer, or apple cider/water mixture, as described further down the page.
3. Whole Egg Bath
This egg bath isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re squeamish about the slimy, gooey texture of eggs, this might not be for you. However, eggs are a wonderful and inexpensive deep-fortifying protein treatment for your hair.
• Mix 4 or more eggs together well in a bowl.
• Rub in to hair.
• Place bath cap and a hot, wet towel over hair as with the avocado/mayo and coconut oil treatments.
• Leave in hair for 30 minutes or longer, repeatedly warming the towel every 5 – 10 minutes.
• Rinse with carbonated water, beer, or apple cider/water mixture.
4. Carbonated Water Rinse
Frizzy hair is caused by a combination of pH balance, dryness, and high humidity in the air around us while hair is drying. A simple carbonated rinse is effective because it’s mildly acidic and helps to harden the outer layer of our hair, while also shrinking the overall diameter of the hair too. The end result is glossier, shinier, tamer hair.
• Use carbonated (non-sweetened, of course) water to rinse after washing or treating your hair, instead of regular tap water.
• Pat your hair dry and style as usual.
Note: If wild frizzy, curly hair is a major problem for you, it might be prudent to stock up at your local Costco or big box retailer when this stuff goes on sale!
5. Beer Rinse
For this beer treatment, you’ll need to purchase only the most heady, dark imported beers from Germany, Switzerland, or the UK.
You will, however, want to look for the darker ales (Guinness is great for this, though a wee bit expensive).
• Coat your hair completely with your beer of choice.
• Let sit for a few minute then rinse.
• Repeat as many times as you wish.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar & Water
There’s just something about the acidity and nutrient value in apple cider vinegar that makes it perfect for taming unruly hair. The smell is less intoxicating than a lavender or pomegranate conditioning treatment, but the effects from this rinse can last for up to 48 hours and you can do it as often as you like for pennies-on-the-dollar!
• Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar (250ml of each should do).
• Put the mixture in your hair just like you would your favorite OTC hair conditioner.
• Leave in for a few minutes, then rinse with water.
• Repeat up to 3 times if you wish.