Healthy Hair Tips: 19 Natural Masks, Treatments, and Tricks to Add Shine, Fight Frizz, and Prevent Damage

You can stop splurging on expensive hair products—the key to shiny, healthy hair may be as close as your kitchen cabinet.

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Add shine: Rub on an avocado

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Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply to wet hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that can help restore luster to your hair, says Stephen Sanna, expert colorist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. Repeat once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair

Revive limp locks: Try a vinegar treatment

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Whip up a terrific hair conditioner by combining 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites. Rub the mixture into your hair, then keep it covered for 30 minutes using plastic wrap or a shower cap. When time’s up, shampoo and rinse as usual.

Fight frizz: Rub in essential oils

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Mix a few drops of sandalwood oil with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your hair for instant sleekness and a way to instantly curb and condition brittle, flyaway hair. Or you can squirt a few drops of hand lotion in your palm and smooth it through your hair.

Prevent dryness: Pop a hair-healthy supplement

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Take one to three 250-milligram capsules of borage oil, evening primrose oil, or flaxseed oil one to three times a day. All are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid, great for keeping hair (and nails) moisturized, says Kathleen W. Wilson, MD, an internist at the Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans.

Avoid flatness: Use hair spray sparingly

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Too much hair spray can weigh down your hair, leaving it flat. Instead, try a styling spray that contains the B vitamin panthenol. It will condition your hair and help protect it from environmental and styling damage.

Pamper your hair: Coat in botanical oils

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Olive, jojoba, and sweet almond oils are all wonderful elixirs for hair. (If your hair is thick and heavy, coconut oil works wonders). Dampen your hair and apply small amounts of the botanical oil until your hair is thoroughly covered. Cover with a shower cap and warm towel for a half-hour, then rinse and shampoo as usual.

Avoid split ends: Wrap wet hair gently in a towel

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Instead of vigorously rubbing your hair to dry it, let the cotton towel absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This helps protect against split ends.

Minimize styling damage: Get dressed and apply makeup first

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This way, your hair will be almost dry. Hair is most susceptible to damage when wet.

Add softness and shine: Try a DIY conditioner

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Here are some simple tips to condition your hair using some everyday household ingredients:

Rub enough mayonnaise into your hair to coat it, wait up to an hour, and wash it out. You’ll be amazed at how soft and shiny your hair is, thanks to this great protein source.

Substitute condensed milk for your regular conditioner. The protein provides an extra-special shine.

Mix 2 ounces olive oil and 2 ounces aloe vera gel with 6 drops each of rosemary and sandalwood essential oils. Olive oil is an emollient, aloe hydrates, and rosemary adds body and softness.

Stop damage: Don't dry your hair all the way

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Most people falsely believe they must use a hair dryer until their hair is bone-dry. Not true. Instead, dry your hair until 90 percent of the moisture is removed, then stop. The style should fall into place if your hair is healthy and well cut.

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