At-Home Hair Repair: 3 Natural Remedies for Tired Winter Hair

Picture it: You’re at the salon, about to spend gobs of money on a cut and color and then you’re offered a “treatment” because, let’s face it, your hair has been looking a bit limp, lackluster and dry. But an extra $50 for someone to massage a serum into your scalp? No thank you! Try one of these natural at-home remedies from Annie Strole, New York-based makeup artist and author of Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made From All-Natural Ingredients and save your cash for a celebratory cocktail.

Clinton Kelly At Home Hair Repair

I’m Frizzing Out!

Hair gets dry and frizzy for many reasons—cold weather, heat styling, alcohol-based products and poor nutrition among them—and when it does, straight hair looks staticky and curly or wavy hair looks frizzy. You need to add back in some moisture, and Strole’s wonder ingredient is honey. “Honey is a humectant, so it not only moisturizes, it continues to attract moisture wherever it’s applied,” says Strole. Plus, it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial, and lightweight enough that it won’t weigh your hair down or leave a residue. Try this recipe to add moisture—you can do it as often as every day, but Strole recommends once or twice a week in the winter.

Honey Hair Smoothie

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp unrefined virgin coconut oil

Place ingredients in a blender and blend on low until combined. To use, apply mixture to dry hair, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, shampoo and follow with conditioner.

Perk Up Limp, Lifeless Locks

Over time, the products you use, plus environmental toxins like pollution and smoke, can build up in your hair and diminish its shine. Not only that, but this stuff can build up on your scalp, too, inhibiting growth and the distribution of your hair’s natural oils—yuck! The solution: Apple cider vinegar. “The acidity balances the pH of the scalp, clarifies buildup on your strands and closes the hair cuticle, too,” says Strole. Use this recipe once a month to detoxify your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Hair Rinse

  • 1 c distilled water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of ½ lemon

Combine all the ingredients in a squeeze bottle or spouted cup for easy application. Shampoo your hair, then evenly pour the rinse over your scalp through your hair. Massage it into your scalp and rinse it out thoroughly with cold water, then condition as usual.

Help! My hair is so dull! (Yawn.)

When hair is dry AND full of product and other junk, it loses its shine and looks lank and drab. Enter coconut oil! “Coconut oil is hot right now, and for good reason: It really does the trick. It’s super-nourishing and imparts a beautiful, natural shine,” says Strole. Try this serum to smooth and brighten your locks once a week or every two weeks.

Coconut Shine Serum

  • 2 tbsp unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp castor oil
  • ½ tsp vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops rose essential oil

Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the other oils and transfer to a small resealable bottle or container. To use it, rub a few drops between your palms and rake it through damp hair, or press it onto dry strands to amp up shine and reduce flyaways.


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