We all experience hair problems, whether it be fading, breakage, dryness, flakes, or frizz. Seasonal changes, interior heat, outdoor factors, and hot hair tools are just a few of the potential offenders. Fortunately, you can restore your tresses using a few pantry basics rather than running to the store or adding yet another beauty item to your Amazon order. Simply head to your kitchen and gather some common materials to make a DIY hair treatment.
Our experts recommend making your own masks, but Mona Gohara, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, says that you should be careful with anything that starts with “DIY.” You do not want the letter “D” to stand for catastrophe! She suggests getting information from reliable sources, like the masks below, “that are based on facts and not the number of followers on TikTok.” She continues, “There are several components that can make hair dry and brittle and possibly irritate the scalp, which you would clearly want to avoid.” However, there are a few kitchen staples that can help a troubled scalp.
Marisa Garshick, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York, agrees and recommends adding any DIY mask to your routine slowly. She says, “DIY masks can be used once a week to twice a week or once a month, depending on the issue.” You may always increase the frequency to weekly if your hair and scalp require it and you can wear the mask more frequently. Start once a month and observe how your hair responds.