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DIY Hair Care Recipes: Make Homemade Natural and Organic Hair Products

Natural hair products are best for your locks, best for your soul, and best for the environment. We are pleased to provide the visitors to the LongLocks HairSticks Boutique with the our Hair Care CookBook, a free archive of recipes to help you create your own natural and organic hair care, beauty products and remedies.
Recipes for shampoo, conditioner, hair treatments and haircolor you can make using essential oils and ingredients found in your own kitchen and garden are included within this comprehensive guide. Making your own hair care products allows you complete control over what goes into them, and ensures that you have the purest and freshest products possible.

We have included helpful links to just about all the harder-to-find organic ingredients you need to make the products below. We also maintain a curated library of great how-to books, where you'll find a wealth of resources regarding natural hair care.

To explore our recipe collection of DIY hair products simply click any link in the list below and you will move to the corresponding product. Each recipe is color-coded by category for easy navigation. Please be sure to read our disclaimer before you begin creating your own custom-made haircare products.
If in the end you decide you'd rather purchase natural haircare products than make your own, you'll definitely want to check out the wonderful all-natural organic haircare products from JustNatural. They are truly fabulous products that work extremely well and you can feel really good about using (my personal favorite of their products is their Frizz Hair Shea Butter, a very effective hair smoother that contains absolutely zero silicone!)

Sometimes it is easy being green!
Natural Hair Conditioners, Lotions and Treatments
Avocado Deep Conditioner
Tropical Island Conditioner
Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment
Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment
Nettle Hair Lotion
Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair
Lavender Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment
Bodifying Horsetail Hair Rinse
Ginger Dandruff Treatment
Jojoba Oil and Beer Conditioner
Clarifying Cider Vinegar Rinse
Clarifier for Product Build-up
Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Dry Ends
Ophelia
Natural Hair Dye and Color Enhancers
Chamomile Brightener for Blonde Hair
Natural Brunette Hair Dye
Red Hair Color Enhancer
Super Conditioning Henna Hair Color
Natural Color Restorer for Gray Hair

Natural Shampoos and Hair Fresheners
Natural Shampoo for Normal Hair
Dry Shampoo for Oily Hair
Rosemary Rinse for Oily Hair
Wonder of the Desert Shampoo for Dry Hair
Chamomile Shampoo
Sunshine Shampoo for Blonde Hair

Natural Smoothers
Frizzy Hair Controller
Frizz Control for Curly Hair
Fly-Away Hair and Static Control

Natural Hairspray, Gels and Fixatives
Natural Hair Gel
Natural Hairspray

Avocado Deep Conditioner
Ingredients
1 small jar of mayonnaise
1/2 avocado

Directions
Peel avocado and remove pit. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl with your hands until it's a consistent green color. Smooth into hair being careful to work it to the ends. Use shower cap or plastic wrap to seal body heat in. Leave on hair for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning wrap a hot, damp towel around your head over the plastic, or use a hair dryer set to a low to medium heat setting.

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Tropical Island Conditioner
Ingredients
1 avocado
Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk

Directions
Peel and pit avocado. Mash avocado and slowly add coconut milk until smooth and the consistency of hair conditioner. Work through hair to ends. Rinse after 15 minutes and shampoo.

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Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment
Ingredients
2 teaspoons Desert Essence Jojoba Oil
1 teaspoon organic soybean oil or organic sunflower oil

Directions
Combine ingredients then warm gently on low heat. Test temperature on inside of forearm. Massage mixture into hair, then wrap in a hot towel or cover with shower cap or plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse out. Recipe may be doubled for very long locks.


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Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment
Ingredients
1/2 cup of dried rosemary
1/2 cup Herbal Essence Organic Soybean Oil or Flora Organic Sunflower Oil

Directions
Combine ingredients and heat until warm. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. Work the oil mixture through to the ends. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and cover with a warm towel. Leave oil on for 15 minutes. Shampoo until oil is completely removed.

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Nettle Hair Lotion
Ingredients
1 cup Frontier Organic Nettle Leaf

Directions
Simmer nettles in three cups of water. Strain. Rub into hair and scalp every other night for soft, shiny tresses. Keep refrigerated.

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Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair
Ingredients
1/2 cup organic soybean oil or organic sunflower oil
8 drops Edens Garden Sandalwood Essential Oil
8 drops Eden's Garden Lavender Essential Oil
8 drops Eden's Garden Geranium Essential Oil

Directions
Mix all ingredients well. Warm oil to a comfortable temperature and apply the mixture to damp hair. Wrap hair in plastic wrap and apply a hot towel for 20 minutes. Shampoo.

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Lavender Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment
Ingredients
1/2 cup Herbal Essence Organic Soybean Oil or Flora Organic Sunflower Oil
5 drops Eden's Garden Rosemary Essential Oil
10 drops Eden's Garden Lavender Essential Oil

Directions
Mix all ingredients well. Warm slightly and apply the mixture to damp hair. Wrap in plastic wrap and apply a hot towel for 20 minutes. Shampoo.

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Bodifying Horsetail Hair Rinse
Ingredients
2 1/2 teaspoons Frontier Dried Horsetail

Directions
Steep horsetail in boiled water for 20 minutes. Shampoo hair and rinse thoroughly. Poor horsetail rinse through hair and leave in for ten minutes. Rinse with clear water.

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Ginger Dandruff Treatment
Ingredients
Indian Blend Fresh Ginger Root
1 teaspoon Banyan Botanicals Organic Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions
Squeeze ginger root through press to obtain one tablespoon of juice. Mix all ingredients. Apply to scalp and let dry before shampooing. Repeat three times a week.

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Jojoba Oil and Beer Conditioner
Ingredients
1 cup WARM beer
1 teaspoon Desert Essence Jojoba Oil

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Apply and massage through. Rinse well. You may want to shampoo afterward if your hair remains oily.

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Clarifying Cider Vinegar Rinse
Ingredients
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups cool water [the cooler the better]

Directions
Mix ingredients in an unbreakable bottle. Shampoo and rinse as usual. Poor vinegar rinse through hair, do not rinse again [the cider vinegar scent will very quickly dissipate]. Conditioner should not be needed but you can apply a leave-in conditioner to ends if necessary. Ratio of vinegar to water may be adjusted according to the amount of clarifying needed or frequency of use. This rinse is probably the most popular homemade hair care treatment, it will effectively remove product build-up from your mane [including silicone] and leave it very soft and shiny.

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Baking Soda Clarifier for Heavy Hair Product Build-Up
Ingredients
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons White Gold Creamy Honey
1/4 teaspoon water
Cider Vinegar Clarifying Rinse [see above]

Directions
Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Add additional water a few drops at a time if the mixture is too thick. Shampoo as usual. Apply mixture to hair and leave on for up to five minutes. Rinse as usual. Poor Cider Vinegar Clarifying Rinse through hair, do not rinse again [the cider vinegar scent will very quickly dissipate]. If your hair is "squeaky clean" apply a light, silicone-free conditioner or silicone-free leave-in conditioner. This is best used for first-time clarifying, by those who use a full line of products that include silicone that have left behind a heavy build-up, or those who clarify rarely.

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Quick Pre-Shampoo Oil Treatment for Dry Ends
Ingredients
Olive oil
-Or-
Desert Essence Jojoba Oil

Directions
Pour a small amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Rub palms together and gently apply to ends of hair. Shampoo as usual.

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Chamomile Brightener for Blonde Hair
Ingredients
6 Stash Tea Company Organic Chamomile Tea Bags
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Eden's Garden Lavender Essential Oil

Directions
Bring one cup of water to boil and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Discard teabags. Combine yogurt and 7 drops of lavender oil with chamomile tea, mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture to dry hair, working through to ends. Cover head in plastic wrap and condition for thirty minutes. Shampoo.

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Natural Brunette Hair Dye
Ingredients
Triple strength black coffee

Directions
Shampoo as usual. Place a large bowl in sink and rinse hair with cooled coffee. Repeat several times, reusing the coffee. Leave final rinse in hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with clear water.

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Red Color Enhancer
Ingredients
1/2 cup Dynamic Health Organic Beetroot Juice
1/2 cup Plum Organics Baby Carrot Juice

Directions
Mix ingredients together, pour over clean, damp hair. Wrap head in plastic and apply hot towel, medium dryer heat, or sit in the sun for one hour. Shampoo.

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Super Conditioning Henna Hair Color
Ingredients
Henna in powder form, in the color of your choice or neutral
Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask

Directions
Mix henna using half the water as directed on the package. Add the mask to the mixture until desired consistency is reached. Apply, working through hair thoroughly. Leave on hair following directions as indicated on henna package. Shampoo. May be used with colorless henna to increase volume of fine hair without adding color.

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Natural Color Restorer for Gray Hair
Ingredients
1/2 cup dried sage
1/4 cup dried rosemary

Directions
Simmer rosemary and sage in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours. Apply to gray hair and allow to dry, then shampoo. Repeat weekly until desired shade is reached, then once a month for maintenance.

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