Why pay for hair products full of harsh chemicals when you can make your own? Here are some natural remedies that you can do at home that are cheap, easy, and healthy for your hair!

As mentioned in our previous article Hair Growth for Frugal Follicles, I’ve gone through countless products without success in attempt to get my hair healthy again.  The hardest part about trying to love your hair is that all of the name brand products are always so expensive.  Let’s be honest, I’m in love with the Oribe Gold Lust Masque and the fact that it magically restored my hair, but who really wants to drop that much money for one product?  Yes, I know the product lasts you five months, but it’s still a decent chunk of change.

End rant.  I’ve learned cheaper methods from various sources, experiments, and tips from friends and family.

DIY Shampoo for Healthy Hair

Adult shampoos rich in sulfates are extremely damaging to my already thin, brittle hair.  Baby shampoo is a lot easier on the hair and generally has fewer chemicals in it than adult shampoos.  You can grab a generic brand from your local grocery store for approximately five dollars.  If you prefer to be 100% chemical-free, you can opt for an organic brand – but be prepared to pay more.  Honest Brand seems to have the cheapest organic baby shampoo at eight bucks a bottle.

Fill a squeeze bottle about ¾ of the way with baby shampoo.  Add the following:

  • 10-20 drops of Peppermint essential oil ($10 / 1 fl oz)
  • 10-20 drops of Rosemary essential oil ($10 / 1 fl oz)
  • 2 opened vitamin E capsules ($12 for 500 capsules)
  • 5-10 drops of Argan Oil ($6 / 1 fl oz)

Please note that the oil bottles should potentially last you months of use and ample shampoo refills.  These oils will stimulate hair growth and decrease shedding (sources below).  Please remember you may have to shampoo twice to feel the same effect as regular shampoo, especially if your hair is thick.


DIY Hairspray for Hair Growth

Much like the homemade shampoo, this nighttime remedy consists of oils and the most basic ingredient – water.  Make sure that you shake well before use.  You can use it every other night to see results in stronger, healthier, and longer hair.

Fill a small spray bottle with 12 ounces of water.   Add the following:

  • 10-20 drops of Cedarwood essential oil ($10 / 1 fl oz)
  • 10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil ($10 / 1 fl oz)
  • 10 drops of Castor oil ($5 / bottle)
  • 10 drops of Argan oil ($6 / 1 fl oz)

Spray over hair at arms length distance, and sleep with mixture overnight.  Your hair may be greasy by morning, especially if your hair is fine.



Conditioning Options

Always condition your hair, starting from the ends to the roots.  This will prevent your hair from splitting and breaking.  Cheaper natural options include Coconut oil or Argan oil.  If you prefer a name brand product, you can always buy Verb Ghost Oil, which is my favorite weightless conditioning oil.  This product guarantees silky strands for the entire day, and that little bottle will last you at least a month.


Peppermint Oil for Hair Growth: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/

Cedarwood Oil for Hair Growth: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0975357510801105

Lavender Oil for Hair Growth: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ptr.1103

Rosemary Oil for Hair Growth: http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/18973

Castor Oil for Hair Growth: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20020035070A1/en

Argon Oil for Dry Hair: https://www.naturalisintl.com/cms/uploads/2.pdf

Coconut Oil as a Conditioner: http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12715094
and http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/17520153


This article was written by Doc Frugal staffer, Elyse Carabello. Elyse is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and recently moved to Pittsburgh where she is enjoying all of the new opportunities the city has to offer. She is also a big animal lover who enjoys doodling in her spare time. Elyse is currently being “super frugal” to save money for a house. Before that, it was student loan debt that had her pinching pennies.  She is a paralegal by day and works other part-time jobs too. Her goals keep her motivated and busy, yet still finds time to help others. We are excited to have her on board.  🙂