Make your kitchen ingredients do double duty on your strands with hair-raisingly good uses for coconut oil, avocado, and even ketchup
12 Foods You Can Put in Your Hair
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You may love the effects of professional hair treatments (shiny, healthy hair is always in style). But it can be such a hassle to get to the salon—or it can end up costing you a fortune in fancy products. Instead, try these easy at-home fixes from your pantry.
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To Add Shine: Avocado
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Chances are you've got some avocados ripening on your counter. Try mashing some into your hair from mid-shaft to the ends. After 20 minutes, shampoo and condition as usual, then be prepared for super shiny hair.
To Nourish Split Ends: Coconut Oil
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Skip the expensive hair oils. Instead, rub a few drops of coconut oil into the tips of your mane to calm split ends.
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To Remove Product Buildup: Apple Cider Vinegar
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Dull strands got you down? A monthly rinse with light-colored vinegar removes residue to increase shine and volume. (Rinse well, though, or you’ll smell like a salad.)
To De-Grease: Cornstarch
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Out of dry shampoo? Light- to medium-haired types can sprinkle a bit of this on their roots to sop up oils. Just be sure to really shake out the excess.
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To Enhance Highlights: Champagne
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Didn’t finish all your bubbly? Perk up your highlights by rinsing with it.
To Strengthen: Egg
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To strengthen your hair and add shine, apply a whipped egg to dry hair, then wrap it in a towel for 20 minutes—just make sure to rinse well with lukewarm water to avoid cooking the egg.
To Soften: Mayonnaise
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After shampooing, massage mayo through your locks, then tuck it all into a shower cap for 20 minutes. When you rinse, you’ll have silkier locks.
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To Boost Blonde Color: Ketchup
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If your hair turns green after a dip in a chlorinated pool, massage a couple palmfuls of ketchup in, then let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash out with baby shampoo and your strands will be normal-colored again. Bonus: This is also a great odor remover.
To Boost Brunette Color: Tea
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Want a lustrous dark sheen? Brew a few cups Earl Grey, let it cool, then rinse your hair with it post-shampoo.
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To Help It Grow: Yogurt
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Massage a pint of plain yogurt into your scalp so that its lactic acid can clear dead-skin buildup and help your hair grow faster. Wash out after 15 minutes.
To Deep Condition: Honey + Olive Oil
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