5 Easy Recipes for Healthy Hair This Winter
Everything you need to condition, clarify, and even highlight your strands is in your kitchen pantry
You've already got your holiday drinks down pat, but did you know you can use those same festive ingredients in your beauty routine? From eggnog treatments to champagne rinses, you can indulge in all your favorite recipes-no calories included-for smooth and shiny strands, fast. Just try these expert-approved, DIY concoctions that'll address all your hair needs this season.
1. Eggnog Conditioning Treatment
It's not just a classic holiday drink; it can also do wonders for your hair. That's because eggs are chock full of protein and vitamins A, D, and E-all essential ingredients for keeping strands healthy, says Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City. "The fatty acids in eggs moisturize and condition like nothing else."
2 whole eggs
1 teaspoon essential Vanilla oil
Plastic shower cap
In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs and vanilla and apply the mixture to your hair from roots to ends. Slip on the plastic cap so your scalp's natural heat can open up the hair cuticle, allowing the formula work its magic. For the deepest condition, leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then shampoo thoroughly.
2. Candy Cane Clarifying Treatment
When your days' worth of dry shampoo residue just won't go away, you need peppermint oil. "It has astringent properties that can unclog the hair follicles and remove any dead skin cells or product build-up," says White. And the fresh, tingling sensation you get from the essential oil doesn't only improve your stamina, it also improves blood circulation and boosts hair growth, he says. (Just check out these Peppermint Beauty Products to Stock Up On This Winter.)
1 cup water
4 drops peppermint oil
You'll want to focus mostly on your scalp. Starting with dry hair, mix the two ingredients together and apply the combo to your scalp in 1/4-inch sections until your entire head is covered. Using your fingers, work the remaining formula from root to tip, and then rinse with warm water. Finish with a cool shot of air from the hair dryer to close the cuticle and add shine, says White.
3. Cranberry Toner
This superfruit is jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and the deep red color lends your hair a slight strawberry hue that'll shine bright even after the holidays.
1 cup pure cranberry juice
Blow dryer with low heat setting
Start with clean, damp hair. Pour the cranberry juice all over, working in the liquid with your fingers from root to tip. To avoid any dripping, gently grab and twist strands into a loose bun. Then, using the lowest heat setting on your blow dryer, direct the air until your hair is dry. "This opens up the hair follicle so it's more receptive to color," says Maile Pacheco, founder of the beauty app beGlammed. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. The result: gorgeous ruby hues that'll last for days.
4. Pumpkin Spice Hair Mask
Unlike your pumpkin spice latte, this hair treatment is actually loaded with pumpkin-an ingredient with tons of vitamins (A, K, and C) and minerals (like zinc, copper, magnesium, and potassium). Mix that with moisture-injecting coconut oil and you've got a reparative conditioner to remedy your dry, damaged strands.
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut oil
Plastic shower cap
In a medium bowl, Pacheco suggests blending the pumpkin puree and coconut oil with an electric beater until the mixture is creamy. When your hair is damp, apply the combo to your scalp then cover with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse out the mask, then shampoo and conditioner as normal. (Wondering why your hair is damaged in the first place? It may just be your ponytail. Read about The Worst Hairstyles for Hair Health.)
5. Champagne Rinse
The rich, golden color of champagne can enhance the golden tones in your hair-making your hue look brighter and better than ever. Though the rinse works best for blondes ("because the subtle tonal variations will be more obvious," says White), any hair color can benefit from the mega shine benefits of a little bubbly. (It's called "sparkling" wine for a reason, right?)
1 glass champagne
1 cup water
Pop open the champagne, then comb the liquid through damp hair with your fingers. (Make sure it's a fresh bottle; the carbonation is what gives you the shine!) Leave on for five to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. To give your strands an extra lift, White suggests misting the champagne directly onto your roots pre-blow dry. (Want to know when it's worth seeing a pro? Check out these DIY Beauty Treatments vs Going to the Salon.)