DIY holiday hair treatments

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

DIY holiday hair treatmentsIf you’ve forked out enough cash during the silly season already, why not try these at-home hair treatments? Allure.com breaks down the DIY…

Chances are you’ll have enough leftovers to last for days after the festive season. And while scraping the bowl might not be great for your waistline, it’s surprisingly good for your hair. Celebrity colourist Kyle White (who dyes the strands of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Love Hewitt) shared his favourite holiday hair recipes.

Pumpkin mask


Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium, so it soothes the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth. To make a pumpkin hair mask, blend two cups of chopped cooked pumpkin, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to damp hair and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse and shampoo for smoother, shinier strands.

Apple cider deep cleanser


All that holiday styling leads to build-up and, eventually, dullness. Remove residue by rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar. It returns the hair to its natural acidity, smooths the cuticle, and even strips excess oil from the scalp.

Cranberry toner


If your red hair needs a boost – and your colourist is on holiday – try a cranberry-juice toner. After washing and conditioning, tilt your head upside down and pour half a cup of cranberry juice onto your head. Twist hair up into a bun and blow-dry on the lowest heat setting. Then rinse with warm water. The pigments in the juice will leave a temporary red tint on strands without damaging them, says White.

Champagne volumiser


This boozy treatment goes straight to your head. Comb a glass of champagne through damp hair and rinse. It not only boosts highlights, but the carbonation also plumps strands and promotes shine. Bottoms up!

Written by Catherine Q. O’Neill, this article originally appeared on Allure.

Image: Mariyana Misaleva/Shutterstock.com

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  1. AndreaM

    Not the pumpkin one I can’t, the ACV works wonders especially for the scalp.

    4 years ago •

  1. govender

    wow, i have to try the pumpkin thing….lol….

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    The apple cider vinegar rinse works wonders!

    4 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Interesting tip, going to try a few of them.

    5 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    I am going to try some of these tips. Thank you.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anita

    Will definitely try the Apple Cider Vinegar

    5 years ago •

  1. Henke

    3 Tea spoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water. Mix to form a paste and massage in circular motion onto face…. wash off and slather on that day cream… mmmmm

    5 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    I love using champagne on my hair! And of course, having a glass to relax. haha

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Going to try the apple cider vinegar today! Will it dry my hair out though?

    5 years ago •

  1. G

    These are interesting tips. I’ll stick to my Argan Oil for now though. It’s a lot less messy than pumpkin ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    Would love to try these treatments! I adore DIYs that are beauty related. I truely believe there’s a lot of great things that you can find in nature & food. I wonder if the cranberry toner would also work to leave a reddish sheen on my dark brown hair… hmm..

    5 years ago •

  1. Henke

    I like the champagne one but it’s going to take a lot for me to not drink it :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Knight

    Not mad for the idea of putting orange colored food on my hair! But will definitely give the apple cider vinegar a bash – just not too sure how my hair will smell with vinegar on….? Will keep you posted.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Good tips ill try the cranberry toner

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Now I know where to use Champagne that is flat.

    5 years ago •

  1. middlewick

    I like the champagne tip, can drink the rest while volumising your hair. Sounds GREAT

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I knew a vinegar trick, but didn’t know the apple cider was the best. Thanks!

    5 years ago •

  1. Dasigadu

    Wow! Who would’ve thought….Very Smart

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    will have a glass of champagne in hand for me and another for my hair! Great Tip

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Cool tips (Especially Champers one!)

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Awesome! I really like the champagne tips!

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I never knew about these DIY tips

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Interesting treatments,will definitely try this

    5 years ago •

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