Five Easy D.I.Y. Natural Hair-Care Tips


Guest Post by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps

Hair-care products are often full of empty promises- ever since we were kids and fooled by those ‘No more tears’ shampoos, everyone is always buying into the various claims listed on the bottles, hopeful to eliminate dandruff, frizz and add shine and silkiness.

Unfortunately labels lie- especially since the FDA has loose regulations in regard to cosmetics and doesn’t require they even list all of the ingredients on their products- including ones linked to cancer (Watch the Story of Cosmetics for more information).


Next time you are in a hair-care aisle remember that cosmetic companies have free reign to write anything they want on the bottle and try some of these natural DIY tips instead:

1.Try washing you hair with baking soda instead of shampoo. Shampoo acts as a detergent and dries out your scalps natural oils. Baking soda can also be used to naturally whiten teeth.

2.Deep condition hair with 1 cup of olive oil or coconut oil- I prefer coconut oil because it smells like summer. Whichever you use, make sure to do a good job rinsing it out- aim for hydrated hair, not greasy.

3. If you must change your hair color, stick with henna or organic dyes. Regular dyes contain harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment and dry out your hair.

4.Add shine to your hair by rinsing it with a quarter cup of Vinegar to bring out the color and natural tones.

5. Coffee grinds can do wonders to hair, especially for brunettes. Take a small handful with you in the shower and apply to your roots to eliminate dandruff and rinse through your hair for a boost of shine!

Melanie Kozlan is the Senior Content Director for Four Green Steps.com– Your one-stop destination for all things Green. Home to the World’s largest Green marketplace, an international school program as well as vegan and vegetarian recipes, tips for living Green and the latest environmental news.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.