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DIY Beauty Recipes for Hair

Nov 10, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy

I spoke at the Whole Life Expo today on natural beauty from the inside out and the chemicals lurking in conventional beauty products. So this post is for anyone who couldn't make it (or those who missed out on getting a copy of my handout). And that book I'm holding? You MUST get it -- Death By Rubber Duck.

You will be happy to know that you can save a heck of a lot of money when you use foods you have in your kitch to beautify! Here are some of my favourite Do-It-Yourself beauty recipes. Please share yours below in the comments section as I would love to learn about what you do!

Hair Care

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for smooth, silky, clean hair.

ACV does a wonderful job to remove residue from product build up caused by styling aids and heavy conditioners. Nicely cleans your hair and scalp and the best part -- it's a natural detangler. In fact, you don't even need conditioner! Helps treat dandruff. It makes your hair shiny and gives it a really silky texture -- you'll see what I mean when you try it.

Recipe: 1 part ACV, 1 part filtered water. I suggest you put it in a spray bottle & spritz on wet hair while you are in the shower. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse with water.

Eggs – Get Cracking for shiny hair.

Eggs are rich in biotin, a B vitamin essential for hair growth and overall scalp health. Eggs add amazing shine and body to your lovely lockes. 

Recipe: Crack one egg on wet hair in the shower, massage into hair. Leave it on for a few minutes. Wash out with cool water or you will have a scrambled egg mess!

Argan Oil (aka “Moroccan oil”): For silky, frizz-free hair.

This gorgeous oil is derived from the fruit of the argan tree. It helps to increase shine, alleviate frizz and dry scalp, protect the hair from UV damage.

How to: Massage 3-4 drops into the ends of hair after washing. For a deep conditioning treatment, massage into scalp before bed. Wonderful for your face too. If you can't find moroccan oil, avocado is oil is your next best option. Or just rub avocado into your hair -- yes, seriously!!

Coconut Oil: Luxurious Deep Conditioning Treatment

This is my fave DIY hair treatment that I use all the time. It seals the hair cuticle to retain moisture and moisturizes the scalp wonderfully too! And it helps control dandruff through moisturizing the scalp and through its antibacterial properties. I also love it when my hair feels too poofy or frizzy. It's the best anti-frizz treatment ever. Just be careful you don't use too much.

How to: Massage dime-size (or less depending how thick your hair is -- a little goes a long way!) amount of oil into the ends of hair after washing or massage into scalp before bed & wash the next morning for a deep treatment.

So I have a confession to make... When I was in my early 20's I chemically treated my hair (I was going for the JLo look one month and then dying it red the next) and I used a lot of toxic products (unknowingly of course) to de-frizz, make it shiny and manageable etc etc. At one point, my hair was as long as it is now currently, but I had to chop it ALL off because it was soooo thin and dry.

Fast forward to today, I haven't chemically treated my hair in well over 10 years and I use less products than ever before. And everything I do use I mentioned above, or it's a clean, like Green Beaver or Hugo Naturals. I'm living proof you can care for your hair without chemicals!!

I will post my DIY for skin care in a couple of days because I'm running out the door! Thank you to everyone who came to the Whole Life Expo to hear my lecture today. I really enjoyed speaking to all of you!

Be joyous,


Nov 10, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy
Sonia   •   November 11, 2012

What are your thoughts on Dry Shampoo (powder)? I use it in between hair washes to reduce oil buildup but to avoid washing my hair everyday.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 11, 2012

Just check the ingredients because some of them are pretty brutal and have toxins you would never want near your body.

sophie   •   November 11, 2012

Hi Joy, do you colour your hair? if yes, what hair colour company do you use? thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   November 11, 2012

No. I haven't died my hair in many many years... I'm lucky that I'm almost 35 and have absolutely no grey hairs (yet!). Let's hope it stays this way!

Candace Hendrick   •   November 11, 2012

So are you using the acv recipe as a shampoo replacement or just as an occasional rinse? Thanks :)

Joy McCarthy   •   November 11, 2012

I used it on occasion :)

Sarah@Kids Heart Real Food   •   November 12, 2012

Great tips Joy. How often do you wash your hair with actual shampoo?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 12, 2012

1-2x per week. I don't use the homemade remedies every single time I wash my hair. I just wanted to provide options so others realize they don't have to use store-bought.

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Priscilla   •   December 14, 2012

Hi Joy, I just wondered if there was a particular argan oil you would suggest using? Thanks! :)

Joy McCarthy   •   December 14, 2012

As long as it's certified organic, then you can use any.

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simona   •   January 10, 2013

What options do we have to avoid the chemicals when we really need to color the hair because it's half grey and we are still young? Thanks.

Joy McCarthy   •   January 12, 2013

There are cleaner brands. Check at your natural health food retailer!

Lisa Brackenbury   •   June 13, 2013

Can you use the egg regularly as a shampoo? Would you follow with conditioner?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 14, 2013

It depends on how tangled your hair is. You may not need to use conditioner because the egg makes your hair pretty silky. Try it out!

Lavonda   •   June 13, 2013

I write a comment when I especially enjoy a article on a site or if I have something to contribute to the discussion. It's caused by the sincerness communicated in the article I read. And after this post Joyous Health. I was actually moved enough to post a thought ;-) I do have a few questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be simply me or do some of these remarks appear as if they are left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting on other online sites, I'd like to follow you. Would you list the complete urls of all your social pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 14, 2013

Hi there! All my social media links are at the top right of the home page on joyous health. Twitter/instagram is @joyoushealth and Thanks!

Louisa   •   June 19, 2013

lovely and very well known tips in the long hair world. I dont think I could have got my hair to tailbone length without coconut oil! Another great tip is shea butter - it gives your hair a very soft feel and moisturises it from deep down. Also you can use baking soda to clear your head from product build up. You ACV Rinse is too strong - 1 tablespoon per 500 ml is enough more will dry out your hair in time.


anna caravaggio   •   October 28, 2013

Hi Joy my name is Anna. I have long hair and I get a lot of tangles in my hair especially in the winter when I wear a scarf. I would like to try the apple cidar vinegar. How do I apply it? And will my hair smell like vinegar after?


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Heather Allen   •   June 14, 2016

Thank you! Heather- Joyous Health Team

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