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I've long been a fan of DIY treatments, particularly when they involve cheap and readily available ingredients straight from the kitchen. We've already seen one brave Bella take on going au naturel, but what does a hair and scalp expert have to say about the effectiveness of several at-home remedies? That's just what trichologist, aka scientist who studies the hair and the scalp, Philip Kingsley has explored for the Daily Mail. Beer, bananas, and mayo? It's all there. Check out what he had to say about these old wives' tale-style treatments when you read more.

This one's a no. Unfortunately, bananas won't penetrate into the hair, so "you'd be far better off eating it," Kingsley declared.

Once the booze part of the beer evaporates, you are left with extra body. However there's no getting around it: you'll smell like beer. Is that a tradeoff you're willing to make?


Witch Hazel:
"It's a really good way of lessening oil flow to the scalp," said Kingsley, adding, "You have to leave it on for a while to have an effect, but this is a pretty good one and, unlike most of the others, it does work."

Tomato Ketchup:
Say what? If you're a blonde whose hair turns green after swimming, Kingsley has an explanation. It's actually the result of the algae-killing ingredient, copper sulphate, and here's what he had to say about this unusual at-home remedy of ketchup: "As red and green are opposites on the color spectrum, it seems that ketchup can neutralize the copper sulphate's color after an hour or so. A warning, though — it doesn't always work."

Olive Oil:
Unless you create an emulsion of olive oil and water, which easily penetrates into the hair, olive oil alone isn't the greatest idea. "Olive Oil straight from the bottle will just sit on the hair and make it look like you've been caught in a rain storm," he quipped.

Since it's got water, oil, water, and waxes, mayo is actually a decent conditioner. Score for this one!

vanityx0kills vanityx0kills 7 years
I use jojoba oil for my hair, an it's amazing. You have to wash your hair after, or else it'll look greasy.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Some of them work for me. In fact I swear by olive oil and witch hazel.
nikkeeb nikkeeb 7 years
i used to use green tea on my felt like it was doing skin felt tighter or...something...but i'm not a fan of green tea or its smell (though it doesn't smell bad, per se), so i stopped.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Ha, my sister must have read about the mayo one when we were both still living at home... I hopped into the shower and was suprised to see a giant tub of mayo next to the shampoo.
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I second commenter #3's suggestion for coconut oil; it's amazing stuff. I also would like to say that the banana remedy does too work! The only thing with the banana mask is it's difficulty to wash out, but I find that if you use a super ripe banana and mash it up very well, it's not really so bad. Even if it is hard to wash out, I think the results are worth it.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
He's wrong about olive oil. You lightly put it on. It shouldn't make your hair greasy, if you're not pouring it on or using it daily.
catita85 catita85 7 years
Fresh lemon juice before shampooing will help remove oil and buidlup in the scalp. It leaves the hair shiny and soft. It´s a cheap and ease way to make your hair look better. I use it once a week.
fallynvogue fallynvogue 7 years
olive oil makes my hair greasy and flat!!! you need to shampoo it like three times!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I like to use chamomile tea for hair highlights. It's really subtle though. I'll have try the witch hazel.
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