Hair Foods: Nourishing Products Straight From Your Kitchen

November 1, 2011 ‐ By Dolapo Roberts


Before you spend an arm and a leg on brand name hair care products in this recession, think again. You’re likely to have some or even all of these hair-friendly food products under your roof. They help with everything from moisturizing, taming frizz and strengthening, to providing shine and eliminating dandruff.

If you want, you can also create your own homemade recipes by mixing some of these ingredients together to suit your hair’s needs.

Let’s get started!

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  • Lioness

    I love the tips you just gave!!! Thank you sooo much!
    I’ve been using Aloe Vera Juice mixed with lemon juice, evoo & water. This mix has helped lift dandruff, soothe my scalp while oiling it. And it keeps moisture in. I’ve also used aloe vera juice with just water. Its great for shine & moisture.

  • kelly

    I mixed the olive oil, mayo, egg, and lemon juice. It was really good. It moisturized and made my hair shiny. My hair is extremely dry and I tried this a recommendation from my mother and it worked really well. I highly r recommend it!

  • thanks for article, very informative. all girls in our office loved it

  • Deeana

    I do the yogurt conditioning. I mix it with ACV. I hate the smell, but it's cheaper that mayonaise and honey.

  • Emil

    @Elle maybe you should do your research although eggs don't put protein "in" the hair the protein from the egg helps to make the hair follicle stronger and stronger strands of hair are less likely to break. Therefore, you'll have fewer split ends. In addition to enhancing resistance to breakage, applying raw eggs to hair also makes it smooth. Smooth hair is easier to brush or comb and less likely to become tangled or knotted. Hair is also made thicker from the protein in raw eggs. This is especially beneficial if you have limp, lifeless hair or if your hair is thinning. Eggs act like a conditioner and moisturize dry hair. Eggs also make dull hair shine because unlike shampoo, eggs maintain the hair's natural oils, which shampoo strips away.

  • elle

    egg protein does not translate to protein in your hair. Do your research.

  • miss k.

    I have locs and I only use 100% natural products – yet I wouldn't put half of these suggestions anywhere near my hair! EVOO is about as far as I go (though I've thought about trying an apple cider vinegar rinse – I'm just worried about the strong smell)

    • I tried the ACV rinse, and I DID NOT like it! It stank, and made my hair even more tangled and real hard. Maybe I used too much ACV, but I’m not going to try it again to see…. jmo

  • JustAshley

    Don't forget Castor Oil! Overnight Castor Oil treatments equal thick shiny hair for ALL hair types.
    Great list!

    • Any castor oil, or just the Jamaican black kind I wonder?…..

  • msknowitall

    Thanks for the info! And keep it coming. I’m forwarding this to my girls. Im on a hair journey, to grow my relaxed hair long, I need protein treatment and I have eggs, perfect solution!

    • Me too!! I put an egg in my cholesterol treatment every week, with a lil evoo, and Argan oil for extra smoothness. It makes my hair so soft and silky..

    • I swear by it! And it really does work! I’ve noticed less hair in the sink, and in my combs.