When some women make the choice to go natural
, it's to rid the hair of the chemicals that come with getting perms. So, it makes sense that a lot of ladies are more comfortable making their own products rather than picking up what's on the shelves, where potential stripping ingredients lurk.
But, while the DIY world
can sound enticing, it can be a confusing place for newbies to navigate. How do you know what's safe to use, what will be effective, and how to combine it all into a kick-ass treatment? To help you out, we've scoured our favorite sites and come up with eight unexpected, but essential ingredients that every natural girl needs in her arsenal.
Kitchen staples like black tea, mayonnaise, and apple-cider vinegar can help you not only feel better about the state of your strands, but keep your bank account intact. After all, making your own products is often more cost-efficient than hoarding ones you may use once, hate, and never pick up again.
So, if you've always wanted to dive into the wonderful world of at-home beauty — or if you're just looking for some new hair recipes to whip up — click ahead to see what must-tries you need to stock up on, plus our favorite ways to use them.