Did you recently purchase a product that is lacking that hype everyone was claiming it had? Before you toss it and chalk it up as a waste of money, evaluate what attribute it needs to perform better on your hair, then add the necessary DIY ingredient from your kitchen to enhance. Note that certain ingredients can spoil if added directly into the original packaging-- it is best to add the fresh ingredient into your palm or a mixing bowl while you are using it.  These ingredients can be found at your local grocery store in the natural foods and vitamins section.

Does it make your hair hard or crunchy? Add one of these emollients.

  • Vegetable, nut, or seed oils  - grapeseed, jojoba, argan, sweet almond, extra virgin olive oils
  • Warmed shea, cocoa, or avocado butter
  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Aloe vera juice

Do you want it to moisturize? Add one of these humectants.

  • Raw honey
  • Glycerin
  • Sorbitol
  • Panthenol (the powder will dissolve)
  • Pureed banana
  • Aloe vera gel or juice

Is it too thick? Add one of these natural slip ingredients.

  • Aloe vera juice
  • Water
  • Marshmallow root
  • Hemp oil
  • Slippery elm

Does it give you dandruff? Exfoliate with this.

  • Fruit extracts- lemon, grapefruit, amla, kiwi, pineapple, papaya
  • Black pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Willowbark extract
  • Apple cider vinegar

Do you want it to give you elasticity? Add a protein.

  • Gelatin (dissolved in ¼ teaspoon in boiling water) - Commercial protein additives from salon supply stores, used during hair coloring
  • Wheat
  • Silk
  • Milk (Lactalbumin)
  • Soy
  • Collagen 

Do you want to get rid of your frizz halo? Add water from one of these starches.

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Corn
  • Potato

Does it leave your hair greasy? Add this.

  • Baby powder (to your roots)
Have you found another way to give your failed products a new life? Share your tips in the comments!