Rx for Problem Hair: How-To Formulas

Whatever your hair issues are–damaged, dry, oily, or dandruffy–we have a super-simple solution for you. You just won’t believe the inexpensive ways we can combat these conditions and more with just kitchen-cupboard ingredients rather than costly and possibly dangerously toxic chemical products.

These wise ways are cheap, safe to use, and effective. We have the one-ingredient answers for all your hair woes right here:

For Damaged Hair
Blackstrap molasses is a great treatment for damaged hair. Massage some into your hair, cover with a towel or plastic bag, and allow it to remain on for as long as possible before rinsing.

For Dry Hair
Simply massage a mashed ripe avocado or some olive oil into your hair and allow it to remain on your hair for an hour (you can wrap your hair in a towel or a plastic bag, if you like) before shampooing as usual.

For Oily Hair
Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts to 1/2 cup of shampoo and shampoo as usual. You may increase the amount of Epsom salts a little at a time as needed.

For Dandruff
Massage some aloe vera into your scalp before washing.

Inspired by Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

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Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

will try the avocado on my dry hair

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Lydia Weissmuller Price

I have used avocado before...it really does work. I would avoid the oil though, I find it counterproductive because it takes quite a bit of shampooing and rinsing to get it out.

susan k.
susan k.3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Heidi H.
Past Member 3 years ago


Joy Wong
Joy Wong3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Brianna B.
Brianna B.3 years ago


Clothears Santa

p.s shaved my hair, and ALL MY SCALP PROBLEMS WENT AWAY!

Clothears Santa

They say that the Dandruff can be also caused by tiny bugs in the hair, fungus, bacteria, poor health, disease.

Clothears Santa

Thank you for the health information.