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Ijeoma Okoro: Onion Juice Cleanses, Beer Washes & more Natural Homemade Treatments for Dull, Dry & Frizzy Hair!



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From those with natural hair to others who wear weaves, we all want flawless hair. Sure we can put on a weave and look fierce, but let’s face it – sometimes we just want to look at our natural hair and scream ‘whoa, my hair looks amazing’.

But in reality, your hair might be dry, frizzy and dull.

Most times, we strip the gloss off our hair with our constant use of hot irons, chemical filled shampoos and other products that we use on our hair. Also, the weather isn’t doing us any favours, and her comes harmattan season. And the truth is, we have to take care of our natural hair because weaves won’t always be there to help out.

So, that’s why I have drafted these 5 amazing solutions to give glowing. full hair.



1. Beer Wash
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I know what you’re thinking – “Beer on my hair? Eww“, But the fact is, the malt contained in the beer is rich in proteins that help damaged hair and revive volume. Plus the sucrose and maltose sugars help create luscious shine. I bet you’re rethinking this now, right?

All you have to do is;
– Pour half a bottle of beer into a jug or bowl and let it sit overnight.
– Shampoo your hair and skip the conditioner (the beer will act as a conditioner)
– Add a few drops of essential oil like almond, jojoba or any other essential oil you like to use on your hair.
– Massage the beer into your hair for 4 minutes and let it sit for about 2 minutes.

How Often
It’s best to do the beer wash twice a month as it can be quite drying if used everyday.

Please do not drink the beer after you’ve used it, especially if you’ve added any essential oil to it.

2. Coconut Oil & Shea Butter
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Coconut oil and shea butter (popularly called ‘Ori’) has so many benefits to your hair. Here are a few – it reduces frizz, is a great conditioner and softens hair.

All you have to do is:
– Add 3 tablespoons of shea butter to a bowl or jar. Soften it by placing the bowl in hot water. Once it softens, use a fork to whip it for about 30 seconds to make it creamier.
– Next, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix. Massage this into your scalp, leave in for some time and rinse out.

How Often
This treatment can be used as often as you would prefer.

Note: You can add essential oils if you want a delectable aroma.

3. Curry Leaf & Coconut Oil
Ijeoma Okoro BN Beauty Article - BellaNaija - November 2015002Curry leaf is an effective herb for grey hair and it promotes hair growth. It’s rich in antioxidants, amino acids, beta-carotene and proteins. Its benefits range from preventing hair thinning, removal of dead scalp flakes & strengthening hair shafts. And coconut oil benefits for hair need no introduction.

All you need to do is;
– Boil half a cup of oil and 8-9 fresh curry leaves together.
– You will find black residue forming. Apply this residue to your hair.
– Wash with water after 25 minutes.

How Often
It can be used twice a week.

Note: Don’t let the mixture burn; it just needs low boiling heat.

4. Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil & Rosemary Oil
Ijeoma Okoro BN Beauty Article - BellaNaija - November 2015001This mixture will leave your hair moisturised, glossy, and luscious. This is a must do therapy for those that need that extra shine in your hair.

All you need to do is;
– Mix 3 capsules of Vitamin E, 2 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil & Rosemary Oil respectively
– Leave on hair for a while to absorb. Then comb and style it.

How Often
It can be used as much as you like.

5. Onion Juice & Honey
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If you’re thinking “what kind of onions?” the one in your kitchen would be the answer. This sounds odd but it’s quite useful if your hair is thinning or if you’re losing your hair. Honey is good for your hair also.

All you need to do is;
– Blend 2 onions.
– Mix the onion juice with 3 tablespoons of honey.
– Apply it on the part of your hair that’s thinning or all over.
– Leave it on overnight without covering. I would suggest you change your pillow for this.
– Shampoo your hair in the morning.

How Often
You can use this treatment thrice a week.

Note: If the smell is too strong for you, you can add your favourite essential oil.


That’s it for now. Have you tried any of these before? If not, which will you try?

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Okoro Ijeoma is a natural care enthusiast and entrepreneur. She's an undying optimist whose passion includes; writing, singing, fashion designing and photography. Follow her natural care exploits on her Instagram page @naturecareng and on her website Naturecare NG . You can also follow her on her personal I.G @chuks_tessany.


  1. Nahum

    November 28, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    The best is the “greenhouse effect”. Olive oil and coconut oil. Drench your hair in it, cover hair with shower cap and go to bed. Your hair will be amazing in the morning.

  2. Iphee

    November 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the hair tips. Will do most of them. Any suggestions for some one with thick black lustrous hair ( looks live a weave) but with a hairline is receding at the “speed of light”??? HELP!!!!!!!

    • okoro ijeoma

      November 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      O dear, use the curry leaf technique and add Shea butter for a quick result

    • D

      December 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Please where can I get curry leaves in Lagos?

    • Queen Meg

      November 29, 2015 at 6:33 am

      My sister, we are in the same club. I started the castor oil challenge a few months ago, and the improvement is amazing! Just massage your edges with castor oil (a drop of peppermint and ginger oil gives it that extra stimulating action) in the morning and night-gently, using the pads of your fingers. For an added oomph you can chant “grow, baby, grow” like I do (lol).
      Also, stop hurting your hair by tying to cover it up with weaves. Own it. Let it breath. Tight braids that pull on your edges need to go too. Yes, it looks unpleasant, but when you’ll start seeing results, you will love your hair so much you’ll never want to harm your edges again.
      Hope this helps. 🙂

  3. Iphee

    November 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    *like (autocorrect grrrrr)

  4. Gorgeous

    November 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I am in my natural hair journey and have very tough hair. Guess what works? That placenta sturvs we use. Indian hemp cream and some Shea butter and coconut oil. I was my hair weekly and deep condition with a keratin conditioner which has loosened the tightness of my curls a little bit. Keratin protein conditioner is the shite.

  5. Gorgeous

    November 28, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I also don’t dry out my hair. Preferably it dries on its own.

  6. Raneema

    November 29, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Another great treatment is avocado and olive oil mix. For all kinds of pure and natural oils and organic hair care products watsapp/call 08132645445

  7. Sample Cira

    November 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

    ai lv d coconut nd ori therapy 4 my hair…..neva knew curry.leaves could do the wonders outlisted above….lv dx piece nd am gonna share it wt mai rm mates…..fanks a loh bae,ryd on!

    • okoro Ijeoma

      December 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      thanks dear,

  8. pamel

    November 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Where can you get essential oil like Vit. E and almond oil. Don’t get to see them in supermarkets.

    • okoro Ijeoma

      December 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      you can get VIT E at any pharmacy close to you, for the almond oil you have to keep searching at any supermarket.

  9. Hair Care

    July 21, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Great tip. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been using coconut oil and it works great.

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