10 Homemade Hair Mask Recipes to Try At Home
We aren’t born with perfect hair.
But we can get closer – with all-natural hair mask recipes that help repair damage, nourish our scalps, and eliminate product build-up.
If you’re looking for a way to give your mane a new lease on life, try one of these recipes on for size:
1. For Damaged Hair
From high heat styling tools to harsh chemical treatments, hair gets damaged in all sorts of ways.
This nourishing hair mask from BuzzFeed gives your hair a boost with egg yolk, honey, and coconut oil to restore moisture, protein, and shine.
“Eggs work as a cleaning agent because of the lecithin they contain, and it can produce healthier tresses due to their high volume of protein,” explains Lucy Aitken Read at Cosmopolitan. “Essentially an egg is nature’s two in one shampoo and conditioner.”
Combine 1 egg yolk, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your hair and let set for 30 minutes. Wash the mask out with your normal shampoo and conditioner.
2. To Reduce Breakage
Hair breaks – or gets split ends – when it’s fragile, dry, and brittle.
This can happen because of styling choices, but sometimes there’s something more serious going on with your diet, and breakage is a sign you need to up your protein intake.
Help your hair heal with a hair mask made from Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Greek yogurt helps give your hair a protein boost, while apple cider vinegar will cleanse your tresses, and honey will help seal in moisture.
Combine 1 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply to your hair from roots to tips, then let it set for about 15 minutes. Rinse with water.
3. For An Itchy Scalp
Colder weather got you down? Combat dandruff and itch with a lemon juice and olive oil hair treatment that’ll leave your tresses feeling nourished and refreshed.
“The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head,” natural beauty expert Janice Cox told Woman’s Day.
To find relief, combine two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of lemon juice and another two tablespoons of water.
Apply to your hair, massage into your scalp, and let it set for about 20 minutes. Shampoo as normal. Use every other week.
4. For Dry Hair
Hair that’s been chemically relaxed or even dyed can often feel dry and brittle. Breathe some moisture back into your hair with a honey and olive oil double whammy.
“Both honey and olive oil are great humectants, meaning they attract and hold onto water molecules,” writes Nikki Walton, founder of the lifestyle blog CurlyNikki.com.
“Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. So this mask will also help with dandruff and scalp irritation.”
Per Nikki’s instructions, mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of olive oil and let it set for about 20 minutes.
You can also add essential oils to the mixture to further nourish your locks. Rinse and wash with your normal shampoo and conditioner.
5. To Restore Moisture
If you need to take a deep, hydrating dive, this French clay, avocado oil, and lavender essential oil mask will leave your hair smooth, shiny, and stronger than ever.
“The high silica content of the clay helps to soothe irritated scalp conditions like dandruff, decrease breakage, and add shine and lustre to hair,” writes Walton.
Mix ¼ cup of Rhassoul clay, 1 tablespoon avocado oil, 70ml of water, and a few drops of an essential oil like lavender together. Work in sections across your scalp, beginning at the roots of your hair and drawing the mixture down.
Slap on a shower cap, watch your favorite 30-minute TV show, and you’re good to go.
6. For Natural Hair
Ladies who rock natural hair understand how important locking major moisture into your locks can be.
“Those with thick, curly hair can be more prone to dryness and frizz, which makes a boost of hydration paramount,” writes Rebecca Taras at Refinery29.
Try this avocado, mayonnaise, coconut oil, and honey mask straight from the hair gurus at BuzzFeed for an ultra-hydrating treatment.
Mix half an avocado with ¼ cup of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of avocado oil, and one tablespoon of honey in a large bowl.
Apply to your hair in sections, from the roots to the tips, cover with a shower cap, and wait 30 minutes. Rinse and wash with conditioner.
7. For Curly Hair
Thick, curly hair also needs a little extra TLC – it can take a good amount of conditioner to make your tresses perk up!
Whip up a conditioning mask from 1 egg, two tablespoons of mayonnaise, one tablespoon of olive oil, and one tablespoon of honey.
Apply to your hair, wrap in a towel, and wait thirty minutes before washing out with shampoo and conditioner.
While it might sound weird to use condiments on your hair, mayo actual works wonders, says beauty writer Rebecca Sample Gerstung.
“Mayo is made with an oil base, and it makes hair shine,” Gerstung explains at Real Simple.
Meanwhile, the egg will help restore proteins and vitamins to your hair, while the olive oil and honey provide much-needed moisture.
8. To Beat Product Build-Up
If you use a ton of product to keep your hair in line, you could be headed for limp, lifeless hair weighed down by build-up.
For beauty expert Janice Cox, there’s one simple solution: baking soda.
“Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda,” Cox told Woman’s Day. That’s because baking soda will cut through acidity like a knife through butter.
To use Cox’s suggested treatment, mix up to two tablespoons of baking soda into a paste with water. Apply to damp hair, and wait for 15 minutes before hopping in the shower and shampooing as normal.
9. To Restore Elasticity
Heat damage or chemical treatments can make our hair feel limp – unable to bounce back from the rough treatment.
If this problem sounds familiar, whip up this banana, honey, and olive oil mask from StyleCaster to get back on track.
“Banana has just enough protein to improve elasticity while the combo of honey and oil moisturizes strands and hydrates the scalp,” explains Shannon Farrell at the top-notch beauty blog.
Mix one ripened – soft – banana, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil, and a few drops of lavender essential oil in a large bowl, then apply from roots to tips, massaging your scalp.
Wrap in a towel, and let the mask sit for 15 minutes before washing.
10. To Restore Shine
Feeling a little lackluster headed into the holiday season? Then it’s time to turn on some mega-wattage shine with a nourishing mixture of avocado, coconut milk, and honey.
“The omegas in both avocado and coconut milk moisturize and repair…damaged hair, adding shine in the process,” explains Victoria Dawson Hoff at Elle. “Maple syrup (or honey) also conditions and adds shine.”
In a blender, combine a whole avocado, one cup of coconut milk, a tablespoon of honey, and lemon oil if you have it on hand.
Apply in sections from the roots of your hair to the tips, then cover with a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes.
Rinse out, then shampoo and condition as normal. With all that avocado and coconut milk, you should see an immediate difference in the shine and lustre of your hair.
If you have major hair envy when celebs hit the red carpet, then it might be time to up your hair game.
Each of these hair masks is designed to solve a tricky – but oh-so-common – problem, and you can find many of the ingredients in your pantry or the grocery store.
Gorgeous, well-hydrated hair is within reach – you just have to work for it. Or, in this case, sit back and read your fave magazine while the hair mask does the work for you.
Do you have a no-fail DIY treatment you depend on for shiny, well-nourished hair? Tell us your secret recipe in the comments below:comments powered by Disqus