6 DIY Hair Mask Recipes You Can Make At Home
Every once in awhile, our hair needs a little extra TLC, and a DIY hair mask is often our go-to treatment. A good hair mask from your favorite beauty store can be pretty expensive, so why not look in your pantry and make one of your own? A great DIY hair mask can easily be made using common ingredients from your pantry and your fridge. And, as we know, there is never a universal solution for all hair types. Make sure you are choosing a hair mask specific to your hair’s needs and texture.
Here are 6 hair DIY mask ideas using household ingredients:
- DIY Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair
Winter can be especially drying for our hair. Revive and re-hydrate your parched strands with this recipe that you can easily mix in your blender at home. One of the main ingredients in this hair mask is avocado, which is rich in fatty acids, and very moisturizing for your hair.
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 oz. water
Mix the ingredients together in a blender until well combined. To start your hair mask, wet your hair with warm water to help open up the hair follicle (this will allow optimal absorption of the mask). Apply hair mask to wet strands and comb through for even application. Once the hair mask has been distributed throughout your hair, cover hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap to allow the hair to absorb the nutrients. Leave the hair mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse your hair with cool water to close the cuticle and lock in moisture.
- DIY Hair Mask for Oily Hair
If you have oily hair, you might be weary about using a hair mask for fear of hair becoming even more oily. This hair mask, however, is specifically designed for oily hair and has been created to reduce the secretion of oil. Egg whites help to remove unwanted oils from the hair while the baking soda helps to remove any build up from hair products.
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 1 egg white, beaten until soft peaks form
To make the hair mask, combine 1 tbsp of water with a pinch of baking soda. Add the beaten egg white and stir to combine. Apply this mixture on to your hair, from root to tip, trying your best to avoid the scalp. Leave the hair mask on your hair for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly to make sure no residue remains. After rinsing, wash hair with shampoo and let it dry completely.
- DIY Hair Mask for Color Treated Hair
Girls with color-treated hair know how drying and damaging dye can be to your strands. This hair mask is perfect for repairing and moisturizing your dry, damaged locks. Honey is moisturizing which makes it suitable for the dry hair that comes with coloring too often. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and helps to nourish the hair, leaving it shiny and soft.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
To make the hair mask, heat one tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey in a saucepan until melted and combined. With gloves on, apply the mixture to your hair, from scalp to ends (be careful around the scalp as the mixture may be hot). Let the hair mask sit on your strands for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly to remove.
- DIY Hair Mask for a Dry, Flaky, Scalp
No one likes a dry, itchy scalp. This banana hair mask helps to soothe your discomfort with the use of bananas and almond oil. Bananas are rich in vitamins and oils, which makes them a super moisturizing and soothing ingredient. Almond oil helps to remove dead skin cells from the scalp, which helps to treat dandruff.
- ½ ripe banana
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2-3 drops of almond oil
To make the hair mask, mash together ½ a ripe banana; add 2 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil. Apply the mixture to your strands, from root to tip, concentrating mostly on the scalp. Allow the hair mask to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes, then rinse off completely.
- DIY Hair Mask for Normal Hair
While it might not seem like our girls with normal hair need any extra treatment, it’s always good to do a hair mask once in a while to restore softness and shine.
- 1 egg, yolk and whites separated
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp almond oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp flat beer
This hair mask has two parts. First, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon of honey to the egg yolk. Mix thoroughly and, once combined, apply to your scalp. Next, add 4 tablespoons flat beer to the egg white and beat for a couple of minutes with a fork or whisk. Apply this mixture to your strands, from root to tip. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the hair mask on for 30-40 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then wash hair with shampoo and let it air dry.
- DIY Hair Mask for Fine Hair
Fine hair can also benefit from the use of a hair mask to moisturize, and add shine, strength and volume. Bananas are nature’s remedy for thinning hair while the honey attracts moisture and encourages hair growth.
- 1 banana (the riper, the better)
- 1 tbsp honey
To create this hair mask, blend the banana in the blender, making sure all chunks have been smoothed out. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the banana and blend well. Apply the mixture to your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in a shower cap and leave the hair mask on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly in the shower and then shampoo and condition as usual.
If you decide to do a hair mask, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your mask. Keep these key tips and tricks in mind to maximize the benefits of your mask:
- Always apply your hair mask to clean, shampooed hair. Clean hair is able to absorb nutrients better than dirty hair.
- Before applying the mask, separate your hair into sections and apply the hair mask from root to tip. By sectioning your hair, you ensure that you are reaching all your strands.
- When it’s time to leave your hair mask in for the absorption of nutrients, tie your hair into a bun. This will ensure that the mask stays on and doesn’t drip.
- Wrap your hair with a shower cap and leave your hair mask on for about 15-30 minutes, depending on the mask type
- Once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time, and before you rinse the hair mask out, remove your shower cap and cover your head with a hot towel, leaving it on your head for at least 5 minutes. This will allow for better absorption of nutrients.
- Dry hair with a towel and make sure to pat dry, watching that you don’t rub your strands. Rubbing leads to damage and breakage, which will only reverse the positive effects of your hair mask.
Healthy hair doesn’t have to come from expensive products found at your favorite beauty store. You can easily achieve the same results simply by using ingredients found in your kitchen. Try one of these masks today and see for yourself!
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