We’ve all heard of masks for the face. The ingredients vary depending on your skin type and need, but all serve the purpose of deep cleaning your skin and restoring nutrients so that it looks and feels better. Hair masks serve the same purpose. They add moisture to your hair and infuse it with essential vitamins and minerals to bring back the shine and help avoid breakage and hair loss.
You don’t need to spend tons of money on a store bought hair mask, these recipes contain easy to find (and cheap) ingredients that when applied to your hair will give you the same beautiful effect.
DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask
How much of each ingredient you need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. The finished product should be enough to coat all of your hair from the root to the ends. You will need:
- 2 parts coconut oil
- 1 part olive oil
All you need to do is combine these two ingredients in a bowl and blend them together.
DIY Banana Hair Mask
This DIY hair mask recipe is a little stickier to make, but the results are healthy locks that also have more volume. This makes it a good choice if your hair is thinning out. Check your refrigerator for:
- 1 banana – as ripe as possible
- 1 tablespoon of honey
The two ingredients should be combined in a blender, taking extra care to ensure that the banana is completely smooth before application to your hair.
DIY Avocado Hair Mask
This recipe combines the benefit of two well-known hair restoration foods into one mask for your hair:
- Half an avocado – make sure that it is ripe
- 1 egg yolk
Using a blender, combine the two ingredients until it is smooth and you don’t see any chunks of the avocado.
How to Apply a DIY Hair Mask
With your at home hair mask ready, wash your hair as normal (you can apply to dry hair, but the heat of the shower opens the follicles, making it easier for the vitamins to penetrate). With your hair still wet, apply the mixture starting at the tips of your hair and working your way up to the scalp. There is no reason to massage into the scalp so long as you ensure that you have reached the roots of your hair.
Wrap your hair in an old towel or shower cap (a plastic shower cap works better as it retains the heat) and then wait 20 minutes. Once your time is up, you will rinse the mask out of your hair and condition it as usual. You’ll find that your hair is softer and shinier for days after having applied any one of these DIY hair masks.
How often to apply a DIY hair mask depends on your hair type and styling methods. If you find that your hair dries out quickly, you may need to apply a DIY mask 2 times a week, while others can go a whole 7 days and still see the positive results.