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Does your hair need a little extra love? Blow drying, straightening, and hair dyes are all really damaging and hard on our hair. With all that we put our locks through every day, it’s no wonder it needs a bit of TLC.
Your first inkling is probably to go out and buy drugstore hair products to try and remedy the situation. This can get expensive if you have to treat your hair multiple times a month. Then there are professional salon treatments, which are out of the question if you’re on a budget.
You could probably let it grow out, but that would take forever. In fact, according to the American Acadamy of Dermatology, it takes 1 year for hair to grow 6 inches.
Luckily there are some DIY hair mask recipes that are a less expensive way to bring your hair back to life without leaving you broke.
Benefits of DIY Hair Masks
Homemade hair treatments save money – Making your own homemade hair masks are way less expensive than drugstore hair masks or salon treatments. Why waste more money than you have to on products when you make them for so much less?
DIY hair masks are healthier – DIY Hair masks are made with natural ingredients that are much healthier for your hair than chemicals found in other hair masks. All the chemicals we use in our hair daily are the reason it’s so damaged in the first place.
They are super easy to make – Most of these recipes take a few minutes to make and you most likely already have the ingredients to make your own hair mask right in your own kitchen.
Common Ingredients Found in DIY Hair Masks & Their Benefits
There are many different DIY hair mask recipes that can be made from ingredients you have in your refrigerator and pantry.
Each of these ingredients has its own special characteristics that benefit different hair types. Let’s take a look at some of them and how they help restore and repair damaged hair.
Honey is loaded with vitamins and mineral that are great to help soften and moisturize coarse hair.
Eggs are rich in protein which helps repair damaged hair by moisturizing and strengthening it leaving you with shiny locks.
Avocado is not only delicious, but it’s also great for repairing split ends. When combined with coconut milk, the mixture helps to seal and heal dry split ends instantly making your hair look smooth and healthy.
Mayonnaise is perfect for smoothing flyaways and frizz leaving your hair soft and silky. Simple massage into your hair and leave in for 20 – 30 minutes.
Cornstarch is great for absorbing excess oil if you have greasy hair and scalp. It a good substitute for dry shampoo. Rub it in your scalp and through your hair to freshen up your hair in minutes.
Baking soda is another product that helps to stripe product build up from dull hair leaving it shiny and healthier looking
Yogurt has two healthy hair benefits. The first is that it acts exactly like your hair condition. If you ever run out of conditioner, simply use some yogurt for the same effect. Secondly, the lactic acid in yogurt can clear buildup on your scalp, helping your hair grow faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar helps to stripe dull hair of buildup caused by using hair products on a regular basis, increasing shine and volume. It’s also great to help minimize dandruff.
If you’ve ever gone swimming in a chlorinated pool, then realize later that your blonde locks suddenly turned green, then you’ll be glad you have this condiment in your fridge. Simply massage ¼ cup into your hair and wait for 15 – 20 minutes before washing out to restore your hair color.
Surprisingly, maple syrup is a great hair moisturizer for dry, damaged hair. Massage some through your hair and let sit for 20 – 30 minutes before rinsing out.
Bananas are one of the best fruits for your hair because it contains the mineral silica which helps to promote thicker, fuller hair. It also helps to keep your hair soft and smooth. US News Link
Carrots are not only great for your eyesight, but they are also packed with vitamin A so it helps to maintain a healthy scalp. Carrot juice is also great for taming out of control hair.
Spinach is packed with vitamins A and C which help to keep hair from falling out. It also helps to stimulate growth which makes it the perfect DIY hair mask for growth.
Anyone of these ingredients alone would be a good hair mask, but when certain ingredients are combined together, they make the perfect homemade hair treatments for all hair types.
DIY Hair Mask Recipes for Healthier Hair
Banana and Honey Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair
This banana and honey are great natural moisturizer that will restore damaged hair, making it the perfect DIY hair mask for damaged hair.
Use this recipe a few times a week if you have dry damaged hair to help restore your hair’s moisture and health.
3 Tbsp Honey
5 Tbsp Olive Oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl (make sure they are well combined).
Apply the mixture to your hair, distribute all over and as evenly as possible.
Leave in for 15 to 30 minutes.
Wash out with a mild shampoo.
This will leave your hair moisturized, soft, smooth and healthier looking, it can be applied twice per week.
Egg Hair Mask For Healthy Hair and Scalp
This is a very simple hair mask that works great for all hair types, as you know they are a great source of protein. Egg whites are full of bacteria eating enzymes which is a great hair and scalp cleanser. If you have oily hair, I suggest you use only egg whites because the yolk is rich in fat. Use the full egg for normal to dry hair.
1 to 2 Full eggs depending on your hair’s fullness and length (egg white only for oily hair)
3 to 4 drops of lemon juice
Combine your eggs with 3 to 4 drops of lemon juice
Beat until frothy
Apply evenly to your hair
Cover with a shower cap and leave in for 20 minutes
Rinse well with cold water and a mild shampoo
This can be applied a few times a week or a month for a great protein treatment.
Aloe Vera and Olive Oil DIY Hair Mask For Stronger Hair
Do you have aloe vera plants around your home? Aloe vera is an awesome plant that is not only good for your hair but also your skin. You should really consider keeping some plants around the house if you don’t already. Aloe vera is a great hair strengthening agent. Try out this mask to get your hair strong, soft and moisturized.
4 to 5 Tbsps Aloe Vera
3 to 4 Tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 to 3 Tbsps Egg Yolk
Heat the olive oil for in the microwave for 8 to 10 seconds
Mix all ingredients in a bowl thoroughly
Apply to hair and leave in for 1 to 2 hours
Wash out with a mild shampoo
Do this 2 to 4 times a week for healthy shiny hair.
Warning: This mask is not for anyone with oily hair.
Almond Milk and Coconut Oil Hair Mask Course Hair
Try this recipe for of items that you probably have sitting in your fridge and pantry for soft luxurious hair. Almond works wonders on your hair and Coconut Oil helps to restore dry damaged hair.
4 to 5 Tbsps Almond Milk
3 to 4 Tbsps Egg Whites
1 to 2 Tbsps Coconut Oil
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl
Apply to hair for a few hours, you can leave it overnight with a shower cap on for badly dry and damaged hair.
Wash out with a mild shampoo.
You can use this recipe 3 to 4 times a week to get the best results. Once your hair softens, you can cut down to 1 to 2 times a week.
Mayonnaise and Avocado Hair Conditioner
This homemade Mayo and Avocado recipe is a great a great moisturizing conditioner for dry damaged hair. Mayonnaise is made of oil and egg which are both awesome moisturizers. Avocado is also rich in fat and helps to make your hair less prone to damage.
2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
Mash the half avocado
Mix the avocado with 2 Tbsps Mayo in a bowl until it’s creamy
Apply to hair paying special attention to dry ends
Use a wide comb to evenly spread the mixture
Leave in for about ½ hour or more if you want
Wash out with a mild shampoo
This recipe is a great natural conditioner and there is no need to condition hair after washing the recipe out. You can use this recipe as often as you like to get the desired results.
I love these DIY hair mask recipes because they are all natural and so much less expensive than what you get from your local drugstore. Find a recipe that works for your hair type and stick with it for at least a few weeks to see the full effects.
Please leave a comment if you have a great at DIY hair mask recipe you would like to share with the rest of us.