6 Natural Hair Mask Recipes to Treat Dry and Damaged Hair

Updated on March 20, 2016
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Neha has been writing beauty articles for 5 years. She is passionate about skincare and natural remedies.

Natural hair masks are an excellent way to treat dull and dry hair at home.

Dry hair can be easily identified with split ends and excessive hair breakage. They get damaged and break easily. If you are looking a cure for your frizzy, dull, rough hair, a homemade hair mask can help you out here! There are many natural things such as avocado, egg, yogurt which can prevent dryness by nourishing your locks with needed moisture. Dry hair suffers with lack of oil and moisture which makes them brittle and frizzy. For soft, shiny, and silky hair, check out these mask recipes:

Avocado

  1. Peel a ripe avocado and mash it. In a bowl, beat it with olive oil. (Note: Do not add olive oil if your hair is color treated. Olive oil has the tendency to lighten highlights. So, in this case, you can substitute with almond oil or jojoba oil.)
  2. Wet your hair before applying hair mask. Apply the mask to the scalp and hair ends. Make sure you tuck your hair into a shower cap after application of hair mask.
  3. After around 25 to 30 minutes, run your fingers through your hair and massage the scalp.
  4. Rinse off, and enjoy your soft and manageable hair!

Benefits

  • The fleshy, high fiber content of this butter fruit makes its application easy on the hair.
  • A ripe avocado is a great moisturizer for skin and hair, and it's loaded with lots of nutrients and vitamins.
  • This fruit's natural oil acts as a deep conditioner for dull hair.
  • It can be used alone or with other ingredients in a hair mask.

Egg

If you straighten your hair all the time and use harsh chemicals, this homemade egg and olive oil hair mask will help to smooth your hair.

  1. Take two eggs and 4 tablespoons of olive oil and blend together well.
  2. Apply to hair for 20 to 25 minutes. Make sure you wear a shower cap whenever you apply a hair mask, as plastic wraps help trap in the moisture and as a result your hair gets better hydration.
  3. Rinse off the mask, and you will find your hair thoroughly conditioned and shiny.

Warning: You should not use hot water to wash off the mix! Hot water makes egg difficult to rinse from the hair, because warm water partially cooks and hardens it, making it harder to rinse off. Make sure you use cold or room temperature water.

Benefits

  • Many people like to crack them on their head because eggs makes the hair extra shiny and smooth.
  • Eggs are a simple remedy for the damaged and dry hair. The high protein content found in them is useful to strengthen hair follicles.
  • The nutrients in eggs act as a deep conditioner that helps to add shine and texture to dull hair.

Banana

To add loads of moisture to your flaky, dull and dry hair, you can try banana mask for hair. Apply this once a week for healthy and shiny hair.

  1. Take one or two ripe bananas (according to hair length) and blend it. If the pulp is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk to it. The pulp should be smooth with no chunks or lumps with in it. (You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil).
  2. Dampen your hair before applying the mask. Apply the mashed mixture to the roots, scalp, hair, and hair ends.

This is more effective than expensive treatments in spas and parlors.

Benefits

  • Banana moisturizing properties are beneficial for dry and rough hair.
  • The fruit is rich in minerals and vitamins help to strengthen damaged hair.
  • It also gives the required moisture to hair, which helps in preventing breakage and split ends. Regular application of this on hair improves the overall health of hair.
  • It can also be helpful in treating dandruff.

Honey and Olive Oil

This mask is good for both hair and the scalp. It will make your hair silky, smooth, and shiny.

  1. Add equal parts honey and olive oil into a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Apply to damp hair, scalp, and cover your hair with a warm, damp towel.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

Benefits

  • Honey can easily hold the moisture in your hair, and is perfect for hair care.
  • Honey and olive oil both will infuse moisture and help to repair split ends and control dandruff.
  • This mask also helps to improve the manageability of rough hair, adding an extra shine to it.

Yogurt

This is one of the easiest masks to make.

  1. Take a cup of yogurt and whip it up.
  2. Apply it onto your scalp, hair, and hair ends.
  3. Let it sit for 20 minutes with a plastic cap on.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Notes:

  • You can also make a yogurt and egg version by beating an egg into the yogurt.
  • Yogurt has cooling properties so this one is recommended for summers.

Benefits

  • Yogurt or yoghurt is full of lactic acid. Anti-fungal and antibacterial agents found in yogurt makes it a great hair mask.
  • Besides moisturizing dry and damaged hair, it has numerous benefits for hair. It helps to get rid of dandruff, clean your scalp, reduces itchiness, and gives overall strength to your hair.

Hot Oil Treatment

To restore health and strength, you can try applying hot oil weekly to your hair as a beauty routine.

  • A good head massage with hot oil (coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or almond oil are all good) improves the blood circulation of the scalp, giving enough moisture to dull and dry hair to maintain their shine and softness.
  • A hair dryer, irons, overexposure to sun makes your hair dry, fragile and weak. Hot oil can help repair this.
  1. First of all, wash your hair so that it's clean. Hair should be dirt free so that the hot oil can penetrate easily in hair follicles.
  2. Warm up your oil and massage the lukewarm oil to the scalp and wet hair with your fingers.
  3. Cover or wrap your head with a hot towel, shield this hot towel with a second towel to trap the heat.
  4. Leave in for an hour and then rinse out with shampoo.

Tips

  • If you have thick, rough, dry and dull hair, avoid styling products on hair.
  • You should shampoo less—maybe once or twice a week.
  • All the ingredients in these homemade hair masks can be found in your kitchen or a local grocery store.

Treating frizzy and damaged hair the natural way is often more effective than chemical products. Choose one that best suits your needs, and enjoy the difference!

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      Milu 

      7 weeks ago

      In my early age, my hair is very oily and silky but now my hair is very hard and rough. I used egg, olive oil and yogurt very often but no results

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      Ranjana 

      13 months ago

      Hi Neha,

      Wanted to ask about Avocado and Olive oil mask.. Can I use Coconut oil instead of Olive oil? Will this combo work ?

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      13 months ago from India

      Hello maha, All the above hair mask are very effective. You can choose according to the availability of ingredients. Yogurt mask or hot oil treatment would be best and easy to follow.

      All the Best!

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      maha 

      14 months ago

      i have very dry hair, which mask would be the best

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      14 months ago from India

      Hi Gnanaprakash,

      Egg hair mask is very rich in protein which will surely condition your dry, rough hair. The frequency of applying the hair mask depends on quality and roughness of your hair. As you say they are too dry like wire, so you should apply at alternate days firstly. Afterwards you can decrease the frequency of applying mask like twice a week.

      Do it consistently for long time benefits.

      All the best!!

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      Gnanaprakash 

      14 months ago

      Hey I am a boy,21 years old.My hair is dry and rough like a wire they are not even. I DECIDED GO WITH the EGG itreatment. But I have a doubt,How often should I use this treatment?

      Will the result be tenporary r permanent? Need 2 know!!

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      14 months ago from India

      Hello Zain,

      You can give your scalp a massage with warm oil at alternate days. Do this regularly. Oil treatment will moisture your dull, rough and dry hair making them soft and shiny.

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      Zain 

      14 months ago

      I have hard thick dry and rough hairs please tell me the easiest way to get soft shiny and beautiful hairs especially soft hairs I want

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      Grace 

      15 months ago

      What if i put everything together? Wipl that matter?

    • profile image

      Kirti Rai 

      21 months ago

      Thanks for the remedies. It really works..

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      keziah 

      21 months ago

      for the egg hair mask can you use vegetable oil instead of olive oil becuase we don't have olive oil

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      Lauren 

      22 months ago

      The egg mask was a lifesaver. I have fine curly hair and I used heat on it several days in a row for a conference I was attending. Once I was back home I washed my hair per usual and my curls were flat and parts of my hair were straight. I thought I had killed my hair and was worried that I might have to chop a good portion of it off which mortified me. I came across this article and tried the egg mask. After using the mask I had my curls again! Thank you so much for the helpful article!!!

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      tanya 

      2 years ago

      The Shielo Intensive Hair mask is great like @aestheticx said. I have really hard water and it seems to be the only one that works. My hair is soft again. Be careful of HARD WATER!

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      sara 

      2 years ago

      You know that hair fall is normal matter for every man and woman, but excess hair fall is bad for life, it makes our life unhappy. But if you take some step for that then you can get good results for your problem

      http://health-vision-for-all.blogspot.com/2012/03/...

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      2 years ago from India

      Thanks for stopping by! Do try the above hair masks, they will surely make your hair healthy.

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      Annette nikanor 

      2 years ago

      thanks for the techniques, my hair so dry and don't grow,,, but recently used egg mask.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      2 years ago from India

      Yes, olive oil is safe to use on color treated hair.

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      divyaaneja18@gmail.com 

      2 years ago

      Can we use olive oil for color treated hairs?

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      Psbhatt.bhatt44@gmail.com 

      3 years ago

      i m using methi and olive oil hair mask since 1 month for sudden extremely rough hair ,waiting for positive result !

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      smriti 

      3 years ago

      My hair is very rough and dry what can I do plz give me some essay tips

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      marìa 

      3 years ago

      my hair is dull and rough plz suggest me home remedy

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      jasveer 

      3 years ago

      Thank u so much

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      khushbu 

      3 years ago

      thanks for easy suggestion

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      3 years ago from India

      I am glad you like the banana mask for dry hair. Thanks for stopping by and giving the feedback!

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      omchanda.mishra @gmail 

      3 years ago

      Read this article today and immediately tried banana mask. It worked wonder!

      My hair was very smooth after using mask. Worth trying.

      Thanks, Ms. Neha

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      3 years ago from India

      Hello Rahila,

      You can try any of the above home masks for dry hair. Keep in mind, consistency is very important to get the desired results from natural treatments!!

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      rahila 

      3 years ago

      My hair is very rough dry nd hard nd curly pls suggest some tips

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      anushka 

      3 years ago

      I really liked all the given techniques.. something really informative

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      lovely 

      3 years ago

      plz tell me something that make my hair silky,stright and stop my hair fall

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      EasyReading 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you! Hot Oil treatments works like a gem. F0llow with the egg wash, fabulous hair shine. So simple and easy great care for my hair! Thank you for putting this out there for me and many others,

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      zani 

      4 years ago

      very nice to use this masks.and give me a advice for curly hair

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      Kavitha 

      4 years ago

      Egg really works. It keeps my hair straightened and smooth. Also I wondered To see banana here. Thanks for posting that. I will try!!!

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      aman 

      4 years ago

      My hair so dry and rough plzzz suggest

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      4 years ago from India

      Good to know that banana hair mask works well on your hair. Thanks for the feedback!

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      mask user 

      4 years ago

      I tried banana hair mask it really works. I am happy to say it also controls hair fall problem

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      anjum 

      4 years ago

      Very informative. practical.effective effort has been done from the author.God bless u.Liked it very much.

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      tejasvini 

      4 years ago

      My hair has now become very rough and dry they look very dull.pls suggest me some tips for silky and shiny hair.

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      Cleaning supply 

      5 years ago

      These are totally awesome tips. Specially the tips regarding egg and banana. I was surprised that banana can be used as hair mask. Egg really works best. I have tried it. It gives shine to hair.

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      Hi, these are really easy to use hair masks, to me yoghurt has been of great benefit.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      5 years ago from India

      Hello Karen, Thank you very much for dropping by! One other thing you have to consider, if you have dry hair is not to wash your hair with hot water whether you have applied any mask or not . The reason is that warm water take off the moisture from hair, making your hair more dry and dull.

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      5 years ago from India

      Hi Chitrangada! I too have dry hair and use yogurt hair mask to moisture them. You are right, all the above mask recipes are worth trying..

    • Neha Sadana profile imageAUTHOR

      Neha Sadana 

      5 years ago from India

      Hello mariasial! Yes hair masks are very easy to prepare at home. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      A very nice variety of hair masks are offered here. I especially liked that you added the warning about not rinsing off the egg mask with hot water because that is probably what I would have done, thinking that the best way to rinse something clean is with hot/warm water. Voted up.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and interesting suggestions for treating dull and rough hair. I have used yogurt or curd and even egg mask. The other ones suggested by you are also worth trying.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub!

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      maria sial 

      5 years ago from united kingdom

      good and easy to use mask .... i personally use egg mask and its very good voted up :)

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