DIY: Top 5 Easy Homemade Hair Mask Recipes for Beautiful Hair
All-natural and organic homemade hair masks nourish the scalp and hair roots. Making a homemade hair mask is not only very cheap but also very easy—all you need are a few simple kitchen ingredients.
My grandmother always said that hair is like a precious seedling: You must water and nurture it so that it may grow into a healthy, strong tree, full of vitality. With these homemade hair masks, you will do just that. Feed and nourish your scalp and hair with powerful nutrients provided by mother nature to achieve bouncy, lustrous hair.
In this article, we shall explore the most powerful ingredients you can use to create homemade hair masks.
What Are the Roles of the Key Ingredients Used in the Recipes?
Extra virgin olive oil
Hydrates hair and acts as a natural conditioner for the hair. Olive oil has long been used for beauty hair care. Olive oil is brilliant for nourishing brittle, dry, damaged hair, rejuvenating it and giving it a healthy glow.
A natural astringent, lemon closes the pores in the scalp, thereby getting rid of excess oil in your hair. A word of caution, though: Lemon can visibly lighten hair, so make sure you use it diluted with enough water, in a lemon to water ration of 1:2.
An excellent conditioner, making hair feel soft and lustrous.
Moisturizes. Honey is very important in a homemade hair mask, especially if you have dry, dull hair. It has restorative properties that add moisture to lifeless hair, making it glowing and lustrous.
Apple cider vinegar
Eliminates excess oils and grease in the scalp and hair and helps clear away irritating, itchy dandruff.
1. The Nutrifying Egg Hair Mask
Eggs are packed with numerous nutrients, from vitamins D, B, and A to iron to protein. In fact, the protein found in eggs is of the highest quality you can find in any food. Here is a brief summary of nutrients found in eggs that benefit hair:
- Protein. Nourishes the hair roots, which encourages growth.
- Fatty Acids. Give your hair a natural glossy shine.
- Potassium. Heals dry, damaged hair.
- Vitamin A. Prevents hair breakage.
- Vitamin D. Prevents hair loss and balding.
- Vitamin B12. Promotes hair growth.
- Calcium. Promotes hair growth and is important for the proper absorption of vitamin D.
Now before you make that disgusting 'eww' face, imagine the soft feel and lustrous shine your hair will have after you treat it to calcium, protein, and these other nutrients. Show your hair some love!
How to Make a Homemade Egg Hair Mask
- 1 egg (for especially long or thick hair, use 2 eggs)
- 1 cup milk (for shoulder-length hair, use 1/4 or 1/2 cup)
- 1 squeeze of lemon
- 2 tsps to 2 tbsps of olive oil
You will also need a plastic shower cap.
- Make sure to wash your hair very, very, very well, especially if you have really long hair. Do not use hot water to wash your hair—this will cook the eggs in the mask, and you will have cooked egg bits stuck around your hair strands. Use cold water and rinse out as many times as necessary.
- After ridding your hair of the egg mixture, you can lather an amazing strawberry shampoo (or any delicious-smelling shampoo) into your hair, so that all the egg-y smells are gone.
- Don't over-squeeze the lemon juice. It may give you a burning sensation on your scalp. Use the ratio 1:2 of lemon juice to egg yolk.
- You might want to do an egg homemade hair mask at least once a month. I know it is a bit icky, but if you are dedicated to making your hair beautiful, it is well worth it.
- First, separate the egg white and yolk depending on your hair type. For oily hair, you will only use egg whites for this recipe; for dry hair, use only the egg yolk. For normal hair, use the whole egg. Place whichever part of the egg you are using in a clean bowl, and dispose of the rest how you will (maybe as part of a tasty omelet).
- Beat the egg. For steps 2–4, I recommend mixing the mask by whisking with an egg beater.
- Add the milk and olive oil to the gooey egg mixture, and mix well.
- Add a squeeze of a lemon to the mixture—this will give your scalp a refreshing feel. Mix well.
- Massage the mixture into the scalp, working from the roots to the hair ends, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you stand in the shower or over a sink because this mask is really drippy. Cover your hair with a disposable plastic shower cap, as you do not want drops of egg mixture everywhere. While waiting for the mask to penetrate for 15 minutes, you can be soaking in a bath/shaving.
- Using lukewarm or cold water, thoroughly rinse the mixture out of your hair, making sure to tackle all areas of your scalp to get rid of egg bits.
- Use an organic fruit shampoo for a final cleanse.
2. Going Bananas: Homemade Banana Hair Mask
Bananas are simply the best fruits one can find year-round. They are incredible beauty fruits, as they are super rich in potassium, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and natural oils. Use a homemade banana hair mask for its amazing moisturizing properties. The moisture boost will strengthen your hair to prevent breakage and split ends, maintain your natural hair elasticity, and make your hair bouncy and healthy. Here are some of the powerful nutrients found in bananas:
- Potassium. Heals dry, damaged hair.
- Vitamin A. Strengthens hair follicles and nourishes dry hair.
- Vitamin E. Promotes healthy hair and scalp.
- Vitamin C. Regulates hair oil.
How to Make a Homemade Banana Hair Mask
- 1 to 2 overripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Overripe bananas will make blending your bananas much easier. Freezing, then thawing the bananas before use will also make them easier to blend.
- Blend the bananas until your smoothie is very fine. If you rush through this step, you'll have a very unpleasant time trying to comb out tiny banana pieces. Good luck with that!
- Blend the bananas very smoothly, until there are absolutely no chunks or teeny banana pieces. This is not the recipe to be cutting corners—put in the time for the fine blending.
- Add the honey and coconut and olive oil to your delicious mixture and blend again.
- Slather the smoothie into your hair, and let it settle and sink into your scalp for at least five minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse the mixture out with warm water. Afterward, take your time to comb through your hair. You want to make sure you have removed any pieces you may not have blended thoroughly.
- Do a final rinse. Because bananas smell delicious, you need not shampoo.
3. Yo Yogurt! Homemade Yogurt Hair Mask
Yogurt is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, and protein. Yogurt has moisturizing properties that help control oily, greasy hair by washing away excess oil in the scalp and hair. This recipe can also be combined with other kitchen ingredients, such as bananas for more moisturizing hair care or strawberries for extra oil control.
How to Make a Yogurt Homemade Hair Mask
- 1/2 cup of yogurt (or less, depending on your hair volume and length)
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Remember only buy probiotic natural yogurt. You can even make yogurt at home! This yogurt contains live natural enzymes, which are a rich source of nutrients. Also, remember it should be plain yogurt, not sweetened or flavored.
- You may buy yogurt in paste form if you don't want to deal with a drippy mess, which can be quite disastrous.
- Don't add a lot of apple cider vinegar as it can actually give your scalp a burning sensation. Follow this recipe, or, if you want to use the ingredient alone, dilute it in a 1:2 ration of apple vinegar to water.
- Mix the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey in a bowl.
- Apply the mixture to the scalp, working from the roots to the ends of the hair.
- Let it sit for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Wash again with an organic fruit shampoo to get rid of any lingering yogurt smell.
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4. Creamy Homemade Avocado Hair Mask
Avocados have long been used in beauty treatments for their nourishing and hydrating properties. This homemade avocado hair mask is perfect for those with dry hair, as the avocado contains moisturizing properties that revitalize dull, lifeless hair.
How to Make the Creamy Avocado Hair Mask
- 1 small ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon olive or almond oil
- 1/4 cup milk
You will also need a plastic shower cap.
- Choose a very ripe avocado to mash and blend very finely.
- Remember to rinse very thoroughly in order to remove all avocado remains.
- Add the milk a little at a time until the avocado mixture reaches a conditioner-like consistency. You may only need to add as little as 1/4 cup. Don't add too much unless you want a drippy hair session.
- After the rinse, you can leave without using a conditioner, as avocado acts as a natural hair conditioner.
- Blend the avocado chunks until you get a very smooth avocado puree with absolutely no lumps.
- Add the milk and your choice of oil, and mix very well.
- Apply the mixture to your hair, from the roots to the very ends.
- Cover with the plastic shower cap and wait for at least 15 minutes. Now would be an excellent time for a warm, cozy bubble bath.
- Rinse well with warm water. Use your fingers to remove all avocado residue while rinsing.
5. Homemade Sweet Strawberry Hair Mask
Strawberries are tart fruits, loaded with vitamin C, which makes them perfect for controlling scalp oil. They help rinse away excess oil build-up and are very gentle in doing so. Strawberries also regulate the scalp's natural pH. Use strawberries in your homemade hair mask for glossy, shiny hair!
How to Make a Homemade Strawberry Hair Mask
- 1 handful of fresh strawberries (roughly seven for medium-length hair)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
You have to use a moisturizing ingredient together with strawberries to prevent your hair from over-drying, as strawberries are mostly used for very oily and greasy hair.
- Blend the ingredients to form a fine puree of sorts.
- Apply the mixture evenly throughout damp hair.
- Rinse well with warm water. You don't even need organic shampoo, because strawberries have their own mouth-watering delicious smell.
Lastly, remember, the longer you keep the hair masks on, the deeper the nutrients will sink into your scalp, nourishing and energizing the hair roots. The time you keep your hair mask on will also impact how soft your hair will become.
With these vitalizing homemade fresh and fruity hair masks, your hair is bound to become naturally healthy and beautiful!
Attention Homemade Hair Mask Lovers!
What's your best homemade hair mask?
Hair Masks Targeted at Specific Types of Hair
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- DIY Hair Masks for Frizzy Hair—For those with frizzy hair, try these homemade hair masks.
- Got Dry Hair? 3 Hair Masks to Nourish Dry Hair—If you have dry hair, these three masks will help add shine and bounce.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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