Whether you want to treat damage, induce moisture, or reduce split ends- we are sure that you have your ultimate go-to hair mask. However, if we were to be truthful, there is no harm in admitting that store-bought masks can be pricy, especially if you are someone who goes through a tub quite quickly. The struggles of having thick, damaged hair, right?
However, don’t fret- we have a solution for you! Homemade masks are great at repairing damaged hair and soothing cuticles that may have been affected by hair dyes, hot tools, hard water, and chlorine. Moreover, these DIY masks can be customized to your hair type, whether it is frizzy, dry, oily, or curly.
Coconut oil is best known for treating damaged hair as it can soften and tame within just a few uses. The fatty acids in the oil can get absorbed into the hair almost instantly. Moreover, coconut oil contains vitamin E, which encourages hair growth and adds a UV filter to the hair, preventing it from getting damaged in the sun. Coconut oil is also extremely moisturizing, which means that it will add a boost of moisture to dry hair.
To make a DIY coconut hair mask, you can apply it 10 minutes before shampooing your hair as a strengthening treatment. If you are looking for a deep conditioning treatment, replace your conditioner with coconut oil, and start by lathering it from the mid-shaft to the ends. This will help lock in moisture and reduce frizz.
You can also rub the coconut oil in your hands to melt it and then apply it directly to the scalp. Since coconut oil has antimicrobial qualities, it can get rid of dandruff, unclog pores, and enough hair growth. However, it has a heavy texture so remember to use it sparingly. For fine hair, a teaspoon of oil for the scalp is enough, while thicker hair can opt for a tablespoon.
Milk and Honey
Do you have fine, damaged hair? If yes, this magical mask will help strengthen your hair. Honey is loaded with keratin- an ingredient that promises strong hair by reducing breakage. Remember, breakage is a result of weak, brittle, dry hair. Moreover, this milk and honey mask has anti-inflammatory properties that promote cell regeneration on the scalp and reduce irritation. Milk is loaded with proteins, amino acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc. Together, the two ingredients soften the hair and make it healthier.
Not remember, milk is extremely thin in consistency. To avoid making a mess, take one cup of milk and mix it with one tablespoon of honey. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and use it on the hair liberally. Instead of conditioner, use this mask on wet hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Once you wash it off, you will notice smooth, shiny hair.
Pro tip: If you have coarse, thick hair, substitute milk with cream.
Banana and Olive Oil
The two staples of any kitchen are banana and olive oil. Together, these make a fantastic restorative mask. Banana is a star ingredient when it comes to moisturizing the hair. The vitamins and minerals in bananas, such as potassium, help revitalize dry, dull, damaged hair while rebalancing the pH of the scalp.
Olive oil has loads of healthy fat and vitamin E. This helps the hair look shiny and frizz-free. Olive oil is also great for reducing split ends, breakage, and damage.
To make a mask, all you need is one overly ripe banana and one tablespoon of olive oil. Blend the banana so that no clumps remain. Add the oil and continue to blend. You should be left with a creamy, smooth mask. When you are in the shower, put the mask on your hair and scalp. Let it be on for 20 minutes, after which you can rinse it out.