There are months of the year when your hair needs an extra support. Sadly, a shampoo and conditioner aren’t enough to keep your hair healthy and strong, and prevent falling out. (remember the seasonal hair loss? it’s connected with the changes in the hormone balance that adjusts itself to the new season) If you sleep and eat well – you’re in the zone of comfort so it’s possible that your hair isn’t going to rebel after winter or summer. Still, reaching out for enhancement and feeding hair from the outside is never a bad idea. A hair mask is the best means to an end.
If you’re not sure which hair mask to choose at a store and which one is right for your hair type, start with DIY hair masks – safe, made exclusively from natural ingredients. The coolest thing is you can experiment with different masks and see which one makes your hair look at its best. I’ve rounded up a few great recipes. Made them, tested them, recommend them 🙂
Homemade Hair Masks [DIY]
1. DIY Coconut & Avocado Hair Mask
Smash one soft, ripe avocado with a fork and mix it with some coconut milk (to get a paste which won’t drip off the hair). Leave the mask in hair for twenty minutes and rinse out well with warm water. I always use a mild shampoo afterwards. An avocado moisturises and gifts hair with valuable vitamins (as many as seven!) whereas coconut milk is high in precious proteins and minerals, adding hair shine.
2. DIY Yogurt & Banana Hair Mask
Mix 3-4 tablespoons of plain yogurt with smashed banana, one egg and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to your hair and scalp. The mask has purifying power. The lactic acid, included in the yogurt, increases hair softness and shine. Leave the mask in for around 20 minutes.
3. DIY Honey & Olives Hair Mask
This hair mask is very easy to make. Prepare four teaspoons of: olive oil, honey, flour, yogurt. Mix the ingredients, apply to hair and let it sit for around 20 minutes. Next, rinse the mask out and wash hair with a shampoo. This mask is ideal for all hair types.
4. DIY Natural Oils Hair Mask
It’s a real hair-nourishing and repairing bomb. You need to choose oils right for your hair porosity but if you don’t know it, pick the safe oils – the ones that behave well on all hair types: castor oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, Shea butter. Try mixing oils or buy a good blend of oils going along with your hair type. Oil-based masks enhance the bulbs and the inner hair structures, repairing and reinforcing them. They beautify the hair at the same time. Do it as often as you like. (once a week is the minimum)
5. DIY Milk & Yeast Hair Mask
Heat up a half packet of yeast and two spoons of milk (you may as well put the yeast in the warm milk and wait until it melts). You need a thick pulp so it doesn’t drip off your strands. Feel free to apply the mask to scalp, too. Cover your head with a shower cap and a towel. Leave it in for around 30 minutes, rinse out and precisely wash the hair.
6. DIY Liquid Paraffin & Castor Oil Hair Mask
Tbh, this mask isn’t a hair-repair treatment, that’s for sure. It aims at stimulating hair bulbs, increasing blood flow to the scalp and instantly enhancing the looks (e.g. before a big night-out). Mix 3 spoons of liquid paraffin with 2 spoons of castor oil and spread it on the hair throughout its length. When it comes to the liquid paraffin for hair – it may turn out to be a curse or a blessing. That’s why doing a patch test is recommended.
7. DIY Flax Seeds Mask
I love it. Flax seeds create a clear gel which doesn’t only moisturise and protect the hair but also works like a smoothing laminate. What’s more, it delivers vitamin E, omega-3 acids, protein, zinc and potassium. Pour ¼ glass of flax seeds with boiling water so the seeds are hidden. After a few minutes, you get a thick gel. Drain it, let it cool down so it doesn’t burn your scalp. Apply to strands and scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, rinse the mask out and use a delicate shampoo.
I hope you’ll like some of the masks 🙂
One of them?
Maybe all of them?
I’m big on hair masks with oils because I’ve been a fan of hair and scalp oil treatment for a long time.
Has any of the masks become your favourite?
Maybe you have some game-changing ideas for homemade hair masks?
Leave some feedback! 🙂
Take care <3