DIY: All-Natural Hair Masks for Shiny Locks

 

You've probably heard a ton about face masks, but how about masks for your hair? You would be surprised by the amount of damage we do every day while styling our hair with a blow-dryer, flat iron, or curling iron!  

weekly hair mask is what you need to restore your luscious locks! Find what mask fits your hair type down below! 

 

So, what are hair masks?  

Hair masks are a deep conditioning treatment full of concentrated ingredients that help nourish and repair damaged hair 

Unlike regular conditioner that only sits in your hair while you shower, hair masks are meant to deliver moisture and nutrients over a period of 20 minutes to several hours! 

Some even recommend overnight care for severely damaged hair.  

Today we’ll look at 3 different DIY hair masks according to your hair type and hair needsCheck out the recipes below to see what hair mask fits you the best! 

 

Thick & Course Hair 

Though you’re blessed with thick, voluminous hair, it’s often coarse and hard to moisturize thoroughly!  

To soften and nourish your luscious locksyou’ll want to use ingredients with high-fat content. 

Our recommendation: 

Avocado Hair Mask 

 Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • 1 egg yolk 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 

 

Directions:  

Blend ingredients together using a kitchen utensil and medium-sized bowl. Cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any excess product.  

With dry hair, apply this natural blend starting halfway down your scalp to the tips of your hair. Try to section off your hair using clips to make this process easier. Once applied, wrap your hair in either a terrycloth wrap or regular bath towel to help prevent leakageLeave in for 20 minutes and then shampoo in cold water to remove residue and prevent the egg from cookingVoila! Enjoy silky, nourished, and voluminous hair! 

 

The Science: 

Avocado:  

  • Contains natural oils and fatty acids that help moisturize and nourish hair. 
  • Fatty acids have been proven to decrease the scalp’s natural. greasinessEnjoy less grease, and more soft, silky hair!

Egg Yolk 

  • A rich source of vitamins A and E as well as biotin that can help support hair growth.

Olive Oil 

  • Contains squalene, a superhero of hydration that our bodies naturally produce for soft and supple hair and skin.

 

Medium & Fine Hair 

For this hair type, it’s best to use ingredients that will hydrate without greasing up your hair! Ingredients with a gel-like consistency are optimal here! 

Our recommendation: 

Coconut Oil Hair Mask 

 Ingredients: 

  • 2 egg whites 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 

 

Directions:  

Extract the egg yolks and set them aside. Mix the egg whites and coconut oil together. Cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any excess product.  

With dry hair, apply the mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair. A comb can help evenly distribute the mixture throughout your hair. Once applied, wrap your hair in either a terrycloth wrap or regular bath towel to help prevent leakage! Let sit for 20 minutes and then shampoo in cold water. 

 

The Science: 

Egg Whites:  
  • Used as an emulsifier to formulate our mixture. 
  • Also contains proteins that may help strengthen hair.
Coconut Oil: 
  • Can penetrate deeper into the hair shift for ultimate moisturization due to its low molecular weight and helps dry and frizzy hair. 

 

Dull Hair 

Gain a natural shine and say goodbye to dull, life-less hair! 

Our recommendation: 

Banana Hair Mask 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey 
  • 1 egg white 

 

Directions:  

Peel, freeze, and blend banana in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add honey and egg white and blend some more until fully mixed. Cover your shoulders with a towel to catch any excess product.  

With damp hair, apply your all-natural mixture from scalp to hair tips. Use a wide tooth comb to evenly spread the mask throughout your hair. Once applied, wrap your hair in either a terrycloth wrap or regular bath towel to help prevent leakage! For at least 20 minutes, let these fresh ingredients work their magic. Shampoo and condition as normal.   

 

The Science: 

Bananas 

  • Have antimicrobial properties that may help reduce dandruff and dryness.
Honey 
  • A humectant that helps collect and keep moisture in your hair. 
Egg White 
  • Used as an emulsifier to formulate our mixture. 
  • Also contains proteins that may help strengthen hair.

 

How Often Should You Apply a Hair Mask? 

It depends! Most recommend you apply a hair mask once a week. However, how often you use a hair mask depends on your hair needs. 

Do you flat iron or curl your hair often? With excessive exposure to heat, your hair may need a weekly hair mask to recover! In comparison, if your hair only experiences dryness during the winter months, a bi-weekly or monthly hair mask may be all you need! Feel free to experiment with your hair and observe what works best! 

For those of you who don’t use products or heat on your hair, take a look at the ingredients in your current shampoo. If your hair is dry and you suffer from dandruff, it may be that your shampoo contains harsh chemicals that strip away moisture from your hair. With the right research and experimentation, you may not need a hair mask at all.  

Healthy, glowing hair helps us shine that much brighter! It deserves the same attention we often give to our skin and nails. With a quick trip to the kitchen, you have all you need to show your hair some TLC! 

 

 

 

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