So many things can wreak havoc on our hair--the sun, hair dye, the products we use, blow drying, heat styling, chlorine in pools--the list goes on and on. But don’t throw yet another so-called miracle product in your cart just yet. A DIY hair care mask could be just the solution you’re looking for.
DIY hair masks are great because you know exactly what you’re putting on your hair, and you can choose natural, healthy ingredients. Here are some hydrating masks to try next time your hair is feeling parched.
Olive Oil and Honey
If you’ve been doing tons of blow drying and heat styling, this mask is for you.
Just combine two tablespoons of raw honey with one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Warm the mask to a comfortable temperature and apply it to damp hair. Cover your hair to allow the mask to soak in, and then rinse it off after 15-20 minutes. So easy!
Sweet and Sour
The combination of sweet and sour isn’t just awesome for our taste buds--it’s great for our hair, too! Try this mask, recommended by a master colorist, to give your hair some extra moisture.
Simply mix one egg, one teaspoon of honey, and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Feel free to adjust the ingredients as necessary to suit your length of hair. Leave the mask on for 30-40 minutes before rinsing. Voila! Perfectly hydrated hair.
When our hair is dry, we frequently experience dandruff, too. This DIY mask is a simple solution to your dandruff woes.
You’ll need two tablespoons of coconut oil, four teaspoons of raw sugar, five drops of peppermint oil, and two drops of tea tree oil. Stir the ingredients together and apply to damp hair.
Massage your scalp with this mask for a few minutes to enjoy its exfoliating benefits, and then clip your hair up until you’ve finished your shower. Rinse, and you’re done. Have any left over? You can use it to exfoliate your face, too!
Avocado and Oil
You know that good fats are great for your body. They’re wonderful for your hair, too! If your hair has become dry and dull, give it some healthy fats with this mask.
Mash an avocado and add one egg, one tablespoon of jojoba oil, and 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix the ingredients together and apply them to your hair. Cover your hair and leave the mask in place for 20-60 minutes before rinsing.
Aloe vera is incredible for helping damaged hair become healthy again. If your tresses have seen better days, try this mask to help combat the damage.
Add two eggs, a whole stem of aloe vera, two tablespoons of castor oil, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and two tablespoons of brown sugar to your blender. Blend until thoroughly combined. Spread the mask over your hair and allow it to sit for about half an hour before rinsing.
Need vegan alternatives? No problem. Try agave nectar in place of honey and use chia seeds instead of eggs.
And remember, in addition to using masks as necessary, it’s important to choose products that won’t exacerbate your problems. We recommend trying Hidden Waterfall or Terrace Garden for dry, damaged hair. Don’t forget to leave a review and let us know what you think!