Hair masks are a type of hair treatment full of strengthening and hydrating ingredients. They tend to be thicker than the average conditioner, allowing the ingredients to deeply moisturize and repair damaged hair. There are a variety of hair masks, each produced to target specific problems. When you’re deciding which hair mask to choose, definitely consider your hair’s biggest issues – like frizziness, damage or oiliness. If you’re in between salon visits and have some extra ingredients lying around in the kitchen, you can make your own DIY hair mask from the comfort of your home! Check out these all-natural recipes we’ve collected for you:
COCONUT OIL MASK
This one-ingredient hair mask is perfect if you need some anti-frizz and extra-moisture help. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, leaving it soft and hydrated. Heat up about a ¼ cup of coconut oil (not too hot! Just warm enough) and massage into your scalp and through your hair. For best results, leave it in for at least 45 minutes before your normal shampoo/condition routine. You can also leave this treatment overnight (make sure you sleep with a shower cap or towel on) and wash it out in the morning!
EGG WHITES & HONEY MASK
Egg whites are packed with protein and is rich in multivitamins and minerals that work together to strengthen and rejuvenate hair. The benefits are endless; not only does it fight dandruff, but it also remove excessive oiliness, and gives your hair extra volume. Honey is also a natural strengthener and has antibacterial properties, making it the perfect ingredient to pair with egg whites. Word of caution, refrain from using too much honey, as it can lead to excess stickiness. Also, do not use hot water when washing out egg-white from your hair, as it’s possible to accidentally cook the eggs and leave nasty cooked bits in your hair.
Mix 1 egg white and 1 tbs of honey, and mix thoroughly. Apply to your scalp and hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing and washing it out.
BROWN SUGAR AND OLIVE OIL
Brown sugar is used a lot in a variety of face masks as a natural exfoliant. Much like our faces, our scalps needs regular exfoliation to remove excess dirty or dry-skin buildup. The brown sugar is paired with virgin olive oil, which locks in moisture and prevents breakage and frizziness. These two ingredients are perfect if you’re prone to dandruff and dry hair
Simply mix 3 tbs of brown sugar to 2 tbs of virgin olive oil and scrub generously in your scalp and hair. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes before your normal shower routine.