4 Easy DIY Hair Masks That Really Work
We're all about getting a little crafty in the kitchen, especially when it comes to DIY beauty (yes, you read that correctly).
After all, shelling out $50+ on a hair masque or oil isn't always an option. But, neither are dry, brittle strands.
So, we took it upon ourselves to sleuth out the best at-home hair mask DIYs that you can do tonight to help restore your hair to maximum health. These are Sweety High-tested and approved, and we selected recipes that have the most "normal" ingredients, so there's a better chance you will already have them at home!
Mask 1: For Dry Hair
- 1 avocado
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp jojoba oil
Consider this your go-to mask when your hair is in major need of some moisture. Avocado is basically a superhero for your hair. Avocados have a really high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help strengthen, moisturize and nourish dry hair. Bananas also provide a ton of moisture, help calm an itchy scalp and keep your hair hydrated.
Mix the two together and try making it as smooth as possible (ie. less chunks is better). Then, add the jojoba oil for more moisture and to make the mixture less thick. Apply to damp or dry hair from root to tip and let sit for 30 minutes! Rinse out and start seeing results instantly. Do this once a week for maximum results.
Mask 2: For Super Damaged Hair
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
If your hair is super damaged from over-bleaching and dying, or you are just prone to having super-duper dry hair–this mask is for you. Eggs contain a large amount of protein, as well as fatty acids and vitamins like A and E that help strengthen hair. Coconut oil is fab for your hair for a bunch of different reasons. It stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the follicles, and also adds luster and shine to the hair while preventing hair breakage and split ends. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture, and is full of antioxidants and nutrients that help damaged hair.
First, start by cracking your egg and separating the yolk from the whites. Then, mix the coconut oil and honey together, and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds so that the coconut oil has a more liquid like consistency, which makes it way easier to apply. I like using these single-serving coconut oil packets from Trader Joe's. One packet equals one tablespoon, so it makes it super easy to measure and less messy. Then, mix in the egg yolk and apply all over damp or dry hair. Leave on for 30 minutes and do this once a week!
Mask 3: Split Ends
- 1 tbsp almond oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Even people with the most healthy hair get split ends! Split ends can be caused from excessive blow drying, brushing the hair while wet or improper detangling. The environment also takes a toll on our hair and causes split ends due to the super hot summer sun and the dry air in the winter. This mask really helps combat split ends because almond oil has lots of fatty, hydrating properties that help restore weak ends. Honey, as you already know, attracts an insane amount of moisture, which is great for brittle ends. And the last ingredient, apple cider vinegar, might come as a surprise, but ACV helps seal the cuticle and prevents the hair from splitting in the future!
Mix the almond oil and honey together, and then add in the apple cider vinegar. Apply to damp hair and let sit for 30 minutes. Do this once or twice a week.
Mask 4: For Glow and Softness
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp lavender water (or 1 tsp water and 1 tsp lavender essential oil)
- 1 lemon
If you need a little extra glow and softness in your strands, this mask is for you! This ingredient dates back to an ancient Wiccan beauty spell and it really does wonders for your hair. Olive oil is a well-known hair conditioner and lemon helps lighten and clarify your locks. Lavender oil is said to help with hair growth, and as we mentioned earlier, eggs deliver much-needed fatty acids and proteins to the hair.
Mix the lavender water, olive oil and egg into a bowl. Then cut the lemon in half and squeeze both sides into the mixture. Massage this mixture into damp or dry hair, and let it work its magic for 30 minutes, then rinse. Oh, and if you really want to get in on the spell, you can chant this old verse while applying!
If these projects intensify your DIY bug, why not take things a step further and try THESE awesome DIY face masks?