Sometimes, no matter how well you treat your hair, it still needs a little extra TLC.
You can spend big bucks on shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, and your locks still won’t behave. Weather conditions can wreak havoc on our hair or the treatments that we subject it to like coloring and heat styling can do some damage.
Or maybe you’ve got naturally dry hair or frizzy locks. Maybe you have weak hair that’s prone to breakage. My fine hair gets oily at the drop of hat, leaving it looking limp and flat even when I wash it regularly.
If you’ve been plagued by bad hair days recently, your tresses may be crying out for a more intensive treatment that really addresses its problems. You can buy plenty of deep conditioners at the drugstore or department store, but mixing up your own homemade hair mask allows you to customize it to suit your exact needs. Plus, you know that there aren’t any harsh chemicals or ingredients in it that might only wind up making your hair worse in the long run.
If you’ve never experimented with DIY hair masks, get started with these basic recipes that tackle some of the most common – and annoying – hair problems.
If you’ve got dry, frizz-prone hair, you’ve probably bought a hair mask or two in your day. But you can make some easy ones at home that work just as well and don’t cost nearly as much. To add some much needed moisture to your locks, try an oil-based mask. Combine 2-parts coconut oil with 1 part olive oil (coconut oil is a semisolid at room temperature so make sure to blend the two carefully) and apply it to your hair from roots to ends. Pull your hair up in a bun and let the mask sit for approximately 20 minutes. For a more intense treatment, you can wear a shower cap over the treatment to generate some heat to help the oils penetrate your hair more easily. Afterward, rinse your hair, and shampoo and condition as normal.
For hair that’s weak and has a tendency to break easily, you need a mask that helps strengthen your delicate locks. Believe it or not, a ripe banana makes an ideal treatment for fine, fragile hair because it’s chock full of potassium, which can repair damage and strengthen locks. Blend a banana in your blender until it’s smooth. Add about a tablespoon of honey and then apply to your hair, concentrating on the roots. Leave it in for about 20 minutes, and rinse with warm water before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
Shine Boosting Mask
If your hair’s been looking a little dull lately, whip up a mask that helps boost shine. You’ll need an avocado, which is chock full of protein, vitamin E, and other nutrients that help soften and moisturize hair so it looks smoother and shinier. Cut open your avocado and scoop out the flesh. Mix it with about a tablespoon of honey and apply to your hair. Let it sit for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower and shampooing as usual.
Oil Absorbing Mask
For greasy locks like mine, you want a mask that absorbs excess oil at the roots and removes any product buildup that can weigh hair down. Start with about 1 part baking soda and combine it with 1 part lemon juice and 5 parts plain yogurt. The baking soda helps soak up excess oil, while the lemon juice works as a clarifying treatment to remove product residue. The protein in the yogurt helps strengthen and smooth locks. Apply the mask to your hair, focusing on the roots, and rinse it off in the shower after 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as you normally would.