Today the kind of environment that prevails all around is NOT one that promotes good hair. We have UVA and UVB rays to damage our skin and hair. We have pollutants in the air that wreck our hair and scalp. We have dry air, in some areas, which sucks up moisture from hair that is already dry. We have humid air, in some areas, which tends to make our hair frizzy, greasy and sticky. The food we eat is full of preservatives. The hair products that we use are laden with chemicals. We use high temperatures of heat to achieve the hairdos we want. The hair of today’s women bears all the tortures it possibly can and if it still shows up the other day then, sure as hell, it deserves some good pampering.
To pamper our hair and give it the extra nourishment it needs we should apply hair masks to it once every week or at least on alternate weeks. Let us start with the simplest DIY hair masks to make and apply first.
“15 best homemade hair masks that are made with things that are easily available at home. Hair masks that are made with things already present in our kitchen and our refrigerator.”
15. Simple And Plain Whipped Yogurt
This is my all-time favourite go-to DIY mask for all seasons. It works perfect for my kind of hair. I have hair that is wavy and gets frizzy most of the time. It is also dry when I do not give it the care and nourishment it needs. With yogurt, my thirsty hair gets pretty much all that it needs; HYDRATION, MOISTURE, CARE and NOURISHMENT, therefore resulting in shiny, sleek and frizz-free hair. This hair mask does not require you to collect too many ingredients. Simply take a cup or half of yogurt (depending on your hair length) and whip it up. Apply the whipped yogurt thoroughly to your hair, including the ends of your hair. Wrap them in a shower cap and steam them using warm towel wraps. Try this amazing homemade hair mask at least once in a wee and see the amazing results.
Mayonnaise – another go-to DIY hair mask for hair that is soft and manageable. Yogurt and mayonnaise are my personal favourites. WHY? These two are so simple to make that it literally takes no time. Mayo hair mask, I think, is the simplest for it does not even need any whipping done. However, the steaming part is a bit of a hard work, but that is where all the benefits of mayo lie.
- Put a pot full of water to boil on the stove.
- Take a few dollops of mayo in a bowl and apply it evenly throughout your hair. Take more mayo whenever needed.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap (or a polythene shopping bag).
- Let it sit on your hair for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Remove the water pot you kept on stove. It should be hot by now. Now take a big towel and dip a section of it into the water. Strain out any excess water. Handle the towel from the area that is dry and cooler.
- Cover your head with the area that is wet and hot.
- Repeat the process several times before you discard the boiling water.
As I mentioned earlier, steaming is the part where all the benefits of mayo hair mask lie. When you steam your hair, it helps the mayo penetrate deeper into the hair. You may steam your hair even with the other hair masks, since it doubles the benefit.
13. Extra Virgin Olive Oil And Eggs
Eggs are a universally accepted source of protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life; our hair is made of proteins. If you want good hair, then eat an egg every day, apply egg hair masks and use it in place of your shampoo and conditioner. Incorporate as many eggs in your lifestyle as you possibly can. GO EGGY! Coming to the benefits of extra virgin olive oil, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that are helpful if you have dandruff. The chemical composition of extra virgin olive oil is the closest to that of our skin’s natural oils, therefore it absorbs better in the scalp. Try the following recipe to make this effective homemade hair mask.
- Lemon Juice
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Beat an egg until it is a little lighter in colour. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to it. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply the mixture evenly throughout your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then take a shower. You do not need to shampoo after this hair mask.
12. Coconut Cream For Luscious And Soft Hair
Coconut oil hair mask is really amazing for your hair but coconut cream is equally beneficial. Coconut cream is not just the main ingredient in your Pina Colada; it makes a wondrous mask for your hair – one that nourishes and conditions both; hair and scalp. Try it out and fall in love with the results.
- Coconut Cream
- Hot Water
Take a handful of coco loco (read = coconut cream) in your hands and warm it up a little. Spread it all over your hair. Wrap your hair in a shower cap (or a large polythene bag). Leave it on for 30 minutes. Steam your hair with warm towel wraps. Wash it off regularly.
11. The Good Ole’ Yogurt And Egg Hair Mask
This is the best hair mask! Egg and yogurt was an all-time hair pack for our great grandmother, grandmother and our own mother. I remember my mom recalling, “whenever we had to go to a special occasion, me and your aunt used to apply egg and yogurt to our hair and egg and beauty clay to our face, for we wanted to look our best”. She totally swears by the efficacy of this hair pack on every single application. Try this wonderful DIY hair mask and enjoy longer, stronger and beautiful hair.
- Lemon Juice
- Whip yogurt and add the beaten egg to it. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
- Apply evenly throughout your hair.
- Let it sit on for 15 minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water.
- To enhance the results, wash your hair with a homemade shampoo.
10. Avocado Hair Mask For Dry Hair
Avocado – the secret to good health and good hair is bursting with proteins, vitamins and minerals. Avocado hair mask is the best protein treatment you can possibly give to your hair. The protein treatment being completely natural and organic is what makes it the best protein treatment ever. Add mayonnaise to it and nourish your hair from deep inside. The more soft and ripened the avocado will be, the better it is for your hair. The recipe of avocado hair mask is very easy as it requires only 2 ingredients.
Mash half of an avocado and add it to your mayonnaise. Apply it to your hair, concentrating more on the roots. Let the yummy hair pack do its thing. Cover it with a shower cap. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Now, steam your hair carefully with a warm towel wrap. Wash it off with a mild shampoo, preferably homemade.
9. Yogurt, Jojoba And Almond Oil Hair Mask
This is one of the best homemade hair mask, you’ll ever see. Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil, altogether does wonders to your hair. After causing all that styling damage to your hair, it deserves a good treatment that will undo the damage. These babies will help us do that. Heard of deep conditioning? The oil duo of “Sweet Almond Oil + Jojoba Oil” is a pro when it comes to that!
Mix both the oils in equal parts and preserve it in a bottle. Three hours prior to going to bed, massage all over your hair with this oil duo, concentrating more on the roots of your hair.
After shower, take a few drops of jojoba oil and spread it all over your hair while it is damp. This will protect your hair from heat and styling damage while adding shine to it.
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8. Lemon And Henna Conditioning Hair Mask
This astonishing DIY hair mask has multiple benefits. Your life is boring and you want to add some colour to your life by dying your hair? Go no further! Henna is here to save the day. Henna will add colour to your hair, it will condition your hair, it promotes hair growth, it fights dandruff, it is completely organic, natural and safe to use and last but not the least; it is an amazing stress buster. Adding lemon to our henna mask will enhance the resultant colour and will make your hair shine. We are talking all about benefits here, NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS and NO SIDE EFFECTS!
- Lemon Juice
Take half a cup of powdered henna and add half a cup of freshly brewed tea to it. Leave it to soak overnight. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture the next day. Apply it all over your hair. Leave it on for as long as you want. The more time it stays on your hair, the deeper the colour will be. Wash it off with a mild shampoo, scrubbing really well. You do not want to leave any of the powder on your scalp.
7. Lemon Juice And Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I do not know if you knew this or not, but let me tell you folks! Lemon juice is amazing for dandruff and flaky scalp. It soothes all that irritation and itchy feeling on your scalp too. With olive oil added it adds nourishment to your hair and promotes hair growth. Try the following recipe to make this homemade hair mask.
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
Mix all the ingredients together and, while your hair is damp, massage with this mixture on your scalp. After 20 minutes, wash your hair as you normally do.
6. Honey And Coconut Oil
Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, has nourishing properties and has the capability to undo the styling and sun damage to your hair to quite some extent. I mean, consider this yourself; coconut oil is already nourishing for the hair, when you will combine the goodness of coconut oil with the goodness of honey, imagine how nourishing the hair mask will prove to be for your hair. Use this mask regularly, every once a week, and you will discover hair that is satin soft. In addition, honey hair mask will help fighting off dandruff by stopping it from further spreading.
- Coconut Oil
Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and heat it at low heat until it has melted. Add honey to it and mix it. Apply this coconut hair mask all over your hair, concentrating more on split ends and on damaged areas. Leave it on for 40 minutes to about an hour and then wash as you normally do. You’ll instantly feel the amazing results of this honey coconut oil hair mask.
5. Beauty Clay And Lemon Juice
Beauty clay is just another name for fuller’s earth, which has numerous skin and hair benefits. You may make a face pack out of it, you may make a homemade shampoo out of it or you may make a hair pack out of it. No matter for whatever beauty purpose you choose it for, it serves it well. As a hair pack, it is good for hair that has lost its energy and looks limp. It is good for scalp that gets greasy too often. It has all the ground minerals and vitamins that are good for hair growth which makes it one of the best DIY hair masks.
- Fuller’s Earth
- Lemon Juice
- Essential Oil
Take fuller’s earth. Add lemon juice and essential oil to it. Add a little water at a time, just enough to make a gooey paste. Now blend! Apply this mask to your hair, massage on your scalp while it is wet and leave it on for half an hour. Do not rub or massage your hair when it has dried up. Wash it off. You may or may not need to shampoo after this, depending on your hair type. I recommend not to shampoo after this.
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4. The Goodness Of Strawberries
Strawberries are one of my all-time favourite fruits. They are good for your skin as they have anti-aging properties. And guess what? They work great for your hair as well. Their “a little sweet” “a little tangy” flavour works wonders for your hair. It soothes and nourishes the scalp so well that you will love it. This homemade hair mask is filled with some amazing hair care properties.
- Olive Oil
- Egg Yolk
Put all the ingredients in a blender and BLEND! BLEND! BLEND! Apply this juicy amalgamation on to your hair and scalp. Let it do its thing for 20 minutes and then wash it off with a mild organic shampoo.
3. Beauty Clay And Egg Yolk
Oh yeah! We are talking about fuller’s earth again. This amalgam of beauty clay and egg yolk is a hair mask + shampoo. You can prepare it prior to applying any other hair mask that is super nourishing and then wash it off with this beauty clay and egg yolk amalgam, it will work as a shampoo. However, you will have to leave it on for about 15 – 20 minutes to let it do its thing.
- Beauty Clay
- Egg Yolk
Take beauty clay and add a beaten egg yolk to it. Now add water until it is of a shampoo consistency. Apply it on your hair and let it do its thing for about 15 – 20 minutes. Wash it off with plain water.
2. Banana Hair Mask
Banana hair mask is in the club! Eat some and save some for an amazing hair pack. This is highly recommended if you have dandruff. Honey and olive oil are antiseptics; they will stop the dandruff from spreading while banana and lemon juice will fight it off by soothing your scalp and nourishing it. It will also smooth down all that frizz and kinks in your hair.
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
Put everything in a blender and blend it until the bananas turn into a gooey amalgam. Now apply this amalgam on your scalp and hair. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
1. Peppermint And Green Tea Hair Wash
It will help you fight off dandruff and keep it from coming back again. Green tea and peppermint essential oil are both known for their soothing properties. It is less like a hair mask and more like a hair wash to rinse your hair with; use it after shampoo to get amazing results.
- White Vinegar
- Green Tea
- Peppermint Essential Oil
After shampoo, drain the excess water from your hair. Pour this phenomenal rinse over your damp hair and leave it on for 5 – 7 minutes. Wash it off with plain water. The vinegar in this rinse will act as an excellent conditioner for your hair.