Depending on your hair type, you can mix and match ingredients that you find best suit your hair. Completely customizable, don’t be afraid to play around with ingredients and quantities to find your perfect mask.
In a perfect world, I’d like to do a hair mask once a week, but that doesn’t always happen, so do these masks as often as you see fit. For all the homemade hair masks listed, I recommend picking up some plastic hair clips to separate your hair into four sections to ensure that the mask is evenly distributed.
When you have oily hair or an oily scalp, it can be difficult to balance your hair from roots to ends. If you have oily roots and dry ends, the key is to keep both sides happy, but that isn’t always easy.
The natural sebum (oil) that your scalp produces can help to keep your hair healthy and moisturized, but when you have excess oil, your hair will lose volume and look flat. Many oily hair products can be extremely drying and strip the natural oils your hair produces.
These DIY masks will aid in controlling excess oils, bring volume and prevent your hair from getting oily on day two.
DIY Strawberry Hair Mask
This is an extremely simple mask that uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Strawberries not only regulate excess oil, but help to remove it as well. Leave the mask on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse—your hair will also smell amazing!
– ½ Cup Strawberries (frozen or fresh)
– 1 TS Lemon Juice
– 1/8 Cup Water
Put the strawberries through a sieve to remove the little seeds. Then, mix everything together.
DIY Lemon and Egg White Hair Mask
Egg whites in your hair may seem a little odd, but they have many benefits. They contain protein, which helps to strengthen your hair. In addition, they can help with volume and thinning.
Lemon juice will help to exfoliate your scalp and get rid of any build up of oils or dandruff from excess oils. It will also help to absorb oil without reacting to any of the sebum glands like some chemical treatments can.
– 1 Egg White
– 1 TS Lemon Juice
– 1/8 Cup Water
Leave the mask on your hair for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Do not cook that egg in your hair.
I have been trying to find the perfect concoction to revive my dry and curly hair! Personally, it is impossible for me to weigh down my hair with oils, so I love incorporating them into my masks.
If your hair is not extremely dry, add some water to these masks to ensure that you don’t overload your hair. If you’d like to increase moisture, I bulk up my masks with my favorite conditioner.
DIY Banana Hair Mask
This is my absolute favorite homemade hair mask: every time I put it on my hair, it shocks me how great it makes my hair feel and look. Bananas are rich in potassium and carbohydrates natural oils, which aid in softening the hair, increasing elasticity and reducing breakage. Honey is a natural humectant and antioxidant that helps with moisture and shine.
– ½ Banana (the mushier the better)
– 2 TS Coconut Oil (soft or melted)
– 2 TS Olive Oil
– 2 TS Honey
I recommend blending this as it ensures that there are no banana chunks, which can be a hassle to get out of your hair. I like to leave this in my hair for as long as possible. If you’d like to really bump up the intensity, put a plastic bag over your hair to create a little heat.
DIY Mayonnaise Hair Mask
It sounds gross, I know, and the smell isn’t great either, but it does wonders for dry and especially curly hair! You can add a little vanilla extract to eliminate some of the mayo scent. Mayonnaise is an oil-based product, so this will bump up shine.
– 1 Egg
– 3 TS Full Fat Mayonnaise
– 1 TS Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil)
– 1 TS Honey
Leave this on your hair for 30 minutes or so, then wash out with cold water so the egg doesn’t cook!
In general, ingredients that have a high fat content– like eggs, mayo, avocado, coconut oil or olive oil—will help with damaged, dry or frizzy hair. In addition, bananas and honey help to add moisture and shine.
If your hair is on the dull or dry side, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice have an acidic quality to clarify and add shine.
You really have the freedom to play around with ingredients and figure out your perfect combination to solve any hair issues you have. Don’t be scared: nothing you find in your kitchen will be particularly harsh so you won’t damage your hair.
Comment below with your favorite hair mask combinations!