Leigh Ann Newman
Updated on December 20, 2023

When it comes to your getting your dream hairstyle, there is nothing is more essential than maintaining the health of your locks. What if we told you you do not need to spend a fortune to give some tender loving care to your mane? In fact, homemade hair masks using simple ingredients can effectively reduce frizz, repair the damage and stimulate hair growth. See these ten amazing and easy-to-follow recipes to DIY hair masks you can do right now, from home. So, let’s get started.

1. DIY Banana Mask to Promote Hair Growth

For those of you in a “grow-out” phase with your hairstyle, you’re going to want to give banana DIY hair masks a try. Packed with nourishing properties like vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, and biotin, bananas can repair damaged locks and make them shine naturally. It also moisturizes hair and scalp, preventing hair loss and dandruff.

Although there is a variety of banana-based DIY hair masks, the following one seems to be the best for growing your hair and only has four simple ingredients you are sure to find at home:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 4 drops of lavender oil (or another essential oil) for fragrance

When you’re ready, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to wet hair. Apply the mixture and let it sit on your hair for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cold water; here, is it better to refuse from a hot shower unless you want cooked eggs in your hair. The banana will moisturize your hair, the egg gives your hair protein, and the oil helps fight the frizz. Do give this one a try, and if you love what bananas and olive oil do to your hair, it’s going to be at the top of your list.

Banana Mask For Hair Growth

2. Coconut Oil Mask for Soft and Shiny Hair

Using coconut oil for hair is an ultimate rescue for damaged hair, especially if your locks tend to be dry and frizzy. Coconut oil is a natural detangler and effectively protects hair and scalp from damage – this is why coconut oil is also often used as a pre-poo treatment and prior to hair color sessions. Nourishing the scalp and reducing breakage, the oil naturally fights hair loss and makes hair soft and shiny.

While coconut oil can be used as a hair mask on its own, mixing it with complementing ingredients can scale the benefits of the treatment. If super shiny, lustrous locks are what you’re after, then this DIY hair mask is the one for you. It uses just three ingredients you most likely have in your cupboard right now:

  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

Just melt the coconut oil and honey together in a bowl in a microwave or on the stovetop. Add the vinegar and stir, making sure it cools down so it’s warm to the touch. Then, apply to your hair with a brush, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and rinse. There is no need to wet your hair before you apply the mask. To remove coconut oil from hair, wash it thoroughly with shampoo and rinse with warm water.

Mind that you should not use coconut oil too often, as it can contribute to protein overload. It can also make your hair feel oily if you use too much of it or are naturally prone to oily hair.

Coconut Oil Mask For Shiny Hair

3. Aloe Vera Hair Mask for Dry Scalp

Did you know aloe vera is a natural antifungal agent? It sure is. It can help relieve your itchy scalp that leads to dandruff. Some like to blend the gel of the plant with coconut oil or olive oil. However, if you suffer from a dry, flaky scalp, you can fortify the properties of aloe vera with turmeric, rosemary oil, and tea tree oil. Turmeric helps give your hair strength and can stimulate blood circulation in your scalp, helping your hair follicles stay healthy. The rosemary and tea tree oils provide regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for a dry scalp.

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 100 ml of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 7 drops of tea tree oil

Massage the mixture onto your roots using your fingertips or scalp massagers. Such massage has lots of benefits by itself, so do indulge in this relaxing procedure. For better results, you can keep the mask overnight and wash it out in the morning.

Aloe Vera Dry Scalp Care Mask

4. Homemade Mask for Oily Hair

Do you have some oatmeal left after a healthy breakfast? Great! This means that you can feed your hair with some of the best nutrients too. Oatmeal effectively unclogs scalp pores, facilitating hair growth, treats dandruff, and soothes itchy spots. DIY hair masks using this simple ingredient also help to prevent split ends and damaged hair. Nothing feels better than some self-pampering with this DIY, all-natural oat mask for your hair.

To prepare a treatment, you need to combine:

  • 1/8 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of almond oil
  • 1/4 cup of oats

Put the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and mix until they form a paste. Put the paste on your scalp and hair for 15 to 30 minutes to let it release its natural oily build-up. Wash and rinse with warm water for a fresh, clean feeling.

The Grease Release Oat Mask

5. Avocado Nourishing Homemade Hair Mask

If avocados are one of your favorite foods to eat, now, you have another reason to love them. This super simple DIY hair mask uses this superfood for a whole new purpose, as the product has natural oils and fatty acids with lots of benefits for hair. It is also a great source of Biotin that is vital for meeting hair length goals.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

You’ll want to mash the avocado in a small mixing bowl until there are no lumps, then add the yogurt and oil to form the mask. Smooth the mixture on your hair and scalp and leave it in place for 30 minutes to get the full benefit. When done, you can wash your hair with shampoo and rinse to remove all the remnants. Your hair will love it.

Avocado Nourishing Hair Mask

6. Mayonnaise Hair Masks for Dry, Frizzy Hair

We are all for simplicity, and it doesn’t get any simpler than this one-ingredient wonder of a hair mask treatment that includes:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise, drugstore or homemade

How can it help your hair? Mayonnaise is classified as an oil hair mask, as canola or soybean oil are the main components. Other ingredients such as egg yolks, vinegar, and lemon juice contribute to the mask’s benefits for hair too: help to moisturize dry locks and fight frizzy hair. While additional moisture may be over the top for straight hair, women with curly and coily hair types are sure to swoon over mayonnaise hair masks.

All you have to do is to apply one cup (or less if you have short hair) of mayo of your choice to your damp hair starting at your scalp and work it all the way to the ends. Leave the mask on your hair for 20 minutes, then wash thoroughly for glossy, healthy-looking hair.

Applying this DIY hair mask once a week can make a world of difference to dry, damaged hair. If you want some deep conditioning, you can apply the mayo to your dry hair, wrap it with a warm towel, and put on a shower cap. Keep it in for 20 minutes and rinse.

Mayonnaise Wonder Treatment

7. Yogurt Hair Mask to Repair Damaged Hair

Yogurt is essentially fermented milk with lots of vitamins to nourish and repair damaged hair. You can mix it with an egg mask to replenish bleach-damaged locks with the necessary vitamins and minerals, with mashed banana to get more volume and hydration, or with coconut oil for moisturizing and taming porous frizzy hair. Here is our favorite and self-tested variant.

You’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp of plain curd or yogurt
  • 1 egg (both egg white and yolk)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Apply the mask to your hair, starting at your scalp and massaging to your ends for about five minutes. If you have long hair, pile it up into a bun, put it under a shower cap, and let it sit in your hair for about an hour to soak well. Then, rinse and shampoo.

This luxurious and silky smooth mask is the perfect way to give your color-treated or chemically damaged hair a pick-me-up. After just one treatment, your hair should feel soft and supple.

Yogurt Mask for Color Treated Hair

8. Hair Mask for Healthy Lock and Vibrant Color

If your hair has started losing its health and shine, give it some caffeine recharge. Coffee DIY hair masks do a great job detoxifying your scalp and stimulating blood circulation. It also conditions your hair perfectly, facilitates detangling, and makes your natural color more vibrant. Mix in such renowned hair treatments as honey and olive oil, and you are going to get a gem of a hair mask!

  • 1 tbsp of coffee powder
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Mix the ingredients to form a rich paste that you apply to your scalp. Leave in place for an hour, then rinse and shampoo for silky, smooth hair and an energized scalp. Remember that coffee can be used as a natural hair dye for toning down your hair, so try this one in a small area first to make sure it has the results you are seeking.

Honeyed Coffee Hair Mask

9. DIY Hair Mask with Apple Cider Vinegar

Many women have already revealed the actual benefits of the apple cider vinegar rinse, which allows to gently clarify your locks and promote hair growth. Using apple cider vinegar for DIY hair masks is going to bring you even closer to your healthy hair goals. The one we are in love with consists of apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil.

Here is how much of each ingredient you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil

For curly, dry hair, add more oil to the mixture; if your locks are rather straight and tend to be oily, add just one teaspoon or less. Apply to damp hair and brush through to distribute the hair mask evenly. Leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. If you feel the oily residue, shampoo and rinse again to remove it.

10. Castor and Coconut Oil Mask for Dry Curly Hair

Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and ricinoleic acid, which is why it is a wonder treatment for fighting hair loss, repairing split ends, and preventing loss of moisture that is super important for coily, naturally dry hair types. While it may be rubbed in on its own to grow thinning edges, try multiplying the effect by preparing a mask with coconut oil – another key game-changer in the world of natural hair.

Here is what you need:

  • 3 tbsp of organic, cold-pressed castor oil
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 4 drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine the ingredients and apply to clean, dry hair, devoting much attention to the scalp and damaged, split ends. Let it sit in your hair for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing. If your locks are seriously damaged, use this castor oil mask overnight. Note that castor oil stains, so you’d better firmly secure your shower cap and put an old towel on your pillow. Some women claim that it’s easier to remove oil-based DIY hair masks using a conditioner instead of regular shampoo.

We hope you find one of the above DIY hair masks to your liking. By taking a little time to pamper yourself, you’ll feel and look great whether you’re in self-isolation or preparing for when we can all be together again. In the meantime, stay safe and find joy in the little things.

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