During these days of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, you may be finding yourself in a position of needing some new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) inspiration. And, while your hair maintenance may be categorized as “non-essential” in some circles, we all know nothing is more essential than self-care, right? That’s why I’m sharing these eight amazing and easy-to-follow DIY hair mask recipes you can do right now, from home. So, let’s get started.
Banana Mask for Hair Growth
For those of you in a “grow-out” phase with your hairstyle, you’re going to want to give this Banana Mask a try. It takes only four simple ingredients:
- 1 banana
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 4 drops of lavender oil (optional, for fragrance)
When you’re ready, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to wet hair. The mask should sit on your hair for about 10-15 minutes. One critical thing to remember with this one is DO NOT rinse with warm/hot water unless you want cooked eggs in your hair. The banana will moisturize, the egg gives your hair protein, and the oil helps fight the frizz. I can’t wait to give this one a try, and since I love lavender oil, this one’s at the top of my list.
Coconut Oil Mask for Shiny Hair
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:
The coconut oil is a natural detangler and promotes hair growth. It works best on dry hair as it can make your hair feel oily if you use too much or are naturally prone to oily hair. No need to wet your hair for this one. Just melt the coconut oil and honey together in the 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 and let it sit for about 20 minutes. To remove, rinse with shampoo and warm water.
Aloe Vera Dry Scalp Care Mask
Some of you may be like me and suffer from time to time with a dry, flaky scalp. I find this even more true on day two (2) after I’ve washed my hair. If this sounds like you, then you can use this DIY recipe from to fight those dry, itchy spots. The recipe includes:
- 100 ml of aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp of turmeric
- 4 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 7 drops of tea tree oil
Did you know aloe vera is a natural antifungal agent? It sure is. It can help relieve your itchy scalp that leads to dandruff. The turmeric helps give your hair strength and can stimulate blood circulation in your scalp, helping your hair follicles stay healthy. Finally, the rosemary and tea tree oils provide regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for a dry scalp.
The “Grease Release” Oat Mask
After a long week of self-isolation, nothing feels better than some self-pampering with this DIY, all-natural oat mask for your hair. Simply 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 minutes for a mask that helps your hair release its natural oily build-up. Rinse and wash for a fresh, clean feeling.
Avocado Nourishing Hair Mask
Avocados are one of my all-time favorite foods to eat, and, now, I have another reason to love them. This super simple DIY hair mask uses this superfood for a whole new purpose. Use these ingredients:
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup of yogurt
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
You’ll want to mash the avocado in a small bowl until there are no lumps, then add the yogurt and oil to the mix to form the mask. Smooth the mixture on your hair and scalp and leave in place for 30 minutes to get the full benefit of this rich mask. When done, you can wash with shampoo and rinse to remove all remnants of the mask. Your hair will love it.
Mayonnaise Wonder Treatment for Dry Hair
I’m all about 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
All you have to do is apply the one (1) cup (or less if you have short hair) of mayo of your choice to your dampened hair starting at your scalp and working 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 a deeper treatment, you can apply the mayo to your dry hair, wrap with a warm towel and relax for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Yogurt Mask for Color-Treated Hair
This luxurious and silky smooth mask is the perfect way to give your color-treated or chemically damaged hair a pick-me-up. According to hair gurus, you’ll need:
- 4 tbsp of plain curd or yogurt
- 1 egg
- 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 (5) minutes. If you have long hair, pile it up into a bun and put it under a shower cap, letting the mask soak for about an hour. Then, rinse and shampoo. After just one treatment, your hair should feel soft and supple.
Honeyed Coffee Scalp and Hair Mask
This DIY hair mask is a gem! The three (3) ingredients you’ll need are:
- 1 tbsp of coffee powder
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
Mix all three of the above ingredients to form a rich paste that you apply to your scalp and leave in place for an hour. Then rinse and shampoo for silky, smooth hair and an energized scalp. But remember, coffee can be used as a semi-permanent hair dye for brown-colored hair, so try this one in a small area first to make sure it has the results you are seeking.
I hope you find one of the above DIY hair mask recipes 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, my friends.
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