How to make home hair masks
We all have hair problems, whether it's breakage, dryness, flakes, frizz, or fading. Seasonal fluctuations, interior heat, outside elements, and hot hair tools are just a few of the factors that might contribute to these alterations. Fortunately, you don't need to go to the store or add yet another beauty product to your Amazon cart: you can simply go to your kitchen and mix up a DIY hair treatment to restore your tresses. With just a few pantry supplies, you can have an at-home spa day. You can make remedies for everything from your scalp to your strands!
We've rounded up the best DIY hair masks for anything from an irritable scalp to dull hair to damage and dryness in the list below. Hair that is shiny and lustrous is just a hair mask away — and you don't even have to leave the house.
Hair mask with baking soda
The problem: a buildup of product. It's easy to build up layers of residue from haircare and styling products. Buildup can cause greasy-looking and feeling strands, dullness, and even dandruff-like flakes. Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, a trichologist (hair specialist) in Houston and author of Hair Care Rehab: The Ultimate Hair Repair and Reconditioning Manual, recommends a "baking soda power cleanse" to get rid of excess oil and buildup.
a half cup of shampoo, and 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda
Combine shampoo and baking soda in a mixing bowl, whisk well, and pour over wet hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp gently and let it stay for a few minutes before thoroughly washing.
Hair mask with coconut oil
The problem: dehydration. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize to avoid split ends, frizz, and breakage. If your regular conditioner isn't doing the trick, try a coconut oil overnight treatment. According to Kyle White, a colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City, "it can infiltrate the hair shaft" to repair hair.
1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp coconut
Warm coconut oil in the microwave before applying to damp hair, avoiding the roots. (If desired, tie strands into a bun and/or cover with a shower cap or hair wrap.) Shampoo first thing in the morning.
Hair mask with coconut oil, sugar, and aromatic oils
The problem is flakes. When the weather drops, flakes on your scalp may occur because the heat in your home is higher, drying out your skin, explains Paul Cucinello, celebrity stylist and owner of Cucinello Studio NYC. Your scalp is no different. This exfoliating product removes and reduces flakes while also acting as a face scrub.
2 tablespoons unrefined raw coconut oil, 4 teaspoons unrefined raw sugar, 5 drops peppermint oil, 2 drops tea tree oil
In a small mixing dish, combine all of the ingredients. In the shower, apply the mixture straight to two inch sections of clean, moist hair with your fingers or a hair color brush. After evenly applying the product, gently massage it in for 1-3 minutes before clipping your hair up and leaving it to sit for the duration of your shower.
According to Cucinello, the sugar in this DIY scrub breaks down to glycolic acid, which removes dead skin cells. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint oil promotes scalp circulation, and tea tree oil has antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties.
Hair mask with avocado, honey, and olive oil
The problem is that there is damage. Overuse of styling tools, haircolor, chemical treatments, and other causes can all lead to strand damage. Zingarino recommends using an avocado and olive oil hair mask to help combat it. "This treatment, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, helps strengthen and shine hair," she says. The advantages don't end with strands: According to Joel Warren of The Salon Project salons in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York, an avocado-based mask "helps to revitalize and hydrate the scalp."
Half an avocado, one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon honey, and three drops essential oil of choice
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together until thoroughly blended, then use your hands to apply to damp hair, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Warren recommends bunning your hair and covering it with a shower cap. Blow dry your shower cap-covered hair for 10 minutes to help the chemicals activate. Allow another 20 minutes to pass before shampooing.
Hair mask with banana, honey, egg, and olive oil
Hair thinning is the problem. Whether your strands are naturally fine or have lost their fullness, a protein treatment can help plump them up. Davis-Sivasothy recommends making a "banana protein smoothie" for hair with amino-acid-rich bananas and eggs to improve elasticity, strength, and thickness. "The effects are noticeable right away and will persist until your next shampoo," she adds.
2 egg yolks, 2 peeled ripe bananas, 2-3 tablespoons honey, half a cup of condensed milk, 2 tablespoons olive oil
To make the puree, combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Apply the treatment to all of your hair and keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil hair mask
The problem is drabness. Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Hair Salon in New York City, argues that keeping hair nourished and healthy always makes it appear better. To add shine to strands that have lost their luster, use an apple cider vinegar treatment, which cleanses and smooths the hair's outer layer.
Ingredients: raw honey, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil in equal portions. (Adjust the length and thickness of your hair.)
Apply the blend to moist hair and leave it on for at least 20 minutes before shampooing it out. It's suitable for all hair types and aids in color retention.
Hair mask with cinnamon and coconut oil
The problem: hair that refuses to grow. According to Liana Zingarino, a hair stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City, a cinnamon-based mask stimulates blood circulation and promotes hair growth and strength.
Cinnamon and coconut oil, in equal amounts.
To make the sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Apply the mask to your roots and part of your hair, massaging it in. Allow it to stay for 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing. At least once a week, apply this mask.
Hair rinse with green tea and apple cider vinegar
Irritated scalp is the problem. Green tea has a long list of health advantages, but Sadah Saltzman, a hairstylist at Salon AKS in New York City, adds "scalp soother" to the list. A tonic made with antioxidant green tea and moisturizing peppermint oil can help heal dry, irritated scalp skin.
1 cup green tea, 2 drops peppermint oil, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Ingredients: 1 cup green tea, 2 drops peppermint oil, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, massage into scalp, and leave on for at least five minutes before rinsing.
Hair mask with egg whites and lemon
Grease is the problem. According to Saltzman, if you have greasy hair, an egg mask can help. Only eat the whites, which contain protein enzymes that aid in the removal of excess oil.
1 egg white, half a lemon, and a pinch of salt
Smooth over hair from roots to ends and leave on for 30 to an hour – the longer the better. Rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water.
Hair mask with oats, almond oil, and milk
The problem is that your hair is flat. A protein-rich oatmeal, milk, and almond oil hair treatment can energize lackluster strands. Brown recommends applying to damp (not soaking wet) hair for the best effects.
Half a cup of oats, 2 tablespoons almond oil, and half a cup of milk are the main ingredients.
Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Apply the mask to your entire head of hair and leave it on for 20 to 40 minutes before shampooing.
Hair mask with castor oil
Frizz and flyaways are the problem. Damage, the environment, or both can produce frizz, and some hair types are more prone to it than others. Keep frizz at bay by applying and sealing an emollient component like castor oil to the hair's cuticle, or outside layer, which "acts as a protectant and can help reinforce strands," according to White. It's derived from the seeds of the castor plant and is "primarily composed of the fatty acid ricinoleic acid, which coasts and conditioners to promote smoothness," according to GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek.
Castor oil is one of the ingredients.
Apply a very thin layer of castor oil to frizz-prone regions on dry hair by rubbing a dab between your fingertips.