Your hair needs some love. True or false? If you answered true, we've got you covered this week with our Top 5 Favourite DIY Hair Masks - all of which include four or less natural ingredients that can, without a doubt, be found in your kitchen. Let's get started!
The Ingredients (And Their Benefits)
Honey? Coconut Milk? Eggs? Who knew that all these #breakie foods could actually be used in a hair treatment? These raw and natural ingredients have proven to be great resources for achieving shinier, silkier, healthier, hydrated hair (and more!). The best thing about these ingredients is that you don't have to look too far for them - they're probably already sitting in your kitchen cabinet or fridge. Let's take a look at some of these natural products and their hair benefits.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has always been used as a natural conditioner - it also produces soft and shiny hair by locking in the moisture and preventing dryness of the scalp. It's a great resource for preventing hair breakage, split ends, and even fly-aways!
Honey is great for retaining moisture in your hair and preventing hair fall-out - this is because it has a high sugar content. It's also an emollient, which helps smoothen and soften your hair, and brings back any lost sheen and shine to your hair!
Surprise! Coconut milk is a natural hair repairing remedy. It nourishes the hair by giving moisture from root to tip, acts as a natural hair de-tangler, and is also a great organic hair conditioner that will give you longer and thicker hair.
They say coconut oil can be used for anything - well, it's definitely a huge plus for your hair! It keeps the hair moist and soft and prevents hair breakage because of its high moisture retaining capabilities. It's also a great tool for conditioning the hair and keeping it soft and shiny.
Lemon is best for those with an oily scalp, as lemon juice has the capabilities of absorbing the excess oil and grease. This fruit is high in Vitamin C, and will help clean your hair from any deposited products and dust.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known for having antibacterial and antifungal properties which help with flaky and itchy scalps. It also cleanses the hair without stripping natural oils, and helps retain the moisture in your hair for better conditioning.
Eggs are rich in Vitamins A, D, and E, proteins and fatty acids, which help retain the luster and shine in your hair. On top of being delicious when cooked to an omelette - it's also a great natural conditioner!
Brown Sugar is a great exfoliant for the hair that helps eliminate dead skin cells from the scalp and any residue that may have built up.
1. Coconut Hair Repairing Mask
The Coconut Hair Repairing Mask restores the moisture and shine back into your hair and softens it.
What You'll Need: - 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil - 1 Tablespoon of Honey
Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl 2. Transfer mix into a pot and heat up until melted 3. Apply to hair from top to bottom and cover with a shower cap 4. Let it sit for 15-20 mins 5. Rinse
2. Avocado Hair Mask
The Avocado Hair Mask will restore shine, fight frizz, repair any damage and add moisture.
What You'll Need: - 1 Avocado - 2 Eggs - 1 Tablespoon of Honey - 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl 2. Apply to your hair from the ends to the roots 4. Let it sit for 15-20 mins 5. Rinse
3. Egg Hair Mask
The Egg Hair Mask will soften your hair and restore shine.
What You'll Need: - 1 Egg - 1 Cup of Coconut Milk - 1 Squeeze of Lemon - 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions: 1. Crack one egg into a bowl and beat the egg 2. Mix 1 cup of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and mix well 4. Add a squeeze of lemon and mix well 5. Massage mixture into scalp and let it sit for 15-20 minutes 6. Rinse
4. Strawberry Hair Mask
The Strawberry Hair Mask eliminates excess oil and grease and will give your hair a glossy shine.
What You'll Need: - 6-8 Fresh Strawberries - 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil - 1 Tablespoon of Honey
Directions: 1. Blend all ingredients to form a puree 2. Apply evenly to damp hair 4. Let it sit for 5-10 mins 5. Rinse well with warm water
5. Brown Sugar Mask
The Brown Sugar Mask will help aid dry, itchy or flaky scalps and remove any dead skin cells.
What You'll Need: - 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar - 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl 2. Apply to your hair from top to bottom 4. Let it sit for 15-20 mins 5. Rinse
Tried any of these masks, or have more to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!