With constant styling, the use of heat products, coloring and environmental damage such as pollution, wind and sun, our hair goes through a lot! Regular hair masks can help to heal damaged, dry hair and condition both your hair and scalp. There are some super easy ways to make some salon worthy hair masks with ingredients you will already have in your kitchen. These 5 hair masks combat damaged ends, flaky scalps, dry hair and oily hair all from the comfort of your own home!
1.Coconut oil, sugar and essential oil hair mask
Fixes: A flaky Scalp
- 2 tablespoons of raw, unrefined coconut oil
- 4 teaspoons of raw sugar
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
- 2 drops of tea tree oil
Directions: Use a small bowl to mix all of the ingredients together. In your shower or bath after washing and cleaning your hair, towel dry it and divide it into 2 inch sections. Use your fingers to apply the mixture onto the sections to ensure that it is distributed thoroughly. Once you have applied the whole mixture, gently massage your scalp for 1-3 minutes and then clip up your hair to allow it to do it’s magic as you enjoy the remainder of your bath or shower.
Coconut oil is well known for its natural benefits for hair as it is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties. The sugar acts as an exfoliant and also breaks down into glycolic acid which dissolves dead skin cells. The natural oils are antimicrobial and stimulate the circulation in the scalp, removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of healthy new ones!
2. Avocado, egg, and olive oil mask
Fixes: Dry and Damaged Hair
- Half an avocado
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Directions: Once you have washed your hair extensions leave it wet and apply the mixture to your hair. Using your fingertips apply the mixture starting from the ends of your hair and working your way up. Then wrap your hair up into a bun so that all of your hair can absorb the ingredients. A great insider tip is to put a shower cap over the bun and blow dry your shower cap for 10 minutes to activate all of the ingredients. Then allow your hair to absorb for a further 20 minutes and rinse it all off in the shower.
Avocado and olive oil are jam packed full of omega-3 fatty acids which help to repair dry and damaged hair from heating tools, styling and the environment. This mask is full of antioxidants that help to fight off free radicals from pollution so this mask is a must for city dwellers and a great excuse to buy more avocados!
3.Egg and Lemon Mask
Fixes: Oily, dull and lifeless hair
- 1 egg (the white only)
- Half a lemon
Directions: Separate the egg white from the yolk and mix the egg white with the juice from half a lemon until you have a smooth consistency. Apply the mixture to your hair starting from the bottom and then tie it up in a bun or clip and leave on for 30-45 minutes. Rinse off and then wash with shampoo and conditioner.
Eggs are jam packed full of protein and vitamins such as vitamin A, D and E. The combination of this and it’s fatty acids are a great protein boost for hair. Lemons are nature's miracle for anyone who has an oily scalp as they absorb excess moisture and oil in both the scalp and hair. Lemon can also fight dandruff, is high in vitamin C, which strengthens hair and thoroughly cleans it from dust and products. Go lemon!
4.Banana, honey and egg mask
Fixes: Adds moisture and shine to dull hair
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey
- 1 raw egg (white only)
Directions: Peel a banana and freeze it before this recipe as when you blend the frozen banana you will find there are a lot fewer clumps. Using a blender mix your frozen banana, egg white and honey until you have a nice smooth consistency. Wash your hair and towel dry it so it is damp and apply the mixture to your hair starting from the bottom and working your way up. Tie it up in a bun and leave for 20 minutes. You can use the shower cap and blow dry method for extra results.
Eggs are a hair superfood when for adding moisture as they are packed full of protein and vitamins. The banana and honey will enhance the natural shine.
5.Deep cleaning mask
Fixes: Oily, greasy hair
- Half a cup of plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of lemon diluted with 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional to help dry hair)
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and apply to damp hair, feel free to add a tablespoon of honey to add extra moisture if your hair or hair extensions is damaged. Using your fingers add the mixture to your scalp and work your way down massaging gently. Leave the mixture on for one minute and thoroughly rinse off.
Lemon and apple cider are both known to eliminate excess oils and work as an astringent. The yogurt will neutralize the acidity and moisturize your hair whilst also helping to wash away excess oil and build up.