Stuck at home because of Covid-19? Then apply this hair mask and let it do its magic while you answer emails or do a Netflix marathon. Most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. It’s also a great way to use up overripe fruits!
Egg Hair Mask
Eggs contain a lot of proteins and amino acids that can nourish the scalp — and a healthy scalp contrinutes to healthy hair growth! For this egg hair mask, we added lemon juice for detox and to boost shine.
Whisk one egg and mix it with a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the mask into your scalp and strands, cover your head with a shower mask, and leave on for 20 minutes.
Banana Hair Mask
Don’t throw away overripe bananas! Mash them up with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey.
It’s a best messy, so drape an old towel over your shoulders and secure it with a shower cap. Or, do this in the shower — and use any remaining mask on your face! All the ingredients are rich in antioxidants and are natural moisturizers. It’s a great DIY beauty treatment for dry hair and skin.
Easy Hair Hack: Microwave or heat any oil-based hair mask for a few seconds. It becomes a hot oil treatment that deep-penetrates scalp and hair.
Yogurt Hair Mask
One of the best hair masks for coloured hair! Studies show that yogurt can help reverse hair damage and enhance hair colour. Just mix 1 cup of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey.
The apple cider vinegar acts like a detoxifier, and can remove residue from your hair and scalp. Honey strengthens the hair cuticle, which are weakened by exposure to dyes and bleach.
Avocado Hair Mask
We love avocados, but they ripen so quickly that you’re often stuck with a few few black and mushy bits that you can’t eat. Don’t toss them into the bin. Instead, mash them up with 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of any oil you have (olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil). You can also blend them or press them through a strainer to get a smoother consistency.
The omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B and iron in the avocados are essential for hair growth and healthy hair.
Curry Leaves and Coconut Hot Oil Treatment
Curry leaves are a popular home remedy for hair loss — and there’s research that it can actually work. To release all their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties, saute the leaves in coconut oil over low heat. Then, let the oil cool to a tolerate temperature. Massage into your hair and scalp. Immediately wear a shower cap to trap the heat – -and the nutrients.
Rosemary Hair Mask
Got leftover rosemary sitting in the fridge? Don’t let the leaves wilt and go to waste. Chop it up and boil in a cup of water. Then, mix it with your conditioner, and leave it on for a 20 minutes.
Rosemary strengthens hair follicles and helps fight free radicals that may have damaged your scalp. (Yes, your scalp does get sunburned and damaged by sun exposure — but we almost never put sun protection on it.)
Easy hair hack: Use green tea or rice water as a final rinse after shampooing.
Green Tea Hair Mask
Do you use green tea powder? Mix 1 tablespoon with an egg yolk and apply to your hair and scalp. (By the way, you can also use this on your face.) The antioxidants in the green tea and the proteins in the egg help create a very thick and very nourishing mask.
If you use green tea leaves, then just make a regular rinse: save all the leftover bags, and then steep them in a cup of very hot water. Once you’ve extracted as much green tea as possible, use it as a final rinse after shampoo.
Easy Hair Hack: Break a Vitamin E capsule and add to any conditioner for an extra vitamin boost!
Vitamin E Hair Pack
Those Vitamin E supplements have an extra benefit: you can break them up and use the oil on your hair and face! Vitamin E contains tocopherol, which is proven to boost hair growth. It also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, so it can prevent dandruff and itchy scalp
You can make a Vitamin E mask by mixing the oil from 2 capsules with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of castor oil. (Or, just use whatever healthy oil you have on hand!) . Optional: add an essential oil like lavender to make it smell good. Massage this into your hair. You can wash it off like a mask, or let it sit like a leave-in conditioner.