Damaged, dull, dry, frizzy, now these are all words no woman likes using when describing her hair. And to be completely honest, when it comes to our locks there’s always room for more: more shine, more vibrancy, more strength. Seeing how a perfectly healthy hair serves as foundation for some of the prettiest hairstyles of the season, we’re thinking yours is definitely deserving of a treat.
After the break, we’ve gathered 5 homemade recipes that promise to treat your hair using nothing but natural ingredients you already have in your kitchen. All you have to do is put aside a few minutes once a week to give them a try, and fully enjoy their wonderful effects.
Yogurt hair mask for damaged hair.
If your hair feels dull and drained of all its shine, this easy yogurt hair mask promises to restore its healthy appearance, one week at a time. Don’t be surprised to notice a remarkable difference after the very first rinse:
- 1 cup of yogurt
- 2 tbs honey
- 4 tbs olive oil
- a couple of vitamin E gel capsules
How to use: Mix all the ingredients together and apply the mask onto your hair. To get the best of the moisturizing effect, put the hair up in a shower cap for 30 minutes, wash out and then rinse repeatedly.
Homemade protein hair mask for hair growth.
You must already know that the best hair products are the ones that help maintain your hair’s healthy balance of moisture and protein. Seeing how you won’t find many of those on the market, you can easily promote new hair growth and prevent breakage using this homemade protein hair mask instead:
- 1 egg
- a few drops of essential oil
- 5 ml of lemon juice (a squeeze of lemon)
How to use: Crack the egg and pour it into a bowl, making sure to beat it until it gains a thin, liquid form. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils and a squeeze of lemon juice. Lemon juice will help clear dandruff and refresh your scalp. Mix all the ingredients together. Apply the resulting mask generously to your hair, but remember to massage it into your scalp. Leave the mask to sink in for about 15 – 20 minutes. Do not exceed the maximum of 20 minutes if you don’t want your hair to dry out. Rinse the mask out with cool or warm water, but never cold water.
Hydrating hair mask for dry hair.
Dry hair doesn’t feel and doesn’t look good, but if you’re currently experiencing this problem, you won’t have to put up with it for much longer. The remedy is an easy homemade hydrating mask that promises to work thanks to the healthy fat and natural oils contained by avocados, mixed with the load of vitamins, potassium, antioxidants and moisture from bananas.
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2 ripe bananas
How to use: Puree the two ingredients in a food processor until they turn into a thick and lump free paste. Make sure the hair mask is very smooth, with no chunks whatsoever to avoid having to comb out dry banana/avocado bits from your hair later. As per usual, using clean fingers, apply the mixture to your damp hair, starting at the roots and going all the way down to the ends. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly. Take your time rinsing to ensure the whole mask comes off.
Avocado, coconut milk & olive oil hair mask for frizzy hair.
Avocado is great for shiny lustrous locks, but when combined with the moisture-rich ingredients from coconut milk and olive oil it becomes even more powerful in fighting frizz.
- 1 small ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup fresh coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
How to use: Puree 1/2 a ripe avocado in a blender until it becomes smooth. Add the coconut milk and the olive oil, by steering and mixing well. Apply the mixture onto your scalp, going downwards to your hair ends. Instead of just smearing it, take the time to massage the hair mask in gentle circular motions deep into your scalp. Rinse off the mask thoroughly after waiting for 15 minutes.
Homemade hair colour booster.
Either you’re a brunette, a blonde or a redhead, you will definitely benefit from the following set of hair colour boosters that promise to add more vibrancy and more shine to your locks.
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar
How to use: Mix the ingredients together until forming a paste. Shampoo your hair, rinse, squeeze out the water, and proceed to apply the mask, using gentle circular motions. Keep it on for 2 to 3 minutes. Drape a towel around your neck to prevent the mask from dripping, as it may stain the skin temporarily. Rinse, then follow your usual styling routine.
- 1 lemon
- 1 raw potato
- 1/2 cup chamomile tea, at room temperature
How to use: Squeeze the juice from one lemon and blend it with a grated potato to form a paste. Add the room temperature tea and stir. After shampooing and rinsing, spread the mask throughout your hair, massaging lightly. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap, then lightly heat it with a hair dryer for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse until the paste is being removed completely.
- 3 medium carrots
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons yogurt
- 1/2 cup cranberries (optional as it works best with copper undertones)
How to use: Chop 3 raw carrots into fine slices, put them into a food processor or blender, add the cranberries (if using), and proceed to make a coarse paste. Add the yogurt and honey, then mix the ingredients well. After completing your usual hair routine, spread the mask throughout your hair, making sure to massage lightly. Rinse after 1 to 2 minutes.
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