The Best 5 Ingredients For a DIY Hair Mask

December 10, 2020

The Best 5 Ingredients For a DIY Hair Mask

The Best 5 Ingredients For a DIY Hair Mask 

Bring The Spa To You

It’s been a long year – to say we could all use a little extra self-care is an understatement! The closure of spas, hair salons (and to be honest, most small businesses in general) has left us stuck at home with personal care becoming an afterthought. Whether you’re a parent, student, or working professional trying to survive the whirlwind of 2020 – we could all use a little extra TLC.

So, when stress levels are rising and there’s nowhere to go, what’s one to do? Bring the spa to you! These simple DIY hair mask ingredients are not only affordable, but they’re likely already in your kitchen cabinet! When we look good, we feed good. So, let’s feel good, shall we? Create your self-care oasis from the comfort of your own home – nourish your hair with these five DIY hair mask ingredients.

 

5 Ingredients to Create Your own DIY Hair Mask 

1. Avocado

Honestly, what can’t avocado do? It’s delicious, nutritious, and of course – the perfect addition to your DIY hair mask! This rich, creamy fruit is high in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and powerful vitamins such as vitamins A, B6, D and E.

How to use:

On clean hair, mash a ripe avocado and massage into hair from roots to ends. Leave hair mask on a few minutes before rinsing. For a deeper condition, leave on for 30 minutes!  

 

Hair Benefits:

  • Reduces scalp inflammation

  • Enhances and brings out hair’s inner sheen

  • Deep conditions and locks in hair moisture

  • Promotes Hair Growth

 

2. Papaya

Papaya – nature’s candy – is just as sweet for your tastebuds as it is for your hair. Try this tropical fruit in your next DIY hair mask for deep nourishment and hair rejuvenation. 

How to use: Try this papaya DIY hair mask

 

Ingredients:

  • The flesh of 1 small papaya or ½ large papaya (seeds included too!)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Nut Oil (Olive, Coconut, Argan or Avocado work great here)
  • Optional add-in’s: aloe vera, yogurt, banana

Instructions:

  1. In a high-speed blender add all of the above ingredients.
  2. Blend until a smooth paste forms
  3. Apply on clean hair from roots to ends
  4. Activate with heat (steam from hot shower, sauna, workout, hair dryer)
  5. Leave on for 15-30 minutes
  6. Thoroughly rinse with warm water

Hair Benefits:

  • Hydrates and nourishes the hair
  • Deep conditions and helps to tame dry, frizzy hair
  • Prevents hair loss and thinning
  • Helps to maintain hair strength by strengthen hair follicles
  • Fights dandruff
  • Brings out hair’s inner sheen

 3. Oats

Everyone’s favorite breakfast fuel is nourishment for your hair, too! If you’re on a budget, this economical pantry staple makes an amazing DIY hair mask. The B vitamins in oats help to penetrate the hair shaft working to seal in moisture while softening and repairing hair damage.   

How To Use: Try this Oatmeal-Honey DIY Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plain rolled oats
  • ½ cup of nut milk (canned coconut milk works great here)
  • 1 Tablespoon of oil (we love coconut or olive oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon of raw honey
  • Optional add-in’s: yogurt, banana

Instructions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or mixing bowl, add the first three above ingredients.
  2. Blend or stir until a smooth paste forms
  3. Once a paste forms, add in honey and any option add-in’s
  4. Apply on clean hair from roots to ends, massaging well into hair
  5. Activate with heat (steam from hot shower, sauna, workout, hair dryer)
  6. Leave on for 15-30 minutes
  7. Thoroughly rinse with warm water 

Hair Benefits:

  • Prevents hair loss and encourages hair growth
  • Treats dandruff
  • Soothes dry, itchy scalp
  • Nourishes hair and helps seal in moisture
  • Repairs damaged hair and helps prevent split ends

 4. Aloe Vera

Mother nature truly blessed us with the birth of aloe vera! This superstar ingredient can help take hair hydration to the max by repairing dead, damaged ends, hydrating and moisturizing, and revealing your hair's inner sheen 

How to Use:

Twice a week, create a DIY hair mask simply using the inner flesh of aloe vera. 

  • Carefully use a knife to slice out and peel the top of the aloe vera leaf, scraping out the inner flesh 
  • Add the gel to a bowl or blender, mixing or blending until forming a paste
  • Apply to clean, dry hair from roots to ends 
  • Leave on for 15-30 minutes
  • Rinse and style as usual 

Hair Benefits:

  • Helps fight dandruff
  • Alleviates inflammation
  • Moisturizes and conditions hair and scalp
  • Promotes hair growth and reduces hair thinning

 

 5. Apple Cider Vinegar

When your hair feels like it needs a detox, reach for Apple Cider Vinegar. While this well-known superfood is known for its ability to detox the body, ACV also helps to detox the hair!

How to Use:

When your hair feels like it needs a detox, try this DIY hair mask Apple Cider Vinegar rinse!

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Mix above solution and set aside
  2. On clean hair after shampooing, pour ACV solution onto hair, massaging in from roots to ends (concentrating on the scalp and roots)
  3. Leave in for 1-4 minutes
  4. Rinse

Hair Benefits:

  • Detoxifies scalp and hair
  • Helps to balance hair pH
  • Reduces and helps fight dandruff
  • Encourages hair growth
  • Prevents and alleviates dry, itchy scalp

 

Related: Hair Nutrition 101





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