DIY Homemade Hair Masks you don't want to miss out on

Homemade Masks and Hair Rinses for Wonderful Hair!

Are you spending the Sunday at home to clean the house or simply to binge watch the next tv-show on Netflix, then why not multi-task and care for your hair at the same time? Our homes are full of natural ingredients packed with vital nutrients. Use these ingredients to create some superbly rich and active masks and rinses that deliver all their benefits without setting you back financially. Also, these masks contain no toxins and are completely biodegradable, making them better for the environment.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your homemade hair mask or hair rinse. These tips are followed by some of our favorite hair masks. Make sure the mask you make at home is suited to the needs of your hair.

How to make sure your homemade mask works wonders for your hair

If you are aware of an existing allergy to any of the natural products you are planning to use, then definitely don’t add it to your hair mask. If you aren’t sure if you are allergic to something, first test each ingredient you are planning to use for your homemade mask on your wrist for a while. Once you are certain you have no allergies to the ingredients, go ahead and prepare your mask.

Applying your hair mask

How do you apply the mask?

A hair mask can be applied to damp or dry hair. Never apply the hair mask to hair that is still dripping with water. Always apply from the root and work toward the tip. The best way to do this is to work in sections.

Professional hairdressers recommend you use a wide-toothed comb. This helps ensure the mask is spread evenly on all your hair. When a mask is applied to address issues of the scalp, then it doesn’t need to be spread to the rest of the hair, concentrate on the scalp area.

How long to leave the mask on?

Homemade hair masks are made with natural ingredients and don’t need to be removed as quickly as bought ones. A guideline is anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. This always depends on your hair type and the type of treatment you have prepared. Very dry hair tends to be very porous. This means it will absorb the ingredients from the mask at a faster rate, but it won’t be a problem if you leave it on your hair for too long. On the other hand, if you have prepared a mask with apple cider vinegar to remove product buildup, you won’t want to leave it in for too long.

How often should you apply a mask?

Ideally, once a week if you have dry hair or heat style your hair frequently. Then again, if you want to remove product buildup, you can apply the mask once a week if you style your hair often. Once a month is enough if you don’t style it often.

When do you apply the hair mask?

If you are using a homemade mask, then you will need to shampoo your hair after you have conditioned it with a mask. First, apply the mask and when you are ready to remove it, you will need to do a thorough job when shampooing.

Best Homemade Masks

Whether you have dry, frizzy, damaged, or oily hair, there are countless ingredients at home to use when making a mask to tackle your hair problem. Masks can also help you reduce buildup, treat scalp problems, and can give your hair a healthier look. Don’t forget, the needs of your hair changes with the seasons. Also, use a mask to treat your hair if you color or style it often. The great thing about homemade hair masks is that you can easily adapt them to these changes.

  1. Honey and Oil Mask for Heat Damage

Combining honey with hot oil offers your heat-damaged hair the benefits from two of nature’s super products. Honey is packed in proteins, minerals, and vitamins. These not only repair the damage but also add shine. Here we combine it with our favorite oil which is olive oil. Most oils contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. These protect the hair and make it more elastic, so it is strengthened.

You will need:

  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil (or any other oil like argan, avocado, or coconut)

Get it ready:

  • Mix the two ingredients and warm them up until the honey is liquefied.
  • Check that it’s not too warm before applying it to your hair.
  • After you have applied the mask as described earlier, cover your hair with a warm damp towel or shower cap.
  • leave the mask in for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off and wash your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Peppermint Oil, and Green Tea Rinse for an Irritated Scalp

Green tea is an excellent scalp soother and balancer because it’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Peppermint oil is added to this mask for its anti-inflammatory properties, and because it hydrates and soothes. It is the best oil to use for dandruff. Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help relieve the cause and effects of scalp irritations.

You will need:

  • 1 cup green tea, brewed
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar

Get it ready:

  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Massage into the scalp.
  • Leave in for between 5 and 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off.

 

Banana, Avocado, and Aloe Vera Mask for Unruly and Frizzy Hair

This mask contains some of the most powerful ingredients that smooth your hair and keep it looking silky. Avocado, banana, and aloe vera gel are the hair smoothers. Oatmeal prepared with whole milk adds vitamins and shine, while the vitamin E found in the oil moisturizes by penetrating deeply into the hair shaft.

You will need:

  • 1 T sunflower or argan oil
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 T aloe vera gel
  • Half an avocado
  • About 1/3 cup of oatmeal prepared with whole milk

Get it ready:

  • Blend all the ingredients.
  • Apply to damp or dry hair.
  • You can cover your head if you want, but this stage can be omitted.
  • This mask can be left in for up to an hour.
  • Rinse off and wash your hair.

Lemon and Egg White Mask to Control Oily Hair

The protein enzymes in egg whites are the best remedy for the removal of excess oil from your hair. Lemon is also used for its astringent effect.

You will need:

  • 1 egg, separated. You only need the egg white.
  • Juice from half a lemon

Get it ready:

Mix and smooth over your hair from the roots to the tips of your hair. You can leave it on for anything between 30 minutes to an hour; the longer the better. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Coconut Oil Mask for Dry Hair

The fatty acids in coconut oil make it a deep moisturizing treatment that is excellent for dry hair. It is also a natural conditioner for those embracing gray hair.

You will need:

  • 1 – 3 T of coconut oil, depending on the length of your hair.

Get it ready:

  • Warm the coconut oil enough to liquefy it.
  • Apply it to your hair.
  • Cover your hair with the oil and leave it in for 20 minutes.
  • Wash your hair thoroughly.

Rice Water Rinse for Longer and Fuller Hair

Rice is known for its healing and nourishing properties to the skin and hair. Japanese women swear by it. So, why not include the rinse into your hair care routine for lustrous and soft hair that is easy to handle.

You will need:

  • Half a cup of uncooked rice (any kind)
  • 1 ½ cups of water

Get it ready:

  • Rinse the rice with cool water and drain it.
  • Place the rice in a bowl.
  • Add the 1 ½ cups of water to the rice.
  • Let it sit like this overnight, or for 12 hours.
  • Strain the rice and save the water (you can cook this rice to eat. It is far healthier than unsoaked rice.
  • Wash and rinse your hair as normal with your usual shampoo.
  • Massage your scalp with the rice water you have kept aside.
  • Leave in for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water.