DIY Hair Masks To Repair Damaged, Dry, Flaky And Oily Hair

March 27, 2020 in Beauty - No Comments - 5 min read
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Hair Masks

Having to deal with damaged, dry or frizzy hair can be quite stressful. With a multitude of hair products out there it may be confusing to know what will work best for your situation which can quickly become expensive for you. Hair masks are an option that can work well to restore your hair to its healthy self. Furthermore, DIY hair masks will help you save money in that regard. Here are a few DIY hair masks to help you get started.

The purpose of hair masks is to act as a deep conditioning treatment that helps to heal damaged hair. They contain rich ingredients such as natural oils and lipids, in heavier concentrations than normal conditioners. You leave a hair mask in for an extended period of time, three minutes to overnight to maximise its effect and leave your hair feeling healthier.

1. Coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil hair mask

Issue: Flaky hair

A dry scalp can also be caused by how frequently (or infrequently) you shampoo. “If you shampoo too often, you could dry out your scalp, but if you shampoo too infrequently, your skin’s natural oil can build up, making your head feel flaky or itchy.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of raw unrefined coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons of raw sugar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Apply mixture directly to two inch sections of clean, damp hair in the shower using your fingers or a hair colour brush. Once evenly applied, gently massage for 1-3 minutes and then tie hair up and let it sit for the time that you are in the shower.

How/Why It Works:

This hair mask is effective for flaky hair with a dry scalp because the sugar in this mixture breaks down to glycolic acid which dissolves dead skin cells. The peppermint oil helps promote circulation to the scalp , coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory benefits while tea tree oil is antibacterial.

2. Egg and lemon Hair Mask

Issue: Oily Hair

Oily hair is usually caused by sebaceous glands producing too much sebum leaving your hair oily. Although sebum is good for the hair, too much can make your hair look slick and greasy. Common causes of oily hair are unhealthy eating habits, medications, improper haircare, stress, hormonal fluctuations, and change in weather.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg
  • Half a lemon

Directions:

Start off by cracking an egg but be sure to only use the egg white. Squeeze one half of a lemon into a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together until you reach a smooth consistency. Apply the mixture onto damp hair starting from the top and working your way to the bottom. Clip up you hair and cover up with a shower cap. Let the hair mask sit for 30 – 45 minutes and rinse off.

How/Why It Works:

Since your hair is mostly made of protein, this extra boost to the hair leaves it feeling healthy and restored. Eggs are rich in vitamins, proteins and fatty acids, which help retain the shine in your hair. In addition to these benefits, eggs are also a good natural conditioner, making them perfect for this deep conditioning process. Lemon is best for those with an oily scalp, as lemon juice has the capabilities of absorbing excess oil and grease in the scalp. Lemon is also high in Vitamin C, which leads to strong hair, and its acidic nature will help clean your hair from any deposited products and dust.

3. Honey, egg, and apple cider vinegar hair mask

Issue:

Dry hair does not absorb or retain enough moisture to keep its texture and brightness, so it may look lack lustre and be fragile and brittle. Although it may look unhealthy, most of the time, it is unlikely to be a health problem that causes dry hair. Dry hair can be caused by factors such as excess hair washing.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the ingredients and mix. Apply to onto your hair, tie it up and cover with a shower cap. Leave the mixture on for 30 – 40 minutes then rinse off.

How/Why It Works:

Honey is great for retaining moisture in your hair. This means that it sucks moisture into the hair and prevents it from escaping. This gives your hair an extra boost of hydration and moisture which will combat your issue of dry hair. Apple cider vinegar contains loads of vitamins and is slightly acidic, when you dilute it with water, it works amazingly to balance the pH level of your scalp and cure any ailments. Exposing your hair to this acidic apple cider vinegar also hardens the outside of the hair, which results in hair that shines, is smooth and silky, and less prone to tangling. 

4. Coconut Oil, Avocado + Honey Hair Mask

Issue: Damaged Hair

Hair damage is more than just split ends. It is a collection of dead cells and recovering it is very difficult. Restoration has to be done while ensuring that no further damage os done to the hair.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Directions:

Mash the avocado and add eggs, honey and oil in a mixing bowl. Mix well and apply onto your hair from the ends to the roots. Tie up your hair and cover it up with a shower cap. Let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes before rinsing off.

How/Why It Works:

Avocado is a natural, healthy fat, which offers numerous vitamins and minerals including potassium, folate (which repairs damaged cells), Vitamins C and E (which both promote hair growth). In other words, avocados add shine, moisturise, provide your hair with essential vitamins and proteins, and even help protect your hair against heat and everyday wear.

5. Cinnamon and coconut oil hair mask

Issue: Hair that does not grow

When part of the hair doesn’t grow, it usually indicates an issue with the growth cycle. Certain ingredients can help stimulate it.

You’ll Need:

  • Equal part cinnamon 
  • Equal part coconut oil.

Directions:

Blend ingredients together well. Apply the mask onto your roots and part, and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse off.

How/Why It Works:

Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties that help your hair grow, helps with dandruff, hair loss, and strengthens your hair follicles as well. When applied to your hair, cinnamon stimulates circulation to the scalp, improving blood flow to the hair follicles, and leading to stimulated hair growth. If you’re looking for longer hair, this is the hair mask for you.

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