Dryness, brittleness, damage, frizz… we all have hair problems at some point even if we do all the right things. Sometimes your hair just needs a reboot. These DIY hair masks are quick to make and use and have that natural goodness filled with essential nutrients your hair needs for a quick boost. Here are 7 homemade hair masks for the most common hair problems…
Best DIY Homemade Hair Masks for Hair Growth
1. Banana for dry hair
If your hair is in desperate need of a moisture boost, then bananas are the quickest way to give them the relief they need. Fresh bananas are rich in essential vitamins and contain silica that helps the body produce collagen that may make your hair stronger and thicker. The natural moisturising and hydrating nature of bananas will soften and nourish your locks.
To make the mask, just blend a ripe banana with a few tablespoons of coconut oil and coconut milk. Make a fine paste and apply it to your hair. Leave it for some time, so your hair soaks up all the moisture, and rinse thoroughly.
2. Apple cider vinegar for oily hair
From being a popular ingredient for skincare to being used for better digestion, it’s no wonder that apple cider vinegar is also used as a natural remedy for hair issues. Apart from being anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, being a vinegar, it is also acidic. The drying properties will help strip your hair of the excess oil and build-up on your scalp.
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Simply mix 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in twice as much water. Pour the mix over your hair, covering roots and tips, and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. If the smell is too overpowering, you could add a drop of your favourite essential oil to it.
3. Olive oil for hair damage
Rich in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil is known to be good for your health. But did you know it is a boon for your hair too? The healthy fats in the oil can penetrate the hair, providing moisture and nourishment from within. It is also a great conditioner.
The easiest hair mask recipe to follow, mix two tablespoons of olive oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply it well; cover your hair with a shower cap and keep it on for half an hour to an hour before washing it off. Depending on how oily your hair becomes, you may need to shampoo your hair twice.
4. Sugar for dandruff
If you suffer from dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp, sugar can be the best treatment. The granules of the sugar will gently scrub the scalp and exfoliate it, promoting the growth of new cells and fresh skin. When mixed with coconut oil, the effect doubles since the oil penetrates the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.
To make this homemade hair mask, mix two tablespoons of brown sugar with one tablespoon of coconut oil. After shampooing your hair, work the mix into your hair, focussing on your scalp. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.
5. Cinnamon for hair growth
Mostly known as a food ingredient, the benefits of cinnamon are multifold even for hair. Its antimicrobial properties prevent scalp infections, while antioxidants protect your hair. Cinnamon also dilates blood vessels allowing fresh blood to flow to your scalp, aiding hair growth. Research shows that cinnamon may also control hair loss.
A simple hair mask for hair growth is mixing one teaspoon of ground cinnamon into four tablespoons of coconut or olive oil. Massage it into your hair and scalp and let it sit for 30-45 minutes. Shampoo and rinse your hair till the excess oil comes off.
6. Aloe vera for conditioning
Aloe vera is a high-water content plant, and using it on your hair translates to giving your tresses the hydration they need. It’s also a gentle cleanser that sloughs off dead cells, grime and dirt without affecting the natural oils. Aloe vera is also an amazing conditioner that softens frizzy hair to give it a smoother, glossier texture.
All you need for this DIY hair mask is four tablespoons of aloe vera, two tablespoons of honey mixed with three tablespoons of coconut oil. Blend all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Massage the paste into your hair and leave it for at least one or two hours before you rinse it out.
7. Baking soda for deep cleansing
Baking soda is a harsh cleaning agent used for many purposes, making it a good idea if you’re looking for a particularly deep cleanse. It removes all build-up of soap or dirt, strips the hair of its oils, and its abrasive nature also acts as an exfoliant. For a product that does it all, there’s nothing better than a round of baking soda.
Mix baking soda and lukewarm water in a ratio of 1:3 and stir it till it becomes a paste. Apply the mix to wet hair by gently scrubbing it into your scalp and hair strands. Leave it for about three minutes before rinsing it out with warm water.