You’ve undoubtedly seen the quote floating around Pinterest: “Your hair is your best accessory”. A little corny, sure— but with more than a little truth behind it. A good or bad hair day can totally make or break your entire 24 hours; your hair is a powerfully emotional and personal thing! Raise your hand if you’ve cried after a particularly bad cut (raises hand).
The point is, it makes sense to take care of your hair. Healthy, shiny hair is always #goals but weather, heating tools, and processing can take its toll, leaving you with frizzy, oily or damaged hair. One of the easiest, safest, most effective and fun ways to help get your hair back to its original crowning glory (har har) is with a natural and/or homemade hair mask.
99 Hair Problems and a Homemade Hair Mask Ain’t One
Now, for those of you who enjoy concocting natural beauty products right in your own kitchen, it’s time to talk homemade hair masks! Every one is super simple to make (often with ingredients you already have at your house) and so effective. Plus, you’re left with the peace of mind knowing that literally everything you’ve just put onto your head is something you would have put into your mouth (take that, Polysorbate 20!).
Ingredients Used in Hair Masks (and how each helps!)
Before we get to the recipes, let’s break down the most common ingredients found in DIY hair masks and why they’re beneficial.
Honey: Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture. It is also full of vitamins and antioxidants, so think of it is a multi-vitamin for your hair. Best for dry or damaged hair.
Avocado: All of those “good fats” found in avocados can help smooth and condition frizzy, dry hair. The fruit is also high in Vitamins B and E which help protect and restore hair at the cellular level.
Mayonnaise: The oil base in mayonnaise will make your hair shiny and glossy- it’s full of fatty acids and vitamins that seal in moisture.
Olive Oil: Promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss; repairs damage and has anti-bacterial properties that help fight dandruff and other common hair and scalp issues.
Coconut Oil: moisture, moisture, moisture!
Greek Yogurt: The naturally-occurring fats in greek yogurt make it an excellent deep conditioner.
Banana: Because bananas are full of potassium and Vitamins A, E and C, they are a perfect hair mask ingredient if you’re looking to promote hair growth, add shine, repair damage and fight frizz.
- Argan Oil. This might be the best ingredient for your hair on this entire list. Not a lot of hair masks use Argan oil simply because it's expensive. Argan oil is extremely moisturizing and it is packed full of Vitamin E. Both are great for your scalp.
Homemade Hair Masks for Damaged Hair
Remember back when you were in 6th grade and got that perm you thought was going to change your life..and instead it just fried your hair? …Just me? Anyway, the point is, a good majority of us have damaged our hair in one way or another: perms, curling irons, bleach, dye, crimping wands, sun exposure, blow dyers…
…..Yes, Blow Dryers
The main hair-damaging culprit. Maybe you’ve been genetically blessed with that kind of hair that magically air dries leaving you with shiny supermodel-off-duty hair and you’ve never had to use a blow dryer to tame your tresses.
If so…good for you (I guess). The rest of us mere mortals though definitely know the real pain of puffy, post-hair dryer head, where your hair is just screaming out…whyyyy did you just do that to me again??
Zapping your head with heat multiple times a week dries it out, leaving it more brittle and prone to breakage. Not a healthy combo. Try taking a break between blow outs and make sure your hair dyer is ionic rather than ceramic. Ionic helps locks stay shiny and frizz-free.
DIY Hair Mask for Damaged Hair: Homemade Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Organic Raw Honey
Mix together coconut oil and honey in a small bowl or heat in a saucepan to help open up hair follicles. Apply to wet hair in sections, focusing on your ends. Twist hair into a bun and then put in a shower cap for extra protection (hair is sticky, people!). Leave in for 30-40 minutes and then wash out with regular shampoo and conditioner.
Check out the ingredient quantities and full recipe The Everygirl
DIY Hair Mask for Damaged Hair: Mayonnaise Hair Mask
Mix two ingredients together and apply to freshly cleaned, damp hair. Put on a shower cap and leave in the treatment for 30 minutes. Cleanse with a gentle shampoo. This is also a good homemade hair mask for dry hair.
Want the full scoop? Check out Real Simple
Homemade Hair Masks for Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair is caused by raised cuticle layers in your hair strands. When your hair cuticles are laying flat, your hair looks smooth - make sense? These raised cuticle layers happen when your hair is super dehydrated or gets brushed or styled too frequently.
DIY Hair Mask for Frizzy Hair: Banana Hair Mask
- Ripe bananas
Puree ripe bananas & lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Work evenly through hair, starting at roots and working to the ends. Put hair in a loose bun, leave on for 30 minutes and wash out with cold water.
For step by step directions and quantities please visit Bride Everyday
Homemade Hair Mask for Curly Hair
- Coconut oil
- Lavender oil
Mash the avocado in a bowl, add ingredients and mix. Apply to dry hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition as usual.
Full recipe allure.com
Homemade Mask for Hair Growth
Remember, hair grows from the top of your scalp so you’ve got to give it as much love as you do your ends. That’s why keeping your scalp healthy and your ends trimmed to prevent breakage is the fastest and most effective way to grow your hair.
A homemade hair mask is just the ticket to help get you there.
DIY Hair Mask for Growth: Avocado Hair Mask Recipe
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and distribute evenly through dry hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with shampoo and a light conditioner.
For step by step directions visit allure.com
Olive Oil Hair Mask
- Olive oil
Mix ingredients together in a bowl and apply to clean, damp hair. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse hair with warm water and then shampoo and condition as usual.
Check out Chalkboard Magazine for all the deets!
Homemade Masks for Oily Hair
Oily hair is caused by excess production of sebum from the sebum glands at your roots. Sebum is a naturally-occurring, waxy substance that your body produces to keep hair soft, healthy and waterproof.
And that’s all fine except when your glands decide to go overboard with the sebum and you’re left with limp, lank, greasy locks. Ew. Never fear - this foe can be fought with a simple homemade hair mask!
DIY Hair Mask for Oily Hair: Greek Yogurt Hair Mask
- Greek yogurt
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Egg white
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and work evenly through hair. Leave for 30 minutes and wash with shampoo and lukewarm water.
You can find the ifull recipe at Girls Love Style
DIY Hair Mask for Deep Conditioning
Sometimes, all your hair needs is a majorly intense conditioning sesh. Simple, straightforward and (hopefully!) super supple once you’ve finished. Our favorite ingredient for delivering the conditioning is coconut oil and this mask will surely satisfy even the thirstiest hair.
Overnight Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Get ready, this is a toughie!
- 2 tablespoons (warmed/liquid) coconut oil
You may need more or less oil depending on the length of your hair. Work the oil through your mid-shaft to the ends, paying special attention to the ends and leaving your roots bare. Twist your hair into a low bun or a pair of braids and go to sleep! The next morning, wash out with shampoo.
Best Natural Hair Masks
For those who aren't interested in raiding their pantry to make homemade hair masks, we've found five of our favourite all natural hair masks.
First, a definition— what does “natural” mean? For our purposes here, it means that the product is free of parabens, sulfates, phalates, chemicals, pesticides and hormones.
Ideally it also means free of chemicals but most of these contain chemicals that are extremely low on EWG lists (1s or 2s).
We’ve scoured the web to bring you five of the most highly-rated, most talked-about beauty cult favs perfect for those of us who are DIY-deficient but still covet luscious locks the natural way.1. Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask 3.5 oz $$
I came across Hello Hair on their Instagram page which is amazing. It's all natural and consists Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Leaf Extract, Castor Oil and Glycerin.
It's pretty pricey but I've used this product and love it. I wish it had a bit more scent, but overall a great all-natural hair mask.
With over 1,500 5 Star reviews on Amazon, you know this organic-oil packed mask must be doing something right (Amazon reviewers are a tough crowd!). Perfect for dry, damaged hair that’s looking for a major dose of moisture. Gentle enough to use after every shampoo.
3. Weleda Revitalizing Hair Tonic 3.5 fl oz $$
While not technically a hair mask, this stuff is amazing. It's a daily use formula that you leave in after showering. The natural ingredients promote a healthy scalp (which means healthier hair!) for all hair types.
The blend contains rosemary oil, stonecrop extracts and horseradish leaves.
4. MaterNatura Hair Mask $$$
MaterNatura hair mask is filled contains a number of ingredients perfect for revitalizing your hair including Aloe Vera and Sweet Almond Oil.
5. Muddy Body Organic Hair Mask, $$
This mask is perfect for so many hair types: frizzy, dry, over-processed, naturally curly, naturally kinky, brittle, permed, colored— basically if you’ve ever touched your hair with anything other than a fine tooth comb, this is a great option.
6. Malaya Organics Hair Oil 1oz, $$$
Malaya Organics Hair Care Oil is loaded with all oils that are amazing for your tresses. The formula helps to restore moisture and repair damaged hair. It's a leave-in treatment that you can use while your hair is either dry or wet.