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If your hair needs some love, raise your hand and use it to open up the kitchen cabinet because these DIY hair masks use all natural ingredients that you are guaranteed to have around. From milk and honey, to bananas, brown sugar, and even beer, these amazing homemade masks work wonders on any hair type!

Here’s what these pantry ingredients can do for our locks:

hair mask ingredients

 

Avocados

The amino acids, proteins, and vitamins in this super-fruit help to revitalize and moisturize the scalp, promoting strong and healthy hair.

Almond oil

Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and magnesium, almond oil strengthens, nourishes, and deep conditions hair strands.

Bananas

Rich in potassium, natural oils, and vitamins, bananas soften the hair and enrich it’s elasticity, helping to prevent breakage.

Beer

Ever heard of beer shampoo? With B vitamins and the proteins found in malt and hops, beer helps to restore damaged hair. What’s more, the sugars present in beer help strengthen hair cuticles which enhances luster and shine. Who knew?

Black tea

Since the caffeine present in black tea helps to decrease hair-loss causing hormone DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), black tea helps reduce shedding and lowers hair loss.

Coconut oil

The richest natural source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a special type of fatty acids high in antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, coconut oil is able to effectively penetrate hair follicles, conditioning hair, repairing damage, and helping hair retain protein.

Eggs

With the highest level of protein in this natural ingredient list, eggs strengthen hair follicles, leading to stronger strands and much fewer split ends. Eggs are nature’s conditioner!

Honey

Boasting antioxidants and antiseptic qualities, honey keeps our scalps squeaky clean and fights infection. Being an emollient, it keeps hair follicles healthy and can even wake up sleeping hair follicles, boosting hair growth. Honey also helps to prevent the loss of moisture since it is a humectant, leading to smoother, more nourished hair.

Lemon

The anti-fungal properties of lemon help to rid the scalp of dandruff and build up. Its limonene compound works to promote shine in frizzy or dull hair. Fresh lemon juice also stimulates hair growth by strengthening hair follicles.

Milk

The calcium, proteins, and vitamins in milk help to restore hair’s structure, while enhancing luster and shine.  Got milk?

Olive Oil

The antioxidants and vitamins E and A in olive oil help to strengthen strands and add moisture. Regular use of this oil can nourish hair back to original health.=

Yogurt

The active cultures from lactic acid in yogurt act as a deep conditioner, moisturizing trouble areas on the scalp while fighting irritation, making the hair softer, less tangled, and enhancing shine. 

Masks for Dry Hair

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Yogurt, Honey + Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablesppon honey
  • ¼ cup yogurt

(Double ingredients for longer hair)

 

Apply mixture to damp hair. Keep hair covered in a shower cap, towel, or plastic bag. Let the mixture soak in for 30 minutes and rinse out thoroughly. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner.

 

Honey, Oil + Egg Yolk

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

(Double ingredients for longer hair)

 

Whisk ingredients together and apply to hair.  Leave in for one hour and rinse. Follow up with conditioner.

 

Avocado + Mayonnaise

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

 

Mash avocado and mix it together well with the mayonnaise. Apply to wet or dry hair and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing out with cold water and washing hair as normal.

 

Banana + Egg Yolk

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 egg yolks

 

Mash sliced banana and whisk together with the egg yolks or use a blender. Apply to wet or damp hair and allow mixture to soak in for 30 minutes before rinsing. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner.

 

Masks for Frizzy Hair

Banana, Yogurt + Honey

 

  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

Blend sliced banana, plain yogurt, and honey. Apply to wet or dry hair and leave in for 30 minutes up until one hour. Rinse thoroughly and wash hair as normal.

 

Milk + Honey

    • 1 cup milk (whole, coconut, or almond)
    • 2 tablespoons honey

Apply mixture to dry hair and leave on for 15 minutes, laying hair on top of head uncovered. Rinse out with cold water and condition.

Masks to Restore Shine

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Beer + Almond Oil

  • ½ cup flat beer
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil

 

Leave beer uncovered overnight or for a few hours. Use ½ cup of the flat beer and mix together with almond oil. Apply on dry hair and lay hair on top of the head, covered for 30 minutes. Rinse out with cold water and condition.

 

Coconut Milk, Lemon, Egg + Olive Oil

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

 

Whisk ingredients together and apply to dampened hair. Leave in for 15-20 minutes and rinse out thoroughly, following up with shampoo and conditioner.

 

Coconut Cream

  • ½ can coconut cream

(Use entire can for longer hair)

 

Apply cream to damp hair, massaging it in from the roots to the ends. Rinse out thoroughly and shampoo and condition.

Masks for Oily Hair or Dandruff

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Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon + Honey

  • ¼ cup ACV
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

Whisk ingredients together and apply mixture to dampened hair. Leave mixture covered for up to one hour. Rinse with cold water and shampoo and condition.

 

Brown Sugar + Olive Oil

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

 

Mix sugar and oil together and apply to damp hair. Massage roots with mixture for 3-5  minutes for maximum exfoliation. Wash out with shampoo and conditioner.

 

Olive Oil + Lemon Juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

 

Mix equal parts olive oil and lemon juice together. Massage into dampened scalp and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse out and shampoo. Use no more than once every other week.

 

Masks for Hair That’s Falling Out

Black tea + Egg white

  • 4-5 black tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 egg white

 

Add 4-5 tea bags to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and let it cool. Whisk in egg white and pour tea mixture into a water bottle. Fully saturate scalp and spray the rest of the hair. Lay hair on top of head and cover with a plastic cap. Let sit for 1 hour. Rinse hair with cold water and follow up with deep conditioner.

 

Castor Oil + Vitamin E

  • 2 tablespoons castor oil
  • 5 vitamin E capsules

 

Puncture 5 vitamin E capsules and mix together in a bowl with castor oil. Use fingertips to massage mixture into scalp for 5-10 minutes. Let mixture soak in hair, covered, overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning and wash out with shampoo and conditioner. Tip: Use Jamaican Black Castor Oil for more effective results. This type of castor oil is used specifically for hair growth and users have seen many positive results with consistent application.