Improve the health and beauty of your hair with natural masks.
Your hair takes a lot of abuse—hot tools, color, harsh environmental conditions, even overwashing can cause damage that adds up. Your tortured tresses are crying out for a hair mask!
Masks can give your hair extra oomph and shine, tame frizzies, and help repair split ends. A weekly or even just monthly treatment can result in more manageable, healthier, and more beautiful hair.
Here are two DIY masks you can make at home.
Volumizing Clay Hair Mask
Clay masks are not only wonderful for skin, they also work wonders to plump up and fortify your hair. Utilizing this mask just three times a month will give you a dramatic improvement in your hair’s health and texture.
- 1 cup bentonite clay
- ½ cup distilled water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
Stir ingredients together in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Massage into wet hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and condition.
Excerpted from Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole.
Egg Yolk Hair Masque
This mayonnaise-like deep-conditioning treatment is ideal for dry hair. The cholesterol in the egg helps to strengthen hair, making it less likely to break and dry out. The vinegar balances pH and encourages softness. And the oils deeply condition and nourish hair. This masque can be used once a week or once a month, depending on how thirsty your hair is.
- 1 pasteurized egg yolk
- 3 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup jojoba oil
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- ¼ cup rose hip seed oil
- ¼ tsp. rosemary essential oil
Combine the egg yolk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and whisk. In a second bowl, stir together the coconut, jojoba, avocado, and rose hip seed oils with the rosemary essential oil. Begin whisking the egg mixture and slowly pour the oil mixture into it as you continue to whisk. The mixture should turn opaque as the oils and vinegar emulsify.
Apply the fresh masque to damp hair, starting at the scalp. Massage into your scalp gently, then slowly work down to the ends. Moisten a medium-sized towel with hot water, then wring it out so that it’s damp. Pin or tie back your hair, then cover it with the hot towel. Let the masque sit on your hair for 20–30 minutes before rinsing out.
Excerpted from The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard.
Before purchasing a hair mask, check the ingredients list. Oils such as olive, coconut, argan, and avocado penetrate the hair shaft to reverse damage and add luster, while less desirable oils such as mineral oil can clog pores of the scalp and won’t penetrate the hair shaft as its molecules are too large. Tip: Start with clean hair. Product build-up can coat strands and prevent masks from working their magic.
Acure Root + Hair Deep Repair Argan Stem Cell + Mint restores shine and strengthens with nourishing argan oil and CoQ10, and leaves your hair smelling terrific.
Earth Science Olive and Avocado Hair Masque blends olive, avocado, and coconut oils with silk protein that works wonders on dry, damaged, over-processed hair.
Giovanni 2Chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Ultra Repair Intensive Hair Mask hydrates and smooths without weighing hair down with a combination of creamy coconut and antioxidant-rich blackberry.