Winter can be a harsh time for dry hair. Hair is often prone to damage and loses its luster during this season. Good hair care is essential for shiny, smooth, and well-hydrated hair, even during winters.
DIY masks and home remedies are easy to make, safe, and affordable. They help repair damaged hair as well as maintain healthy hair. These are made with the freshest ingredients and are free of chemicals and artificial fragrances.
For effective home hair care, try out these very easy DIY hair masks to get rid of damaged hair, as well as maintain your shiny and soft tresses.
Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Hair Mask
How it helps: Both the ingredients in this DIY mask are perfect to add a kick of moisture and hydration to dull, lifeless hair. While coconut oil adds nourishment to your hair, olive oil is perfect for sheen.
Best for: Extremely dry hair.
Directions: Mix two parts of coconut oil with one part of olive oil and apply it liberally in your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair in a loose bun and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse and wash off with shampoo and conditioner.
Avocado and Egg Yolk Hair Mask
How it helps: Avocados are healthy to eat and are excellent for your hair and skin, too. Avocados add nourishment and increase hair growth. Egg yolks are full of fats and proteins, and naturally revive dry hair.
Best for: Dry hair.
Directions: Blend half an avocado and one whole egg yolk in a blender. Apply the mask from your scalp all the way to the tips, and wrap it using a shower cap. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse. Follow up with shampoo and conditioner.
Honey and Banana Hair Mask
Best for: Thin, damaged hair.
Directions: Blend a full, ripe banana in a blender until no chunks are left. Combine it with a teaspoon of honey and apply the mixture to your hair. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes with the help of a shower cap and then rinse. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
Yogurt, Honey, and Apple Cider Hair Mask
Best for: All hair types.
Directions: Combine 1/4 cup apple cider with the juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of honey. Whisk together and apply generously on damp hair. Cover with a towel or shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse, wash with shampoo and conditioner. This mask should be used once a week for best results.
Milk and Honey Mask
How it helps: Two soothing and natural ingredients, milk and honey, work very effectively for a damaged hair treatment. Treat dry hair with this nourishing mask to transform your mane into soft, shiny, and healthy hair.
Best for: Fragile and damaged hair.
Directions: Combine two cups of warm milk (substitute with skimmed milk for oily hair and cream for dry hair) with two teaspoons of honey. Massage the scalp and hair with the mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse, shampoo, and condition your hair. Use this two to three times a week for best results.
Banana, Oil, and Honey Hair Mask
How it helps: This hydrating and nourishing combination of honey, bananas, olive oil, and coconut oil is a treat for dry and damaged hair. Bananas improve hair health, honey soothes, and the oils add nourishment.
Best for: Dry, lifeless hair.
Directions: Combine two ripe bananas (well blended) with a teaspoon each of honey, olive oil, and coconut oil. Apply it to the hair and scalp. This quick mask takes only five minutes and can be rinsed with a baby shampoo.
Egg, Milk and Olive Oil Mask
How it helps: A healthy blend of egg whites, whole milk, and olive oil, this mask works beautifully for your hair and results in a shiny mane. This mask is high in nourishing ingredients.
Best for: All hair types.
Directions: Combine two whole egg whites with a cup of whole milk, two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Massage into hair and allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Finish with a rinse, and shampoo and conditioner.
Almond Milk and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
How it helps: The natural oil from almonds is great for hair nourishment. The combination of rich almond milk with coconut oil results in super shiny and smooth locks.
Best for: Dull hair.
Directions: Combine four to five tablespoons of ground almonds with one egg white and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Whisk well. Using a brush, apply the mask on your hair and scalp and leave it on overnight. Wash off with a mild shampoo and cold water the next morning. Let hair dry naturally.
Vinegar, Honey, and Almond Oil Hair Mask
How it helps: This homemade mask is a mix of three natural and effective ingredients. The vinegar cleanses dirt from the scalp, honey makes hair smooth, while almond oil provides nourishment. Ensure split ends are trimmed before using this mask.
Best for: Split ends.
Directions: In a mixing bowl, mix one tablespoon each of pure olive oil and vinegar, and two tablespoons of honey. Mix the ingredients well. Apply this mask all over your hair, especially on tips, and keep on it for 10 minutes. Rinse and shampoo your hair.
Strawberry, Egg Yolk, and Olive Oil Hair Mask
Best for: All hair types.
Directions: Blend 200 grams of fresh strawberries with an egg yolk and two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.
Tips to Avoid Frizzy Hair:
- Avoid using a hair dryer unless you have an occasion to attend
- Dry hair gives rise to split ends, so trim them on a regular basis
- Avoid shampooing your hair daily as it washes away the natural oils in your hair (do it two to three times a week)
- Massage your hair with coconut oil at least once week (keep it on overnight and wash it with a mild shampoo in the morning)
- Wash your hair with warm or cold water, not hot water
- Try using beer as a conditioner to add shine and volume (pour beer on your scalp, massage it for about 15 minutes, and wash your hair with mild shampoo)
Beyond Hair Care: Understanding the Ingredients
Did you notice that most of the ingredients used in the hair masks are easily available at the market and present in your kitchen? These are mostly edible and consist of fruits, oils, nuts, milk, and eggs. The properties and nutrients they have, not only makes for a healthy diet, but also nourish your skin and hair. We need to take a look at their nutritional composition in order to understand how skin care, hair care, and diet go hand in hand, and why these same ingredients are beneficial for all of these.
Egg is rich in protein, vitamin B12, folate, and other vitamins and minerals. Milk is also rich in protein, vitamins, folate, and other nutrients. Almonds are rich in folate and various minerals including iron, vitamins, and protein. Bananas contain high amounts of potassium, manganese, vitamins C and B6, dietary fiber, folate, and other nutrients. Strawberry is also a rich source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and other nutrients.
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