Hey, how’s your hair doing? Is it a lush and vibrant mane of silk and sunshine, or is it like withering foxtails hanging off your dry scalp? Well, if it’s the latter then maybe it’s time to try out some of these perfect DIY hair masks.
What are some of the most beneficial ingredients for hair health?
Aloe Vera has been considered to have many healing properties to assist in hair maintenance. It has can help reduce scalp irritation and moisturization. This plant is strong enough on it’s own that it’s the only ingredient you need for a healthy mask. Simply rub aloe vera on you scalp and let it soak for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it out. Doing this once a week is enough to get all the vitamins and benefits of this super plant. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
Mask #1 DIY:
If your hair is thinning out, or you’ve pulled out too much cause your lock down family is driving you low-key crazy, then you can use a simple egg protein mask to help restore the health of your hair. Protein is essential to our bodies and ensuring you have enough of it in your diet will keep your hair healthy and wonderful. Eggs are a good source of protein and contain arachidonic acid which will stimulate hair growth.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
½ a teaspoon of honey
½ and avocado
Mix these ingredients together, then boil hot water over the stove.
Once the water is hot, keep the ingredients you've mixed together in the bowl and place the bowl in the hot water, this will help to heat up your mask which will open the hair shaft and add extra moisture once applied to the hair.
Pro tip: (I advise against using the microwave to warm up your mask because the heat from the microwave is too powerful for the job, it has the potential to break dow these oils and cause you to lose a lot of the natural antioxidants and the "goodness" we're paying for).
After this, let the mask sit in your hair for 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition the mask out of your hair.
Mask #2 DIY:
Curry leaves are another great hair remedy base. They contain many organic compounds such as vitamin C and oxalic acid. With the added properties of coconut oil the benefits only multiply. http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/2014/vol3issue3/PartB/31.1.pdf
A curry and coconut oil mask is easy to make.
10 fresh curry leaves
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Heat up the curry leaves in a pot of coconut oil until they begin to boil, do this over the stove in a stove pot because as we listed before, the microwave is too powerful and damaging to the oils.
Wait for the coconut oil and curry leaf mask to cool down, then apply the mask to scalp first then the mid shafts (middle of the hair strands) and the ends of the hair.
Allow the hair mask to sit in your hair for 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition the hair to remove the mask.
This mask is good for reducing thinning hair, nourishing the hair, and moisturizing current hair. Also, it smells really good!
If none of these masks work for you don’t be alarmed. There are thousands of different DIY masks for every unique head of hair in the world. And remember to always put on a mask when your hair is feeling dry or a face mask when you go outside!