When it comes to my hair, I am the ultimate kitchenista. I just cannot justify buying a thirty dollar bottle of magic-protein-potion when I have a dozen eggs in the fridge. I have made a few hair masks in my time, some of which I just threw together out of experimentation, others I stole from hair blogs, magazines and the ideas from my girlfriends. Here are three of my favorite homemade hair masks to date:
Honey, Eggs, Oil and Cheap Conditioner
This mask is always my very first suggestion to anyone looking for a quick protein fix. It is easy to whip up and all of the ingredients are most likely in your kitchen.
When you mix this mask, you’ll use the whole egg- yolk and all. The yolk is where all the magic is because it strengthens hair follicles and prevents hair loss. Other nutrients include vitamin A which prevents breakage, vitamin B12 for hair growth and other fatty acids that give hair that natural shine.
- 1 egg ( 2 eggs if your hair is longer)
- 2-3 Tablespoons honey
- 2-3 Tablespoons of oil (any oil will do, pick your favorite kind)
- Cheap conditioner – The conditioner is there for added moisture and consistency, so pick a moisture based conditioner, and add enough to make the mask consistent, you don’t want it to be a rinse.
Avocado, Banana, Olive Oil and Mayonnaise
It took me a while to add avocado and bananas to my hair. For some reason, the thought of them sitting on my head for hours at a time was just not appealing. The thing is, once you get all the ingredients in a blender and create the smooth paste, the ‘eww, that’s gross’ anxiety all goes away.
Bananas are a natural source of biotin, so the next time you head out to buy a six dollar bottle of biotin pills you might want to skip to the produce isle and get some bananas for fifty two cents! Avocados, much like eggs, are a very rich source of vitamin A and antioxidants all great for hair, especially if damaged. Another cool little fact is that it acts as a natural sunscreen and even though we never think about it, in the summer time, our hair gets a beating from direct sunlight. The mayonnaise restores moisture to the strands, does a little protein work and is just overall a great addition to any mask.
- 1/4th Avocado
- Half a Banana
- 2- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2-3 Tablespoons Mayo
Greek Yogurt & Honey
I hope you have some extra Chobani on chill because this mask is totally awesome. Greek yogurt, or really any yogurt is a great for hair because it restores moisture and strengthens the hair all in one shot. The enzymes in yogurt are also known to relieve an itchy scalp and combat dandruff. Though yogurt doesn’t need much help, if you add a little honey, you will increase the natural shine and luster of the hair. The mix for this mask is so simple a caveman can do it, just get enough yogurt to cover your hair in its entirety and mix in two tablespoons of honey, voila!
This post was originally published on April 2013 and has since been updated for grammar and clarity.