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Hair masks: 9 DIY homemade treatments for your next Netflix marathon

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Now that we’re all working from home, there’s no excuse to not show some TLC to your locks. We dare say there’s never been a better time to indulge in some head to toe self-care and what better place to start than our scalp – an often neglected part of our body but is essential in keeping our hair lush, smooth and healthy. [1]

There’s a whole host of problems that can come with an unhealthy scalp – loss of lustre in your locks, frizzy hair, split ends and can be exacerbated by age-related conditions such as graying and hair loss. [2]

Like our skin, our hair needs just as much care and attention that could go beyond our usual shampoo and conditioner hair wash routine. Best of all, now that we’re home-bound, we don’t have to carve out a huge block of time for it.

Whether it’s frizz, damage, flakes or dryness, we all have hair issues and can do better in protecting those tresses. Lucky for you, we’ve put together 9 of our all-time favourite hair masks and treatments that are completely homemade and au naturale.

So girls, pick one and slather it on, pour yourself a glass of wine and get ready your current Netflix binge. ‘Cos this time you’re emerging from your Netflix marathon with soft, luscious hair accomplished.

1. Smashed avocado with egg and coconut oil

We know – this sounds a lot like breakfast. But make no mistake, this “breakfast concoction” packs a real punch in the hair moisturizing department.

Avocado has long been established as one of nature’s good-for-you superfoods, with all its natural oils, proteins and goodness that is perfect for a deep treatment hair mask. They are also rich in essential natural fatty acids and minerals that can help give moisture, restore shine and lustre to your locks, so this hair mask is perfect for frizzy or damaged hair.

Add a drop or two of rosemary essential oil for bonus points.

What to do: Mash a ripe avocado and beat in one raw egg. Add three dashes of coconut oil, and mix well. Slather mixture on your hair, cover with shower cap or towel wrap it and leave on for 30 minutes – or an entire Netflix episode.

2. Just coconut oil

This one-ingredient hair mask only has coconut oil in it, because yes coconut oil is that good. It is a heavy oil with deep penetrating abilities – known to penetrate two layers of our hair shaft. It no surprise that coconut oil works wonders on dry hair and you can even leave it in overnight for an intense deep hydration treatment.

What to do: Spoon out coconut oil onto your scalp and start massaging the oils in. Then work your way from your roots to your hair ends. Let this one sit in your hair for as long as possible – finish an entire Netflix season in it if needed.

3. Brown sugar coconut oil

Brown sugar is a great natural exfoliate and can be used on skin as a scrub too. On hair, brown sugar also works as an amazing scalp exfoliant as it helps to gently remove dead skin cells from your scalp.

What to do: Add two tablespoons of brown sugar to half a cup of coconut oil. Apply the mixture of your scalp and very gently massage it into your scalp. Exfoliants are coarse in texture and you don’t want to be damaging any hair follicles here so be gentle. Leave the hair mask on your scalp on for about 30 minutes – or one Netflix episode.

4. A banana honey yoghurt hair smoothie

A protein-rich hair treatment, this banana honey hair smoothie can be a real game changer that you may fall in love with and make it your regular thing. Bananas are packed with potassium, natural oils and vitamins which can help stimulate collagen production and lock in moisture, making your hair stronger, fuller and thicker. It’s also been said that a good old banana hair smoothie can help relieve a dry, itchy scalp and reduce dandruff.

Yoghurt, on the other hand, has incredible benefits for frizzy hair. With its natural lactic acid, it’s a great moisturising treatment for damaged and dry hair.

What to do: Blend two ripe bananas, three tablespoons of honey and half a cup of yoghurt with active ingredients until pureed. Slather all over those tresses, cover with shower cap or towel wrap it and leave on for 30 minutes – or an entire Netflix episode.

5. Honey yoghurt hair parfait 

Without the bananas, honey and yoghurt make for an amazing hair parfait mask as well. The lactic acid present in yoghurt makes for a wonderful scalp cleanser and moisturiser, leaving the hair shiny and lustrous.

What to do: Spoon three tablespoons of plain yoghurt with active ingredients and mix in one tablespoon of honey. Massage mixture into scalp and work your way through to ends, leaving on for 30 minutes – or one Netflix episode.

6. Butter me up

Butter is a rich and creamy food that we love adding to so many of our foods, and imo, tastes the best when paired with garlic and toast. But did you know – butter has also been used by people for centuries as a natural hair moisturiser and to protect hair against the sun.

What to do: Take half a block of butter and place it in a dish on your kitchen counter at room temperature. When it’s melted, rub it all over your hair and bundle hair up with shower cap or towel. Let this one sit and marinate for an hour or more – or two Netflix episodes.

7. The apple cider vinegar dressing

Comprising apple cider vinegar, olive oil and honey, this salad dressing like treatment is sure to bring the shine back to lacklustre or dull locks as a natural hair mask.

Apple cider vinegar is known for its antibacterial properties which can help to thoroughly cleanse your scalp and also remove product build up in it, resulting in a much healthier and cleaner scalp. And the result of it? Healthy, shiny glorious hair.

Apple cider vinegar is also loaded with vitamin B, C and potassium, which are great for hair growth and hair strengthening. Paired with moisturising olive oil and honey, this hair mask will help cleanse your scalp while locking in moisture you need.

What to do: Blend 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of water and half a cup of honey. Slather mixture all over hair and wrap hair up in shower cap or towel. Leave it on for 40 minutes – or equivalent to one Netflix episode and then rinse off.

8. Egg white and lemon mask

If you’re prone to greasy hair or scalp, this mask is perfect for you. Egg whites can really help remove the excess sebum from your scalp and cleanse it.

What to do: Beat 1 egg white and stir in juice from half a lemon. Smooth over hair and leave on for an hour or so – or the duration of two Netflix episodes.

9. Cinnamon spiced mask

Try a cinnamon coconut oil mask if you have weak hair, hair that breaks easily or you suffer from hair loss problems. This divine smelling spice is known to help promote blood circulation and hair growth.

What to do: One cup coconut oil and one cup cinnamon powder. Stir ingredients well to combine. Apply the mixture first onto your roots and massage deep into your scalp, before treating the rest of your hair with the hair mask. Let it sit and marinate for an hour or more – or the equivalent of 2 Netflix episodes.

There you have it! Treating your precious locks can be easy and super affordable. With this stay-home situation, it’s even more doable – walk a few steps to the kitchen to concoct any of these hair mask recipes in under 5 minutes. By just whipping together ingredients that can probably already be found in your kitchen, you can make a moisturising and nourishing natural hair mask that your hair deserves. Now go ahead and schedule that hair mask and Netflix self-care date with yourself!

Also read: 9 superfood must-eats for gloriously lush hair

 

References

[1] Nayak, B. S., Ann, C. Y., Azhar, A. B., Ling, E., Yen, W. H., & Aithal, P. A. (2017). A Study on Scalp Hair Health and Hair Care Practices among Malaysian Medical Students. International journal of trichology9(2), 58–62. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijt.ijt_76_16
[2] Sinclair, R. D. (2007) Healthy Hair: What is it? Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2 – 5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.jidsymp.5650046

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