One of my favourite thing to do on a dark winters night in is a bit of pampering – and one way I do that is to make my own hair and face masks.
Making my own hair masks is not only much cheaper and easier than buying a store made one I think they are actually more effective (not to mention much less chemicals and preservatives), and I can also tailor them to target exactly what I want
In fact, you probably have a million effective and affordable ingredients in your kitchen that you can use right now.
Whether you want to smooth your hair, repair split ends, stimulate growth, hydrate or add shine I am going to share the greatest go-to elements, and what they do so you can tailor make your own DIY mask that does exactly what you want it to.
Avocado – Great for making hair soft and shiny, the good fat in avocado adds protein to mend damaged hair.
Coconut oil – Is said to prevent hair loss (particularly when combined with sage), the lauric acid in coconut oil also means that it prevent protein damage in hair (protection), finally the magic ingredient is great at holding moisture which makes it a great hydrator for hair.
Olive oil: Moisture, hydration, shine, repair, good base/carrier product for other ingredients without hampering they effectiveness.
Honey: Best at repairing split ends and prolonging the need for a hair-cut, natures anti-bacterial and moisturiser.
Cinnamon – Stimulates blood flow to the scalp therefore reducing hair loss and encouraging hair growth, and aromatherapy (smells like your Sunday Morning Chai.)
Banana – Ease Frizziness, add moisture, repairs/protein, smells yummy.
Yogurt – Moisturising, Protein (Greek) for damaged hair, the pro-biotics can help an itchy irritate scalp.
Egg – Protein and amino acids mean Egg’s cover all hair needs, thickening and shine (Vitamin D), hydrating and protecting (vitamin E), frizz-ease and damage repair (Fatty Acid Lacithin), controls dandruff (Vitamin A), can stimulates growth (biotin). Hair Mask Rockstar.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Cleansing, rids the hair of build-up, flattens the cuticle (prevents frizz) and adds shine
Coconut milk/cream: promotes hair growth, reduces premature greying, deep conditioning.
Gelatin: Seals the hair follicles – best combined with (warm water or milk – as per normal gelatin use process) egg, conditioner, Olive oil and apple cider vinegar in mid-lengths and ends, wrap hair for 30-40 minutes.
Mango: Hydrating (and smells delicious)
Coke: (Cola not caine) actually effective at clarifying hair and clearing any product build up – it will also leave it shiny and clean.
Bonus Hair Mask Tips:
- Consistency (god so boring but so true of everything in life) doing the same or similar hair masks weekly or bi-weekly will be infinitely more effective than once in a blue moon
- Shampoo hair first (unless otherwise stated) and then add the mask. As shampoo opens the follicles in order to clean them out your hair will be more receptive to all the nutrients.
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