Homemade hair masks are ideal for pamper parties or girls’ night in, especially if combined with my 5 of the best body scrubs for mani’s and pedi’s. There’s nothing quite like a pamper therapy session with the girls, am I right?! Furthermore, they look so delicious and smell so good you’ll want to eat them!
What Are Hair Masks?
Hair masks consist of rich ingredients lathered over the hair for an extended period of time, 15 minutes to overnight.
They serve as deep conditioning treatments that help heal damaged hair. They also soften, hydrate, promote growth, add shine, and even treat hair and scalp conditions.
This collection of hair masks require very few natural and organic ingredients, and when compared to salon-grade products, their effect is as good (if not better) and at a fraction of the price!
1. Creme Brûlée Hair Mask
There’s nothing quite like the smell of creme brûlée. Tones of vanilla combined with cream and egg, and this hair mask creates that same sensational aroma. For best results, do this homemade hair mask once a month.
Not much is needed to create these homemade hair masks. To make life a little easier, use a blender to mix all the ingredients efficiently.
- 1X Whole Egg
- 150 ml Coconut Milk
- 2 TBSP Honey
- Vanilla Essence
Egg yolk is rich in vitamins, making hair more resistant to damage, especially useful for moisturizing hair that appears dry. Some of the nutrients found in eggs that have been linked to hair growth include vitamin A and E, biotin, omega 3, and folate. Egg yolk is rich in fats and proteins and is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted build-up and oil.
Coconut milk is high in fatty acids and vitamin E; it conditions the hair deeply and leaves it feeling soft and silky. Coconut milk is also loaded with proteins and other essential nutrients that boost the growth of hair follicles.
Honey is a humectant which means that it attracts moisture. It is known for sealing moisture into the hair and strengthens the hair follicles.
Vanilla Essence, extracted from vanilla beans, will add shine and promote a healthy environment for hair growth by eliminating toxins that build up. The smell is also heavenly!
Directions For Use:
Blend all ingredients and massage into dry hair, covering and massaging in from roots to tips. The mixture is quite runny so do it over the bath with your head upside down. You’ll need to scrape any remaining honey from the sides of the container and smear it into the tips of your hair. Cover your hair tightly with glad wrap or in a towel and leave on for 1-3 hours. Wash out under lukewarm water and lightly shampoo and condition for best results. Make sure the water you rinse with isn’t too hot, firstly it’s not very good for your hair to rinse with hot water, and secondly, you don’t want to land up with scrambled eggs!
Although not noticeable when first applied (thanks to the vanilla essence added in), the egg smell does tend to get stronger the longer you leave the mask on, but it does disappear after the mask is washed out. Fade after some time. Make very sure you cover your head properly in a towel or plastic bag to prevent it from going everywhere and leaving a lingering eggy smell.
2. Panna Cotta Hair Mask
Classic Panna Cotta is rich and silky and takes only minutes to make. It’s the perfect light treat, and now for your hair too!
The yogurt in this recipe, combined with the coconut oil, gives a silky texture. When added to gelatin and honey, it sets into the perfect dessert that fits into the palm of your hand! Smear it on solid or re-melt and massage it into your hair and scalp.
1 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 TBSP Honey
10g Gelatin Powder
Yogurt contains lactic acid that gently exfoliates and strips away dirt and dead skin, while the milk fat moisturizes the hair follicles.
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile products. We could go on for days about all the uses and benefits of coconut oil. I, for one, have a 1kg bucket of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil in the kitchen. Coconut oil makes its way into my life daily, without fail. But now for here are a few of the hair benefits:
Coconut oil is comprised mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, and as a result, the oil penetrates hair more deeply and faster than other conditioners. In coconut oil, Lauric acid also allows for the oil to be more easily absorbed into the hair shaft, making it a first choice hair oil for reducing protein loss from sun exposure or chemical treatments. So whether it be to moisturize and condition hair intensely, stimulate faster hair growth, detangling, or defeat dandruff, coconut oil is the answer.
Gelatin nourishes the entire hair strand but also has the ability to adhere especially well to damaged areas. By doing this, helps smooth hair cuticles, boost shine, and reduces breakage. Since it acts as a thickening agent, It will also add texture and volume to hair immediately.
Directions For Use:
Firstly you’ll need to melt the gelatin in some warm/hot water. Blend all the other ingredients and then mix in the melted gelatin. Use while it’s still melted and warm. If it’s left to set, warm it up again to help with spreadability. Lather into dry brushed hair from roots to tips, and leave in for about 1-3 hours. Wash out under lukewarm water and then lightly shampoo and condition for best results.
3. Chocolate Mousse Hair Mask
This hair mask is ideal for brunettes or darker hair tones. The cocoa powder naturally brings out the rich brown tones in hair and, when mixed with avocado, will give hair an unbelievable shine.
If you’ve got light-colored hair, remove the cocoa powder from the recipe. You won’t want to give this mask a miss. Repeat the mask every six weeks for best results.
Half an Avocado
1 TbspCocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp Honey
Avocados are an age-old beauty secret. When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, biotin, and vitamins A and E, avocados have the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and calming frizzy hair.
Cocoa powder contains proteins and high levels of antioxidants, helping the scalp grow longer, stronger, and healthier hair. Use cocoa powder in a hair mask or treatment for rich dark tones while adding moisture, shine, and volume.
Olive oil has been used for centuries as a natural conditioner. It is ideal if you have a lot of flyaways or split ends. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties help soothe an irritated scalp and even reduces damage done by hair care products. Locking in moisture and preventing dryness of the scalp makes your hair soft, smooth, and shiny.
Directions For Use:
Blend all ingredients and massage into dry, brushed hair from roots to tips and leave in for about 1-3 hours. Wash out under lukewarm water and then lightly shampoo and condition for best results. Ensure you cover your head properly in a towel or plastic bag to prevent the mousse from going everywhere.
Cocoa powder’s dark color makes it perfect for coloring and darkening hair; for this reason, omit the cocoa powder for treating blonde or lighter hair tones.
4. Banana Cream Hair Mask
The sugar component in this homemade hair mask recipe helps exfoliate the scalp. It easily dissolves and rinses out without leaving any residue on the hair. Give your scalp a good scrub once every 6 weeks to rid dead skin cells and make way for healthier, glowing skin.
1 Ripe Banana
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
As we all know, exfoliation is the cornerstone of a gorgeous complexion (as seen with my post on 5 Best Body Scrubs), but it’s also responsible for lustrous, healthy hair. Dull hair, clogged follicles, and itchy, flaky skin can be a result of too little exfoliation. Your scalp’s health visibly affects your hair. The brown sugar in this hair mask helps remove clogged impurities, and boosts the blood circulation of your hair follicles.
Bananas are great for your hair and scalp. They improve manageability and shine, prevent and control dandruff, and moisturise your scalp. They are rich in potassium, natural oils, and vitamins. All these nutrients help soften hair and protect the hair’s natural elasticity, preventing split ends and breakage. they also hydrate, nourish & strengthen your hair ends which seals off split ends
Directions For Use:
Blend all the ingredients together using a blender, mixer or simply mash the banana with a fork and mix with all the other ingredients. Massage into dry, brushed hair from roots to tips and leave in for about 1-3 hours. Wash out under lukewarm water and then lightly shampoo and condition for best results. Make sure you cover your head properly in a towel or plastic bag to prevent the mask from going everywhere
The egg smell although not noticeable when first applied (thanks to the vanilla essence added in), does tend to get stronger the longer you leave the mask on for, it does however disappear after the mask is washed out. fade after some time. Make very sure you cover your head properly in a towel or plastic bag to prevent it going everywhere and leaving a lingering eggy smell.
5. Egg Nog Hair Mask
Similarly to the first recipe, this too has egg and coconut milk however the addition of the olive oil is for deep conditioning, especially for dry hair and scalps.
You might find that one wash is not enough to get the oil out of your hair, if that’s the case wash a second time for best results.
1X Whole Egg
As we’ve already mentioned, olive oil is a natural conditioner that’s been used throughout history. It locks in moisture and prevents scalp dryness, leaving you with smooth and silky hair.
Directions For Use:
Mix ingredients together using a blender or mixer. Massage into dry, brushed hair from roots to tips, and leave in for about 1-3 hours. Wash out under lukewarm water and then lightly shampoo and condition for best results. Ensure you cover your head properly in a towel or plastic bag to prevent the mask from going everywhere.
Unfortunately, we don’t all have the time to sit with a hair mask for 1-3 hours. If you’re one of those people and need an alternative quick-fix solution, I have just that for you.
Place a tiny amount of coconut oil in the palm of your hand and rub the bristle tips of your brush into your hand. Once the brush bristles have been covered lightly in the oil, gently brush your hair, starting with the bottom underlying layers first, and concentrate on the ends. Do not start at the top of your head or place the oil directly from your hands into your hair; rather, use the brush. Your hair will be instantly shiny with less frizz and fly-away hairs.
Another great idea is adding some olive or coconut oil to your shampoo and massaging it as you wash your hair.