The Ultimate DIY Hair Masks

My Top Tips for Healthy & Shiny Hair

Who doesn’t want healthy, shiny, long and bouncy hair? But let’s be real, we don’t always treat our hair the best way. Next to air pollution, cold weather, and wearing hats, we also curl, straighten, comb and wash our hair too often. Harsh chemicals in lots of products might have taken its toll on it as well. 

People always ask me what I do, for shiny, long and healthy hair.  I´m not gonna lie – I for sure have good genes when it comes to that because I don’t always treat it right. However, I do have my tips and tricks for strong and healthy hair, which I would like to share with you. Healthy nutrition is my top tip: Oats, Nuts, apricots, tofu, lentils, broccoli and eggs are especially good for healthy hair. If you aren’t a vegetarian like me, fish (especially salmon) is also recommended for shiny hair. High water intake also supports beautiful and healthy hair.

Besides good genes and a healthy lifestyle, there is another way to care for your hair: Hair masks. Store-bought conditioners are very often stuffed with unnecessary and chemical ingredients, therefore I recommend creating your own at home do-it-yourself (DIY) hair masks. I would recommend using raw, organic, wholesome, and natural products, to ensure you are covering your hair only with the best of the best products. 

For some ingredients there is no scientific evidence, that shows evidence-based improvements, however these are hair mask I tried myself and can tell a difference in the before and after. 

You can get as creative as you want to and play around with the ingredients. The best thing about these DIY hair masks is, that you will have 90% of the ingredients already at home. 


Quick Tips

  • To avoid a greasy look, oily hair masks should only be applied on half the length of your hair 
  • All other hair masks can be used on your scalp as well
  • I personally avoid any hair masks that include egg as it is very hard to wash out
  • If you use egg in your hair mask, wash with cold water only 
  • Application time depends on your preference. I would recommend at least 20 to 30 minutes but can also be left in overnight. 

Banana & Olive Oil Hair Mask

A frizz controlling, repairing and moisturizing hair mask for dry hair


Procedure

  • Blend half a banana and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a food processor 
  • Apply to wet and washed hair 
  • Apply this mask only on half of the hair length – the scalp should be left out 
  • Leave in for 20-30 minutes 
  • Carefully wash and clean your hair with hot water 

*Additionally you can use the banana peels to reduce dark and puffy under eyes 


Health Benefits

Banana

  • folic acids make your hair shine
  • deep hydrates
  • high silica content combats frizzy hair
  • antioxidant properties especially good for your scalp


Olive Oil

  • promotes  silky hair
  • improving hair elasticity
  • moisturizes and softens your hair structure
  • cures dandruff 
  • treats split ends
  • combats frizz

Cinnamon & Aloe Vera Hair Mask

A moisturizing and rejuvenating hair mask for thin & flat hair


Procedure

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera and 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon in a bowl 
  • Apply to wet and washed hair and massage scalp
  • Leave in for a minimum of 20 minutes 
  • Tingly sensations on the scalp might occur
  • Gen clean the hair with warm water 

 

Health Benefits

Cinnamon 

  • stimulates hair growth 
  • acts as a scalp cleanser
  • hair smells all Christmassy
  • might lighten your hair when used often, without going into the sun, 


Aloe Vera

  • contains proteolytic enzymes that repair dead scalp skin
  • reduces dandruff
  • moisturizes and conditions your hair without putting more weight into it
  • leaves your hair shiny, healthy and voluminous 

Greek Yogurt, Honey & Coconut Oil Hair Mask

A strengthening and high protein hair mask for hair with split ends

 

Procedure

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan and mix with 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Add the cooled mixture to the yogurt (3 tablespoons) and stir until well combined 
  • Apply to wet and washed hair 
  • Apply this hair mask only on half of the hair length – the scalp should be left out 
  • Leave in for 20-30 minutes 
  • Carefully wash and clean your hair with hot water 

 

Health Benefits

Yogurt 

  • high protein to nourish your hair cells and  keeping your hair smooth
  • conditions hair
  • may prevent baldness/ combatting hair fall
  • lactic acid to cleanse the scalp
  • fatty acids supporting hair growth
  • anti-inflammatory properties for a healthy scalp 

 

Honey  

  • controls frizz
  • moisturizes damaged hair ends
  • emollients soften your hair and smooth hair follicles resulting in shiny and soft hair
  • promotes hair growth
  • seals the hair structure

 

Coconut Oil

  • prevents hair breakage
  • moisturizes
  • reduces protein loss in hair cells
  • chemical structure of coconut oil protects hair 
  • contains mostly fatty acids which are absorbed easy and deep into your hair, other oils usually only coat the hair

Avocado, Yogurt and Olive Oil or Lemon Hair Mask

A deep-conditioning and smoothing hair mask for damaged hair 


Procedure 

  • Blend half an Avocado in a food processor 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Stir until well combined *
  • Add lemon if your hair tends to be oily  
  • Apply to wet and washed hair 
  • Apply this hair mask only on half of the hair length – the scalp should be left out 
  • Leave in for 20-30 minutes 
  • Carefully wash and clean your hair with hot water 

*well combined = 100% creamy, unless you want to pick pieces of Avo out of your hair (!)


Health Benefits 

Avocado 

  • fat-rich fruit 
  • moisturizes and softens your hair structure
  • volume booster for bouncy and shiny hair
  • rejuvenating
  • promotes hair growth 


Yogurt 

  • high protein to nourish your hair cells keeping your hair smooth
  • conditions hair
  • may combat hair fall
  • lactic acid (cleansing properties)
  • fatty acids supporting hair growth
  • anti-inflammatory properties


Olive Oil

  • promotes silky hair
  • improving hair elasticity
  • moisturizes and softens your hair structure
  • cures dandruff
  • treats split ends 
  • combats frizz


Lemon (optional)

  • add lemon if your hair tends to be oily 

Let me know what your favorite hair mask is and which one worked best for you!  If you have any further questions or if you are interested in any kind of exchange or a conversation, please leave a comment down below.

I´m always happy to have a little chat.

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