Have your locks lost their luster amid winter’s dry indoor heat and blustery winds? Do you find yourself spending long hours in the mirror wishing you had been born with anyone else’s head of hair?
You don’t have to drop a bundle on a pricey salon to breathe new life and love into your tresses. Most formulations use natural ingredients anyway — but they lade them with chemicals and preservatives. Yuck. Keep your locks lustrous and healthy with these five homemade hair mask remedies for every type and texture of hair.
Do you have oily, dandruff-prone hair? If so, beer might become your new best friend. It’s packed with B-vitamins and minerals like silicon and selenium to restore life to damaged tresses. Best of all, the ethanol whisks away oil from your strands, so this recipe won’t weigh your ‘do down the way some heavier versions will.
Dandruff results from a species of yeast. Wait — isn’t there yeast in beer? Won’t adding more of it cause increased problems? Welcome to the wonderful world of microorganisms. The going theory is that replacing the unhealthy form of yeast with a different variety that doesn’t make your skin flake balances it out.
Although there’s no scientific evidence to support this theory to date, it has plenty of anecdotal backing. Scientists know that eating foods like kombucha and yogurt that introduce friendly intestinal bacteria into your microbiota can improve gut health, so it seems reasonable to try.
Shampoo your hair as usual. Apply this mask and wait five minutes — perhaps shaving your legs — then rinse with cool water.
Here’s a recipe if you’ve started to notice more hair in the sink or tub after you groom yourself. Eggs are glorious for nurturing your hair inside when eaten and outside when used as a mask. The variety you buy matters. They might cost a bit more, but free-range eggs from naturally grass-fed hens are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
However, please don’t feel dismayed if all you have are the discount variety you bought at the store. They’re still packed with biotin, a component of hair growth that helps stop the shed. It also is rich in vitamins A, D, E, K and trace minerals like copper and zinc.
You’ll need a bit of time for this mask to work, so it’s handy to have a cap on hand. Mix the ingredients, rub into your clean hair and scalp and leave for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse using a gentle, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free shampoo to break up any clumps.
Rosemary and Gingko help stimulate blood flow and circulation to your scalp to further prevent shedding.
Here’s the perfect mask if you simply need to restore luster to locks that have become a bit dull and lifeless. It works best on shades lighter than jet black. That’s because honey contains glucose oxidase, a substance that bleaches your hair. Please keep in mind that you won’t suddenly turn platinum. The process is mild and takes a long time to show results. This mask only makes your hair a bit brighter.
It also nourishes your locks with essential nutrients. Its humectant molecules bind with your hair, trapping water and keeping your strands moist. It’s also a natural antifungal and antimicrobial, making this recipe another great one for dandruff if your hair also runs to the dry side of the spectrum.
Prepare your mixture and apply it to cleanly washed hair. Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse, using an SLS free shampoo to remove any remaining sticky bits.
Here’s the perfect mask for dry, curly hair. It’s also a great deep conditioner if your ends split while your scalp stays oily. You can apply it to the ends of your hair only before you wash.
Avocados are a rich plant-based source of vitamin E. This nutrient helps form a protective barrier around your hair to safeguard it from damaging UV rays and environmental pollution. You can skip the olive oil if your hair tends to get greasy. However, it’s also rich in this substance, and rinsing without shampooing leaves your curly locks more manageable.
Mix the ingredients and apply to clean hair. Leave for five to ten minutes and rinse without using additional shampoo for best results.
You might want to update your look for spring. That doesn’t necessarily mean dropping a bundle on a salon.
Regardless of your unique strand profile, there’s a homemade mask to improve your locks. Try one of the four homemade hair mask remedies above and enjoy a healthy, confident look.