Homemade hair masks are a great way to give your hair some love. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. You will also find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t.
So the more creative you get with trying out new DIY hair masks, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?
But there is some information that will help you be more successful with your homemade beauty endeavors from the get-go. Read on for some tips to make your hair masks worth it!
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How to make a homemade hair mask
First of all, to make your own homemade hair mask you want to check the status of your hair. Is it dry and brittle? Damaged? Or are you trying to fight frizz? Depending on this you might want to use different ingredients for your mask.
(I know, there can be way more hair problems. Here I just picked the most common ones.)
Homemade hair mask for dry hair
Naturally, dry hair needs moisture. So you definitely want to put an ingredient to remedy that. A very good example is Aloe Vera gel*. Combine it with something fatty, like Avocado or egg. Or mix it directly with olive oil, macadamia oil… whichever oil you have around! Be careful with coconut oil though, for some people it has a rather drying effect!
My personal favorite is this recipe for a homemade hair mask for dry hair.
Homemade hair mask for damaged hair
If you have damaged hair the decision about the ingredients for your DIY mask is not so straightforward. First of all, you cannot “repair” hair. So while doing a mask is gonna help you have healthier hair in the future, split ends will not magically be glued back together – Sorry!
However, there are some hair treatments that can make your hair more resistant to damage like rough clothes or treatment. (No hair treatment can protect your locks from bleaching and heat! Just minimize that or don’t do it at all!)
A popular treatment to start building a protective layer around the hair is Cassia for hair. As damaged hair oftentimes is already dry, make sure to put a little oil, yogurt or Aloe Vera gel* into the mix as well!
Homemade hair mask for frizzy hair
Frizzy hair needs a little weight to it. While doing a hair mask will not be the final solution to your frizz problem, it can help for your hair to be less dry.
Basically, you want to use similar ingredients as the people with dry hair. Make sure to use nothing drying, nothing too strong. Definitely no alcohol in your products! And if you decide to add oil, make sure it’s a sealing one, as those can help with frizz.
How to apply a homemade hair mask
So now that you successfully mixed up your hair mask, you need to get it onto your hair somehow. Depending on the consistency, there are different ways to apply it to your hair.
If it has a creamy consistency, more like a hair pudding, consider just taking it into your hands. This way you can distribute it evenly and really work it into the hair.
If your homemade hair mask turns out to be totally liquid, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles.
Use this hack for applying most hair masks
Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it as a cream, too firm to use a spray bottle. For this kind of homemade hair mask, I will tell you a little trick. Simply go to your crafting corner or the nearest arts and crafts supply store and pick up a paintbrush like this one*. (Just make sure it’s a clean one, of course!)
This way you can “paint” your hair with your homemade hair mask without dripping it everywhere. Genius, right? I use this all the time especially for hair masks with staining ingredients. Definitely don’t want my Cassia for hair to become Cassia for the floor…
How to make your DIY hair mask for effective
A good way to make your homemade mask a little more effective is to wrap your head after applying the mask. This keeps it warm and allows for the ingredients to really soak into your hair.
Try avoiding towels that could damage your hair. Instead, opt for a microfiber towel* or simply an old T-shirt. Ideally, you warm your towel up a little beforehand. Simply put it on the heater and enjoy the spa-feeling!
Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?
Another question that comes up is how long to leave on your hair mask. Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. And in most of the cases, the answer is: Yes, definitely! (Unless your mask contains a very drying or a coloring ingredient, that is.)
Usually, the only thing you need to take care of is protecting your clothes and bed sheets. So if you are planning on leaving your hair treatment in your hair overnight, make you wrap it thoroughly in an old T-shirt or towel. If your hair mask contains oil, do not use your favorite towel!! Oil can be super hard to wash out and tends to ruin towels in the long term.
You can also save yourself the trouble and simply wash out your hair mask after 30 to 60 minutes though. It is better for your hair to not stay wet for too long. And all the benefits of your DIY hair mask happen in that time. It doesn’t get more effective by leaving it on longer.
Do you use homemade hair masks?
Are DIY hair masks part of your beauty routine? Do you have a favorite hair mask or just favorite ingredients? Let me know in the comments and remember to pin this to your hair care board!
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