A homemade hair mask should regularly be part of your long hair care. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. In addition, you will find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t. So the longer you stay with it, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?
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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
This one 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! (If you have a lot of split ends but don’t want to lose all your length, check my post on how to stop split ends.)
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 (I will write another full article about this), 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!).
How to apply a homemade hair mask
Depending on the consistency of your DIY hair mask, 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 like my homemade conditioner with MSM, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles. Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it like 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…
Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?
Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. 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.
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