Are you tired of paying for hair care treatments at the salon, or browsing the hair care aisle for too long, wondering which conditioning product will work best for you? Take a step back and head right to your kitchen. Avocados, eggs and bananas aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Here are seven foods that double as excellent natural hair masks.
This tasty fruit not only serves as toast’s BFF — it can also soothe your scalp, prevent dandruff and promote long, strong hair growth. Avocados are rich in vitamins A and E, and contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids. This works well as a pre-wash mask.
How To: Mash one to two ripe avocados in a bowl (depending on hair length) and spread throughout hair from roots to ends. Leave on for 20 minutes. Use a shower cap for deeper conditioning. Rinse thoroughly, then wash your hair normally.
2. Egg Yolks
Both vitamins A and E plus the biotin in egg yolks help to moisturize hair and make it resistant to damage. Use them to create a mask to provide a deep moisturizing treatment for your tresses.
How To: Separate the yolk from the egg white and lightly whisk. Coat the top of your scalp and the ends of your hair with the yolk. Let the liquid sit on your hair for about an hour. Cover with a plastic cap for deeper conditioning. Rinse with lukewarm water, and wash your hair normally.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a great post-wash, pre-conditioning rinse that removes product buildup from your hair. This solution leaves locks shiny and smooth, thanks to apple cider vinegar’s acetic acid.
How To: Mix one cup of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Using a spoon or squirt bottle, saturate the hair with the mixture after washing. Rinse thoroughly.
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil stimulates hair growth by penetrating deep into the hair follicles. It can add luster, shine and softness to hair, plus prevent breakage. This works well as either a pre-wash treatment or conditioner.
How To: Spoon a heaping amount of oil into a sauce pan and melt over the stove until liquid. Coat hair with the melted oil when cooled, and wear a shower cap for 20 minutes before washing, if used as a pre-wash treatment. Repeat the same steps after washing if used as a conditioner.
Rich in potassium, carbohydrates and vitamins, bananas improve the manageability and shine of hair. They also helps soften hair, promote elasticity, and protect against split ends and breakage. This works well as a pre-wash treatment mask.
How To: Mix 1 ripe banana with 1 tablespoon of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply to the ends of clean, dry hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo and condition as usual.
6. Raw Honey
Raw honey enzymes and nutrients boost hair health and shine without weighing it down. This works well as either a hair conditioner post-wash, or a deep conditioning treatment for use after regular conditioning.
How To: Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Begin at ends and work up towards your scalp. Allow it to sit on your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
7. Olive Oil
Dry and combination hair types can benefit from olive oil instead of standard conditioners. Olive oil seals in moisture and protects the hair’s natural keratin. It also prevents breakage, split ends and frizz during winter months.
How To: Coat hair with ⅓ or ¼ cup of olive oil (depending on length) after shampooing. Allow to sit in hair for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Pro Tip: Use olive oil as a styling aid by applying sparingly to your fingertips. Run fingers through hair to tame flyaways and frizz. Use as needed for day-to-day touchups.
Do you dabble in DIY hair masks? Let us know about your go-to recipe in the comments!
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