Occasionally I’ll post a photo or an idea on my Instagram or Facebook page about a natural hair mask. Many times I get questions about how you can nourish your hair in a natural way. There are a lot of different options and possibilities to nourish your hair, but keep in mind that each hair is different and needs other vitamins or minerals. When I eat something, I almost always think: Can I also make a hair mask from this? And often the answer is YES! In this blog I will discuss different ideas for natural hair masks and explain what these all do for your hair and when you can use it best. In addition, I will also give some personal tips to help you on your way with these hair masks.
TIP: Mix the hair masks with each other to get an ultimate result!
Honey to moisturize your hair.
Honey is a wonderfully hydrating product for dry hair. It makes your hair soft and shiny, your hair will feel immediately nourished. The best way is to use raw unheated honey for a honey hair mask. This honey still contains all the good nutrients and vitamins that your hair likes and needs. It does not only makes your hair soft, but it also nourishes your hair.
Honey can also be added to several other hair masks or you can add it to your washing method.
Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 12 tablespoons of warm water. Stir well until the honey is completely mixed with the water. It creates a watery mixture which you can gently divide over your scalp or the lengths of your hair. Put it on dry hair! This way your hair can absorb the honey. Then cover your hair with foil or a shower cap, this way your hair stay’s wet and the mask will not dry up into your hair.
TIP: Put the honey mixture into a sports bottle, this way your can divide it easier over your hair.
TIP2: Honey can be extremely hydrating for your hair, so I only put the honey on the lengths of my hair. If I use the honey on the roots of my hair, my hair seems to hydrated and flat.
TIP3: You can also use the honey as a pre-poo. You then use it before you wash your hair.
Egg for protein.
Maybe you heard about it before, but you can wash your hair with egg. Beside the fact that egg cleans your hair, it can also nourish your hair. Egg contains protein and this can nourish your hair extremely. In addition, egg can often be mixed with other natural products to make a nice hair mask. Use egg together with honey, yogurt, aloe vera or banana.
TIP: Wet your hair with lukewarm to cold water and also rinse the egg with lukewarm to cold water! This way you don’t have any egg particals in your hair.
TIP2: Only rinse your hair with the cold water. It is not necessary that you will stand under the cold water completely. You can read more about washing your hair or using an egg hair mask on my blog.
Avocado against dry and damaged hair.
Avocado is very suitable to nourish dry and damaged hair. Avocado is full of good vitamins and minerals and is a favorite among the hair masks. In addition, avocado is also very good for your skin, so you can also do a facial mask.
Avocado is full of vitamins A, B1, B2, E and D. So avocado gives your hair a very good boost and is also very nourishing for your scalp.
You can also mix avocado with other natural products such as egg, honey, banana, onion, yogurt etc.
TIP: Make sure you puree the avocado very well. Use a blender, if necessary, to make sure there are no hard peaces.
TIP2: Cover your hair with foil after you put the mask into your hair to make sure your hair does not dry with the avocado into your hair.
TIP3: Rinsing out the avocado can be a bit tricky. If you think the avocado is out of your hair, dry your hair and look in the mirror. When you still see some pieces, you can brush your hair and then rinse again.
Banana for strong hair.
A hair mask with banana, it may sound a little weird, but it’s not weird at all. Banana contains many vitamins and minerals that are very nice for dry, damaged and porous hair. Banana is full of antioxidants, enzymes, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamin A, B6, B12, E and F. In addition, banana also has an antibacterial effect, which again is very nice for an eczema sensitive or psoriasis sensitive scalp. Banana makes your hair also stronger.
Do you have an old banana that you don’t really want to eat anymore? Mash it, if necessary, use a blender and nourish your hair and your scalp with this delicious hair mask.
Banana can also be mixed with one of the other hair masks.
TIP: Banana can also be very difficult to rinse out of your hair. Do the same as with avocado. Rinse your hair as thoroughly, dry it lightly, look in the mirror if you still see any pieces of banana, brush your hair, and rinse again.
TIP2: Cover your hair with foil to ensure that your banana does not dry up into your hair.
Applesauce mask against build-up.
The Applesauce mask, maybe you’ve seen it pass by and you thought: ‘Weird! What is it for?’ But it’s not so weird. An applesauce hair mask is very useful! Applesauce is not so much a hydrating and nourishing hair mask, it is meant to get build up out of your hair. You can have build up from the hard minerals in your water or if your hair is to hydrated. You can even use it when you used to much glycerin. For example, if you have hard water, those minerals can remain into your hair after you washed it. This can again make your hair look greasy, lifeless and weight down. This can also happen if your hair is to hydrated. This is why I don’t apply the honey on my roots. Honey is very hydrating for your hair and when I apply this at my roots, my roots look greasy.
When you want to make an applesauce hair mask, it is best that you use green apples. These are more sour and this will help to clean your hair from any build up.
CAUTION: An applesauce mask does not remove sebum! Your hair can look cleaner after the mask because it has removed the build-up, not because it removed sebum!
But how do you make an applesauce mask? That’s very simple!
- Depending on the length of your hair, choose the amount of apples you need. For short hair; 1 apple, for longer hair to over the shoulders; 2 apples.
- Remove the skin of the apple, remove the middle and cut the apple into small pieces.
- Put the apple pieces in a pan and add 100 ml of water.
- Allow the apples to boil until they are completely soft and drain the water.
- Puree the apples with a blender ,or an other mixer, to a smooth mixture
- Pour the mixture through a sieve so that all the large pieces are out of the mix. A spatula or a spoon is very useful.
- Wait until the applesauce had cooled down. Then you can divide the mask over your wet hair.
- Cover your hair with foil to ensure that the mask does not dry up into with your hair.
- Let the mask sit for at least half an hour and then rinse thoroughly.
TIP: Check your hair thoroughly after rinsing and check if you don’t have any apple pieces into your hair. If this is not the case, brush your hair and then rinse your hair again.
Aloe Vera hairmask or as a leave-in.
Aloe Vera, we know it all! Aloe Vera Gel has recently become a big favorite of mine. I bought an aloe vera plant myself, but it is not so big, so I also bought a bottle of Aloe vera gel.
Aloe Vera works soothing for your hair and your scalp. Aloe vera is full of vitamins and minerals, works healing and caring against irritated scalp and brings moisture into your hair because it contains a lot of water.
The Aloe vera gel can be used as a hair mask, or as a natural leave-in. Divide the gel over wet hair and leave it in your hair or rinse it out again after half an hour. In addition, you also have pure natural aloe Vera powder! With this powder you can make a hair mask by mixing it with some water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of aloe vera powder with some water until you have a smooth paste. Divide this paste over your hair and scalp and let it sit for half an hour.
|This looks nice right?
Don’t forget the foil on top of your hair if you want to rinse the Aloe vera gel or the powder from your hair again! The foil keeps your hair moist!
TIP: Aloe Vera gel is also very nice for curly hair! Curly hair is naturally dry hair and can use some extra moisture. Aloe Vera is also full of water, which will give your hair a big boost. You can use it as a leave in and squish to condish with the aloe vera gel.
TIP2: If you buy a jar/bottle of Aloe vera gel you should pay attention to the ingredients list. Not all Aloe vera gel is as pure as that the packaging says. Buy a gel that is as pure as possible, or otherwise buy an aloe vera plant. These look nice and are very handy at the same time!
Onion for hair growth.
Onion for your hair? It sounds dirty and a lot of hassle, but apparently it helps really good against hair loss! You have to use the juice from the onion, so I think you need to use a juice machine.
Onion juice works antibacterial and therefore works very good against hair loss when you have alopecia, eczema, psoriasis or dandruff. Onion juice promotes blood flow to the hair follicles, it makes your hair strong and the sulfur in the onion juice stimulates the production of collagen on your scalp. All of this ensures better hair growth and healthier hair. What more do you want? But to remember this, you have to let the onion juice sit into your hair for a while.
TIP: Divide the onion juice only on your scalp, use it as Pre-poo: Before shampooing! And let the juice sit for about half an hour and then rinse it out. After that you can wash your hair!
Yogurt for protein and moisture.
Looking for a nice moisturizing hair mask with some protein? Then choose Yogurt, espaccially the Greek yogurt! This one contains a lot of protein. Beside the protein are there also a lot of fats in Greek yogurt, so I would definitely use it as a pre-poo (before you wash your hair). Yogurt also makes your hair soft and easy to comb through, a real must! Divide the yogurt over wet hair, and do not forget to wrap your hair in foil! I can’t say it often enough, but it’s so handy, so the yogurt does not dry into your hair. Yogurt can easily mix yogurt you with another natural product for your hair.
Mayonnaise for soft and strong hair.
Mayonnaise in your hair? I think it sounds very dirty. But you should keep in mind is that mayonnaise is actually nothing more than egg, vinegar, a little lemon juice and some oil. All ingredients that nourish your hair. It is best to choose homemade mayonnaise and not the one from the store! In those are so many questionable ingredients, which you do not want in your hair.
The egg yolk in the mayonnaise cleanse your hair and makes it strong! Egg yolk is packed with protein and nourishes your hair enormously. In addition, the vinegar and oil make your hair deliciously soft and nourish these products your hair considerably. It seems to me a great product!
I haven’t tried it myself yet, will you let me know if you like it?
Carrot juice for a vitamin boost.
Buy a bunch of carrots, grab the juicer and start juicing! Carrot juice is super good for your hair and scalp! Carrot juice is full of vitamins A, K, C and B. Carrot juice is a boost for your hair and gives your hair strength and shine. In addition, it is also very good for your scalp, because carrot juice has an antibacterial function and works well against an eczema/psoriasis sensitive scalp.
Besides this all, you can use carrot juice also for a face mask. It works really good againd pigmentation.
TIP: If you have blond hair you should try the carrot juice first on one piece of hair. It can discolour blond hair.
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The Ayurvedic herbs.
And finally, the Ayurvedic hair herbs! Yes there are so many, but this way you can mix and try them all out if you want. Some ayurvedic hair herbs are very nice for your scalp. Like Neem powder! It is a favorite of mine. Works very good against an irritated and restless skin, but is also really nice if you have psoriasis/eczema sensitive (scalp) skin. I use this often as a face mask, it soothes and cools your skin. But can also be used as a hair mask.
The Ayurvedic hair herbs can also be used to wash your hair. You can read all about the ayurvedic herbs on my blog.
|A face mask with Neem powder
When you notice that these protein masks are not enough for your hair, you can choose to use hydrolyzed protein. Hydrolyzed protein is small enough to penetrate your hair and really restore damage. It is also liquid and you and add it really easy to one of the hair masks above. You can read more about hydrolyzed protein on my blog.
SUPER TIP: To get a REALLY optimal result and really get everything out of your hair mask, you could also use a Heat Cap when you have put a mask into your hair. The warmth of the Heat cap opens the cuticles of your hair. This way all the good vitamins and minerals can really penetrate your hair. You can read more about this heat cap on my blog.
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2 Replies to “Natural hair masks + some personal tips!”
Is it better for those with sensitive skin to use homemade products for treatment?
Yes natural products are way better for sensitive skin because they don’t take away all the natural oils from your scalp.