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21 Best Home Made Hair Masks for Healthy Hair

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If healthy, radiant, color-rich hair is on your must-have list, your first stop should be your kitchen – not the salon.

We all know how damaging conventional hair coloring and styling can be, but a homemade hair mask using natural ingredients may be the key to boosting the natural color and health of your mane.

Luckily, we’ve got 21 recipes and the scoop on how to apply these masks!

In this extensive list, you will find:

Part 1 – Boosting Your Hair Color

Recipe #1: The Sexy Brunette

woman with no dandruff

If you want to darken your tresses, forget spending a fortune at the salon or buying toxic hair dye. Use this DIY mask to enhance your natural color.

Honey adds moisture while the acidity in the vinegar and yogurt open up the hair shaft to allow cocoa’s brown pigment to soak into each strand.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder (organic preferred)
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (the one with the “mother”)
  • 1/2 Cup plain yogurt

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Shampoo your hair as normal.
  3. Squeeze out any excess moisture.
  4. Apply the mixture and spread it from root to tip.
  5. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  6. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  7. Rinse and condition as normal.

Pay attention: We recommend applying the mixture in the shower and wrapping up your hair before you get out. Things can get a bit messy!

Recipe #2: The Sensual Blonde

young attractive blonde girl

Enhance your golden locks with a bit of lemon, a pinch of honey, a splash of chamomile tea and a potato. Yes, you read that right – a potato.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Lemon (juice)
  • 1 Raw potato
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 Cup chamomile tea

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Brew the chamomile tea, and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Squeeze the lemon.
  3. Grate the potato.
  4. Blend the lemon juice and potato to create a paste.
  5. Pour the cooled chamomile tea.
  6. Shampoo your hair, and squeeze out excess moisture.
  7. Apply the paste from root to tip.
  8. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  9. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  10. Rinse and condition as normal.

Keep in mind: The acid in the lemon opens the hair shaft to allow the other ingredients to soak in and boost your color.

Recipe #3: The Passionate Red Head

woman with frizzy hair

This mask will boost your ginger tresses while adding vital nutrients to your hungry mane.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Carrots
  • 3 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 Cup cranberries

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Blend the carrots and cranberries in a food processor to create a paste.
  2. Add the yogurt and honey to the mixture.
  3. Shampoo your hair, and squeeze out excess moisture.
  4. Apply the paste from root to tip.
  5. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  6. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  7. Rinse and condition as normal.

Keep in mind: With these mask recipes, you’re well on your way to hydrating your hair, taming frizz, and boosting your color.

In this extensive list, you will find:

Part 2 – For Weak, Dry & Damaged Hair

Recipe #4: The Coco-Olive Mask

hair mask from coconut oil

Damaged, dry hair needs all the moisture it can get – and coconut oil is just the oil for the job. The olive oil will provide healthy fats and nutrients while taming frizz and adding more moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Parts coconut oil
  • 1 part extra virgin olive oil

Keep in mind: Choose the appropriate proportions for your hair type. If you have fine hair, use a smaller amount. A little goes a long way with these oils.

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Mix the olive oil and coconut oil together in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mask to damp hair, focusing mainly on the ends.
  3. Wrap your hair in a bun, and put on a shower cap (or use plastic wrap).
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for 15-30 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Keep in mind: Take your time when rinsing and shampooing, especially if you have fine hair. Otherwise, you may wind up with a greasy head afterward.

Recipe #5: The Sweet & Oily Banana Mask

This sweet and oily mask combines four magical ingredients to nourish, moisturize and repair your damaged hair.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Ripe bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Blend the ripe bananas in a blender or food processor.
  2. Combine the olive oil, coconut oil, and honey in a bowl.
  3. Add the banana mixture.
  4. Apply the mask to damp hair.
  5. Wrap your hair in a bun and put a shower cap on top.
  6. Allow the mixture to sit for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Rinse and wash as normal.

Tip: Make sure the banana is mixture is smooth. If it’s not, you’ll be picking banana bits out of your hair for days.

Recipe #6: The Green Egg Mask

avocado

This mask combines two unusual ingredients for your hair: avocados and eggs. The protein in eggs adds strength and shine while avocado nourishes and moisturizes hair.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1/2 Avocado

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Blend the avocado in a blender food processor until you have a smooth and creamy paste.
  2. Add in the egg yolks, and whisk until smooth.
  3. Apply to wet hair from root to tip.
  4. Wrap your hair in a bun and place a shower cap on top.
  5. Allow the mask to sit for about 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse with cool water.
  7. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: Rinsing with cool water is essential, so don’t ignore the 6th step. If the water is too warm, the egg will cook on your head, and you’ll be picking out bits of yolk from your mane (yuck).

Recipe #7: The Greek Mask

Yogurt, honey and olive oil – three things the Greeks love, and three things your hair loves, too. Honey acts as a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your hair. Yogurt opens the shaft to allow the moisture in, and olive oil hydrates while nourishing your tresses.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 Cup yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Apply to wet hair from root to tip, but pay close attention to the ends.
  3. Wrap your hair in a shower cap.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: Apply this mask once per week for best results.

Recipe #8: The Yoggy Mask

fresh eggs

The Yoggy mask strengthens and repairs hair to restore your beautiful tresses. Yogurt and egg both have vital proteins your hair needs for optimal elasticity.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup plain yogurt

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Whisk egg and yogurt together.
  2. Apply to wet hair.
  3. Wrap your hair in a shower cap.
  4. Allow the mixture to sit for 40-60 minutes.
  5. Rinse with cold water (see note in recipe 13 about washing out eggs).
  6. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: If your hair is sensitive to protein, you may want to skip this mask, as it may make your hair even drier.

Recipe #9: The Green Moisturizer

Have I mentioned how amazing avocado is for your hair? It’s loaded with vitamins and proteins, like vitamin E. Both honey and olive oil are loaded with nutrients and moisturizing properties, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Blend avocado in a blender or food processor until smooth and lump-free.
  2. Add honey and olive oil to the mix.
  3. Apply to damp hair.
  4. Wrap in a shower cap.
  5. Let the mask sit for 40 minutes.
  6. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Recipe #10: The Sour Egg

lemon

For dry, damaged hair, egg is an excellent treatment. It adds protein for strength and acts as a natural conditioner. Lemon naturally lightens hair (slightly) while opening up the hair shaft so that the egg can work its magic.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Egg
  • Few drops of lemon juice

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine egg and lemon juice, and whisk until frothy.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair.
  3. Wrap in a shower cap.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 60 minutes.
  5. Rinse with cold water.
  6. Shampoo and condition.

Recipe #11: The Sweet & Sour Yogurt

If you have oily, damaged hair, yogurt should be your new best friend. Loaded with protein and lactic acid (which keeps follicles clear), this mask will hydrate your hair while building strength.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1 Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine yogurt, honey and apple cider vinegar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to wet hair.
  3. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  4. Let the mixture sit for 40 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition.

Pay attention: Repeat the treatment once per week for optimal results.

Recipe #12: The Oily Aloe

ingredients for avocado mask

Aloe Vera, olive oil, and egg yolk work together to restore vital moisture, strengthen strands and nourish your hair.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 4 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the Aloe Vera gel and olive oil, and mix well.
  3. Apply the mask to your hair.
  4. Wrap your hair in a shower cap.
  5. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse and wash your hair as normal.

Tip: For best results, leave the mask on overnight, and shower in the morning.

Recipe #13: The Hot & Sweet Milk

Warm milk and honey – the perfect combination for dry, damaged hair. The honey attracts moisture while the milk helps rebuild damaged strands.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups milk (whole milk preferred)
  • 2 Teaspoons of honey

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Add the milk and honey to a bowl, and stir until combined.
  2. Apply the mask to damp hair – from root to tip.
  3. Massage the mixture into your scalp for two minutes.
  4. Cover your hair, and allow the mask to sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse, and wash your hair as normal.

Tip: Use whole milk. It’s thicker and has more beneficial fats for your hair. If you must use skim milk, you may need to add some wheat flour into the mix to thicken it up.

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Part 3 – For Dull & Frizzy Hair

Recipe #14: The Mixed Fruit Mask

cantaloupe

Dry, damaged hair leads to frizz. Moisture will help tame your wild mane and keep frizz at bay. The ingredients in this mask will not only hydrate your hair but feed it vital nutrients and healthy fats.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup avocados
  • 1/2 Cup bananas
  • 1/4 Cup cantaloupe
  • 1 Tablespoon of wheatgerm oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of yogurt

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Blend ingredients together in a blender or food processor.
  2. Shampoo your hair and wring out any excess moisture.
  3. Apply the mask all over your hair, from root to tip.
  4. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  5. Let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Rinse and condition as normal.

Tip: Make sure the mixture is smooth. Clumps will make it hard to wash out the mask. Apply this mask once a week, and watch frizz vanish before your eyes.

Recipe #15: The Sweet Eggy Mayo Mask

This mask requires just three ingredients that you already have in your kitchen: eggs, mayonnaise, and honey. Mayonnaise is the ultimate de-frizzer while egg adds much-needed protein for strength, and honey moisturizes your thirsty mane.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise (use real mayonnaise – not Miracle Whip or vegan substitutes)
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl until it’s frothy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Wet your hair, and remove any excess moisture.
  4. Apply the mask to your hair.
  5. Wind your hair up into a bun, and cover with a shower cap.
  6. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes.
  7. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: Use cold water to rinse out the mask. Even slightly warm water will cook the egg, which will make it difficult to wash out the mixture. Apply weekly or bi-weekly for best results.

Recipe #16: The Banana Goes Nuts Mask

banana

Two ingredients are all you need to make this nourishing, hydrating mask that will blast away frizz: banana and almond oil.

Banana moisturizes hair while providing vital nutrients and strength. Almond oil delivers vitamins and healthy fats while penetrating the scalp to strengthen hair roots.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 Teaspoon of almond oil
  • 2 Ripe bananas

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. In a blender, puree the banana to create a smooth paste.
  2. Combine the banana puree and the almond oil in a small bowl. Mix well.
  3. Apply the mask to damp hair from root to tip.
  4. Tie your hair in a bun, and cover with plastic wrap or a shower cap.
  5. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes.
  6. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: Use cold water here. Warm water will make it harder to wash out the banana mixture.

Recipe #17: The Green Milk Mask

Three simple ingredients are all you need for this mask: coconut milk, avocado, and olive oil. All three work together to stimulate growth, repair damage, tame frizz and add moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup coconut milk
  • 1 Small avocado (make sure it’s ripe)
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Add the ripe avocado to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add the olive oil and coconut milk.
  3. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Apply the mixture to wet hair, taking the time to massage into the scalp and downward to damaged ends.
  5. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.
  7. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Tip: Make sure the mixture is smooth before applying it to your hair. Lumps of avocado will make the mixture hard to wash out – and messy, too.

Recipe #18: The Sweet Coco-Yogo Mask

plain yogurt

The three ingredients in this sweet hair mask will boost strength, hydrate, and tame frizz. Which ingredients are we talking about? Just yogurt, honey, and coconut oil.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 Tablespoon of coconut oil (1/2 if you have thick hair)
  • 2 Tablespoons of yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Apply the mask to wet hair from root to tip.
  3. Massage the mixture into your scalp.
  4. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse and wash as normal.

Pay attention: Apply once a week for best results.

Recipe #19: The Sweet Water Trick

The Sweet Water Trick is more of a frizz-fixer than a mask. If you’re battling a serious case of the frizzies, this homemade hairspray will get you back on track.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Pack of sugar (about a teaspoon)
  • 1 Cup of water

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine the sugar and water.
  2. Pour some of the mixture onto your palms.
  3. Apply to dry hair.

Keep in mind: The mixture will create a slight “crunch,” but you can say good-bye to frizz.

Recipe #20: The Drunken Egg Mask

two beers

The Drunken Egg Mask is a fitting name for this treatment, which uses the power of beer, egg and sunflower oil to hydrate hair, add incredible gloss and smooth away frizz.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 Cup flat beer
  • 1 Raw egg
  • 1 Teaspoon sunflower oil

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Apply to damp hair from root to tip.
  3. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cool water and wash as normal.

Recipe #21: The Oily Egg Mask

Make dry, dull hair a thing of the past with this mask, which uses egg, avocado oil, and honey to tame frizz and boost shine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 Egg

Instructions you need to follow:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to wet hair – from root to tip.
  3. Massage into scalp for optimal results.
  4. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse and wash your hair as normal.

In this extensive list, we have covered:

Which mask is your most favorite? Please, share your experience with us all in the comments section below!

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