You may have heard of facial masks, but your hair can benefit from a mask as well. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money or buy a lot of chemical-laden products to make an effective hair mask.
Here are some recipes to help you get started in rejuvenating your hair.
1. Coconut oil mask
Coconut oil is popular for skin and hair. It is solid when you buy it in a jar, so you will need to liquefy it. Put about a tablespoon (the amount for medium-length hair of average thickness) of the oil into a small zip-top bag, such as a sandwich bag. Submerge the sealed bag into a mug or bowl of very warm water.
When the coconut oil is liquid, comb it through your hair as evenly as possible. Some sources suggest using a clean, household paintbrush to spread the mask evenly over your hair.
Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for about 15 minutes, then wash it out.
Variations: Use almond or olive oil instead of coconut. You can also add a beaten egg to the oil for extra conditioning.
Bananas getting too ripe? Use them on your hair. In a blender, combine one ripe, peeled banana, one egg, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of almond or olive oil.
Work this thoroughly through your hair and cover it with plastic wrap or a shower cap. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing out.
This recipe makes rather a lot of mask, so try freezing leftovers and thawing for another go-round.
With their high fat content, avocados are good hair tonics. Mash one ripe avocado and add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil.
Like the other hair masks, this one is best if left on for at least 15 minutes, with your hair covered during that time.
4. Oil and vinegar
Like a good salad dressing, oil and vinegar works well for your hair, too. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a tablespoon each of almond oil and apple cider vinegar.
Blend it well with a whisk. Then work into your hair, cover, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
5. Bentonite clay
This volcanic ash is especially good for curly hair. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with enough water to make a paste. Spread over hair and work it in thoroughly.
Cover your hair with a shower cap and use a blow dryer on the outside of the cap to heat it up. Let your hair cool. Then wash the clay out with a mild shampoo.
Natural Skin Care Based on Science
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. What you put on it can have a profound impact on your overall health over the long term. That’s why every ingredient in your skincare product needs to be carefully chosen … to feed your skin with essential nutrients.
Did you know that many skincare products contain only tiny amounts of certain active ingredients, just so they can add them to the label? Or that many popular and expensive skincare products can actually damage your skin?