Whipped Avocado, Honey and Olive Oil
For soft, smooth, shiny hair, slather this mix on your strands, focusing on the ends. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes.
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Banana and Yogurt
Created with hair damaged by the sun in mind, expect a thick mask with this one. Add essential oils to this protein- and nutrient-rich blend.
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Mayonnaise and Honey
Turns out the same fattiness that makes mayonnaise a waist killer makes it great for hair. Just make sure to wash your hair really well after this one.
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Cinnamon Hair Treatment
Cinnamon has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It's said to help with hair growth, dandruff and it's also a way to naturally lighten hair. Simply mix the powder with some warm olive oil.
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Heated and Whipped Shea Butter
Designed for women with long hair, this recipe calls for heating raw shea butter in the microwave or on the stove. Before it's completely melted, whip it up with a hand mixer until it's creamy and add in some oils of your choosing along with vitamin E.
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Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Shea Butter
Melt the oils together until they have a creamy texture and apply the mix for a deep conditioning hair mask. The argan oil is a great addition for controlling frizz.
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Baking Soda and Egg Whites
This mask was created with oily hair in mind. Egg whites help to remove unwanted oils from the hair, while the baking soda helps to remove any buildup from hair products.
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Avocado and Banana
Add shine and body to hair while strengthening your strands. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave in for 20 minutes. Rinse hair with cool water and wash with shampoo.
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Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Eggs
Quick and easy, this recipe only has three ingredients; apple cider vinegar, honey and eggs. Note, however, that this blend will come out thin and "wet," so be prepared for some dripping.
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Natural Hair Cream
Designed for kinky and curly hair, this hair mask mix contains shea butter, raw coconut oil, aloe vera gel, jojoba oil and Jamaican black castor oil. For an even stronger effect, add in mango butter.
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Avocado, Coconut Milk and Olive Oil
All natural and deep conditioning, this hair mask recipe will work to hydrate your parched locks. The coconut milk will also add a nice fragrance.
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Whipped Shea Butter
The key to this recipe is using raw shea butter, which is ivory or grayish-yellow unlike the refined kind, which is pure white. Extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil or another noncomedogenic nut oil, vitamin E and fragrance oils are also in the mix.
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There’s no underestimating the value of a good homemade hair mask, especially if you have color-treated hair, are prone to frizz, oiliness or dryness, or if you wash your hair too frequently. In other words, we could all use a specialized DIY hair mask at least once a week.
“Hair is made of a protein called keratin and once that starts to break down, there’s no way to repair the damage. It’s imperative to take care of your hair to avoid these cracks and breaks,” explains celebrity hairstylist Mark Garrison. “A good hair mask will work to strengthen, moisturize and nourish the hair. Look for products that have naturally derived ingredients, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil and shea butter.” Kérastase is a Garrison favorite, but if it isn’t in your budget, there’s good news — you can head to your kitchen and whip up your own homemade hair mask using these simple recipes. Get ready to smear some oily dollops on your head!
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