DIY Hair Masks: Easy Hair Mask Recipes for Every Hair Type
Nourish your hair with these easy hair care recipes for DIY hair masks. Created for every hair type, these easy hair mask recipes can be made at home using simple ingredients from your kitchen. Discover how to create DIY hair masks for damaged hair, dry hair, hair growth, frizzy hair and curly hair. Plus DIY hair masks with coconut oil as well as avocado to add extra hydration to your natural hair care routine.
All hair types need some extra love. I make and use DIY hair masks about once a week.
Now that summer is finally here, your hair might need some extra love. Between the crazy humidity causing frizzy hair and the sun and pool water damaging your hair, your hair takes some abuse during the summer.
I like making my own DIY hair masks so I know what’s in them. I don’t want to use preservatives or artificial fragrance in my skin care or hair care, so I make my own masks.
Here are several easy DIY hair masks that you can make for every hair type. Each one has ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or pantry. And if not, you can easily add them to your shopping list to pick up the next time you’re at the store. I like to purchase organic ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs for my natural skin and hair care recipes. Not only do they offer quality products that I trust, their principles also mean a strong focus on sustainability, organic agriculture and fair trade.
DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type
All of these DIY hair mask recipes are easy to make at home with common ingredients. I recommend using them before washing and wash your hair immediately afterwards.
Heat helps open the hair cuticle, which helps these masks work better. If you don’t want to wrap your hair in a warm towel that can drip and make a mess, check out these Hot Head Deep Conditioning Heat Caps. They stay warm up to 40 minutes without cords, so you can go about your day while these masks work their magic.
Homemade Hair Mask Recipe for Damaged Hair
You can’t repair damaged hair permanently, but you can help it look better temporarily until your next trim. Use this DIY hair mask for damaged hair weekly to keep your hair looking and feeling great.
Bananas naturally moisturize and hydrate your hair. Potassium in the banana helps strengthen the hair and balances pH. Olive oil helps make the hair look sleek and shiny. It also helps seal split ends and makes hair look healthier, even if it is only temporary.
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mash the banana with a fork. Add olive oil. Continue to stir and mask until there are no lumps. It should be frothy and creamy. Apply to your hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well and wash.
DIY Hair Masks With Coconut Oil
Coconut oil makes an excellent DIY hair mask ingredient. It has a low molecular weight, so it absorbs into the shaft of the hair easily. It can also help reduce protein loss in hair when used before or after using heat appliances.
Coconut oil also adds some serious moisture to your hair. Its fats moisturize, and it also protects your hair from dryness.
A word of warning, though, coconut oil can be too heavy for some hair types. My hair feels amazing after I use a DIY hair mask with coconut oil, but it looks greasy. I always wash after using a hair mask with coconut oil.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
If your coconut oil is a solid, place it in hot water to soften. Mix the egg well and add the melted or softened coconut oil. Spread on your hair and let sit for one to two hours. You can also leave it on overnight.
Rinse well and wash your hair as usual.
DIY Hair Mask With Avocado
Avocado isn’t just a grocery staple for topping toast; avocado is also an excellent ingredient for a DIY hair mask. A DIY hair mask with avocado is good for most hair types, and it’s especially good for dry hair.
Avocado contains biotin, which is a B vitamin that’s said to promote healthy hair. It’s also high in magnesium and potassium, which can help seal the hair shaft for temporarily smoother hair.
Avocados are high in poly- and monounsaturated fats. These are the so-called good fats that moisturize your hair.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
If your coconut oil is firm, place it in a bowl of hot water until it gets soft or melts.
Mash the avocado with a fork. Add the soft or melted coconut oil and stir well.
Spread all over your hair, including the roots and scalp. Let sit for at least 20 minutes and rinse.
DIY Hair Masks for Growth
If you want to promote hair growth, use a DIY hair mask for growth with extra protein. Your hair is made of protein. It’s best to get protein in your diet, but using protein rich ingredients on your hair can promote hair growth.
Almonds are naturally high in protein that can help promote growth on your hair. They also have vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that can reduce free radicals and inflammation.
Egg yolks are also high in protein, and they are said to promote hair growth. There aren’t any studies to show this, but I do know from personal experience that my hair feels soft after using an egg mask.
5 tablespoons almond milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Place the coconut oil in hot water to soften it. Beat two eggs in a bowl. Add almond milk and softened coconut oil. Mix well. Cover all of your hair with the mixture and let sit for 45 minutes. Rinse and wash your hair as usual.
If you’re looking for a more robust hair mask recipe for hair growth that you can make and store, then you’ll love my DIY hair mask recipe for growth. This hair mask recipe for growth contains Mountain Rose Herbs’ castor oil as key ingredients to help encourage hair growth. In addition it also contains coconut oil and sal butter to hydrate and repair hair, along with a blend of essential oils for scalp health.
Hair Mask Recipe for Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair is caused by dry hair. When hair gets dry, the cuticle gets rough. The outer layer of the hair pulls moisture from the air, which causes the hair shaft to swell and look frizzy.
The lactic acid in the yogurt hydrates your hair, which helps reduce frizziness almost immediately.
Add an oil like olive oil or macadamia nut oil to moisturize your hair to keep your looking smooth.
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine the yogurt and olive oil in a bowl. Apply from the ends of your hair to the root and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well.
Also give my advanced recipe for a DIY hair mask for frizzy hair a try. Crafted using shea butter, organic carrier oils and essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, this homemade hair mask recipe combats frizz resulting from high humidity. It can also help mend some of the damage from sun or the drying effects of pool chlorine.
DIY Hair Masks for Dry Hair
Pumpkins and sweet potatoes may be on the menu for Thanksgiving, but they should always be in your pantry or freezer for a DIY Hair mask for dry hair.
Both pumpkin and sweet potato are highly moisturizing. They are both also high in vitamins and minerals that help nourish the hair.
If you use pumpkin, use canned or frozen pumpkin puree. For sweet potatoes, cook them until firm and mask them. Leftovers can be frozen in ice cube trays to make masks later.
Honey in a hair mask helps pull moisture from the air to hydrate your hair. It can get sticky in your hair, but it really does help combat dry tresses.
I also add some plain yogurt because the lactic acid helps hydrate your hair.
½ cup pumpkin or sweet potato puree
¼ cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons honey
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to dry hair and place a shower cap on your hair to prevent staining. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and wash as usual.
Also be sure to try my moisturizing hair mask recipe with sea buckthorn oil. Formulated with hydrating cocoa butter, essential oils and sea buckthorn oil, this homemade hair mask for dry hair is the perfect remedy for dry, dull hair. As this DIY hair mask contains a preservative, you can make a batch and use it as needed throughout the season.
DIY Hair Masks for Curly Hair
Curly hair tends to be dry, so you can use a mask for frizzy hair or for dry hair. My curly haired friends also really like this DIY hair mask for curly hair with apple cider vinegar. This one makes curls soft and helps balance pH, but it can be too drying. I recommend alternating this mask with the mask for dry or frizzy hair.
Apple cider vinegar helps close the cuticle of the hair, which reduces frizz and helps curly hair look better. Honey adds moisture to dry hair.
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon honey
Combine the apple cider vinegar, water, and honey in a spray bottle. Spray on hair and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
My curly haired friends also use this as a spray on damp hair several times a week. They say the smell disappears in just a few minutes.
More Ways to Care for Your Hair
Making DIY hair masks is a great way to treat hair in need of some extra love. However, homemade hair masks obviously aren’t the only way to give your hair the extra love and attention it deserves. Here are some other great ways to care for your hair so it looks and feels healthy, beautiful and strong.
• Mountain Rose Herbs sells unscented shampoo and conditioner bases, so you can easily create your own homemade shampoo and conditioner with essential oils customized for your hair type. This post covers the different types of homemade shampoos, discusses what works and what doesn’t, and teaches you how to create your own custom essential oil blends for your homemade shampoo and conditioner for your changing hair care needs.
• If your hair is long or knots easily, getting a brush or comb through it can be a challenge. However, there is a simple and frugal beauty tip to remedy this dilemma. This simple DIY hair detangler is naturally scented, is easy to make and requires just four basic ingredients.
• Part of summer is the joy of highlights! However, not all of us get to enjoy the outdoors as much as we’d like during the summer months. If you’d like to give your hair that sun-kissed look, then consider learning how to lighten hair naturally. You will also learn how to create a DIY hair lightener spray, that sets soft highlights, revitalizes hair and gives your mane a healthy glow.
• While DIY hair masks make amazing hair care treatments for locks in need, they aren’t always a one size fits all solution. Henna is another great way to care for your hair. You can learn about the many benefits of henna for hair here or discover how to use henna as a simple, effective remedy for thinning hair on females.
You can also find more ideas on how to naturally care for your hair on my Natural Hair Care Recipes board on Pinterest.
Have you tried one of my natural beauty or hair care recipes? Do you make your own homemade bath and body products? I’d love to see your creations! Be sure to use #soapdelishowoff on your Instagram posts so I can see what you’ve created.