Here at heat, we absolutely love a hair mask and we're often on the hunt for the perfect TLC for our over-styled and fragile hair. Take Garnier's Hair Food Masks that are good enough to eat (pls don't though), the L'Oreal Wonder Water that has TRANSFORMED our hair routine or the £2 hair mask that is loved by the Bridgerton cast.
What about DIY hair masks, do they actually work? Can you really rustle up a last minute hair mask from the contents of your fridge or kitchen cupboards?
We got you, boo.
What are DIY hair masks?
Even though there's so many hair masks you can buy online/at your local supermarket, many are opting to make them from home.
Better for your purse and better for the environment as you don't have to battle with all the packaging. Plus, you know exactly what's in them.
Are DIY hair masks effective?
Yes! It really does depend on your concoction and what you want to achieve with your hair mask. You should definitely do your research beforehand. You should also be aware of your hair type before trying a DIY hair mask, as every single strand of hair is different.
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How long do DIY hair masks last for?
Well, many help revive tired looking hair instantly, some hair mask benefits are more noticeable over a length of time.
DIY hair mask for dry curls
Avocado, yogurt and aloe vera are all wonder products for damp and lacklustre curls 🥑.
DIY hair mask for hair growth
If you're after a quick and easy way to make your hair GLOW more AND grow a little quicker, honey is the answer.
DIY hair mask for damaged ends
Avocado, honey and olive oil will do wonders for your damaged ends.
You need: Half an avocado, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops essential oil of choice.
Method: Work through your ends and wrap your hair into a bun and cover with a shower cap (or plastic bag). To help activate the ingredients, blow dry your shower cap-covered hair for 10 minutes. Let it sit for another 20 minutes, then shampoo.
DIY hair masks for product build up
Dry shampoo, hairspray and product build up can lead to hair feeling heavy and greasy.
You can cut through excess oil and buildup with a baking powder blend. Yep, really.
You need: Half a cup of shampoo, 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda.**
Method: Combine shampoo with baking soda, stir well and pour over wet hair. Gently massage the mixture into the scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
DIY hair masks for hair that won't grow
You need: Equal parts cinnamon and coconut oil.
Method: Blend ingredients together well. Apply the mask onto your roots and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse. If you really want your hair to grow, repeat this once a week.
Are DIY hair masks safe?
Hair masks can help moisturise and nourish your hair. They are life savers, if we're being completely honest, but do your research and make sure you're not leaving them on for too long and only doing them maximum once a week.