Show of hands — do you like your hair the way it is? If you’re like most people, you’d like to do something different with your hair. If you have curly hair, you wish it was straight; if it’s straight, you’d love some curls; if it’s thin, you want thick hair, and so it goes. Think of all the things we put our hair through: cut, grow, color, bleach, straighten, perm, pull in back, or wear it up. Wow – no wonder hair ends up limp, damaged, and more than uncooperative. It needs some tender, loving care.
What can we do about that? How about some home therapy for your hair — a hair mask! Remember how good your face feels after you give yourself a mask treatment? Your hair will also reap the benefits of a hair mask. You’ve probably got all the ingredients in your cabinets. All you need to do is set aside some time to give that head of hair some TLC. As a side benefit, you get some downtime as well while you’re letting your hair soak up the nutrients of whatever hair mask you decide to mix up.
Check out these four recipes for making your own hair masks. These are just a few options; research the Internet for options that may help the texture of your hair. There are plenty to pick from – for thin, fine hair; dry hair; or hair damaged from over-processing.
The two essential things you need are time set aside for the making and using the mask and a shower cap. Also it’s recommended that you use only organic ingredients to avoid adding chemicals or pesticides to the mixture.
Mayonnaise Hair Mask
1 cup mayonnaise
Whisk the mayonnaise and egg to the consistency of a creamy puree.
Thoroughly coat the hair and cover with a shower cap for at least 30 minutes. (NOTE: You can leave on longer if you wish.)
Rinse with lukewarm water.
Shampoo as normal.
This mask will add shine and strengthen the hair. The protein from the egg acts as a thickener to hair follicles, and the oil in the mayonnaise helps to repair damage from heat and coloring.
Honey and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mix honey and coconut together and heat until melted.
Apply to hair from top to bottom and cover with a shower cap for 15 to 20 minutes.
This mask helps hair become smoother and softer and allows it to regain its shine.
Avocado Hair Mask
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mash avocado to a smooth consistency.
Add milk in small amounts, stirring until the mixture has a conditioner-like texture.
Add the olive oil.
Apply from the roots to the ends of the hair and cover with a shower cap for at least 15 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
This hair mask helps to revive dry hair.
Banana and Honey Hair Mask
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons honey
Mash bananas with a fork.
Add honey and mix well to smooth consistency.
Apply to slightly damp hair and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes.
Dry, damaged hair will regain moisture, and elasticity will improve.
Take some time for yourself and pamper your hair with a hair mask treatment. While you’re waiting for the mask to work its magic, have a cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up with a good book, or just permit yourself to have some quiet time. You deserve it!