“Eggs work as a cleaning agent because of the lecithin they contain, and it can produce healthier tresses due to their high volume of protein,” explains Lucy Aitken Read atCosmopolitan. “Essentially an egg is nature’s two in one shampoo and conditioner.”
Combine 1 egg yolk, two tablespoons of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your hair and let set for 30 minutes. Wash the mask out with your normal shampoo and conditioner.
2. To Reduce Breakage
Hair breaks – or gets split ends – when it’s fragile, dry, and brittle.
This can happen because of styling choices, but sometimes there’s something more serious going on with your diet, and breakage is a sign you need to up your protein intake.
“Honey is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. So this mask will also help with dandruff and scalp irritation.”
Per Nikki’s instructions, mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of olive oil and let it set for about 20 minutes.
You can also add essential oils to the mixture to further nourish your locks. Rinse and wash with your normal shampoo and conditioner.
5. To Restore Moisture
If you need to take a deep, hydrating dive, this French clay, avocado oil, and lavender essential oil mask will leave your hair smooth, shiny, and stronger than ever.
“The high silica content of the clay helps to soothe irritated scalp conditions like dandruff, decrease breakage, and add shine and lustre to hair,” writes Walton.
Mix ¼ cup of Rhassoul clay, 1 tablespoon avocado oil, 70ml of water, and a few drops of an essential oil like lavender together. Work in sections across your scalp, beginning at the roots of your hair and drawing the mixture down.
Slap on a shower cap, watch your favorite 30-minute TV show, and you’re good to go.
6. For Natural Hair
Ladies who rock natural hair understand how important locking major moisture into your locks can be.
Mix one ripened – soft – banana, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of olive oil, and a few drops of lavender essential oil in a large bowl, then apply from roots to tips, massaging your scalp.
Wrap in a towel, and let the mask sit for 15 minutes before washing.
10. To Restore Shine
Feeling a little lackluster headed into the holiday season? Then it’s time to turn on some mega-wattage shine with a nourishing mixture of avocado, coconut milk, and honey.
“The omegas in both avocado and coconut milk moisturize and repair…damaged hair, adding shine in the process,” explains Victoria Dawson Hoff at Elle. “Maple syrup (or honey) also conditions and adds shine.”
In a blender, combine a whole avocado, one cup of coconut milk, a tablespoon of honey, and lemon oil if you have it on hand.
Apply in sections from the roots of your hair to the tips, then cover with a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes.
Rinse out, then shampoo and condition as normal. With all that avocado and coconut milk, you should see an immediate difference in the shine and lustre of your hair.
If you have major hair envy when celebs hit the red carpet, then it might be time to up your hair game.
Each of these hair masks is designed to solve a tricky – but oh-so-common – problem, and you can find many of the ingredients in your pantry or the grocery store.
Gorgeous, well-hydrated hair is within reach – you just have to work for it. Or, in this case, sit back and read your fave magazine while the hair mask does the work for you.
Do you have a no-fail DIY treatment you depend on for shiny, well-nourished hair? Tell us your secret recipe in the comments below.