Try These DIY Hair Masks to Treat Dry, Brittle Strands
Sun, cold air, hair ties, and heat styling can all wreak havoc on your hair. These homemade hair masks—using items from your kitchen—will repair strands and restore moisture.
Although there are plenty of hair products on the market to choose from (like these 10 hair masks that combat dryness and frizz), you don't need to spend a ton of money on pricey masks to restore the health of your strands. These homemade hair masks utilize ingredients you most likely already have sitting in your kitchen right now—think: yogurt, avocado, and olive oil—to help revive dry or damaged hair. (Psst: Here are more edible DIY beauty products to make at home.)
Scan below to find the DIY hair mask that fits your hair needs. Best part: If it doesn't work for you, you didn't shell out $$$ on a product, and you can simply try another one.
Protein Hair Mask
Strawberries + Egg Yolk + Olive Oil
The antioxidants in strawberries add moisture and shine to your hair, while the egg yolk contains protein to strengthen the strands. Hold off on this protein mask until you have time for a long, relaxing shower—the purée can be difficult to wash out with just one rinse.
Recipe courtesy of Pink Heels Pink Truck
Moisturizing Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Banana + Avocado + Coconut Oil
Rather than banana bread, save your overripe bananas for a moisturizing hair mask instead. The potassium and natural oils in bananas soften the hair and protect the elasticity to prevent split ends and breakage-it's a savior for brittle, damaged hair. Plus, avocados are packed with vitamin B, which promotes hair growth and improves the strength of the hair. (Next up: Try this DIY avocado hair smoothie from Kourtney Kardashian's stylist.)
Recipe courtesy of Hello Nature
Deep Cleaning ACV Hair Mask
Yogurt + Apple Cider Vinegar + Lemon
This hair mask recipe is ideal for deep cleaning product buildup, as the lemon and apple cider vinegar act as an astringent to wash away excess oil, while the zinc and lactic acids in yogurt have moisturizing properties. Pro tip: Dilute the lemon with water if you don't want to lighten your hair color.
Recipe courtesy of But First, Coffee
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Coconut Oil + Jojoba Oil + Peppermint Essential Oil
There are about a million uses in your beauty routine for coconut oil, and it makes sense when you hear the benefits. Coconut oil penetrates the hair to deeply moisturize, instead of just coating the top layer. Jojoba oil, sold at drugstores and beauty suppliers, is also a powerhouse for hydration. The peppermint essential oil is anti-inflammatory to soothe dandruff and itching. Bonus: While it's on, this mask will smell amazing.
Recipe courtesy of Homemade for Elle
Dry, Damaged Hair Mask
Avocado + Honey + Olive Oil
The fats and oils in avocado and olive oil that make them great for your body are also great for your hair. The ingredients repair dry, brittle hair and protect your hair from further damage—a great option if you're addicted to your blow-dryer and hot tools. The enzymes in raw honey will give hair that shampoo commercial shine.
Recipe courtesy of Wholefully
Softening Pumpkin Hair Mask
Pumpkin + Coconut Oil
This simple, two-ingredient moisturizing hair mask is the perfect use for the extra pumpkin puree you have after making pumpkin bread or adding it to your smoothie. You'll simply blend vitamin-rich pumpkin and coconut oil, let it sit in your hair for 20 minutes under a shower cap, and rinse.
Recipe courtesy of Maile Pacheco, founder of beGlammed beauty app
Detangling Hair Mask Smoothie
Avocados + Honey + Lemon + Olive Oil + Essential Oil
This mask—a favorite of Kourtney Karashian and created by stylist and hair expert Andrew Fitzsimonns—blends a handful of common household ingredients with essential oils for a spa-worthy experience. The avocado acts as a natural detangler and moisturizer; lemon is an antibacterial and a dandruff remedy; olive oil serves as a natural conditioner and heat protectant; and honey strengthens the hair follicle.
Recipe courtesy of Kourtney Kardashian
Moisturizing Sweet Potato Hair Mask
Sweet Potato + Honey + Yogurt
Use your leftover sweet potatoes to make this easy moisturizing hair mask. Sweet potatoes, honey, and yogurt all moisturize hair and prevent frizz, and yogurt also removes product buildup.
Recipe courtesy of Louisa Graves, author of Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue