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.

By Shannon Bauer
Updated April 24, 2020
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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

Strawberry Protein Hair Mask Recipe

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

Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe

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

Deep Cleaning Hair Mask Recipe

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

Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe

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

Dry, Damaged Hair Mask Recipe

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

Softening Pumpkin Hair Mask Recipe

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 Hair Mask Smoothie

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

Moisturizing Sweet Potato Hair Mask Recipe

Comments (1)

Anonymous
October 27, 2018
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