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DIY Hair Masks to Treat Dry, Brittle Strands


Although there are plenty of hair products on the market to choose from (here are 10 that combat dryness and frizz), you don' have 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 winter hair. (Psst: Here are more edible DIY beauty products to make at home.)

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 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

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

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 + 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

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 are addicted to your blow-dryer and hot tools. The enzymes in raw honey will give hair that shampoo commercial shine.

Recipe courtesy of Wholefully


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