One good thing the pandemic has given us is the gift of time. More than ever, we have more time to spend pampering ourselves as we pay closer attention to our overall well-being. Our hair's health is definitely no exception to that!
Since the pandemic, our trips to the salon have been rarer than before—so it's no doubt that our hair may lack some nourishment and care. An easy fix? DIY hair treatments made from ingredients and tools you can find in your kitchen! You can whip up masks with just a few ingredients, and it's so quick and simple. Keep scrolling for some recipes that'll give you softer, healthier locks!
1. Coconut Oil Conditioning Mask
Coconuts have vitamin E and other fatty acids that provide deep moisture when applied to hair. By applying masks that contain coconut oil, you can treat hair problems such as hair loss, dryness, sun damage, and frizziness are alleviated through the moisturizing effect coconuts bring to products.
Out of all the varieties of coconut oil, it's best to use extra virgin coconut oil because it contains many of the beneficial properties of the oil that's usually removed during chemical processes. When applied on the hair, it'll smooth out damaged hair by deeply coating the strands. We recommend using it as either a 10-minute pre-shampoo mask or a deep conditioning treatment!
How to make it: Get your desired amount of coconut oil depending on the thickness or thinness of your hair. Melt the oil in a bowl inside the microwave (if it's solid) and apply it on your hair. Once your hair is fully coated, spread the oil evenly using a fine-toothed comb. Leave it on for 10 to 30 minutes, and afterwards, rinse and carry on with your typical hair shower routine!
2. Avocado + Olive Oil + Honey + Coconut Milk Treatment
All of these ingredients are packed with healthy fats that provides a moisturizing, nourishing and hydrating effect on the hair. They supply it with nutrients that have been lost from chemical treatments, heat styling, and exposure to pollutants.
One of the main benefits of olive oil is minimizing unruly frizzy, dry hair and split ends. It helps soften the surface of the hair by providing a barrier, sealing moisture within the hair fibers. It also adds more shine to dull locks! Meanwhile, honey, a natural humectant, improves the luster of the hair by drawing water from the air and bringing the moisture into the hair fibers.
How to make it: Gather one ripe avocado, a tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of pure honey, and an eighth of a cup of coconut milk. Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor until it reaches a smooth conditioner-like consistency. Apply evenly on your hair for 30 minutes, especially on the tips as this is usually the driest part of the hair. Afterwards, rinse and use your usual hair products.
3. Yogurt + Olive Oil Hair Mask
Yogurt contains lactic acid, which can exfoliate dead skin and dirt on the scalp's surface. Its hydrating properties also helps treat dull and frizzy hair by locking in moisture within the strands. Combined with olive oil, you'll have a moisturizing and mildly exfoliating treatment that also smells delicious!
How to make it: Mix one cup of yogurt and one tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl or blender until it reaches a smooth consistency. Apply from the scalp, roots to the tip of the hair, leave for 30 minutes, then rinse.
4. Olive Oil + Coconut Oil + Shea Butter Hair Mask
Shea butter is a popular ingredient in both skin and hair care products not only fot its relaxing scent but its healing and moisturizing properties. Famously known as "mother nature's conditioner," shea butter easily seeps moisture into the scalp, roots and hair fibers. It is also found to have SPF-like properties that can protect your hair from harmful UV rays. If you have very dry, damaged hair, mixing it with other moisturizing oils as a treatment can be a great weekly habit to bring your locks back to life!
How to make it: Using a double boiler, combine 3/4 cup of coconut oil, 3/4 cup of shea butter, 1/2 cup of olive oil until all ingredients completely melt. Afterwards, cool the mixture to room temperature then coat your hair with it for 30 minutes to an hour.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Spray
Apple cider vinegar actually contains properties that can restore your scalp's pH balance. This means that it can help relieve an itchy scalp and exfoliate dead skin cells and buildup on the surface! The smell might be a bit off-putting at first, but the results would definitely be worth it.
How to make it: In a spray bottle, add 100ml of apple cider vinegar to 500 ml water. If you want to make a smaller batch, just make sure you're adding five parts of water to one part ACV! To dilute the strong vinegar smell, you may also add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Tea tree oil is a great option because of its herby scent and added antibacterial and antifungal properties! Once you have your mixture, spray it directly on the scalp. Leave it on for three to five minutes then rinse thoroughly with cold water.