Whether it's damage, dryness, flakes, frizz, or fading, most of us run into hair issues. The shift in seasons, indoor heat, outside elements, and sexy hair tools are only some of the culprits that can cause these changes. Fortunately, you don't need to hit the store or add yet another beauty product to your Amazon cart: You can head straight to your pantry for everyday components which you can whip to a DIY hair mask to fix your mane.
Below, we've compiled the best 7 DIY masks for all your main hair woes. Shiny, lustrous hair is only a mask off -- and you never even have to leave the house.
Cinnamon and coconut oil mask
Try a cinnamon-based mask — the anti-microbial spice is known to stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth and strength.
Ingredients: Equal parts cinnamon and coconut oil.
Directions: Blend ingredients together well. Apply the mask onto your roots and part, and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse. Aim to do this mask at least once a week.
Avocado, egg, and olive oil mask
An olive oil and avocado mask is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids and this hair treatment provides the ultimate strength and shines for your hair. It’s also full of antioxidants which help fight off free radicals as it helps to rejuvenate and moisturize the scalp.
Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Directions: Apply to wet hair with your fingertips, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover it with a shower cap. To help activate the ingredients, blow-dry your shower cap-covered hair for 10 minutes. Then let it sit for another 20 minutes and wash out in the shower.
Coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil mask
This exfoliating treatment helps remove and reduce flakes and doubles as a great facial scrub.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of raw unrefined coconut oil, 4 teaspoons of raw sugar, 5 drops of peppermint oil, 2 drops of tea tree oil.
Directions: In a small bowl, mix ingredients together. Using your fingers or a hair color brush, apply the mixture directly to two-inch sections of clean, damp hair in the shower. Once evenly applied, gently massage for 1-3 minutes and then clip your hair up and let it sit for the duration of your shower.
The sugar in this DIY scrub breaks down to glycolic acid which dissolves dead skin cells. The coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory benefits, the peppermint oil helps promote circulation to the scalp, and tea tree oil is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial.
Egg white and lemon mask
If you are prone to greasy hair, an egg mask can work wonders. Stick with just the whites, which have protein enzymes that help remove excess oil.
Ingredients: 1 egg white, juice from half a lemon.
Directions: Smooth over hair from roots to ends and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour — longer is better. Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot!
Honey, egg, and apple cider vinegar mask
If your hair is feeling (and looking) a little parched, try this honey, egg, and apple cider vinegar (ACV) mask. It is a great hydrating treatment that provides shine and nourishes without weighing down strands.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of ACV.
Directions: Combine in a small bowl. You can double or half the recipe, depending on your hair’s length. Leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes before rinsing. This nourishing treatment works on all hair types.