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Sometimes, the secret to your best hair ever is right there in your refrigerator or on your kitchen counter. Homemade hair masks are a great way of getting to know your own hair, saving a few pennies by using over-ripe fruit and reduce waste. Making your own hair mask at home is also a less expensive option compared to buying commercial products.

Application & removal of your hair mask

Apply your mixture to your hair in sections to ensure even distribution. This is how to apply and remove your DIY hair mask. The ingredients for the typical DIY hair mask include oils, fruits and milks. Yogurt and mayonnaise are also common ingredients in homemade masks and both are known to help strengthen hair and add shine. Let’s take a look at 5 recipes.

Banana, avocado and oil hair mask

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil of your choice 

Bananas have the ability to hydrate the scalp. If you have a dry, itchy scalp then you should be sure to include this fruit in your DIY hair masks. Avocados are packed with healthy fats and help to condition and moisturize the hair. It is always important to ensure that you blend your ingredients together well in order to ensure that there are no lumps or chunks of fruit that can get stuck in your hair.

Yogurt hair mask

  • 1 egg (whisk until fluffy) then add;
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Yogurt contains an alpha hydroxyl acid called lactic acid. Lactic acid has many benefits for skin and hair. Among its list of benefits is its ability to smooth hair. This will increase hair’s shine and improve its manageability. Yogurt is also helpful in treating dandruff and reducing shedding.

Papaya hair mask (for shine and highlights)

  • Papaya
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

Papaya is great for adding shine to and creating highlights in hair. Honey is a humectant that leaves hair feeling soft, moisturized and shiny. This DIY hair mask will leave your hair shining bright like a diamond.

Banana and egg hair mask 

  • 2 ripe-overripe bananas
  • 1 egg

Eggs are a source of protein and provide strength to the hair.

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Coconut oil and egg mask

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (your hair length and thickness is the final determinant on quantity)
  • 1 egg

Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils among naturals due to its ability to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen hair from within. This lightweight oil also smells like a tropical paradise and has the ability to impart shine.

Have you tried any of these DIY hair mask recipes or have you mastered one of your own? Sound off below.