DIY Hair Masks for Damaged Hair

I’ve recently been introduced into the world of hair masks by a friend, when she recommended doing them for damaged hair (I was struggling with a serious case of split ends at the time).

I love them, but most of all I love the self-care time if forces me to give myself, as I sit for an hour or so with it on, and take time out to relax.

Styling our hair can really take it’s toll; blow drying, flat irons, colouring and dying hair, it builds up over time and can cause our hair to become brittle, dry, weak, and full of split ends.

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A hair mask (when done regularly) can help to restore and repair damaged hair.

Hair masks are great in that they help to restore moisture, proteins, nutrients (and in a sense… life) to dry, brittle hair. And what’s more, there’s no need to go out and purchase expensive hair revitalising masks from the store, you can make your own at home (that are chemical-free and completely natural), using a few common ingredients!

Here are a few hair masks specifically targeted towards dry, damaged hair that I found from JuveTress, and absolutely LOVED.

Just a quick note; when using any hair mask, to receive the best results it’s important to continue using the hair mask(s) over a length of time (I do one at least once a week), to ensure your hair receive a nourishing hit of nutrients, proteins, and hydrating ingredients to help heal, repair and strengthen those locks of yours.

Olive Oil & Avocado Hair Mask

This was one for the first hair masks I tried for my hair, and found it to be extremely hydrating and nourishing on my hair. After using it my hair felt so soft for a few days afterwards!

Olive oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in hair growth, repair, strengthening, and shine! It also contains antioxidants which help fight off free radicals that can age and damage hair.

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Olive oil & avocado hair mask; rich in fats and proteins to help strengthen and rebuild hair. 

Avocado delivers an array of proteins and amino acids which help stimulate and encourage hair production. What’s more, it moisturises dry hair and helps soothe dry, itchy scalp. So, this mask is prefect for dry, damaged hair.

Stylish, aye? 😉 I leave the hair mask in for about an hour, and sit and relax during that time to take some time out for me. 

  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Add 2 tbsp of honey (for extra hydration)

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and apply to clean, damp hair in small sections.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as normal.

For a live run-through of how I make this DIY hair mask, see my video tutorial below!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon & Honey Mask

If you’re part of the oily hair club (I’m definitely a member), this one’s for you! Lemon juice absorbs excess oil, and the apple cider vinegar helps in balancing your hair’s pH (great for restoring proper acidity to the scalp). It also helps to cleanse your hair without stripping away too many of the oils (I use it as a conditioner, diluted with water). Honey helps seal in moisture to the hair, so it leaves your hair more hydrated!

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of one whole lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and apply to clean, damp hair.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as normal.

Here are a few recipes for some natural homemade shampoos specifically made for oily hair!

Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Eggs are a high source of proteins and amino acids (the building blocks of our cells), which make them a wonderful remedy for damaged hair. They also deliver moisture to dry hair, and contain vitamin D, which may help prevent hair loss through encouraging new hair growth!

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • Water (to dilute)

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and massage into clean, damp hair.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap and leave for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as normal.

Coconut Oil & Honey Hair Mask

If you have fine to medium hair, this mask works especially well for you. Coconut oil helps protect the natural proteins in hair, which is great for those who lack protein in their hair follicles. The lauric acid found in coconut oil also works with the honey to penetrate deep into the hair shaft.

  • 2-4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and apply to clean, damp hair in small sections.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as normal.

Almond Milk and Coconut Oil Mask

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and may assist in hair growth.

  • 4 egg whites
  • 5 tbsp almond milk (natural, unsweetened varieties)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and massage into clean, damp hair in small sections.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap for 45 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as usual.

Banana Honey Hair Mask

Bananas are wonderful for improving hair strength and preventing breakage, and the biotin found in them helps encourage healthy hair growth. So this is fantastic hair mask to do if you have fragile, brittle hair.

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or almond oil

To make:

  1. Blend ingredients and massage into clean, damp hair in small sections.
  2. Cover hair with a shower cap for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Shampoo out and condition as usual.

Avocado, Coconut Milk & Olive Oil Hair Mask

This mask is perfect for those with curly, frizzy hair. The ingredients used are moisture-rich, which helps deliver a hit of hydration and moisturising benefits to your hair.

This recipe is originally from Bellatory.

  • 1/2 small ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

To make:

  1. First puree ripe avocado in blender until smooth.
  2. Stir in coconut milk and olive oil. Mix well.
  3. Apply mixture to scalp going downwards to your hair ends. Take time to massage the hair mask in gentle circular motions deep into your scalp.
  4. Wait 15 minutes before rinsing off the mask thoroughly.
  5. You may shampoo and condition as usual (recommended using organic products – less damaging).

Have you used a hair mask before? Did you make your own? Share your story below!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa