Coloring your hair seems like a great idea before the damage starts to show. In fact, It’s one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair outside of chemical texture treatments like straightening and perming. If you’ve experienced damage from coloring and feel like your hair needs a ‘pick-me-up’, try a homemade deep conditioning hair mask. These treatments are beneficial for uncolored dry and dull hair as well. You can use these ingredients on their own or combine 2 or 3 of them together for an extra moisturizing effect.
Avocado is a great source of vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin B. All three of these are great for hair growth. Avocado can help restore the shine and softness in bleached and/or colored hair.
How to use: Mash together an avocado and a ripe banana really well. Spread this throughout your hair and leave on for 20–25 minutes before rinsing off.
Bananas contain a lot of potassium which is required for hair health. It’s widely used to treat damaged hair as it heals without weighing hair down. Banana makes a great addition to almost any homemade hair mask but it can also be of great use on its own.
How to use: Mash up some banana and add a teaspoon of honey to it. Apply this throughout your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. After rinsing, shampoo as you normally would.
Eggs are a great source of protein, which makes up most of your hair. It also contains fats and nutrients that can replenish the moisture in your hair. It locks in hydration and conditions as well.
How to use: Beat one egg and add a tablespoon of olive oil into it. Apply from root to tip and let sit for at least 45 minutes.
Note: Always rinse out an egg hair mask with cold water since hot water runs the risk of cooking the egg. So unless you want to be standing in the shower combing out bits of scrambled egg from your hair, make sure to use cold water!
Coconut oil has been proven to have special properties in locking in moisture. Studies have found that its chemical structure allows it to penetrate the hair shaft better than any other type of oil.1 Coconut oil can help lock in moisture and prevent any further damage to the hair.
How to use: Apply slightly warmed coconut oil to hair, focusing on the roots and scalp. Wrap your head in a warm towel and let sit for at least an hour. Rinse out the coconut oil with shampoo and continue washing your hair as normal.
Olive oil can help bring back the shine and luster to your hair. It is relatively lightweight and won’t weigh down your hair.
How to use: Massage warm olive oil into your scalp for about 10 minutes. Cover your hair from the root to tip. The warmth will open up the pores on your scalp, allowing the oil to absorb and the scalp massage will help stimulate hair growth.
Mayonnaise is essentially a mixture of eggs and oil so it’s not surprising that it makes a great hair conditioner. The conditioning properties of both those ingredients can make your hair soft, shiny, and smooth, with immediate results. Store-bought mayonnaise contains a lot of artificial ingredients so you’re safer off making your own. To do this, put one egg yolk in a food processor and blend. With the machine running, slowly add in about a cup of either coconut oil or olive oil in a slow drizzle until it gets thicker and resembles mayonnaise.
How to use: Apply this mixture throughout your hair making sure to cover all your strands. Leave this on for 30–40 minutes, wrapped in a warm towel. Rinse out with cold water to close the pores in your scalp and prevent moisture from escaping.
Whether you’ve just got highlights or have bleached your entire head, the damage won’t last forever. These treatments will help heal your hair as well as help it grow out faster. Use these treatments once a week to see the best results.
|↑1||Rele, Aarti S., and R. B. Mohile. “Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.” Journal of cosmetic science 54, no. 2 (2003): 175-192.|