Smooth, frizz-free, luscious locks! Isn’t that what all of us want for our hair? While your overall hair regimen is important, one aspect I feel most people go without is a frequent hair mask treatment. If you think your hair could use some TLC, try this DIY hair mask!
What is Hair Made Of?
Hair is a protein known as keratin which is made up of a ton of amino acids. Keratin, or hair, grows out of follicles in your skin. Everybody has follicles, millions of them all over their body, some just produce more hair than others.
Hair is technically dead; it starts out alive when it’s down deep in the follicle, but as it emerges it’s dead.
Hair basically serves to help protect your top layer of skin. When you are pampering your hair, you are truly pampering your skin and if your skin is healthy, your hair can be healthy.
Our hair follicles have a gland that produces oil which coats the hair shaft and protects it from breakage. As we wash our hair with chemical-laden shampoo, it strips the natural oils in our hair and starts producing a build-up that will lead to clogged follicles and unhealthy hair. Most hair products we use from anti-frizz serum to hairspray has chemicals in it which can affect your hair’s health.
Although the natural oil is there as a protection for your hair, too much oil is just plain nasty! It’s suggested that you try to find a happy medium of not washing your hair too little but also not over washing it. The same can be said with nearly anything in life…everything in moderation should be okay, but too much of anything is usually bad news!
Tips For Healthier Hair
- Try washing every 2-3 days (It may take time to get used to this, try some dry shampoo)
- Wash in water that is 100 degrees or less, too hot and it dries out hair
- Do a final rinse in cool water to seal hair follicles
- Avoid heat tools whenever possible
- Don’t rub or twist your hair with the towel after washing, gently squeeze hair with the towel to absorb the excess moisture
- After towel drying, detangle hair with a wide tooth comb to help minimize breakage
- Try using a more natural shampoo & conditioner, one without sulfates and chemicals
Aside from those tips, use a hair mask at least once a week to help improve your skin/hair health!
If You Have Build-Up…
Before using the DIY hair mask or any hair mask, it’s recommended you try to strip the build-up out of your hair. A good option is to use a few tablespoons of baking soda mixed with enough water to turn it into a paste. Go ahead and shampoo/rinse as usual, then massage that into your scalp and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before you rinse it out.
This will help rid your scalp of the excess build-up from your shampoo and leave your follicles nice a clean. You may want to do this the time before you will use the hair mask since you will be applying the mask to dry hair.
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DIY Hair Mask
-2 T. Honey
-1 T. Olive Oil
- Warm the honey (and coconut oil if you use that) in the microwave for just a few seconds, you don’t want it hot, just softened some for easier mixing
- Beat/whisk the egg
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Apply the mixture to dry hair starting at the roots and working down toward the ends, make sure to massage the mixture into your scalp
- Leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes but it’s best to leave on for longer. Wrap your hair in saran wrap, a shower cap, or a plastic grocery bag **TIP: Try leaving it on for a few hours if you have time. I will sometimes put it on before I go to sleep and leave it on all night.
- Time to wash it out with shampoo and conditioner
**IMPORTANT** Don’t wet your hair before applying your shampoo, it will make it difficult to get the oils out of your hair!
There are several hair masks you can make yourself, some may combine one or more ingredient above with something else such as lemon juice, full-fat yogurt, banana, or avocado. All are intended to work toward the same goal, which is to make your hair healthier!
Why It Works
The coconut, almond, and olive oil infuse moisture into your hair/scalp, the egg contains protein which helps strengthen your hair, & the honey cleans any residual dirt away and is also an anti-fungal.
Try using this mixture about once a week combined with some of the other tips above and notice the difference!
Do you have a favorite hair mask recipe?
Until next time,
P.S. – If you like pampering yourself, check out some of the other DIY Health & Beauty hacks.