It may have taken stay-at-home orders and wide-spread business closures, but DIY and “maker” culture is having a moment. From banana bread to homemade masks to sourdough starter to needlepoint, we are embracing our extended time at home by getting crafty. Why not move that DIY energy into the self-care category and whip up a hair mask made just for you? DIY hair masks use whole ingredients found in your kitchen, targeting the specific support and care your hair needs, skipping the ingredients and chemicals it doesn’t.
Your hair is a reflection of what you put in and on your body. It’s also a first line of defense against pollution and environmental toxins. Plus regular use of many types of products can cause build-up on our hair and scalp. All of this can have an impact on your hair and lead to clogged hair follicles, dull, dry or greasy locks, and sluggish hair growth. So simplifying your maintenance routine, scaling back on products, and reducing the number of ingredients you put on your hair and skin is a good idea. Enter the DIY hair mask.
When you make your own hair mask, you get to choose the ingredients you want for the results you’re looking for. You also get to choose to leave out the ingredients you don’t want (think chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate, phthalates, artificial fragrance and more.) According to the Environmental Working Group, every day the average woman uses about a dozen personal products containing more than 150 different ingredients. And because the ingredients in personal care products aren’t highly-regulated, many of these ingredients carry a biological burden and risk. (Check out the EWG’s Skin Deep® database to learn more about cosmetics regulation and become a smarter consumer.)
With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval (FDA 2005).The Environmental Working Group
Not only does making your own hair mask basically ensure that the ingredients are natural and non-toxic, it also saves $$ –think spending pennies versus dollars! Plus you’ll be using whole food ingredients you likely already stock in your kitchen. And because you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going onto your hair and scalp, you’ll have an easier time adjusting your recipe for the best possible results for your hair type or challenge. A DIY hair mask is a clean beauty basic that delivers quick rewards for your self-care efforts.
Let’s take a look in the kitchen!
Coconut Oil is packed with moisturizing and repairing properties that deeply penetrate the hair shaft. It adds shine, works to prevent hair breakage and split ends, and filters UV rays to combat sun damage.
Oatmeal contains fats, vitamins, and beta-glucans that hydrate hair and leave it silky smooth.
Honey is a shine-enhancing emollient and contains vitamins, minerals, and proteins that assist in repairing hair breakage.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a deep-cleaning powerhouse for the scalp, thanks to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Avocados contain fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin E, and biotin. These nutrients revive silky texture and shine to your hair.
Yogurt contains lactic acid that hydrates hair and helps prevent frizz.
Bananas hydrate and moisturize dull, damaged, dry hair. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals that strengthen the hair and help prevent breakage.
When customizing your hair mask, the above ingredients give you some good direction based on their attributes (many of them highly moisturizing!) and the qualities you’re looking for.
1 ripe banana + 1 ripe avocado + 2 T coconut oil = a moisturizing superhero for your hair
Combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor, mix it up, coat your hair and comb through, scalp to ends. Leave it for 20-30 minutes followed by your normal shampoo + conditioner. Use monthly. (Thinner hair? Reduce the coconut oil. Thicker hair can use more.)
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