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Self-Care Sanctuary: Homemade Hair Masks

Take Care of Your Hair…

Hair masks are great to use weekly to hydrate, moisturise and protect damaged hair. Similar to varying skin types, our hair has different properties, depending on how often we cut and colour, lifestyle choices, and plainly just genetics. Use these hair masks on shampooed, damp hair. Apply generously and wait for the amazing results! *Hair toss.*

Coconut, Avocado & Honey Mask for Dry/Damaged Hair:

You will need:

  • 1 puréed avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk

Measure out and combine these ingredients together; we recommend giving them a blitz in a blender to avoid lumps. Massage into shampooed, damp hair and run it through the mids to ends of your hair, leaving for around 25 minutes. It's important to avoid massaging into the scalp if you tend to have oily or greasy hair. Wash out the mask with lukewarm water and condition as usual in order to lock in the moisture.

This mask will reignite the shine into your hair - avocado is a healthy fat, offering nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals which can help to repair damaged cells and protect against wear and tear. Coconut milk is claimed to promote hair growth, being high in lauric acid which makes hair cuticles stronger. Use this mask if you have coloured or bleached hair, as this hair tends to be much drier than uncoloured hair, and can be brought back to life with this nourishing blend.


Egg + Lemon Mask for Oily Hair:

You will need:

  • 1 egg white (or 2 depending on the length and thickness of your hair)
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Pre-warning: this one can be messy! Whisk the egg white with the fresh juice from one lemon and apply evenly onto the lengths and scalp of damp, shampooed hair. Leave the mask on for around 20 minutes then rinse and wash with regular conditioner as normal. Rinse this mask off with cold water instead of warm, to avoid the egg going lumpy.

It may feel strange putting egg on your hair, but the results are worth it! Eggs are rich in vitamins A, D and E, and the proteins allow it act as a conditioner, helping to retain the shine of your hair. Lemon is rich in vitamin C which promotes strong hair, and can even highlight lighter hair colours when exposed to the sun. The acidic, anti-fungal properties of lemon will balance your scalp pH while also helping to fight dandruff.


Aloe Vera Mask for Oily/Frizzy Hair:

You will need:

  • 4 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

You can easily buy aloe vera gel from most health stores, or alternatively harvest the gel straight from the plant itself. Make sure to choose the thick leaves from the outer sections of the plant and cut close to the stem and you will be able to take the gel from inside the leaf. Mix the two ingredients together; you may need more gel if you hair is particularly long or thick, then apply the mixture to the mids and ends of clean, damp hair. Leave this mask in for 20-30 minutes to nourish your hair, then rinse and follow up with conditioner. 

Aloe vera and lemon are efficient in eliminating excess oil from the scalp while also nourishing your hair, giving a natural shine. Aloe vera works wonders when it comes to skincare & haircare, helping to promote hair growth and reduce frizziness, and is also a great bathroom plant! Lemon is also known to be a natural dandruff healer, containing minerals and vitamin C, which strengthens hair follicles and helps to get rid of dead cells.


Mask for Dry/Flaky Scalps:

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • 3 tbsp soft coconut oil 

Thoroughly combine all of these ingredients together, making sure to use on dry hair (to avoid dissolving the sugar). Massage the scrub along your hairline, section by section, and leave on for 5-10 minutes if you want the nourishment from the oils. However this step is not necessary if you're simply looking for an exfoliating scrub. Rinse out the mask with warm water and shampoo and condition as normal. 

This scalp scrub is full of natural ingredients, so won't irritate your scalp, and will also exfoliate flakes by cutting through product buildup. Exfoliating your scalp regularly can help hair grow and become naturally thicker, shinier, and less oily. Top tip: this scrub can also be used on your face/body to remove dead cells and smooth your skin.


Hair Oils:

Running oil through damp hair makes it easier to style, combats dryness and calms frizziness. It's also great for locking in moisture and adding a natural sheen. But remember, less is more; nobody wants a greasy look!

Argan oil (also known as Moroccan oil, or liquid gold) prevents hair damage and is perfect to combat frizziness.  Use a couple of pumps on freshly washed, damp hair or as a finishing oil after you’ve styled your hair. Coconut oil also has great properties in heat protection and prevention of breakage. Coconut oil works best when left in your hair and washed out, so rub the oil between your hands to warm it up and apply to the length of your hair (if your scalp is dry, apply here too). Leave in for 30 minutes or for best results, overnight and wash out.


Only Good Hair Days From Now On...

Bring the bounce back into your hair and save a penny or two in the process with these homemade easy hair masks. Whilst these are great solutions to treat your hair, nourishing your hair from the inside through what you eat and drink is equally important. Incorporating protein, vitamins and minerals into your diet, along with plenty of water will help to nourish your hair even further.

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