You’re certainly not alone if you feel your best when your hair is looking sleek and healthy- but how can you produce that luxurious feeling between trips to the salon? The answer is simple: treating yourself to a weekly hair mask will keep your locks looking and feeling luscious! So, to help you give your hair just that little extra TLC, we’re going to share some of our favourite DIY hair masks, which you can make from the comfort of your home.

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    DIY Hair Masks For All Hair Types

    From over-styling your hair and over-using heated tools to weather changes, there are tonnes of different reasons why our hair starts looking a little sad. Whether you’re hair-care obsessed with your routine on lock or are guilty of neglecting your locks until they are damaged beyond repair, taking the time once a week to nourish your mane will always work towards your advantage. Not only will this help you avoid those frustrating split ends and morning frizz, but your scalp will also thank you for that extra hydration boost. We recommend using these masks alongside other replenishing hair treatments for the best results.

    Now, as experts in all things hair, we know that every head of luscious locks is unique and will experience different issues, from dryness and damage to slow growth and lifeless curls. So, we’ve provided our favourite masks for different hair dilemmas, making it easier than ever to choose and begin creating your mask:

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    Combing hair mask

    1. DIY Hair Mask For Dry Hair

    Tracking down why your hair is feeling and looking dry can be a little tricky because there is a whole host of contributing factors. Using too much shampoo, washing too frequently, detangling without care and skipping protective hair treatments are just some of the many reasons why your hair becomes dry. Over time dryness will cause your locks to become brittle and prone to breakage, leaving a trip to the hairdressers as your only solution.

    However, you’ll be pleased to know that you can prevent your hair from reaching this stage by applying a gorgeously hydrating, nourishing mask once a week or so. All you will need is the following ingredients:

    • 1 ripe banana
    • A few drops of argan oil
    • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk

    To make your mask, simply mix together all of your ingredients in a small bowl. Separate the hair into sections and apply the mask from root to ends. Leave in for around 40 minutes before thoroughly rinsing and gently washing out with shampoo. You’re now ready to seal the deal with your favourite hair products!

    Banana mask

    2. DIY Hair Mask For Damaged Hair

    For those with damaged hair, we feel your pain, so we have a couple of ideas for you! You may be surprised to find that the base for our repairing hair mask is an avocado. Not only are avocados a tasty addition to your meals, they contain natural oils, which means that they are also fab for moisturising and nourishing your hair. Now when it comes to our repairing masks, we are going to pre-warn you that you will look like you have guacamole on your head, but trust us, it’ll be worth it!

    Combine these ingredients:

    • One avocado
    • 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil, depending on how much hair you have and how thick it is

    You can do this using a fork, or in a blender for a smooth consistency. Gently massage the mask into your hair and scalp and leave it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash out.

    Avocado Mask

    3. DIY Hair Mask For Growth

    If all you’re dreaming of is a full head of rapunzel-style locks, waiting for your hair to grow can feel never-ending. Don’t worry; we have your back! These amazing mask recipes are specifically designed to promote hair growth and strengthen your locks, all based on the wonders of hair oil.

    The first recipe combines two ingredients in equal parts:

    • Cinnamon powder
    • Melted coconut oil

    Thoroughly blend the two ingredients, then apply the mask only to your roots. Massage the mask into the scalp and allow it to work its magic for no less than half an hour before rinsing out. We recommend scheduling this mask into your routine once a week.

    Another recipe for waking up your hair follicles is a simple mixture of:

    Again, this mask is just for the scalp but to maximise results, we suggest covering your head with a hot towel while it’s in your hair, as this will help your scalp to absorb all of the hydrating goodness. Leave this mask on for around 20 minutes, and then wash your hair as usual.

    Oil Mask

    4. Overnight Hair Mask DIY

    If you’re a fan of simplicity and like to avoid putting too many harsh chemicals in your hair, you’ll absolutely love this DIY overnight hair mask recipe – the only ingredient you’ll need for this mask is coconut oil! This miracle oil moisturises your hair and scalp, soothing irritation and repairing hair damage.

    All you need to do to make this mask is place a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a ceramic bowl before microwaving. You should stir the oil every 15 seconds as you microwave it and stop once it’s completely melted. Check that it’s cool enough to handle before gently massaging it into your hair and scalp. Leave the oil in your hair overnight and wash it out in the morning. Indian women have been applying coconut oil to their hair for thousands of years, and it’s not hard to see why! The results of this method are simply stunning- who’d have thought the secret to glossy, healthy hair was the oil of the humble coconut?

    Coconut Mask

    5. DIY Overnight Hair Mask For Curly Hair

    If you have curly or natural hair, you may find that lots of DIY hair mask recipes don’t give you the hydration boost you need for bouncy and protected locks. We’ve got you covered! Follow our coconut oil overnight hair mask DIY method for the moisturising treatment you seek.

    6. DIY Hair Mask For Bleached Blonde Hair

    If you’ve recently bleached your hair and it’s feeling a little… crispy, please don’t panic! This mask will moisturise and repair your hair, all while enhancing your lovely blonde locks! All you need to make this cheap-as-chips mask is apple cider vinegar and water. Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your hair and scalp, making your locks smoother, stronger and less frizzy. It also has lightning properties and will enhance your natural highlights, leaving your hair with a gorgeous shine.

    To make this mask, mix equal amounts of these ingredients:

    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Water

    Apply evenly to damp hair with a spray bottle. Leave the mask in your hair for half an hour before rinsing it out and enjoying your newly replenished locks!

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    7. DIY Hair Mask To Reduce Dandruff

    Dandruff can be SO annoying, especially when trying to perfect an updo or recreate a super sleek straight look, but let’s face it, we all experience it. From having naturally dry skin to not shampooing or brushing your hair enough, there are so many reasons why you can start to notice patches of dandruff. So, of course, it would only be fair that we included a super easy homemade mask that will help to reduce this issue. All you will need is:

    • Half a cup of oatmeal
    • 3 tablespoons of warm coconut milk
    • 1 tablespoon of warm almond oil

    Mix your three ingredients together and then begin to work it into the scalp, using circular massage motions. Leave the mask to sit on the scalp for around one hour, and then wash your hair as usual. This is a super beneficial mask as the oatmeal creates a gentle exfoliator while the coconut milk and oil moisturise and promote hair growth.

    Oatmeal Mask

    FAQs

    Here we will answer some common questions people have about homemade hair masks!

    Can You Use DIY Hair Masks On Hair Extensions?

    If you have hair extensions, you can still use our miracle mask recipes! The only thing you need to do differently is avoid applying the masks near to your roots as the oil in them could cause your bonds to slip.

    How Do I Make A Hair Mask For Hair Extensions?

    We recommend using our replenishing argan oil for hair extensions in your DIY masks to soften your luscious locks and give them an irresistible shine. When washing out your homemade masks, we recommend using our shampoo for hair extensions to maximise shine and maintain the quality of your extensions. Finish with our conditioner for hair extensions and you’re ready to roll!

    Healthy Hair

    Gorgeous Locks From The Comfort Of Your Home!

    Now that we’ve provided you with a hair mask recipe for just about every hair dilemma, we hope that you are just as excited as we are to begin rummaging through the cupboard to find ingredients. If you’d rather leave the mask concocting to the professionals, you can try our deeply nourishing Extension Boost hair mask which restores your hair’s moisture, prevents frizz and is kind to hair extensions. For the best results, we recommend using with our specialist hair extension brush. Ready to start building the rest of your hair care routine? Check out our previous article to perfect your pre-bedtime hair care.