Regular use of styling products and hot tools take their toll on hair, resulting in dull, lifeless strands. Besides the damage brought about by styling, there are also climatic factors like harsh sun and high humidity that affect hair adversely. Last but not least, your genes have probably gifted you with certain hereditary hair problems, making you fret.
For all these and more, the solution is not more products with chemicals, but some natural DIY hair masks that you can make at home with ingredients that are easily available. We’ve listed some recipes for DIY masks for most common hair problems.
Banana Mask for Brittle Hair and Split Ends
Many of us go crazy trying to trim away our split ends, the regular practice of which ensures that we never have long hair! Split ends and brittle hair are usually caused by over use of chemical treatments and heat styling, along with the use of bad quality hair products. And we say that straightening, colouring or perming your hair just adds to the damage already caused.
In order to relieve your hair from this damage, use a hair mask made with bananas which are laden with potassium. Be sure to use overripe bananas. Take two ripe bananans and mash it with the end of a fork and add a tablespoon of coconut oil and whisk it till it’s completely smooth. Apply it throughout your hair, leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off. Wash off with a mild SLS free shampoo and conditioner. Use lukewarm water for rinsing your hair.
Hibiscus Mask for Hair fall
Sometimes, Mother does know best, especially when it comes to traditional hair care using natural ingredients. Hibiscus has been used in hair care for generations, and is still widely used in many cultures. It is said to eliminate toxins and stimulate circulation, both of which eventually result in increased hair growth. Soak hibiscus overnight and blend with a tablespoon of olive oil. Let this be a smooth mixture. Apply all over the scalp and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with a mild SLS free shampoo and conditioner. Use cold water for rinsing your hair.
Oatmeal Mask for Dandruff
Dandruff isn’t just annoying; it’s an embarrassing problem too! The worst part is that most shampoos that claim to get rid of dandruff only do so temporarily and then the dandruff’s back right where it was. For those of you who have a dandruff issue, you can use this mask at least once a fortnight to keep it at bay.
Oatmeal is a life saver for most scalp issues. Blend 1/4th cup of oats into a fine powder and add a tablespoon of olive oil and organic rosewater to make into a paste. Section your hair and apply on the scalp. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with a mild SLS free shampoo and conditioner. Use lukewarm water for rinsing your hair.
Most of these hair masks are easy to make because the ingredients are readily available and it is not a cumbersome process either. The best part is that you know what you are applying on your tresses! Try one of these nourishing hair masks this weekend, and experience healthy, shiny hair throughout the week. Do you have a favourite hair mask you use? Share it with us!
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