Hair has been said to be a women’s vanity. We want to take great care with our hair and nourish it while we can. For those of use growing older, hair starts to become more brittle and susceptible to damage over the years. Good thing there are hair masks to help keep hair healthy and vibrant! (Click Here for my secrets on growing healthy long hair.)
While you might find some great homemade hair mask recipes out there, a lot of these are a lot of work and require a lot of ingredients. Totally unnecessary to achieve great hair. I’m going to name four great and simple yet natural, herbal alternatives that really work for your hair. Remember with these hair masks, to make sure and do it at least once or twice a week to reap the benefits.
- Manuka Honey Hair Mask – Honey, as a humectant, attracts and holds onto water molecules so it keeps your hair hydrated all day long. This is so important, especially in winter months when the air is very dry. Manuka honey is more potent in its other counterparts in that it is so much richer in amino acids essential for hair growth. Manuka honey’s high mineral content, amino acids, and B-complex vitamins nourish the scalp and calm inflamed hair follicles that hamper hair growth. It can rejuvenate your scalp and hair follicles. It also balances pH, sealing in hair moisture to prevent split ends and breakage which keeps your hair looking thicker. Its rich B-complex vitamins are key building blocks for healthy hair growth as well. To make, mix together the following:
- 1/2 cup manuka honey
- 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Massage onto hair and scalp. Clip hair up and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and condition.
- Indian Hair Mask – This uses coconut and clove oil. Clove oil boosts blood circulation nourishing the root of the hair. This prevents hair loss. Coconut oil stimulates hair growth and leaves strands extra shiny. To make, mix together the following:
Massage the fragrant mixture into your hair and scalp. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual. This yields one treatment.
- Olive Oil Hair Mask – This is a great hair mask for those who color their hair! When hair is dry, the cuticles open up and release color when you shampoo. Most shampoos out there also contain sulfites. Sulfites strip your hair of color as well. But when you coat your hair with a hot oil treatment, you seal those cuticles down, locking in the color and boosting shine. To make:
- Warm up a sealed bottle of extra virgin olive oil (not too hot, just warm). Massage the warm oil through your hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and condition.
- Almond Oil Hair Mask – This is a VERY simple, yet quite effective hair mask that I use quite a bit. It not only makes your softer, but it looks SO much healthier. I love this hair mask. 🙂 All it takes is almond oil! You massage it into your hair till covered and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Shampooing your hair after doing a mask helps eliminate the excess oils out of your hair so it’s not greasy looking. Depending on how thick you lay the oil in your hair and what kind of shampoo you are using, you may want to shampoo twice prior to conditioning.
Shampoos and conditioners are not created equal. Commercial shampoos and conditioners are loaded with toxic chemicals that actually damage and strip your hair. They can really take away from the effort of using hair masks to make your hair healthier. I switch between Shea Moisture and Maui Moisture, but I lean towards Maui Moisture more. Their products are not only all natural, herbal, and not tested on animals, but they smell so amazing and leave your hair smelling great afterwards as well. I absolutely love their products!
Don’t want to do a hair mask? There are some great hair rinses out there as well such as the following…
Want shiny hair? Puree half a banana and 1 cup plain yogurt. Place these in a bowl and use as a conditioner after you shampoo. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse.
Want to get rid of a dry, itchy, flaky scalp? Take 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 cup water, and a few sprigs of mint (bruise the mint prior to using or you can use 4 bags of mint tea) into a pot. Heat the pot till it’s warm, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Pour this into a glass bottle and chill. Before you shower, apply the entire rinse to your scalp, massage and leave on for 20 minutes. Condition as usual.
Want stronger, fuller hair? Warm 1 cup almond oil and a few springs of rosemary in a pot. Let this cool and massage onto scalp in a circular motion. This boosts circulation and gets hair growing. Let the mixture sit 15 minutes and wrap your head with a warm towel. Condition as normal. This keeps 1 week in the fridge.
Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried these and what your favorite hair mask is. And if you have a different hair mask recipe you use, I’d love to hear about it!