Now, if you have read my previous post on a guide to getting long hair, you will know that I prefer homemade hair masks to the ones you can pick up in Boots or wherever. They are so much cheaper and I feel that they are a lot healthier for your hair; no chemicals! And they are super easy too make. There are probably hundreds of recipes strewn across the internet, but I've done the hard work, tested them out, and narrowed it down for you. So let's have a little looky at my faves:
Hot Olive Oil Hair Treatment
This is my go to hair mask, and I use it 2 - 3 times a week before I wash my hair. It's so quick and easy to make and is ridiculously beneficial for your hair:
- If you happen to experience the annoyance that is dandruff, olive oil will moisturize your scalp helping to prevent the dry flaky skin.
- Olive oil is filled with antioxidants as well as A and E vitamins so is brilliant at sealing in the hairs moisture as well as protecting the keratin in the hair. Perfect for if you have dry hair that needs to be strengthened (like me!)
- Using this treatment regularly will begin to make your hair feel amazingly soft.
'So, how do I make this seemingly wonderful and beneficial hair mask?' I hear you ask. Depending on how thick and long your hair is, you want to pour your olive oil into a mug (I use about 5/6 tablespoons and I have shoulder length thin hair), then microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You then slather it all over your hair, not forgetting to massage some into your scalp!
It's then up to you how long you want to leave it on for, but I suggest at least 20 minutes. I usually leave it for an hour, but the longer the better really. You also need to wrap it up in either a shower cap or a hot towel (dampened and bunged in the microwave for 30 seconds) to help keep the heat in. The heat opens up the hair follicles, allowing the oil to penetrate the hair so much more.
I then wash it off using my normal shampoo and condition as usual. Simples!
Olive Oil and Egg Hair Mask
This is another hair mask that I use quite a lot. Egg contains so much protein so you can imagine the benefits it has for your hair. I've also noticed that my hair looks mega shiny after I have used this. And again, it is really quick and easy to make.
Pour some olive oil into a mug, but use about half the amount that you would use for the Hot Olive Oil Treatment as there needs to be room for the egg as well. This next bit is optional. I like to heat the oil up slightly (not too much as the egg may start to cook when you add it), to help to open the hair follicles. You then add your egg and whisk it all together. You can also add a tablespoon of honey as this is also very beneficial to the hair (nourishing and moisturizing), although I'll admit, I only do this sometimes when I have some honey laying around in my kitchen.
Apply to your hair, wrap up in a shower cap or towel, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. You can then wash it off with your shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
Porridge Oats Hair Mask
-Oil of your choice (I recommend either olive, coconut or almond.)
Yep you read it right. Porridge oats. Believe it or not, porridge oats are actually extremely moisturizing and they can also be used for dry skin problems such as eczema. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you want to take equal parts of the oats, the milk and your oil of choice and mix the concoction up into a thick paste. Simply smooth it all over your hair and let it so it's magic for 20 minutes.
You know what I'm going to say now don't ya! Wash and condition using your normal shampoo and conditioner, and enjoy your newly moisturized hair!
Have you tried any of these hair masks out before? What did you think of them?
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