Hair Mask Recipes
From The Kitchen

If you have spent the summer in the sun and the water, it's time to start reviving your hair for the fall. If your hair is dry, damage and has lost its shine, you can revitalize it with a hair mask. These masks use healthy ingredients from your kitchen to hydrate and rejuvenate your hair.

Woman after using homemade hair mask

Banana avocado hair maskBanana avocado mask

It doesn't sound appetizing at all, but you aren't supposed to eat it. Instead, slather your hair in this rich mask to bring back its luster.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
  3. Apply to hair from roots to tips.
  4. Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
  5. Double the recipe for long hair.
  6. Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.

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Yogurt hair maskYogurt hair mask

For dry, frizzed out hair, this recipe will bring back the moisture, leaving your hair silky and manageable.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Beat egg white until frothy.
  2. Mix with yogurt and mayonnaise.
  3. Massage into wet hair.
  4. Cover with plastic shower cap or plastic wrap.
  5. Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash out with a mild shampoo.
  6. Rinse with very cold water.
  7. Use monthly to moisturize hair.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp aloe juice or gel

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Comments on "Homemade hair masks"

Melanie Stevens February 11, 2014 | 1:50 PM

I think the best hair mask I ever bought and tried is the one from pro naturals. It is made from original argan oil. It has been keeping my hair healthy and soft!

Debra June 22, 2013 | 11:27 PM

Thanks for these comments I think ill pass trying this :)

donna June 16, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I dye my hair because i have gray hairs. I also have thin hair, dont kniw what to do with it if i dont blow dry my hair it looks blah with no life i have no shine, no bounce, looks drued out i use hairspray after i blow dry my hair and looks worst, but if i dont use the hairspray it looks seperated and not good. any advive. i need help Donna

Danielle April 18, 2013 | 9:04 AM

I just did the banana avocado hair mask for the second time last night. It works so well - but there are a few things to consider. It is a must to use a good food processor or blender to get the ingredients completely pureed. Make sure your hair is tangle free before you start - and try to detangle as you are working the mask through your hair. I left mine on overnight - used a plastic bag to wrap my hair in, covered in a microfiber hair wrap and a sweatband to keep it in place while I slept. You must use cooler water to rinse your hair first - before shampooing. When you shampoo, use a shampoo with sodium laureth sulfate - without the sulfate, you won't get enough of a lather to effectively remove the mask. I use a sulfate free shampoo every other time I shampoo my hair. You should also follow up with a conditioner. My hair is very soft and shiny - very happy with the results.

Christina April 03, 2013 | 10:36 PM

The Bannana avocado hair mask IS TERRIBLE! NEVER DO IT IT RUINS YOUR HAIR! Your hair becomes a grease BOMB! literally!

juju February 21, 2013 | 12:18 AM

The banana smells good and yogurt is fresh they work perfectly fine I try it twice a week and my hair is mosterized soft and shiny more healthier they work

mimi January 12, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Banana Hair Mask: Do Not Try This.....I’m sitting with a banana stanked towel on my head right now! And my hair is like straw!

Dakota November 23, 2012 | 9:56 PM

I use 1 cup mayonnaise, 2 tsp Olive oil (optional) , 1 banana 1. Puree the banana as much as possible to where there are no lumps 2. Mix the mayonnaise with the banana till fully mixed 3. Mix in the oil with all other ingredients (optional)

Anonymous October 02, 2012 | 10:34 AM

For the avocado banana one, does your hair have to be clean before you do it? Also should you apply it to wet, or dry hair?

lisa August 28, 2012 | 12:15 AM

I tried the banana hair mask. I have baby fine long hair. I used a whisk to blend the ingredients together. I applied it to dry hair, let it sit for 45 minutes then washed in lukewarm/shampoo and cool rince with conditioner. I love how my hair feels and looks....better then it has for a long time. Will be doing it again.. I also started making my own body scrub with coffee grounds, brown sugar and olive oil...lovin it!

LaRhonda August 12, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Making your own hair(and skin) treatments is so fun! I love to do it because my skin is real sensitive and this way I know what's in them and choose to scent them if I want and how I want. I taught for years and It was always fun doing various beauty recipes with my class. I love this article and have tried these recipes and love them all!

Libby July 24, 2012 | 8:18 PM

Im using the yogurt mask nd it smells disgusting but if u use a old shampoo tht smells good then ur hair will be fine

sheyla July 16, 2012 | 10:58 AM

I have done the avocado/banana twice and its wonderful. I did substitute the buttermilk with actual butter and milk and it worked great. Ladies in order to get the banana out of your hair just first rinse it out with water only. Then use ur shampoo and then once you've applied your conditioner, use your hair brush in the shower to both detangle it and take out the chunks of banana. For the smell I recommend Moroccan oil brand cream for the hair. It has a wonderful smell and I use it in a sayli basis. Hope this helps :)

Lauren July 11, 2012 | 1:03 PM

I have the same arguments as most. Although the banana avocado made my hair feel wonderful I had a heck of a time washing it out and getting the smell out. I think ill stick to salon products.

Gwen July 02, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I tried the banana avocado mask and you really need to make sure you puree the banana. Is there any way that that could be added to the directions? My friend and I just had a really hard time.

Aaron July 02, 2012 | 2:30 PM

I would love to do one of these one day. The avocado mask looks invigorating and refreshing.

Ash June 27, 2012 | 5:47 PM

I tried the avocado mask n it did wonders for my hair

Danielle June 23, 2012 | 10:56 PM

I did the honey & oil hair mask and boy is my hair soft! I was a little leary on whether to do it or not, but man oh man. my hair is like silk. I'm all giddy with excitement! although, it did make my hair extremely knotty. it was hard to brush out. but I have silky hair now! thanks!

Elle June 20, 2012 | 5:40 PM

I love the idea of homemade masks, I'm a sucker for a cheap way out of an expensive salon trip. I'm also kind of a bleach addict, and my hair gets really really dry sometimes, especially this time of year when I'm in and out of the pool. Henna works wonders for my hair. You do have to spend all day doing it, but it colors and makes your hair lovely and thick and soft.

Chrissy May 15, 2012 | 10:28 AM

I have used the banana hair mask multiple times without any problems. I assume that the people who have experiences issues with this one probably did not have a food processor to puree the banana and probably rinsed their hair in hot/warm water. There is egg in this recipe... you MUST rinse with cold water or you cook the egg into your hair. If you have “banana” chunks in your hair that you cannot wash out... it is more likely to be egg; and that is a mess! The directions don’t warn you of this but always use cool water to rinse.

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