Hair masks are the hair equivalent of face masks. Offering an intense condition, this occasional treat for your hair rejuvenates damaged follicles and leaves you looking refreshed. The best part is that you don’t need to buy an expensive hair mask or book a spa treatment to help repair your damaged hair, dry hair, or other hair issues. These DIY hair masks work for all hair types and will give your strands a boost with natural ingredients that have proven to be effective for generations of women.
Murumuru Butter Mask
Originating from the Belém, the “metropolis of the Amazon,” murumuru butter is a natural miracle worker that reduces frizz by penetrating the hair shaft and sealing cuticles, locking in moisture, and even providing protection against the sun. It's so effective that it's a key ingredient in Lu's LatinUS Beauty’s Control Collection, which is designed to help tame frizzy hair. Here’s how to incorporate this awesome ingredient into a homemade hair mask.
- 2 avocados
- 2 bananas
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons murumuru butter
Mix the ingredients together. Then, divide your hair into four sections and apply the mask from the root to the tips. Leave it on your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing it out.
Cinnamon Hair Mask
Cinnamon is not just a beloved fall flavor. This delicious and warming spice can help increase blood circulation, fight dandruff, and promote hair growth. Here’s one way to apply cinnamon to your hair:
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Combine the two ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If they are not combining well, then heat up the oil gently in a saucepan first. Apply it to your hair from roots to tips. Let the mask sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes, then rinse out with warm water.
Baking Soda Mask
Using the wrong products in your hair can lead to product buildup that can weigh it down over time and lead to hair loss. That's because many ingredients commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, and styling creams are not water soluble, like heavy oils and dimethicone (a type of silicone frequently used in cosmetics). Try this baking soda mask to breakup product residue and leave your hair looking bouncy and full of life:
- 1/2 cup Lu’s Rescue Shampoo
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
Combine the ingredients and mix well. Apply to wet hair and leave for a few minutes. Then, rinse it out.
Moringa Seed Oil Mask
Natural oils tend to be your best friends when it comes to hair care. Ancient Egyptians were one of many civilizations to utilize moringa seed oil. Nicknamed “The Wonder Tree,” moringa seed is a sacred medicinal plant that contains phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that strengthen and rejuvenate hair. Check out this DIY mask to give your hair a boost with moringa seed oil.
- 1 cup grape seed oil
- 4 tablespoons moringa powder
Combine the ingredients in a mason jar and mix thoroughly. Then, place the jar in a pan full of warm water and heat it slowly. Be sure to stir the contents frequently. When you’re ready to remove it from the heat, strain out the chunks with cheese cloth and apply warm to your hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes, before rinsing out. You can get the benefits of moringa seed oil without the hassle of heating a jar with Lu’s Freedom Collection.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mask
From helping with digestion to pickling vegetables, apple cider vinegar has a variety of beneficial uses. Among these is closing and smoothing hair follicles, as well as preventing an itchy scalp. This mask can be used to keep your hair sleek and shiny:
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and apply to damp hair. Let the concoction sit for thirty minutes while it soaks into your hair. Then, rinse it out with your favorite Lu shampoo.
Lemon and Egg Mask
Utilizing some of the ingredients you might find in your favorite dessert recipe, this lemon and egg mask sounds delicious but will also work wonders on your hair. Lemons can balance your hair’s pH levels and they contain antioxidants, folic and vitamin C, while eggs are rich in protein and can infuse hair with vitamins and minerals. Add more eggs and an extra lemon to your weekly grocery list and give your hair a tasty treat with this hair mask:
- 1 egg white
- 1 lemon
Mix the juice of the lemon with the egg white in a small bowl. Apply to your hair and leave it for at least one hour to see the best results.
Shatavari Hair Mask
Found in the Himalayan Mountains, shatavari was nicknamed “one who possesses 100 spouses” for its apparent properties of boosting fertility and vitality. But that’s not the only reason why this ancestral root is good for you. Also known as “the queen of herbs,” shatavari is an ayurvedic medicine that can also uplift your hair. If you’re not lactose intolerant, you’ll love this easy-to-make hair mask.
- 1 tablespoon shatavari powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup whole milk
Combine the ingredients and apply to your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse out. For a simpler way of introducing shatavari to your hair care routine, try Lu’s Rescue Bundle, which contains shatavari-Infused glycerin. This powerful natural hair remedy is rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins that work to restore hair visibly and naturally.
The best DIY hair masks can help you treat everything from oily hair to dry scalp, and adding them to your hair care routine can help you on your path to healthy hair ... especially when combined with Lu! What's your favorite hair mask? Let us know in the comments!