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3 Awesome Recipes for At-Home Hair Masks

Woman apply a hair mask at home
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Hair feeling a bit fried and frayed at the ends? You can use a mask to restore needed moisture, shine, and strength to your hair. Here are three great recipes you can make right at home.

While there are tons of hair mask options at drug stores and beauty shops, you can also make a solid hair mask by using the ingredients you have in your pantry. Why make it yourself? Not only do you have control over exactly what you put into it, but you get a high-quality product without breaking the bank.

What Are The Benefits of Hair Masks?

Hair masks are deep conditioning treatments. Unlike daily use conditioners, you apply a hair mask less often, usually no more than once per week. Once you apply a hair mask, you leave it on for anywhere from ten minutes to overnight.

Hair masks can help repair damage done to your hair by heat or dye. The ingredients in hair masks can help restore shine and make your hair stronger and less prone to breakage.

Why Make an At-Home Hair Mask?

You can make an effective hair mask at home using common pantry ingredients. Making a hair mask at home has several benefits:

  1. You’ll use all-natural ingredients. Some hair products have not-so-nice ingredients, like sulfates. By making a hair mask at home, you skip the chemicals and work with all-natural ingredients.
  2. You’ll save money. Store-bought hair masks can be costly. By making your own, you’ll save money to spend on your next haircut.
  3. You can do a mask whenever you’d like. The recipes in this post use cupboard staples that you’ll likely have on hand—no running to the store if you decide to do one of these hair masks. You can simply pop down to the kitchen and get started.

Recipe #1: Avocado and Olive Oil

Have an avocado that’s nearly past its prime but sick of eating fancy toast? Use that nutritious fruit on your hair instead.

Cut a small avocado lengthwise and scoop one half into a bowl. Pour in two tablespoons of olive oil and then mash it all together.

Once the mash has reached a creamy consistency, apply to wet or dry hair, concentrating on the ends. Pop on a shower cap and wait for fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and luxuriate in your newly healthy hair.

Recipe #2: Egg Yolk

Eggs are packed with nutrients that are good for your body and your hair. Eggs have a high sulfur content, which can help treat dandruff and heal your scalp.

Crack two eggs and separate the yolks into their own bowl. Whip the eggs together like you’d do to make scrambled eggs. Pour the mixture on your hair, cover with a shower cap, and wait ten minutes.

Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Be careful; warm water might cook the eggs!

Recipe #3: Coconut Oil and Honey

This recipe not only heals your hair but smells (and tastes!) good, too.

Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with a teaspoon of honey in a small bowl. Whisk until the mixture reaches a liquid-like consistency. (It might be easier to warm the coconut oil first.)

Once it’s ready, apply the mask to the ends of your hair. Wait thirty minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water. If your hair still feels waxy, you can use shampoo to remove the buildup.


You don’t need to shell out tons of cash to have healthy hair. Using simple kitchen ingredients, you can make an effective mask that repairs your hair.

Hayley Milliman Hayley Milliman
Hayley is a former Teach for America teacher turned curriculum developer and writer. Over the past five years, she's written hundreds of articles on everything from education to personal finance to history. She's co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females. Read Full Bio »

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