We’re so excited to share 3 new recipes for our DIY beauty series. The last time we did DIY face masks and saw amazing results, so this time we’re trying out home hair remedies in hopes that it might solve some of our common hair/scalp issues. And the best part is that it comprises of ingredients we probably already have at home!
FOR DEEP CONDITIONING AND SPLIT ENDS
Apart from being incredibly delicious, avocados have a whole slew of beneficial properties for the hair that many of us probably don’t even know of. The fruit is loaded with protein, essential fatty acids, folic acid, vitamins A, D and E, and other nutrients that nourish your hair and stimulate growth. It also works as an excellent deep conditioner to create lustrous locks and limiting split ends.
The oil of avocado, coupled with olive and coconut oil, can penetrate deep inside the epidermis layer, resulting in improved blood circulation in the scalp and keeping it hydrated. Hence, the use of an avocado mask is greatly beneficial for those of you with dry, brittle and frizzy hair.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- Mash the avocado and mix in the olive oil and coconut oil until you get a creamy consistency.
- Apply this hair mask liberally on your hair (avoid the roots).
- Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
- Rinse it off and then shampoo your hair.
- Do this on a weekly basis, or two to three times a month
After trying the mask, the hair instantly felt softer, more hydrated and luscious! We could also tell right away how the mask restored all the moisture back into her hair and tamed the frizz. In addition, the deep conditioning effects made the hair easier to style. With just a quick blow dry, the hair fell nicely into place without the need for much styling.
However, one thing to note is that the mixture can be quite thick, making it difficult to apply. If it’s too thick, you can add in more olive and coconut oil to make it less viscous. Also, avocado bits will be apparent (unless you blend the mixture). So it might be a little tricky getting those bits out of your hair when trying to wash off the mask. We suggest giving your hair a thorough wash twice to make sure everything comes off.
FOR SOOTHING DRY HAIR AND SCALP
We all know that coconut milk is another ingredient that is not only beneficial to our health, but it is also great for the hair, skin and face. Coconut milk serves a dual purpose of nourishing your hair with proteins and as well as moisturizing your listless, dry strands so you’ll have strong, shiny and bouncy hair. It also helps to soothe and treat itchiness and dandruff on the scalp. Furthermore, it is completely natural and loaded with vitamins like niacin and folate which helps to improve blood circulation in the scalp.
Even though coconut milk can be used on its own, the addition of honey and lemon juice makes this mask even more effective to treat a dry scalp! Honey helps to hydrate the hair and lemon juice helps to get rid of dandruff.
- ½ cup of coconut milk
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
- Apply liberally on your scalp and hair.
- Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
- Wash it off thoroughly with shampoo.
We immediately noticed how shiny the hair became after using the mask. And it felt extremely soft too! However, due to the moisturizing effects of the mask, it can make the hair very sticky and clumpy if it is not washed off thoroughly. Hence, it is advisable to wash your hair at least 2 to 3 times after applying the mask to remove any oil residue. If you only suffer from a dry scalp and wish to avoid any oiliness on the rest of the hair, this mask can also be used just for the scalp and preventing dandruff.
FOR OILY SCALP
Oily scalp problems are pretty common here in Singapore’s hot and humid weather. Forget spending big bucks on high end shampoos, or trying product after product to find something that might only work. If you’re one with an oily scalp – don’t fret, we might have just found the ultimate solution for you.
This super simple recipe is made only of eggs, salt and lemon juice. Egg whites are great sources of protein, and combined with the vitamin C in lemon juice, the mask helps to control excess oil in your scalp and hair, without stripping it of its moisture. Egg whites also contain folate and other minerals that stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
- 1 egg white
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp of salt
- Separate 1 egg, collecting the white in a clean bowl
- Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon into this bowl, along with 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir well into a fine, smooth paste.
- Apply this paste on your hair and/or scalp, leaving it on for half an hour
- Rinse it off and use a mild shampoo and conditioner
The acidity of the lemon juice curdles the egg white, so after a while you will notice white clumps in the mask. The white clumps will get stuck in the hair, making it difficult to wash off. Again, it is advised to wash the hair a couple of times and only apply this mask onto your scalp if you only have oily scalp issues.
Also, our model did mention that when she applied the mask there was an itchy and stinging sensation and the smell of the raw egg was a little nauseating. Despite this, there were positive results. It isn’t as obvious in the ‘before & after’ shots above, but our model said that her scalp is no longer as oily as before and she can now afford not washing her hair for a day!