Ever wondered whether home-made hair masks actually work or are just another fad? So have we! That’s why we made three hair masks from common kitchen products. We washed them out with regular shampoo and conditioner, letting our hair dry naturally. These are the results!
1. Milk & Honey
I warmed the milk a little so that the honey would dissolve into it easier. I poured the mixture into an empty perfumed bottle and sprayed it onto my hair layer by layer. I have very thick hair and didn’t feel like all of it was coated – I’m not sure whether this was because I just didn’t use enough milk or because of the thin consistency of the mask.
After leaving it on for half an hour, my hair looked a little shinier but not significantly so. If you have don’t have big hair, then this mask does a good job of adding luster and is super easy to make. Otherwise, you might want to give it a miss.
2. Mango, Egg Yolk & Yogurt
Being as lazy as I am, I substituted fresh mango for Ella’s kitchen organic mangoes. And before you come at me for using baby food in my hair, it’s just pureed mangoes with a little lemon juice! It also saves the hassle of using a blender. I added two egg yolks and two tablespoons of natural yogurt to the mango and mixed well.
The mask is recommended for curly hair, and I’ve permanently straightened mine but the roots are growing out so I applied most of the mask there. It was very messy, so you’ll want to spread out some old newspapers on the floor before putting it on. On the bright side, it smelled delicious, so I didn’t mind having to leave in on for an hour.
My hair felt so much softer after using this and there were noticeably fewer kinks and frizzy baby hairs at my roots. Even after I’d thoroughly washed the mask out, the scent of mangoes remained. Although it’s a longer wait, it’s really effective and a must-try for those with thick hair.
3. Oatmeal, Brown Sugar & Coconut Oil
My friend tried out this recipe for a scalp scrub. She combined two tablespoons each of oatmeal, brown sugar and coconut oil. As it’s a scrub, she didn’t have to leave it on for a set amount of time – she just massaged it into her scalp like shampoo.
Unfortunately, what should have been a wash-and-go situation became super difficult because of the clumpy bits of oatmeal, so she recommends leaving this out. She also thinks adding extra coconut oil is the way to go – it makes the scrub easier to apply, not to mention how delicious it smells!
The scrub left her scalp feeling squeaky clean, so would be a great substitute for those expensive clarifying shampoos. The coconut oil has the additional benefit of leaving her hands super soft!