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Should You Start Making Your Own Hair Masks? + 11 DIY Recipes

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Xavier chapter.


Did you know that homemade hair masks can be more effective than typical conditioners? Hair masks work toward getting inside the hair cuticle as opposed to normal conditioners which just sit on top of the hair strand. DIY hair masks can also be less expensive than their store-bought counterparts. All of the following hair mask recipes have less than five ingredients so you know exactly what is going to be absorbed by your strands. Another win is that all of the ingredients can be found fairly inexpensive at your nearest grocery store.


Here is a breakdown all of the ingredients and their properties:


Olive Oil: Super moisturizing with and rich in vitamins.

Coconut Oil: Extremely moisturizing and chock full of vitamins.

Whole Fat Yogurt: Very moisturizing and contains lactic acid to slough off dead skin cells.

Sea Salt: Helps to loosen and remove dead skin cells and flakes while stimulating hair growth.

Lemon: Full of vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A which have repairing properties.

Honey: Antibacterial, antimicrobial, and packed with antioxidants.

Matcha Green Tea Powder: The caffeine, catechins, and antioxidants that are in matcha green tea work to reduce inflammation, encourage blood flow and circulation to your hair follicles and scalp, and can also help to ease dandruff.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Naturally abundant in acetic acid and has a pH level that is close to human hair so using this regularly will help get your scalp and hair to their best possible acidity to maintain their health.

Coconut Milk: Contains all of the essential nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy, which boosts your hair follicles for hair growth.

Banana: Full of vitamin A which restores moisture to the hair and repairs dry and damaged strands.

Almond Oil: Strengthens and nourishes your hair from all of the omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, phospholipids, and vitamin E that it contains.

Milk: Contains a large number of proteins and vitamins such as calcium that work to strengthen the structure of your hair and restore natural shine.

Oats: Full of vitamin B which moisturize, restore your damaged hair, and help alleviate itchiness and dandruff.



1. Moisturizing:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or coconut oil) with ¼ cup of whole fat yogurt.

  2. Apply to wet hair and leave in for 15-30 minutes.

  3. Wash hair with shampoo and then rinse well.


2. Clarifying:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt (or table salt), 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. Wet hair and then massage the scrub into your scalp for a few minutes.

  3. Rinse scrub out well and then shampoo as normal.


3. Extra Conditioning:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choosing (coconut or olive oil work especially well) and 1 tablespoon of honey.

  2. Heat this mixture in the microwave for a few seconds until the mixture is warm enough to spread easily.

  3. Massage this mixture onto your scalp, then cover it with a shower cap for 30 minutes to an hour.

  4. Rinse well.


4. Growth Stimulating:

  1. Whisk 1 egg in a bowl and then combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of matcha green tea powder to that same bowl.

  2. Using a comb, part the hair and apply the mixture to the roots, slowly working your way around the whole scalp.

  3. Leave this on for 30 minutes before shampooing.


5. pH Balancing:

  1. Combine ¾ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and after shampooing, apply this liquid to your scalp.

  2. Work it through your damp hair, put on a shower cap, and keep the mask on for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Rinse out your hair with warm water but do not apply conditioner.


6. Shine & Conditioning:

  1. Whisk 1 egg in a bowl and combine 1 cup of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to that same bowl.

  2. Mix well.

  3. Pour this mixture over your scalp and massage it in, then pour the excess mixture onto your hair, concentrating on the ends.

  4. Leave this on for 30 minutes 15-20 minutes before rinsing your hair thoroughly.


7. Repairing:

  1. In a blender, combine 1 banana and 1 tablespoon of honey until you are left with a smooth mixture.

  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, taking extra time to apply this to your ends.

  3. Leave this on for 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.


8. Split Ends:

This won’t fix your split ends, but it will dramatically improve the appearance of them. The only way to get rid of split ends is to get a haircut.

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of almond oil, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, specifically focusing on damaged ends.

  3. Allow it to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes and rinse it out with your usual shampoo.


9. Brittle Hair:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ cup of room temperature milk together. Ensure these are thoroughly mixed.

  2. Carefully pour this over your hair and allow it to sit for around an hour.

  3. Wash off with your usual shampoo.


10. Frizz Fixer:

  1. Mash up ½ of a banana (eat the remaining half to get in some potassium!). Mix together the ½ of the banana, 2 tablespoons of honey, and ½ teaspoon of almond oil.

  2. Massage this mixture through all of your hair and scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes.

  3. Rinse your hair with the shampoo of your choice.


11. Oily Hair:

This mask is also great for dandruff and for the best results, use this once a week.

  1. In a blender, combine ⅛ cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of almond oil, and ¼ cup of oats (use half the amounts if you have shorter hair).

  2. Once you have a paste-like consistency, apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes.

  3. Wash the mixture out thoroughly.

Kayla is a sophomore public relations major with a minor in digital media. She is obsessed with dogs and all other animals. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio and was originally adopted from China.