15 DIY Hair Masks For Every Hair Type
Is your hair looking a little dull, greasy, or frizzy? Remedy your hair issues the natural, cheap, and easy way with DIY hair masks you can whip up in your very own kitchen! We’ve searched the web and found 15 DIY Hair Masks For Every Hair Type, covering normal hair, dry and damaged hair, oily hair, and hair that simply needs a health boost. Find the perfect DIY hair treatment for your needs, and then make a hair mask at home with ingredients from your fridge and pantry. It couldn’t be easier!
Hairs masks for all hair types:
If you don’t have any particular hair needs, why not try a general hair mask that is suitable for all hair types? These DIY hair masks are perfect for making hair extra healthy, shiny, and soft!
1. Avocado, honey & olive oil
You’ll need: 1 ripe avocado (pitted, peeled, and mashed) + 1/2 tablespoon honey + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
The natural oils in avocados contain many hair-friendly proteins and vitamins, including vitamin E, which nourishes hair and encourages hair growth. Mash up the flesh of a ripe avocado, and add the honey and olive oil. Mix the ingredients until smooth and creamy, and then apply the mask to damp or dry hair. Make sure it’s worked in well, and then seal in the goodness with a plastic bag over your hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing, for best results.
2. Banana, coconut, olive oil, & honey
You’ll need: 2 over-ripe bananas, peeled and mashed + 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon honey + 1 teaspoon coconut oil
This hair mask is hydrating and full of antioxidants, and it’s quite easy to make. Blend all the ingredients together (you don’t want lumps of banana stuck in your hair!) with a food processor until very smooth, and then apply the mask to damp or dry hair. Leave it on for about 5 minutes before washing it off.
3. Strawberry, honey, & coconut oil
You’ll need: 200g fresh strawberries + 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
Make your hair look incredibly shiny and healthy with a simple strawberry hair mask. Strawberries add lots of moisture to your locks, making them look smooth and glossy. Put the strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth, then add the olive oil and coconut oil and mix together. Apply the mask and leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Simple!
4. Yoghurt, honey, & almond oil
You’ll need: 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt or another plain, full fat yoghurt + 1/2 cup honey + 1 tablespoon almond oil
Fight frizzy hair with this great DIY hair mask. Stir the ingredients together, and apply the creamy mask to dry or damp hair. Work it into your scalp carefully, and use a wide-toothed comb to spread it down the length of your locks. Pay particular attention to the tips of your hair, and leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse it off, and then shampoo and condition as usual.
5. Olive oil and honey
You’ll need: 1/2 cup of honey + 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Honey is incredibly good for your hair! It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and it acts as a humectant (a magnet for moisture). Mix some honey with your olive oil, and heat it slightly so it becomes more liquid. You can use any type of honey, although raw, organic honey has the most health and beauty benefits. Work the mixture into damp hair, and then comb through your locks gently with a wide-toothed comb before covering your hair with a plastic bag. Leave the mask on for 25-20 minutes before washing it out. It will leave your hair smoother and softer!
Hair masks specifically for oily / greasy hair:
If you struggle to keep your hair looking clean and oil-free, these hair masks are just for you! Banish limp, lifeless hair with grease-busting hair mask ingredients you will find in your very own kitchen.
6. Egg white & lemon juice
You’ll need: 1/2 lemon + 4 tablespoons white flour + 2 egg whites (separated from yolks)
An egg white and lemon juice hair mask is a great treatment for greasy hair and dandruff, and it’s very easy to make. Start by squeezing the lemon with a fork or a squeezer, add the lemon juice to the egg white, and whisk the two to combine. Add the flour, and whisk again until you have a smooth, slightly thick liquid. Apply the mask to damp or dry hair, from roots to tips, and then wrap your hair up with a plastic bag. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing out.
7. Baking soda, yoghurt, & lemon juice
You’ll need: 5 tablespoons plain yoghurt + 1 tablespoon baking soda + 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
Oily and greasy hair can be awful, making your hair look limp and lifeless no matter how you style it. This clarifying hair mask will cut through the grease and remove any product build-up in your hair. Mix all the ingredients together until the solution is smooth and free of lumps, (you may want to strain the lemon juice to remove pips and flesh), apply to your hair, focusing on the roots. Wash off after 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition as usual.
8. Apple vinegar & lemon
You’ll need: 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar + the grated skin of 1 lemon
Remove oil, grease, and product build-up with this fantastic apple cider hair mask. The vinegar will balance out your hair’s pH levels, reducing oil production and strengthening your hair follicles. Leave the mask on for a maximum of 15 minutes before washing it out. You’ll be left with shiny, grease-free hair!
9. Parsley, vodka, & olive oil
You’ll need: 100 grams washed and strained parsley + 1 teaspoon vodka + 2 tablespoons castor oil
This unusual hair mask is great for an oily scalp, and it’s highly effective for beating grease. Parsley helps to disinfect the scalp and stimulate hair growth, and it’s easily found in most grocery stores. Start by adding the parsley to a food processor and blending it until it forms a smooth paste, and then add the vodka and castor oil. Vodka is good for clarifying hair, but it can damage colored hair, so leave it out if you have bleached or dyed hair. Apply the mask to your hair, leave it on for 30 minutes, and then shampoo and condition as usual.
10. Oatmeal, milk, & almond oil
You’ll need: 1/2 cup of oats (1 cup if hair is long) + 1 – 2 tablespoons of almond oil + 1/4 – 1/2 cup of milk
This hair mask is a winning combination of hair-friendly ingredients – oats contain vitamin E which is excellent for shiny, soft hair, almond oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acid and vitamin E, and milk moisturizes the hair and nourishes your scalp. Mix all the ingredients together (it’ll look just like oatmeal you’d eat!) and apply to dry, tangle-free hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, then rinse it out and shampoo. Use the mask once a week for best results.
Hair masks specifically for dry and damaged hair:
Dyeing, bleaching, coloring, and heat styling can all damage your hair, leaving it brittle, dry, and dull. Rejuvenate tired, damaged, and dry hair with these pampering hair masks for a moisture boost!
11. Coconut oil
You’ll need: 1 tub of coconut oil (1 – 3 tablespoons)
Coconut oil is somewhat of a “miracle” beauty and health food, and it’s a fantastic tonic for dry and damaged hair. It contains hair-friendly proteins and fatty acids that ensure hair remains shiny and smooth, and the extra vitamins and minerals ensure a healthy scalp and strong hair that is not prone to breakage. You can buy coconut oil at most health shops, and it can come as a solid or a liquid. Heat solid coconut oil a bit before applying, or simply scoop some of the oil out of the jar and apply it to dry hair. Wrap a warm towel around your head and leave the oil to soak in for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse, wash, and condition as normal.
12. Milk & honey
You’ll need: 1/2 cup full fat milk (room temperature) + 1 – 2 tablespoons honey
Milk and honey is a pampering beauty classic, and for good reason! These ingredients are fantastic for dry hair, as they add tons of non-greasy moisture, making your hair smooth, soft, and shiny. Mix the milk and honey together, heating it slightly if need be, and apply it to your hair from roots to tips. Comb it into your hair with a wide-toothed comb, and leave it in for around an hour. Then simply wash off as normal!
13. Egg, milk, olive oil, & lemon
You’ll need: 2 eggs + 1 cup full cream milk + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed leomn juice
This egg and milk based hair mask adds much needed protein, vitamins, and moisture to badly damaged hair. You only need the egg yolks, so separate them from the egg whites carefully, and then whisk then together. Add other ingredients and whisk them together gently until you have a smooth liquid. Apply the mask to damp or dry hair, leave it for 15 minutes, and then shampoo and condition with moisture boosting hair products.
14. Avocado & egg yolk
You’ll need: 1/2 avocado (1 avocado for long hair) + 1 egg yolk, separated from egg white
Whisk the avocado and egg together, or pop them into a blender and blend until smooth. Feel free to use over-ripe avocados, as it doesn’t matter if the fruit flesh is a little bit brown! Apply the creamy green mask to your hair, focusing on the tips and working your way up. Take your time, making sure that every strand is coated. It’s a good idea to comb your hair beforehand, and then use a wide-toothed comb to spread the mask down the length of your hair. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. and then rinse out and wash as usual.
15. Aloe vera & argan oil
You’ll need: 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (preferably fresh, but can be store bought) + 1/2 lemon + argan oil
Aloe vera is known for its hydrating and healing properties, and when combined with vitamin E-rich argan oil, you’ll have the ultimate dry-hair tonic. Mix your aloe vera gel with the juice from half a lemon, and then add 3-5 drops of argan oil. Apply the mask to your scalp after shampooing your hair (i.e., to clean, damp hair), leave it for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse of wash out. Your hair should feel soft and look shiny and healthy.
You can use most of these DIY hair masks once a week, except for the ones containing alcohol, vinegar, and baking soda, as these acids and bases can damage hair if used too frequently. As all the ingredients are natural and most of them are edible, they are easy to find and won’t harm your hair or irritate your skin. You can apply most of the masks to dry hair, but some of them won’t work as well (e.g., the honey and olive oil is very difficult to work into dry hair!). Let us know if you’ve tried them, and what you thought!