I live by hair masks. Maybe you can tell by my greasy little bun up there. ha! When you use great ingredients, a good hair mask instantly hydrates your hair and makes it super soft — much more so than any conditioner does.
Occasionally I use store bought ones, but much more frequently I use just a few ingredients from my kitchen in a little special concoction the night before a wash.
I use a number of ingredients and mix and match them depending on what I have available, and frankly, how much work I want to put into it ha! Sometimes I’m just too lazy to mix! 😀 I do a mask just about every other night, so sometimes it’s just a quick coconut oil mask (which also gives amazing results).
NOTE ⇒ all of the masks and ingredients below can be slept with, which is the only way I do masks because I like to keep them on for as long as possible. There are no overly sticky, gooey, or messy ingredients and they won’t dirty your pillowcase at all either!
1. Soft, hydrating hair mask
Here is my list of ingredients:
- coconut oil
- avocado oil
- argan oil – you can buy a bottle of pure argan oil or use a hair care brand that is made of argan oil but the latter will probably cost a bit more for the same thing.
⇒I will add to this list to NOT use olive oil. A lot of DIY masks call for olive oil but it is extremely difficult to wash out and very messy. You definitely would not want to sleep with it in. And if you have to scrub so hard to get it out in the shower, you are probably stripping your hair anyways.
So for a normal mask to soften and hydrate hair, I use a base of either coconut oil or argan oil and then add the other ingredients on top in much smaller quantities. With avocado oil and honey, you really don’t need a lot. I put avocado oil only on the ends of my hair as it is very hydrating and repairs split ends and only use about two teaspoons. With honey, use max two teaspoons and you can spread it all over for extra softness.
What I do with the argan oil and coconut oil is start at my ear lobes and cover all the hair down from that point. You don’t really need to be applying masks to your scalp because it is already producing natural oils and isn’t as dry as the bottom of your hair. It will also make things more difficult to rinse out. With what’s left on my hands, I will just run it through my scalp but I never do a full layer there.
To wash out: Just remember to give a light little scrub of shampoo to the areas that you applied the mask to make sure it doesn’t dry still greasy.
2. Stimulating hair growth mask
I mentioned this mask once before in my post a while back about stimulating hair growth. I learned it from my naturopathic doctor when I was experiencing hair loss and it really helped me thicken up my hair and get it growing strong again.
- Jojoba oil
- Rosemary essential oil
What I did was mix in a separate small jar the jojoba oil with about 20 drops of rosemary oil. Rosemary oil is known for stimulating hair growth, and is very potent so it doesn’t take much to make an impact. Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil because it is odorless and very light. It washes out extremely easily and isn’t greasy.
With this mask, you want to apply it right to the scalp because, obviously, that’s where your hair grows! I use an eye dropper to apply it in lines from my hair line to the back/bottom of my scalp. Then I use my fingers to rub it all in with a little scalp massage.
I sleep with this mask as well. 🙂
If you guys try these masks, please be sure to let me know! You will have soft and fluffy hair the next morning without needing to pay big money for some fancy hair mask! 🙂