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! 🙂
Thank you! 😊❤
great post! The masks sound amazing!
Thank you! 🙂
Thanks for sharing, I will be trying these!!
Thank you! Let me know how it works for you! 😊
Great! Your hair looks lovely so I will have to try!
Thank you so much!! 😊
Your hair is so lovely. I will definitely be giving these hair masks a try!
Aw thank you so much! Let me know how it goes!
Love it, can you mix both of the hair masks as to do both in one night .?
For sure! I’ll put the rosemary one on my scalp and everything else from the ears down 😊
This is great! I’ve been looking into hair masks lately. I think I’ll have to try this soon!
Yeah! Super easy and works instantly!
Ooooe fab post. I normally just buy hair masks. X
Thank you! I honestly find that coconut oil makes my hair softer (and already the next morning!) than most store-bought masks.
I do use just coconut oil. But I never thought about using avocados. C
Thanks for this! I’ll be searching out some organic pure argan oil. Great tip to use it from ears down! I’ve used olive oil a lot, but you’re right, it can be hard to get out (I solve the problem by applying shampoo first, which seems to bind well with the oil and then it washes out without any residue left). I love rosemary essential oil, actually I add some to my unscented, non-chemically formulated shampoo and it works really well! I use eucalyptus globulus too as that’s been shown to stimulate hair growth (anyone with high blood pressure, epilepsy or is pregnant has to avoid both eucalyptus and rosemary ess. oils though, and the oils shouldn’t be used on children).
oh wow I didn’t know that about people with high blood pressure or pregnant women. Interesting info, thank you! And that’s an awesome idea adding drops to a shampoo, I’m totally going to try that 🙂
What a great idea!! Awesome awesome awesome!
I have some Rosemary Essential Oil from Young Living that I love but I’m always looking for new ways to utilize my oils.
Thank you for this!
Young Living is the best! (just gets a little pricey) but I’m in love with their shampoo and conditioner!
I’m all about that wholesale price! lol
Omg it’s the best!
Hahaha good call. It really is 😍
I’m definitely going to try the hydrating hair mask! Looks like something my hair needs right now!! Thanks for sharing this post 🙂
Yeah it’s so easy and really shows results the next morning, I love it! 🙂
haha, and I always use the ones from a store..maybe should try the DIY finally!
Oh yeah, coconut oil really works the best. In my opinon better than store bought products.
hii any suggestions for the split ends cos i have too many because of which i feel my hair isn’t growing fast i have tried applying yogurt too but still i feel it isnt working out
Hey! I would go hard on coconut oil just at the ends if I were in the position. Just whenever you need to wash your hair I’d let some coconut oil sit in there for at least a couple of hours.
Hii thank you so much 🙂👍
Currently I am trying the egg mask which I mentioned earlier
I also got to know that Apple cider vinegar is also good to get rid of spilt ends so thinking of starting with that too soon
Yeah Apple cider vinegar is always helpful. 😊
Thank you so much 👍😊
does apple cider vinegar have any side effects ?
On the hair, I really can’t think of any negative possible outcome. If you have super super sensitive skin maybe on your face or something it could be irritating. But still unlikely.
ok cos i tried it day before yesterday on my hair i felt a little roughness in the ends so i got a little scared as to is there any reaction which is bad for my hair so i needed your guidance
i tried the rinse just with acv and water and that too i took the quantity of the water more than the quantity of acv as it was my first time
Oh interesting. Yeah it’s just a really natural vinegar it shouldn’t cause any problems. But if you’re concerned, loading up on coconut oil as a treatment for repairing split ends should show results right away and would never make an issue.
Ok thanks will continue with coconut oil next time 😊👍 thanks alot
Sure! I hope that info was helpful to you! Let me know how everything works out. 🙂
Yeah hope my hair becomes long as how it was earlier cos I am really working hard for it
I’m sure it will with a little time if you’re caring for it so much 🙂
yes the struggle was too much after i dyed my hair it was a real pain to cut those dead hairs of mine and get them to normal otherwise my hairs were just like a broomstick with great efforts they are repairing now like its been 2 yrs already since i dyed my hair still busy repairing the damage
sigh 🙁 :'(
ugh well it sounds like you’re on the right track and doing everything you can!
Thank you for such a great post. My hair has been getting thinner but after your post my hair might get its growth back ☺🙂
Thank you! I have a bunch of suggestions for growing and strengthening hair in another post of mine too if you are interested: //bellezzacorner.com/2016/01/30/tried-and-true-tricks-for-stimulating-hair-growth-naturally/ 🙂
Thank you. I will check it out☺🙂
So helpful! I feel like i have been losing more hair recently…def trying these masks/tips. Love this post ❤️
Thank you!! And yes, try them! Let me know how they work out for you 🙂
I’m definitely going to try the hydrating hair mask! Looks like something my hair needs right now!! Thanks for sharing this post
Yeah! Let me know how they work for you. With coconut oil particularly I see changes the next morning. Super shiny and soft!
Your hair looks so amazing, I love coconut oil too. My hair is very tightly curled and likes heavier oils so olive oil is OK for me to use.
Thank you so much! Oh that’s interesting. Yeah with my hair I just can’t even seem to wash it out when I’ve tried so I like lighter oils.
No problem at all, different things work for different people. I’m glad your recipes work for you.
The hair masks look great !I’ll have to try one or all of them. Thanks!
Thank you! Yes, you’ll love them 🙂
Love your blog !!! this is amazing im totally gonna try it!!!!!
Thank you! 🙂 let me know it works out for you!!
THIS IS AMAZING. Going to try them all, winter has been awful for my hair. You are so lucky such a good hair. We are trying to create a beauty section on our blog definitely you would be reposted your tricks are amazing. Thanks for sharing
Thank you!! 🙂 Coconut oil works wonders! <3
really helpful! I’ll definitely try using organ oil!
Yeah! It’s amazing! 🙂
Great post, I needed this ha! Hair is in desperate need of a mask :))
Thank you! I have done so much reparation with coconut oil alone. I really swear by it.