Hair is the crown we never take off. Stress often damages our hair, giving it a dull look. Fortunately, there are good, natural ways to get back the lost shine of your hair. So, don’t give up so easily!
Are you suffering from sun damage, tangles, and breakage? Take charge of your hair immediately. The road to a healthy hair is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some of the natural and most useful vegan hair mask recipes to repair damaged hair.
By: Justin Bounds
Avocado and Coconut Mask for Dry Hair
Avocado is one of the best medicines for damaged hair and coconut has some amazing properties of shielding the hair from environmental stresses and increasing its volume. The combination of these two ingredients provides an outstanding result.
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut Oil
Mash the avocado, then make it into a paste. Add coconut milk and oil into the paste, and you are good to go! If you don’t like the smell, you can always add a few drops of essential oil. Apply the paste to the roots of the hair and keep it on for 30 – 45 minutes before washing your hair.
The avocado helps in reducing the breakage and repairing the hair. Coconut oil stimulates the hair growth and also makes your hair shine. Repeating this process once a week shows great improvements in hair quality.
Banana Mask to Moisturize Your Hair
Banana can be considered as one of the best ingredients for hair repair. The high potassium and vitamins (A, E and C) help heal the damaged and dry hair while strengthening the hair follicles by providing nourishment to the hair and scalp. All you need for a banana mask is 1 to 2 ripe bananas (overripe bananas are easier to blend). You can make a paste by blending them. Just apply the paste onto your hair and let it settle nicely on your scalp. You can add coconut and olive oil as well. Wait for 30 minutes, then wash it off. Carefully comb the hair afterwards to remove any leftover traces of banana.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mask for All Hair Types
Regardless of the type of your hair, application of apple cider vinegar ensures some breathtaking results. It cleanses the hair deeply and nourishes the hair from its roots.
- 8 oz purified water
- 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix the ingredients together, then gently massage them deep into your scalp for two to five minutes. Use cool water to rinse off the solution. The method instantly rejuvenates your hair, giving it a shiny, bouncy, clean, and beautiful look.
The high citric acid content of the apple cider vinegar keeps its pH around 3.5. It nurtures the hair cuticles and protects it from damage. It also assists in healing the already damaged hair.
Aloe Vera Mask for Dandruff
In case you are suffering from the age-old severe dandruff problems, then this mask is definitely for you. Dandruff is truly irritating and can be itchy, flaky, and downright embarrassing.
Aloe Vera does wonders when it comes to hair problems. With its soothing properties, aloe vera works like magic. The specific enzymes present in it keep your scalp free from dandruff. It also reduces the dryness of the scalp- the primary reason behind the dandruff problem. Aloe vera also promotes blood circulation of the scalp.
The ideal way to apply it on your hair is by squeezing out the aloe vera gel and massaging it all over your scalp. Let it rest for 40 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly. Aloe vera instantly gives your hair a refreshed look. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects accelerate the hair growth and boosts its volume.
Strawberry Mask for Curly Hair
The tart-natured strawberries are loaded with plenty of vitamin C, making them ideal to control scalp oil. Strawberries gently rinse away all the excess oil of your scalp that build-up over the day. They also regulate the natural pH of the scalp and give you shiny and glossy hair.
To make a strawberry mask, blend a handful of fresh strawberries in a blender, then add some coconut oil to it (optional). Apply the paste, preferably on a damp hair. Keep it for some time (longer is better) and rinse your hair well. Keep in mind that the longer you keep the mask on, the more time it will have to nourish the hair roots and give your hair a softer look.
Olive Oil and Lemon Juice for Itchy Scalp
It is common to have itchy scalp in the winter season, since the cold weather makes the scalp dry and scaly. You can combat this problem by making a hair mask composed of olive oil and lemon juice. This combination will give you the perfect nourishment for your hair. The low pH of the lemon juice removes the dry flakes of your scalp while the olive oil moisturizes the new skin on the scalp. Just mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with an equal amount of olive oil and apply on your scalp. Keep it on for 20 minutes, then rinse your hair with a mild chemical-free shampoo. Use this mask for twice a month and get rid of itchy scalp forever.
Jojoba Oil Mask for Brittle Hair
Frustrated with brittle hair? Oils are the best moisturizers for your hair. Jojoba oil is the most recommended oil. Apply jojoba oil and massage it into your scalp for five minutes. If you have oily hair, you can apply it to the root of your hair too. Let your scalp absorb the oil for some time. For better results, wrap your hair with a wet towel. Wash your hair thoroughly after one hour. The jojoba oil deeply moisturizes hair and keeps it hydrated.
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Almond Milk and Coconut Oil Mask for Flaky Scalp
These two products provide instant results for the flaky and itchy scalps. Add 5 tbsp of grounded almonds and 2 tbsp of coconut oil together. Mix them and whisk the mixture until you get the desired consistency. Apply it on your hair, then wrap your hair with a dry towel and leave it overnight. Wash your hair with a mild chemical-free shampoo and cold water in the morning. These two ingredients are the best for providing all the pampering your hair needs.
All these vegan hair masks are simple and natural, yet effective ways to protect your hair from daily stress. The ingredients are easily available and the masks can be made at home. Using the masks regularly will enhance your hair quality. Include these masks in your daily hair care routines and you will have a proper hair care and grooming ritual that will always pay off. Life can’t be perfect, but hair can be.
Justin Bounds is the main editor at TheBarbr, a haircare/grooming blog dedicated to provide useful tips and advice about the topic.