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Honey, green tea, aloe vera, eggs, avocado, and lemon – all these ingredients can do miracles for your hair. Explore these natural hair masks now.
Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)
May 12, 2021
Superfoods for your Hair Masks
Hair – the luscious locks that can make or break your entire look! They need nourishment, care, love, and affection, just the way your skin or your entire body does. And sometimes just walking into your kitchen and using everyday ingredients – like honey, tea, avocados, can help rebuild your hair. In this article, we uncover the top ingredients that you need to incorporate in your hair care routine to help stay happy and healthy!
Get Back the Shine and Gloss with Tea
The relaxing effects of tea can sometimes prove beneficial for your hair. From rosemary tea, hibiscus tea, and green tea to black tea – all of them offer shine and strength to nourish the hair. They are often used as hair rinses to restore pH balance. How do I make a tea hair rinse, you may ask? You just need to add 1-2 tea bags to boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Rinse your hair post-shower with this liquid – and you’re good to go!
Popular hair rinses made of:
Rosemary tea – Known to promote hair growth
Hibiscus tea – Assists in reducing dandruff and scalp irritation. Further helps moisture hair to reduce tangles and breakage.
Green tea – Helps prevent hair loss and promotes growth
Black tea – Can help restore shine, softens hair, reduces shedding, strengthens hair, and increases blood flow in the scalp.
You can even switch to shampoos and conditioners with tea extracts for promising results.
Banana Hair Mask for Hair
Rich in magnesium, potassium, protein, and vitamins, bananas can help nourish and soften your hair. They can prove to be even better if your hair is dry and damaged because bananas provide ample hydration for making your hair more manageable and shinier!
Some of the popular banana hair masks include:
Honey and banana: Take 2 ripe bananas and 2 tablespoons of honey and mash them in a bowl to form a soft and creamy paste. Apply this on damp hair and cover it with a shower cap for half an hour – then rinse it off.
Banana and egg mask: Add one or two ripe bananas and one egg to a bowl – mix and blend them to get an even consistency. Apply this mask to your hair, focusing more on your scalp and split ends. Leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off properly with a good shampoo and conditioner – make sure the egg smell comes off!
Banana and olive oil mask: Perfect for dry and damaged hair, this mixture is rich in vitamin A & E and antioxidants. All you need to do is mash one ripe banana and add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. You can even switch the olive oil with coconut oil and enjoy the nourishment of fatty acids and other essential nutrients. And yes, please wash it off!
Transform Your Hair with Eggs
Eggs are rich in protein and biotin, no wonder they are heroes of moisturization and repair! They condition your scalp and avoid breakage, thereby improving texture and stimulating hair growth. Here are some of the conventional egg masks:
Egg and Mayonnaise hair mask: double moisture – that’s what we’d like to call it. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, and 1 egg – get an even blend. Apply this to your hair, keep it on with a shower cap and rinse off thoroughly.
Egg white mask for oily hair: mix 2 egg whites with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until it forms a thick paste. Apply this to your hair and wear a shower cap to let the mixture dry out and for your hair to soak all the nourishment. Wash it off, and you’re good to go!
Egg, coconut oil and almond mask: Give life to your dry hair with this sumptuous mixture of coconut, egg, and almond mask. Add 4 tablespoons of almond oil and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to 2 egg whites. Mix it well and apply it evenly to your hair. Wash your hair off, and you can skip the conditioner if you want!
Egg, lemon juice, and curd mask: You can mix these ingredients in the proportion of 1:1:3, blend it well and apply it evenly, then rinse it off. This mask can help restore hair growth and keep dandruff at bay.
Relieve your Itchy Scalp with Lemon
When life gives you lemons – don’t make lemonades; make hair rinses and hair masks!
An effective remedy against dandruff, lemons can calm down an itchy scalp. They are rich in vitamin C and have purifying qualities that add shine and gloss to your dull hair.
Lemon and curd: Mix two tablespoons of yogurt with lemon juice and apply it to your scalp gently. Let it sit for about 30 mins prior to rinsing it off with a mild shampoo. You can even add rice water to this mixture for better results. This remedy may help reduce dandruff.
Lemon hair rinse: Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 cups of water – place it in a mug and mix it well. After you’re done washing your hair, pour the rinse slowly and work through your hair. Following this, you can finish off with cold water to seal the cuticles.
Honey for Your Hair
Honey is used worldwide due to its therapeutic properties and can help moisturize your scalp and hair while
reducing hair breakage
There can be several variations of honey hair masks, but the most basic one that’s ideal for dry and damaged hair can be made like this: pour ½ cup of honey, ¼ cup of olive oil into one bowl and heat it in a microwave for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a while and then apply it evenly to your hair and cover it up with a shower cap. After 30 minutes, rinse this mask off with your shampoo and conditioner.
You can combine honey with egg, avocados, bananas, shea butter coconut oil, or yogurt – depending on what’s available for the best results!
Avocados for Frizzy Hair
Generations of women in Mexico and other Latin American countries have used traditional remedios caseros or natural home remedies to enhance the quality of their hair. This is a traditional avocado recipe from Mexico, that’ll help tame your hair and rejuvenate them.
Mix ½ an avocado (mashed) with 2 egg whites until you achieve a smooth blend. Apply this to your hair, leave for 15 minutes, and follow-up with the usual shampoo and conditioner.
Avocado’s oils are moist and light and replicate the oils that are produced by our skin. The nutrient-rich avocados help smooth your hair’s frizz.
You can pair mashed avocados with almond oil, coconut oil, argan oil, eggs, bananas, or honey, too – depending on what’s available and delve into a pampering weekend!
Aloe Vera for Strength
Aloe vera has manifold benefits not just for your skin but for your hair too. It provides immense nourishment and can help soothe the scalp and fight dandruff.
A popular mask that we’ve seen to work is aloe vera combined with coconut oil and honey in the proportion of 2:3:1 – once you put these three together and mix well, they form a paste – which works amazingly as a deep conditioner.
For dandruff, you can combine 1 cup of fresh aloe gel with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Blend them well and apply generously to your hair and scalp – keep it for 20 mins and follow-up with the usual hair wash. Do this twice a month and keep your dandruff at bay.
You can even combine aloe gel with castor oil to help increase the density of the hair and strengthen it. For greasy roots – combine this beauty with lemon and let it stay for 20 mins then wash it off.
Aloe vera consists of several useful compounds like water, lectins, mannans, polysaccharides, vitamins, and minerals – that makes it suitable for all hair types!
Enjoy these masks and let us know which one you loved the most in the comment section below! Also, if you have any masks that have worked for you, drop them in the comment section and let the world know too! 😊
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