Though I don’t detest summer in Delhi as much as the countless others, my hair does really hate it. Not only does it get greasy in just a day but as the humidity increases it reaches the highest point of frizzy. Over the years, I make sure to give my self a little Sunday hair pampering session whether it may be as simple as oiling my hair or using a fun DIY organic hair mask. Since, I keep really busy from Monday to Friday, one thing that I really look forward to is waking up on a Sunday morning (Yes, im an early riser), having a yummy rather extended breakfast and apply any of these masks before I wash my hair and head off for the day.
Most hair masks make use of certain key ingredients that are used over and over again that really help in hair growth, strengthening and nourishment. I wanted to share my favorite masks with you along with the key ingredients used in most of them. Other than the 4 masks that I’ve listed below, you can go ahead and create your hair mask combinations depending on your hair type and texture! This infact is a really fun pampering DIY!
The Key Ingredients
Eggs: Eggs are rich in protein which helps to make the hair follicle stronger and stronger strands of hair are less likely to break. Therefore, you’ll have fewer split ends. In addition to enhancing resistance to breakage, applying raw eggs to hair also makes it smooth for they consist of fatty acids. The vitamin A in eggs prevent hair breakage, Vitamin D prevents hair loss and balding and Vitamin B12 helps in hair growth.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar can function as a hair conditioner since it can improve porosity by sealing the hair cuticle. As a result, hair will maintain more moisture.It is perfect for removing product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp.
Honey : Honey is an emollient which means it is a natural softener. This makes it a great hair conditioner that smoothens your hair. It is a natural antioxidant, so it tends to make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. We all know that honey is a humectant, it tends to prevent the loss of moisture from your scalp. But honey has also high sugar content which helps to retain moisture. This as a result prevents hair fall and strengthens the hair follicles.
Ginger: Ginger works to increase scalp circulation. When blood flows to the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids in the root are great for thin hair. Ginger also has antiseptic properties that work to get rid of dandruff.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil, over thousands of years has found itself among the most popular hair conditioners. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. Lauric acid is found in coconut oil and has better results than other mineral or sunflower oils when it comes to improving hair health. A coconut oil scalp massage will effectively improve scalp circulation and boost nutrient and oxygen delivery to your hair. he natural antioxidants and nutrients found in coconut oil will deliver critical resources to improve your hair’s softness and luster. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and effectively eliminates dandruff while boosting hair growth. Coconut oil contains both antifungal and antibacterial properties to protect against dandruff and lice.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Olive oil has long been used as a great way to promote skin health. It also helps the skin of your scalp, and that can in turn boost the health of your hair. Olive oil, as part of a regular hair care regimen, can help your hair and scalp reach their healthiest potential. A hormone called DTH is the culprit in many cases of hair loss, as it causes the hair follicle shaft to narrow. Olive oil actually stops this from happening, which means you can hold onto your hair for longer. Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, which can keep the skin of your scalp in better shape. It can even reduce the damage done by hair care products or overuse of styling products.
Banana: Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage. Banana creates manageability, shine, growth and controls dandruff. The Vitamin A strengthens hair follicles as well as nourishing dry hair, Vitamin E promotes healthy hair and scalp. Finally, Vitamin C helps in oil regulation.
Lemon: A natural astringent, lemon closes the pores in the scalp thereby getting rid of excess oil in your hair. A word of caution though, lemon can visibly lighten hair so make sure you use it diluted with enough water, in the ratio 1:2 for lemon and water respectively.
Milk: Milk nourishes and cools the scalp and hair follicles. It restores lustre to dull damaged frizzy hair and boosts hair growth. It also acts as a natural detangler and moisturizes frizzy hair.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a multi-food packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and a super load of calcium and protein. It has moisturizing properties that help control oily greasy hair by washing away excess oil in the scalp and hair length.
My favorite Hair masks
All the masks are extremely easy to make as the ingredients listed should just be mixed in one bowl and applied to the hair scalp and hair gently. For the masks that contain Banana, make sure that the banana you chose is ripe/over-ripe so would be much easier to mash down. If you have sensitive skin, the mask that contains ginger will definitely sting a little. If it hurts too much, immediately add yogurt for a soothing effect. Once I mix all the ingredients into a bowl, I mix them thoroughly and evenly apply them on to my hair and its roots. Immediately after applying the mask, I take a towel soaked in really hot water and tie it on my head. It’s the easiest way to add natural steam to the hair. This really helps the ingredients of the mask to really soak in. I make sure that I let this mask with heat rest on the hair for at least 2 hours. I do remove the hot towel within 30 mins but don’t wash off the mask. Once you’re done waiting, go ahead and wash it all of with a mild shampoo. You won’t really need a conditioner if you’re using a mask which contains any oil!
1) MASK FOR HAIR STRENGTHENING & REMOVING FRIZZ
A) 1 MASHED OVER-RIPE BANANA
B) HALF A CUP COCONUT OIL
C) 2 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL
D) 1 TABLE SPOON HONEY
2) MASK FOR OILY HAIR
A) 1 CUP YOGURT
B) 1 TABLESPOON OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
C) 2 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY
3) MASK FOR HAIR GROWTH
A) 1 EGG
B) 1 CUP MILK
C) 5 TABLESPOONS OF OLIVE OIL
D) 1 LEMON
4) MASK FOR DAMAGED HAIR
A) 2TABLE SPOONS OF SHREDDED GINGER
B) HALF A CUP OF COCONUT OIL
C) ONE BANANA
Other than these 4 hair masks, I also also two more ingredients occasionally, trying to incorporate them into my pamper routine.
1) Avacado : The oil of the avocado, with its nutty aroma, works wonders on hair. It contains many proteins and vitamins, including A,D, E and B6 as well as magnesium, folic acid, amino acids, copper and iron, all of which can help with both hair growth and nourishment.For the treatment of dry hair, you can prepare hair mask of avocado. For this, puree the inner part of avocado. Add ¼ cup of milk and 1 tbsp of olive or coconut oil in the puree and stir it well. Apply this creamy avocado puree on hair and hair roots. Wear a shower cap for 15 minutes. Wash off your hair with lukewarm water. Else, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil in mashed avocado paste. Apply this paste after shampooing your hair. Let it rest for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with water. You can also use mayonnaise with avocado. Mash the pulp of avocado adding some mayonnaise in it. Massage this paste directly on hair roots and hair. After 20 minutes, shampoo your strands.To get shiny hair, heat some coconut oil for 10 seconds and massage your hair with it. Let it rest for some time. Meanwhile, blend pulp of avocado and banana to form a paste. Apply this paste on hair. After 10-15 minutes, rinse off with shampoo and cold water.
2) Beer : Beer is considered to be a great conditioner for hair and it really does work. Being an excellent tonic, beer is enriched with proteins and vitamin B. To incorporate beer in your hair care routine, Firstly, wash your hair. Spray flat beer all over your hair. You have to simply replace a conditioner with beer. Leave it for some time and use a blow dryer to remove it’s smell. Beer becomes a nourishing conditioner, when added with egg and essential oil. You can also mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in two cups of beer and use it as a conditioner.
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