15 DIY Hair Masks for Dry and Damaged Hair that Work Wonders

Hair is one of the most liable of our organs to get damaged with its exposure to a lot of environmental conditions and constant treatments. While there are natural mechanisms by which the hair protects itself, using hair masks for dry and damaged hair can be a great way to keep them protected. We can make these simple nutritious and moisturizing hair masks right at home with simple, natural ingredients. We’ve made a list of 15 such hair masks for dry and damaged hair that you can make all by yourself and use them regularly.

What Causes Dry and Damaged Hair?

Before we try and repair our hair, it is important to understand what the reasons for the damage could be.  Some of the most common reasons that lead to dry and damaged hair are listed out here.

  • Constant exposure to pollution is one of the most common reasons that your hair gets damaged. It is subject to dust, chemicals and other allergens that could trigger the damage and the dryness.
  • Lately, hair treatments like hair straightening  and blow drying by subjecting it to hot temperatures and other harsh physical means constantly can lead to damaged hair over some time.
  • Some chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, bleaches and other hair products maybe too harsh on your hair and lead to damage and dryness upon regular use. This can be avoided and kept in tab by using new hair products each time.
  • Environmental changes such as a lot of exposure to hot sun or extreme cold weathers and sometimes getting wet in the rain too often can eventually lead to weak and damaged hair.

15 Hair Repair Masks with Natural Ingredients

Among all the natural ingredients that can repair hair damage, we have listed out hair masks made out 15 ingredients that are extremely simple to make and use on your hair.

1. Egg yolk + Honey hair mask

Two of the most commonly used ingredients for dry and damaged hair are egg and honey. They can be useful for the hair in multiple ways along with moisturizing the hair. Let us look at egg and honey help dry and damaged hair and how we can use them.

Uses of egg yolk for hair  : Moisturizing, conditioning, strengthens the hair follicles, removes excessive frizz.

Uses of honey for hair  : Strengthens the hair, conditions and retains the moisture on the scalp, boosts the natural immunity of the hair follicles.

Making the mask:

  • Break a couple of eggs into a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of honey to it and beat it well until a uniform mixture of all of them is formed.
  • Apply it over your scalp and the strands of your hair with the help of a brush and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair.
  • Repeat this once in every two to three days for good results against damaged hair.

2. Avocado paste + Cedar wood oil hair mask

Avocados have many benefits upon its external usage on hair and one of them is reparation of damaged hair. Because it is rich in Vitamin E, it can be highly healing for the hair. Using it with along with Cedar wood essential oil which is, on its own terms great for dry and damaged hair can be highly useful. Here’s why and how you should use it.

Uses of Avocado for hair : It repairs damaged hair, restores the moisture, helps in hair growth by adding nutrition to the scalp.

Uses of Cedar wood oil for hair : It can keep the hair from drying up, promotes hair growth, helps in increasing blood circulation on the scalp when massaged.

Making the mask:

  • Peel avocados and make a paste out of the pulp.
  • Add a few drops of Cedar wood oil to it and mix it well.
  • Apply this paste over your scalp and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Wash your hair off with a shampoo after that.

3. Coconut oil + Jojoba oil mask

There’s nothing like a good oil massage to restore the health of hair and fight any hair damage. Using highly nutritious oils like coconut oil and jojoba oil together for the same can be a great remedy for dry hair. Here is why we should choose coconut oil and jojoba oil and how we can use them for the hair.

Uses of coconut oil for hair : Nutritious, helps in hair growth, moisturizes the hair, conditions it.

Uses of Jojoba oil for hair :  Keeps the hair from drying up and breaking, strengthens the hair from the roots, conditions the hair.

Making the mask:

  • Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil into a bowl and add the same amount of jojoba oil to it.
  • Heat it slightly so that it gets to a lukewarm temperature.
  • Apply it all over the scalp and massage it for about 5 minutes.
  • Leave it on for half an hour and shampoo your hair.
  • Using this mask each time you shampoo your hair is a great way to protect your hair.

4. Shea butter + Lavender oil

Shea butter has made its way into many hair cosmetics, especially conditioners for its ability to keep the hair from drying up and conditioning the hair. Lavender oil which is an essential oil with many benefits for the hair can be used along with the shea butter in the form of a hair mask and here’s how.

Uses of Shea butter for hair : Conditions, retains the moisture of the hair, removes frizz.

Uses of Lavender oil for hair : Helps in hair growth, heals dry and brittle.

Making mask:

  • Take some shea butter into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of lavender oil to it and mix it well.
  • Apply this mixture all over your hair and scalp and leave it on for half an hour.
  • Shampoo your hair.

5. Aloe vera gel mask + Rosemary oil mask

Aloe vera gel has been known since forever for all the benefits it can bestow upon the hair. It acts as a vehicle for essential oils to work on the hair as well, in this case, rosemary oil. Here is why and how this aloe vera gel and rosemary oil mask can help your hair.

Uses of Aloe vera gel for hair :  Moisturizes the hair, keeps it from drying and becoming brittle, anti-septic in nature.

Uses of Rosemary oil for hair : Promotes hair growth,  moisturizes the scalp and fights infections.

Making the mask:

  • Take some aloe vera gel into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of rosemary oil to this.
  • Mix the two of them up well and apply it all over your scalp and the strands.
  • Leave it on for half an hour and shampoo your hair.

6. Yogurt and lemon juice hair mask

Yogurt is yet another natural home remedy for dry and damaged hair for its ability to moisturize the scalp and the hair as well as add tremendous nutrition to the follicles. We use it with lemon juice in this hair mask to make it more effective.

Uses of yogurt for hair : Anti-bacterial, moisturizes, adds proteins to the follicles and helps in hair growth.

Uses of Lemon juice for hair : Antiseptic, anti-oxidant, cleansing and maintain the oil and Ph balance of the scalp.

Making the mask :

  • Take about two tablespoons of yogurt into a bowl.
  • Squeeze out a few lemons into this.
  • Mix it up well such that it is uniform.
  • Apply it all over the scalp and the hair and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Shampoo your hair after that.

7. Honey and Olive oil hair mask

Honey can be used with various other natural ingredients for the hair as a carrier while it also makes the hair wonderfully lustrous and shiny. We use this highly effective honey and olive oil hair mask for dry and damaged hair to render it healthy.

Uses of Honey for hair : Conditions it, moisturizes it, removes frizz, repairs damage.

Uses of Olive oil for hair : Moisturizes it, nutritious to the follicles and promotes hair growth.

Making the mask:

  • Take about two tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of honey to this.
  • Mix the two of them thoroughly.
  • Apply this mixture to the scalp and the strands of the hair.
  • Shampoo it off after about half an hour.

8. Oatmeal + Banana hair mask

Oatmeal can be as nutritious externally as it is upon taking internally. We often use it on hair to make it nutritious and show reparative action. This banana and oatmeal hair mask can be highly beneficial in making hair shiny, soft and removing any dryness.

Uses of Oatmeal for hair  : Nutritious for the follicles, promotes hair growth, repairs damaged hair.

Uses of Banana for hair : Retains moisture, conditioning, restores the oil balance of the hair, nutritious.

Making the mask:

  • Peel two bananas and mash the pulp in a bowl.
  • Add water to it to make it into a paste.
  • Add some oatmeal to this and mix them up well.
  • Apply it over the scalp and strands as well and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Shampoo your hair after you’re done.

9. Almond oil + Argan oil hair mask

Argan oil, (or the Moroccan Argan oil, as it is commonly called) can be great for repairing and moisturizing the hair being full of vitamin E and nutrients for the hair. Almond oil is also used in this hair mask for dry and damaged hair for its ability to heal and moisturize the scalp and the hair. Here is why and how you should use this hair mask.

Uses of Argan oil for hair : Moisturizes the scalp, removes frizz and dryness, healing for the scalp and follicles.

Uses of Almond oil for hair : Nutritious for the scalp, promotes hair growth, antiseptic and moisturizing.

Making the mask:

  • Take equal measures of almond oil and argan oil into a bowl.
  • Heat the two of them until they are lukewarm.
  • Apply the mixture of these oils all over the scalp and the hair.
  • Massage for about 5 to 10 minutes and leave it on for half an hour.
  • Shampoo your hair after this.
  • Repeat this each time you shampoo for healthy and lustrous hair in a month or two.

10. Clary sage oil + Mayonnaise hair mask

Mayonnaise is one of the best hair mask ingredients that we can use for the hair, especially to condition and repair damaged hair because of its protein content and its moisturizing ability. It also acts as a good base for essential oils like Clary sage oil for it to show its effects.

Uses of mayonnaise for hair : Conditioning, provides protein for the hair follicles, retains moisture.

Uses of Clary sage oil for hair : Strengthens the hair follicles, cleanses the scalp, makes the hair shiny, conditions the hair.

Making the mask:

  • Take some mayonnaise into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of clary sage oil to it and mix this paste well.
  • Apply it all over the scalp and hair and leave it on for half an hour.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo.

11. Fenugreeks and Castor oil hair mask

Fenugreek seeds are another very commonly used natural ingredients for hair remedy because of their smoothening and conditioning properties. Castor oil acts as a carrier oil for the Fenugreek seed paste and also helps moisturize the scalp and the hair getting rid of any frizz. Here is how you make and use this mask.

Uses of Fenugreek for hair : Nutritious for the scalp and follicles, smoothening, natural conditioner, retains moisture.

Uses of Castor oil for hair : Moisturizes the scalp, gets rid of dryness and frizz.

Making the mask:

  • Soak Fenugreek seeds overnight in water and grind the swollen seeds next day.
  • It forms a fine paste.
  • Add castor oil to this paste such that the two of them form a smooth paste.
  • Apply this paste all over the scalp and the strands and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with a shampoo.

12. Strawberry + yogurt hair mask

Strawberries are sure yummy to eat but can also form highly useful hair and skin care ingredients for their smoothening properties and ability to bring a shine and sheen when used. We use strawberry and yogurt in the form of a hair mask for dry and damaged hair so as to render the properties of both of them for repairing the hair and scalp.

Uses of strawberries for hair : Anti-oxidant and works in boosting the health of the scalp, moisturizes the scalp and hair, adds shine to the hair.

Uses of yogurt for hair : Provides proteins for the hair follicles, anti-septic, moisturizes and retains the water in the hair and scalp.

Making the mask:

  • Take some yogurt into a bowl.
  • Add a paste of ground strawberries to this and mix them well.
  • After it has been mixed to uniformity, apply it over your scalp and strands.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes to half n hour and shampoo your hair
  • Repeat this twice every week for repairing dry and damaged hair.

13. Cocoa powder + milk + honey mask

Cocoa powder ‘s external benefits are getting more popular with the day and it is being extensively in hair and skin cosmetics. There are a number of ways in which it can repair the hair and the scalp. Milk and honey together act as the base for it as well as repair the hair and scalp in their own measure. Here’s how and why you should use this hair mask for dry and damaged hair.

Uses  of Cocoa powder for hair : Rejuvenating for the cells of the scalp, repairs damage of hair and scalp, makes the hair shiny and healthy.

Uses of milk for hair : Nutritious for the hair, moisturizes the hair, removes frizz and dryness.

Uses of honey for hair : Conditions the hair, locks the moisture into the strands of the hair, nutritious for the hair.

Making the mask:

  • Mix some milk and honey in a bowl until it becomes a fine, uniform paste.
  • Add a few spoons of the cocoa powder stirring gently such that there are no lumps.
  • Apply this paste all over the scalp and the hairs and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo

14. Chamomile oil + Cocoa butter

Chamomile is one of those essential oils that can be highly beneficial to the hair upon regular use. Using it with cocoa butter as a vehicle in the form of a hair mask for dry and damaged hair can be a great way to keep the hair healthy and moisturized. Here is how you use this mask.

Uses of Chamomile oil for hair : Moisturizes the hair, keeps the scalp healthy, promotes hair growth.

Uses of Cocoa butter for hair : Softens the hair and scalp, moisturizes the hair, heals the scalp.

Making the mask:

  • Take some cocoa butter into a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of chamomile oil to this.
  • Mix it well and apply this paste over your scalp and hair strands.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo.

15. Amla powder + Coconut oil

Amla powder is a highly popular natural remedy for just about every problem of the hair and the scalp with its many benefits for the hair. This hair mask for dry and damaged hair with coconut oil as the base can be great for the hair. Here’s why and how to use this mask.

Uses of Amla powder for hair : Strengthens the hair, promotes hair growth, keeps the scalp healthy and repairs damaged hair.

Uses of coconut oil for hair : Nutritious for the hair, helps in keeping the scalp and the hair strands moisturized, promotes growth.

Making the mask:

  • Take some coconut oil into a bowl.
  • Add a few teaspoons of amla powder to the oil and mix it well until a fine, uniform, paste is formed.
  • Apply it all over the scalp and the hair strands and leave it on for about half an hour.
  • Wash it off with a shampoo.

Since most of these hair masks are made out of natural ingredients, there are no side effects that usually show up upon their use. However, if you find your hair reacting to any one of these masks adversely, do consult a physician or a hair expert before you continue using it. That apart, these hair masks for dry and damaged hair can be wonderfully healing upon religious, regular use. Do try them out and let us know how they’ve transformed your hair!

Sources :

  • http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-damaged-hair.html
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/beauty/Top-20-natural-ways-for-great-hair/articleshow/17474619.cms
  • http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-Damaged-Hair

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