Oftentimes our hair simply can’t keep up with the changes of the seasons and all that comes along with them. The first few days of brutally cold weather will often leave your hair limp and without volume, while those hot, humid summer days will wreak havoc on any attractive texture that your hair usually maintains. What’s a person to do, other than chop it all off out of sheer frustration, or splurge on chemical filled spa treatments that are pricey and may or may not be bad for you in the long haul? Have you ever tried using natural ingredients to create a hair mask? Even if you’re not a huge DIYer, you’ll find that these hair masks are easily doable, very effective and worth the effort.
When winter rolls around, start preparing your hair for cold weather that will leave your hair dry and dull. Skin and hair tend to dry out in the cooler weather, and need a boost of moisture to revive it. Here’s what you’ll need: ½ an avocado, ¼ cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 2 ounces of water.
Wet your hair with arm water to begin. Be careful that the water isn’t too hot or too cool, as either temperature will cause the hair follicle to remain closed. Mix all of the ingredients listed above in a blender until texture is smooth and creamy. Comb the mask through the hair evenly to ensure a good, thorough application. Once the mask is applied, dry your hair evenly on low heat for roughly 20 minutes. During this process, the hair is absorbing the nutrients more than it is actually drying, don’t be concerned if it doesn’t actually dry. Afterwards, rinse hair with cool water to lock in the moisture and close the hair follicle back up. Finally, distribute conditioner evenly, and rinse one more time with lukewarm water.
Pre-Summer Hair Mask
By the time summer rolls around, winter has wreaked havoc on your hair, and you’re in need of another boost of moisture – one that won’t budge when humidity threatens to frizz up your hair. For this mask, you’ll need ½ cup of honey, 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a shower cap.
Simply mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly, dampen your hair with warm water, work the mixture into your hair, and then cover your hair with a shower cap. The enclosure of the shower cap will keep the nutrients locked in and allow them to settle in the follicles for the duration – approximately 20 minutes. Remove the cap, and rinse with cool water. Following this process, wash your hair as per usual. Upon drying your hair, you should find your hair is smooth and lacking in the frizz department – a rarity for summer heat!
Each mask can be repeated in the appropriate season up to once a month for healthy and improved hair.