Make the perfect hair mask recipe by using quality ingredients selected specifically for your hair. You can create a moisturizing elixir in your kitchen that works just as well, if not better, than many pricey commercial rivals. With a little experimenting you'll soon discover the best recipe for you. Whether your tresses are in beautiful condition or need some TLC, a monthly hair mask treatment is always a good idea. A homemade mask for damaged hair is especially gentle on chemical or color treated hair. Need a hair mask for frizzy hair? Start with these basic recipes and then customize them to suit your preferences. For more frequent hair treatments, you can also make your own nourishing hair conditioner with healthy ingredients from the kitchen.
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Argan oil is extracted from the roasted seeds of the argan fruit which grows in Morocco. It has many cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses. Argan oil softens and rejuvenates dry, brittle hair and can be applied directly or combined with other ingredients in your favorite hair mask recipe. The term 'Moroccan oil' is a generic name used by Moroccan oil hair product manufacturers. A product labeled 'Moroccan Oil' may contain argan oil. It may also contain other oils, silicone to smooth hair, colorants and fragrances. The benefits of Moroccan oil are similar to those of Argan oil except that, unlike Argan oil, it can only be used for cosmetic purposes.
Create your own 100% pure Argan oil or Moroccan oil hair mask. Both oils are very concentrated so a little goes a long way. Simply massage a tablespoon or so directly into clean, dry hair until all strands are lightly coated. Cover head with a shower cap, add a turban towel, wait 30 minutes, then shampoo. To enjoy a luxurious Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner just add a few drops of this oil to your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Get the full benefit of these intense, conditioning oils without the expense of their retail counterparts.
The avocado fruit is a nutritional superstar full of vitamins, minerals and healthy oils that leave hair soft and glossy. The monounsaturated fats in avocados have a chemical structure that enables them to penetrate hair cuticles easier than other oils. If you're looking for a hair mask for dry hair, look no further. To increase the moisturizing power of an avocado deep conditioner, add olive or jojoba oil and an egg yolk.
Blend ingredients into a creamy paste. You can substitute pure avocado oil for the avocado fruit, if you prefer, and mix it with an egg yolk. A popular variation is an avocado banana hair mask. Simply take equal parts avocado and banana and blend until smooth. Banana oils are used in many hair care products and are well known to condition and soften hair.
When whipping up home made hair masks you can keep it plain and simple or get creative. Here are four basic recipes that are easy to make and modify. Generally, masks can be massaged through damp hair. Then cover head with a shower cap, add a turban towel for warmth, wait 30 minutes, then shampoo.
Honey Hair Mask: Honey boosts shine by clearing away dull, soap buildup. For easy application make a warm, syrup-like solution first. Combine equal parts honey and water and set in a microwave for about 15 seconds. Stir and repeat as needed until honey syrup is warm to touch.
Egg Hair Mask: Egg yolks have a wealth of healthy fats and are often added to a hair mask recipe to moisturize. Egg whites are full of protein, promote hair shine and contain enzymes that cleanse bacteria from hair. Reap the benefits of both by whisking 2 eggs until smooth. Blend in plain yogurt to help cleanse hair of soap and chemical residue.
Banana Hair Mask: Instead of throwing out overripe bananas make this hair mask recipe instead. The bananas and oil provide deep penetrating moisture, while honey and egg white add lots of shine. Whip egg white separately until foamy, then blend all ingredients together into a creamy paste.
Reviews for how well mayonnaise works as a hair mask are mixed. Some people claim the results are nothing short of amazing while others give it a big thumbs down. I suspect a lot of the disparity is due to the quality of the mayonnaise being used. Most jars of commercial mayonnaise don't contain the high quality, nourishing ingredients your hair craves. Usually they are made of hydrogenated oils, sugar, various additives and preservatives.
this classic mayonnaise for hair recipe just once before swearing it
off forever. Use a good quality oil such as extra virgin olive,
avocado, jojoba, coconut or a blend of your own. To make this hair
mask recipe in about 5 minutes you must use a wand blender
(also called stick or immersion). Here's a wonderful article that
describes in detail with photos how to make homemade mayonnaise
easily. A wand blender can also whip up lots of healthy fruit smoothies fast.