Homemade Hair Masks

Using homemade hair masks is an economical and effective way to repair and restore damaged hair. Unlike commercial masks for hair that can be expensive and often contain harsh chemicals, diy hair masks made at home are inexpensive and nourish hair with gentle, natural ingredients. Daily wear and tear on your tresses takes its toll. Blow dryers, flat irons, chemical straighteners, perms and dyes can leave hair feeling dry, fragile and prone to split ends. The best hair masks strengthen hair by sealing and protecting cuticles to prevent further damage. These diy hair treatments should be applied regularly once or twice a month and immediately prior to a chemical straightening or perm to fortify hair first.

Often you'll see the terms 'hair mask' and 'deep conditioner' used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences in how they work. Deep conditioners, as the name implies, penetrate deeply into cuticles where they rebuild and restore hair from the inside out. They soak into hair and thoroughly moisturize it, helping to make hair softer and shinier. Therefore, a product described as a hydrating hair mask or a moisturizing hair mask will probably work more like a deep conditioner. In contrast, a hair mask is primarily used to strengthen and repair chemically compromised hair rather than moisturize it.

Protein For Hair

Hair strands consist mainly of a protein called keratin. That's why many commercial and home hair masks include protein as a primary ingredient. Quality homemade hair masks that saturate hair with protein-rich ingredients help fortify the hair shaft and reduce split ends. Amino acids applied topically to damaged hair can rebuild and repair it. A 100% protein hair mask, however, may harden the hair surface a bit, leaving your locks not so soft. To avoid this result, blend 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your protein mask or use a moisturizing conditioner following the home hair mask treatment. Here's an informative article that lists various types of proteins and other ingredients used in commercial hair products.

Nature's Perfect Protein

Eggs are a natural super-food that help keep your hair strong and healthy. They contain amino acids amine and carboxylic acid which are structurally similar to the keratin protein in hair. Eggs are also rich in essential vitamins (A, D, E, B6, B9, B12 and K), minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and sulfur) and moisturizing lipids in the form of lecithin. Sulfur is important to hair health since it's used to build the disulfide chemical bonds in hair. The specific shape of these chemical bonds determines hairs' texture and whether it's straight or curly.

Some recipes for homemade hair masks include just the egg white or the egg yolk. However, both the egg white and yolk contribute valuable nutrients so they should always be used together . The egg white contains protein, potassium and riboflavin but no fats. The egg yolk contains protein as well as fat-soluble vitamins, lecithin and additional minerals. Include egg yolks especially when making a homemade moisturizing hair mask because they contain healthy fats that moisturize and soften hair. When making your protein-rich, diy damaged hair strengthening mask include the entire egg for maximum nutrients.                             


Tips For Homemade Hair Masks

  • Use fresh ingredients and apply mask immediately after preparing or refrigerate
  • Use a blender or food processor to create a smooth puree so hair is evenly saturated
  • Don't apply heat to hair in any form or rinse with hot water otherwise proteins can coagulate
  • After using homemade hair masks follow up with a scented shampoo for a pleasant fragrance

If you decide to give your hair some TLC with a quality homemade mask, here are some easy and effective hair mask recipes. Maybe you want to use a hair mask but don't have the time or inclination to make your own at home. The Aamika Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask is a recommended product that received great reviews. If you want to make your own moisturizing conditioner in addition to a strengthening hair mask, here are some great homemade deep conditioner recipes.

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