Summer is finally here! The warmer months have made me realize just how much time I have actually spent indoors this year (#pandemicproblems). My skin and hair are NOT sun-ready and I’ve been researching different ways to prevent sun damage. For my skin, it’s easy. I stick to my Cocokind Skincare Routine and make sure to add a lot of SPF. My hair is trickier. As someone who has grappled with thin hair my whole life, I’m now realizing that hair protection against sun damage is important too! I’ve been exploring DIY hair masks and have found that a lot of ingredients we have at home can be used to make awesome natural hair masks. I thought I’d share three recipes for DIY natural hair masks for summer.
Hair Smoothie à la Kardashian
During my initial hair mask research, I stumbled upon an article about a hair mask that Kourtney Kardashian’s supposedly uses. Her stylist came up with a concoction based on Kourtney’s love for avocado smoothies. Why not make a hair smoothie? I was as skeptical as you are while reading this, but considering that avocados are rich in vitamin B and can promote hair growth, I’m inclined to give this a try. This mask also helps lock in the fatty oils of the avocado to leave your hair hydrated.
I’m pasting the recipe below, but check out the full article for more background info about this hair mask.
- 1 1/2 avocados
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 lemon, squeezed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Lavender or orange essential oil
Blend for 10-30 seconds until smooth, then apply to hair from root to tip. Leave in for 45 mins covered with a shower cap, then rinse. You’ll have super-shiny locks!
Brightening Hair Mask
For those who find their hair can be a bit dull at times (my hair dulls and looks quite lifeless after extended sun exposure leaves it dry as hell). I found this DIY recipe for a hair rinse on GH in order to keep hair moisturized and bright. The star ingredient is apple cider vinegar and I’m excited to give this a try.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Raw organic honey
- Coconut oil.
Mix equal parts of the above ingredients and apply to damp hair. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, then rinse it out with shampoo. The natural ingredients ensure that this mask works for all hair types and helps lock in colour as well!
Simple Moisturizing and Hair Thickening Mask
Strapped for time? Don’t have very many ingredients at home? This two-ingredient hair mask with just egg and yogurt couldn’t be simpler to make. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: Why would I put a goopy egg and tangy yogurt in my hair?
I know. It sounds weird.
During my childhood spending summers at sleepover camp, I do remember we would have “spa days” complete with cracking eggs on each other’s hair, so this natural hair remedy seems to be a long-standing not-so-secret hack.
You can check out this article that has several egg-based hair mask recipes but adding yogurt helps balance scalp pH, prevent dandruff and boost scalp circulation.
- 1-2 eggs (depending on your hair length)
- Greek yogurt
Break an egg or two in a bowl depending and add about half the quantity of greek yogurt (eg: if you use 1 egg, add in about half an egg’s worth of Greek yogurt). Whisk the mixture until it is well combined and apply it on your scalp and hair evenly. Wear a shower cap and let it sit in your hair for about an hour. Rinse out with shampoo. That’s it!
There you have it! Three recipes for DIY natural hair masks for summer. While I chose three recipes that were relevant for my hair type and summer hair woes, there are countless natural hair mask recipes for every individual hair type. All it takes is a bit of research and experimentation. Already have a favourite DIY natural hair mask? Let us know your go-to natural recipe in the comments!