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Here are four homemade hair masks you can make to give your hair a natural boost.

Whenever our hair looks like it’s in need of a little pick-me-up, the first thing many of us do is take a trip to the local chemist.  Here we load our baskets with products with questionable ingredients that promise to be the next best thing in hair care.

But, did you know that some of the most effective hair masks can actually be made using natural products found around your home?  Whatever your hair dilemma – be it oily, dry, frizzy or dull locks – a quick search in your kitchen cupboards may hold the solution.

Four Homemade Hair Masks

Here are a few homemade hair masks you can make today:

Go Bananas

Bananas contain plenty of moisture and natural oils. They’re also packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants, and potassium. As such, it’s easy to see why they’re great for our hair.  A banana hair mask puts moisture back into dry locks, whilst strengthening the hair and making it feel and appear super-healthy.

To make the mask, blend two overripe bananas into a thin paste.  Then, add 1 tablespoon of honey, coconut oil, and olive oil each and blend again. Apply the paste to your scalp through to the tips of your hair and leave it for around 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water.  Finish, by washing your hair with your regular shampoo.

The Egg-stra Special

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Although some people may raise their eyebrows at the thought of applying eggs to their ends, there is a good reason behind it.  Eggs contain numerous nutrients that are beneficial to our health, including protein, potassium, fatty acids, calcium, and vitamins.  When applied to our hair, these nutrients can help to lock in shine, prevent balding and combat dryness.  The protein may also help to stimulate hair growth.

If you want to try out an egg hair mask you’ll need: 1 or 2 eggs (depending on the length of your hair), 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon.  First, separate the egg yolks from the whites and beat the yolks together.  Once mixed, add the milk and olive oil and mix again before adding the lemon.

Apply to the hair first by massaging it into your scalp; starting at the roots and working through to the ends.  Once you’ve applied it, wrap your head in cling film and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wash your hair with shampoo afterward.

Ale In A Day’s Work

If your locks are looking particularly drab, then beer could give it the boost it needs.  The yeast found in beer helps to plump up your ‘do, while the hops and barley help to keep your strands strong.  It’s best to use flat beer, so open one up and leave it for an hour or two.

To make the mask, combine half a cup of beer with one raw egg and 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil.  Mix together and apply to clean, damp hair.  After 15-20 minutes, rinse well with warm water and follow with shampoo.

The Cultured One

A yoghurt hair mask is a perfect cure for oily roots.  Yoghurt contains plenty of protein, calcium, vitamin, and anti-oxidants, and its moisturising properties help to rid the hair of any excess oil.  This yoghurt mask is mixed with honey to help further lock-in moisture.  The best yoghurt to use is plain, probiotic natural yoghurt that hasn’t been sweetened or flavoured.

To make the mask, mix half a cup of yoghurt with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of cider vinegar.  Apply the mask to the roots of your hair and then work towards the ends.  You should leave this mask on your hair for around 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water and washing with shampoo.

Homemade hair masks are a great way to revitalise oily, dry and drab hair. Which one will you try? And do check out my guide to plastic-free conditioner in case you want to treat your hair.

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