In order to keep your hair nice and healthy, it is a good idea to deep condition your hair a few times a month. This goes for your weave/hair extensions as well! I used to buy these expensive masks that broke the bank, but recently, I’ve just been making them myself and let me tell you, my hair has never looked or felt better! The benefit to making your own hair mask, aside from the cost savings, is knowing exactly what is in it. Here are 3 of my favorite hair mask recipes:
For dry hair that needs moisture: Coconut oil – and that is it! I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it from the mid-shaft of my hair, all the way down to the ends and leave it on for about an hour. I don’t apply any to my roots because since coconut oil is, well oily, it is hard to wash it out of your hair, making your scalp very greasy. Also, since your ends are the most dry, it’s not necessary to apply any oil to your roots anyways. I would also take out your weave/extensions and coconut oil in it as well, I sometimes like to leave it in overnight to really make my fake hair nice and soft.
If you want to strength your hair and grow it long: Castor Oil: All you need is castor oil. This will be applied to your roots only – you will notice a big difference if you do this once a week, leaving it in for 30 mins to an hour. It also really helps to massage your scalp for a few minutes to get the blood flowing. The only bad thing about this method is, it can be difficult to get all of it out of your hair. What I’ve been doing is, I’ll wash my hair with my regular shampoo twice, then use a clarifying shampoo as the final step and it is usually all out. If not, you can try a more drying shampoo and that should do the trick!
Banana hair mask: 1 very ripe banana, tablespoon of honey, teaspoon of olive oil and teaspoon of coconut oil. This mask is very good for dry hair, damaged hair and it really helps your scalp. I like to leave this one on for about 30 mins, and I usually apply to my entire head. To make the perfect mask with this recipe, mash up the very ripe banana until it is almost of a creamy consistency. The reason you will want to use a very ripe banana is because it will be much easier to mash up. Once you have mashed up the banana, add the honey, coconut oil and olive oil to your mixture, mix it up for a few minutes and then proceed to adding it to your hair. Because of the oils in this concoction, make sure to really later your shampoo when rinsing this out. If it doesn’t wash out after your first later, I would later it up again and leave the shampoo in for a few minutes. This is also good to use on your hair extensions or weave.
Hope you love these masks as much as I do! Your hair will thank you once you see how soft and shiny it is!