If you're like me, you're home right now on self-quarantine because of the coronavirus, hunkering down waiting for this craziness to subside. So - what are you doing to pass the time? What's your guilty pleasure? Could it be reading a good book, watching a movie, or maybe tackling new concoctions for at home hair care? Because hell - we all need self-love and pampering right now.
Whether it's damage, dryness, flakes or fading, we all run into hair issues especially when we have undue stress. Beside stress from being locked indoors, change in seasons, indoor heat, outdoor elements, and hot tools are some of the other culprits that can cause these issues. While you can't change the need for being stuck inside, you can fix your hair.
Luckily, you don't have to hit the store or add yet another beauty product to your Amazon cart: You can head straight to your pantry for everyday ingredients that you can whip into a DIY hair mask to fix your mane. Below, we've compiled the best 7 DIY masks from our own EVVEMICode network of approved hair stylists for all of your biggest hair woes, from an irritated scalp, to dull hair, to damage and dryness. Shiny, lustrous hair is only a mask away — and you never even have to leave the house.
Honey, egg, and apple cider vinegar mask
The issue: Dry hair. If your hair is feeling (and looking) a little parched, try this honey, egg and apple cider vinegar (ACV) mask. It is a great hydrating treatment that provides shine and nourishes without weighing down strands, says Jamie Pierce-Elwell, master colorist at Saulino Smith Salon in Santa Monica.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of ACV.
Directions: Combine in a small bowl. You can double or half the recipe, depending on your hair’s length. Leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes before rinsing. This nourishing treatment works on all hair types.
Coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil mask
The issue: Flakes. If flakes start to appear on your scalp when the temperature is dropping, it may be because the heat in your home is higher and is drying out your skin, says Chloe Francke, celebrity stylist and owner of Pretty Bitches By Chloe Los Angeles. Your scalp is no exception. This exfoliating treatment helps remove and reduce flakes and (bonus!) doubles as a great facial scrub.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of raw unrefined coconut oil, 4 teaspoons of raw sugar, 5 drops of peppermint oil, 2 drops of tea tree oil.
Directions: In a small bowl, mix ingredients together. Using your fingers or a hair color brush, apply mixture directly to two inch sections of clean, damp hair in the shower. Once evenly applied, gently massage for 1-3 minutes and then clip your hair up and let it sit for the duration of your shower.
The sugar in this DIY scrub breaks down to glycolic acid which dissolves dead skin cells, says Chloe. The coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory benefits, the peppermint oil helps promote circulation to the scalp , and tea tree oil is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial.
Honey, ACV, and coconut oil mask
The issue: Dullness. Keeping hair moisturized and healthy always makes your hair look better, says Chloe. When strands start to lose their luster, use an apple cider vinegar mask to enhance glossiness.
Ingredients: Equal parts raw organic honey with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
Directions: Apply the blend to damp hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes, then shampoo out. It’s great for all hair types and helps lock in color as well.
Cinnamon and coconut oil mask
The issue: Hair that won't grow. Try a cinnamon-based mask — the anti-microbial spice is known to stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth and strength, says Roberto Torres, a master hair stylist at Chad Cook Hair Salon in Los Angeles.
Ingredients: Equal parts cinnamon and coconut oil.
Directions: Blend ingredients together well. Apply the mask onto your roots and part, and massage into your scalp. Let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes and rinse. Aim to do this mask at least once a week.
Green tea and apple cider vinegar rinse
The issue: Irritated scalp. While green tea has a laundry list of health benefits, you can add scalp soother to the list, says Olya Banar, a celebrity colorist and extension expert at Ramirez Tran in Beverly Hills. Thanks to its antioxidants and nutrients, this powerful ingredient calms and rebalances an irritated scalp. Peppermint oil is the perfect complement; it has anti-inflammatory properties and helps soothe and hydrate a dry scalp.
Ingredients: 1 cup of green tea, 2 drops of peppermint oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Directions: Mix well, massage into scalp and let sit for at least five minutes before rinsing.
Egg white and lemon mask
The issue: Grease. If you are prone to greasy hair, an egg mask can work wonders, says Shane Vance, a master stylist at Michael Joseph Furie in Los Angeles. Stick with just the whites, which have protein enzymes that help remove excess oil.
Ingredients: 1 egg white, juice from half a lemon.
Directions: Smooth over hair from roots to ends and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour — longer is better. Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot!
Avocado, egg, and olive oil mask
The issue: Damage. Your hair can get damaged from a variety of sources: the use of styling tools, the environment (hello, pollution!), hair dye and more. The good news: it can be fixed.
Sophia Sahn, a Master Stylist of Alma Salon, Beverly Hills recommends an olive oil and avocado mask. "Packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, this hair treatment provides the ultimate strength and shine for your hair," she said. It’s also full of antioxidants which help fight off free radicals, which is especially great for city dwellers. Sophia is also a big fan of an avocado-based mask, as it "helps to rejuvenate and moisturize the scalp."
Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of olive oil ,and 1 tablespoon of honey.
Directions: Apply to wet hair with your fingertips, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Sophia suggests wrapping your hair into a bun and covering with a shower cap. To help activate the ingredients, blow dry your shower cap-covered hair for 10 minutes. Then let it sit for another 20 minutes and wash out in the shower.
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