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5 DIY Hair Masks You Need for All Summer Hair Types

As summer is upon us, we embrace its many wonderful aspects – the warmth, the beaming sunshine, the glowing tan, the general good vibes we get from seeing the sun’s rays stream in through the window.

Unfortunately, summer comes with its own problems too – especially when it comes to hair!

Heat is the culprit responsible for dryness and a variety of other issues that many of us experience during summertime. Whether it’s due to swimming, relaxing by the pool, or any other type of sun exposure, many of us experience brittle, dry hair that breaks easily and no matter how many times we shampoo and condition it we can’t seem to achieve that glossy shine.

There is a solution to your summer hair woes, DIY hair masks. Hair masks made at home are natural versions of deep conditioning treatments that you get at the hairdresser. The major difference is that these masks use simple ingredients and are usually left on for much longer than salon versions.

If you’ve never cracked an egg on your head, you will be singing in the shower and yolkin’ it out after this article. Let’s take a closer look at this natural hair treatment method!

A woman cracking an egg onto her head in the shower to create an egg conditioner.

The Benefits of Hair Masks

Using a hair mask as part of your weekly will benefit your overall hair health.

The benefits include:

  1. Softer, shinier hair.
  2. Less dandruff.
  3. Promoting hair growth and strengthening hair.
  4. A healthier scalp.
  5. Less frizz.
  6. They add moisture to your roots and ends.

Read This: We’re Not Splitting Hairs: Hair Health FAQ

Tips for Using a Hair Mask at Home

Before you begin slathering your hair with the homemade good stuff, there are some tips and tricks that you should know!

  • Don’t overdo it.

Once a week to once a month is the most you need. It’s like deep exfoliators for your face, while it can help your skin - you shouldn’t use it every day.

Additionally, after you use a mask, make sure you give your hair some time to breathe before adding shampoos or conditioners to your hair. We’d suggest at least 24 hours free from products if possible.

  • Wear your ‘painters clothes.’

With ingredients like egg and oils in most hair masks, it’s bound to get messy. Put a towel over your shoulders or wear your rattiest t-shirt. Also depending on where you are doing the mask, you may want to put a towel underneath you to reduce the cleanup.

  • Apply it dry.

You’ll get the most benefits for your hair if you apply it to dry hair. If you apply in the shower, it won’t have a chance to soak into the follicles.

  • Throw it back!

After you apply the mask, put your hair in a bun or shower cap. This will make it a lot easier to move around while waiting for the mask to be done.

  • Add aloe vera.

Aloe vera can be added in a small amount to any mask you make to give it an extra strengthening kick. This natural additive is anti-inflammatory and contains vitamins C, E, and B-12.

5 Homemade Hair Masks: DIY Your ‘Do

DIY hair masks are not only nice and cost-effective, but they have lots of natural ingredients that are superb for your hair.

Below are five different types of DIY hair masks for your specific type of hair. These hair masks will whip your hair into shape in no time so you can enjoy those luscious locks no matter how much the sun shines down on you!

Avocado oil and egg prepped to make a hair mask.

1. For Dry Hair: Avocado Oil & Egg

If your hair is naturally dry and has become even dryer because of the heat, try this avocado oil and egg hair mask. Avocado oil is packed with healthy fats and can unclog blocked follicles. It is also great for fighting hair loss. Eggs infuse your hair with vitamins and fight breakage which is essential for dry hair.

How to Make It:

  1. In a small bowl, add a few teaspoons of Avocado oil with an egg (for long hair you may need 2 eggs).
  2. Beat the egg and oil together with a fork until they form a semi-smooth consistency.
  3. Massage into your hair, making sure you get your roots, scalp, and hair tips in one go.
  4. Leave in for twenty minutes.
  5. When done, rinse thoroughly (this may take two or three rinses).

Tip: Avoid shampoo or conditioner for 24 hours after using this mask.

Honey in a bowl and chopped up banana prepped for a hair mask.

2. For Oily Hair: Banana & Honey

If your hair is naturally oily and struggling with dryness too, try this simple banana and honey hair mask. Bananas are rich in potassium and natural oils which helps strengthen our natural elasticity, keeping hair soft and combatting the grease. Honey naturally moisturizes and locks in shine.

This mask is one of our favorites because of its smell, you’ll be tempted to eat it… and you can!

How to Make It:

  1. Mash a banana with a spoonful of honey, swirl it around.
  2. When combined, rub the paste into your hair.
  3. Leave in for fifteen minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly (this may take two or three rinses).

Avocado and almond oil prepped for a hair mask.

3. For Dyed Hair: Almond Oil & Avocado

If your hair is colored or damaged from coloring, try this almond oil and avocado hair mask. If you are bleaching your hair often to get your hair a white blonde or semi-permanent color (like blue or pink) we recommend doing this mask after bleaching.

Why? Almond oil hydrates the hair and has high levels of vitamin E which results in soft and luscious locks. Avocado is packed with good fats and protein – and hair needs its protein! Together, avocados and Almond oil are a powerhouse of goodness for hair.

How to Make It:

  1. Mash one avocado and mixed with two teaspoons of Almond Oil.
  2. Swirl and then spread it across your hair.
  3. Leave for fifteen minutes for regularly dyed hair or twenty minutes for bleached hair.
  4. Rinse thoroughly (this may take two or three rinses).
  5. Pat hair with a towel and let dry naturally.

4. For Straight Hair: Strawberries & Olive Oil

If your hair is straight, try some strawberries and olive oil for your hair mask! Strawberries are wonderful for keeping your hair nourished and also getting rid of excess oil from hair. Olive oil moisturizes hair and reduces scalp irritation.

How to Make It:

  1. Mash some ripe or over-ripe strawberries and then mix with a tablespoon of Olive oil.
  2. Smear it over your hair and massage into your hair and scalp.
  3. Leave your mask on for fifteen minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly (this may take two or three rinses).

Tip: We recommend bringing a comb into the shower to make sure you get all the strawberry out of your hair!

A coconut and an egg - this is representing the coconut oil and egg hair mask.

5. For Curly/Wavy Hair: Coconut Oil & Egg

If your hair is curly, try this coconut oil and egg hair mask! Coconut oil is more than just a tasty cooking oil.

It stimulates hair growth, promotes scalp health, moisturizes hair, and adds sleek shine. Egg balances the hair with plenty of nutrients, keeping it soft and bouncy. Additionally, this hair mask is also perfect if you’re looking to improve the health of thinning hair, as the protein from the egg is great for your scalp and coconut oil has been proven to help regrow hair. So if you have thinning eyebrows or really want to make that mustache fuller, pop some of this mask on your face while you wait!

You’ll also have that nice tropical smell once you’re done!

How to Make It:

  1. Ensure your coconut oil is in a liquid form, if not, you will need to melt it.
  2. Mix two tablespoons of melted coconut oil with two cracked eggs.
  3. Whisk together with a fork until smooth.
  4. Smear all over hair and massage into your scalp and curls.
  5. Leave in for twenty minutes before washing out.
  6. Rinse thoroughly (this may take two or three rinses).

Read this next: 7 Ways To Improve Your Life With Coconut Oil

Concluding Thoughts

Hot weather does not have to mean dry or brittle hair. A hair mask is key! You could spend lots of money on store-bought masks but these often have chemicals and all kinds of things in them – natural is always best! These natural ingredients work beautifully with your hair.

Give them a try based on your hair type. You can also experiment around throughout the summer and see which mask works best for you. Having shiny, silky hair along with that tan is a great way to enjoy this season.

Remember to do a hair mask once or twice a week, so as not to overdo it. Your hair will thank you!

Read This Next: How to Create Your Own Anti-Aging Face Mask Using Natural Ingredients

Sarah Brownlee

Sarah Brownlee

Having worked as a teacher, a bartender, and even a private investigator, writing was something Sarah Brownlee just fell into, even though it had been her passion since she was a little girl. To date, she has written and published 3 Children and Young Adult fiction novels, ghostwritten for others, and... Read More

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