Tips And 6 Natural DIY Masks For A Healthier Hair
Keeping your hair healthy and preventing hair loss require some effort. Your hair’s health is influenced both by internal factors, such as nutrition and overall condition of your health, and external factors, such as the weather as well as hair care and styling products that you use. Your hair needs proper nourishment and care to remain healthy, just like the rest of your body. To have a full head of shiny, strong, and healthy hair, you need to eat enough protein and other nutrients, use products that are designed for your hair type, and blow-dry and flat iron your hair less often among other things. There is also a variety of natural hair masks you can easily make at home and use them from time to time in addition to commercial hair products.
Here are some general tips to keep your hair healthy:
- when you’re not in a rush, let your hair dry on its own; use a blow-dryer only when it’s necessary;
- never (!) flat-iron wet hair;
- use shampoos and other hair care products designed specifically for your hair type;
- you can also try using baby shampoos because they are less harsh than those made for adults;
- don’t smoke because smoking makes your hair weaker and thinner;
- find ways to relieve stress because it can contribute to hair loss and greying;
- have split ends cut regularly;
- eat enough protein; good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, dairy products, and beans;
- make sure you get enough of other nutrients, such as zinc, copper, iron, magnesium, selenium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E;
- consider taking a multivitamin or other supplements; ask your doctor what is right for you;
- if you have developed unexplained hair loss, consult your doctor – it may be a sign of a medical problem.
6 natural hair masks
You can also try natural DIY hair masks that can help keep your hair and scalp healthy:
Egg hair mask
Because eggs are rich in protein and other essential nutrients, they can be used to make nourishing hair masks. Here’s one variant of an egg hair mask:
- whip an egg;
- add 4 tbsp. of grapeseed oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil, mix well;
- apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, leave it on for 30 minutes;
- rinse the mask off and wash your hair with shampoo as usual.
Yogurt hair mask
Yogurt is also rich in protein, and masks made with yogurt can help make your hair stronger and promote hair growth.
- mix one cup of plain yogurt with 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. of honey;
- apply the mixture to the whole length of your hair, leave it on for 15 minutes;
- rinse it out with cold water.
Strawberry hair mask
Hair mask made using strawberries can help moisturize your hair and reduce hair loss.
- mix one egg yolk with a handful of mashed fresh strawberries;
- apply the paste to your hair;
- leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Rosemary is one of the herbs known to stimulate hair growth. It is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals.
- infuse finely chopped rosemary in hot water for 10 to 20 minutes;
- strain the liquid;
- you can either apply it on your hair and wash it off in about 15 minutes or wash your hair, use rosemary infusion, and simply leave it on.
Banana hair mask
A mask made from bananas can help get rid of dandruff, make your hair shiny and soft, as well as moisturize your hair.
- mash two ripe bananas;
- add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, and 1 tbsp. of honey, mix well (you can use a blender);
- apply this mixture to your scalp and the full length of hair, leave it on for 5 minutes;
- rinse out your hair with lukewarm water.
Castor oil hair mask
Castor oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids and vitamin E and can nourish your hair and promote growth.
- mix 1 tbsp. of castor oil, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, and 1 tbsp. of honey until it reaches even consistency;
- apply this mixture to the whole length of your hair, leave it on for 20-30 minutes;
- rinse it out, then wash your hair with shampoo as usual.
Hair masks can provide extra nourishment for your hair and even counter the damage caused by blow-drying and harsh hair product to some extent. But proper nutrition is just as important as hair treatments applied externally.
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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.