First off, happy new year! I hope that this year is full of success, love and prosperity for all of us.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had curly hair. I didn’t quite like it when I was growing up and in the 6th grade, my mom allowed me to straightened my hair (after much begging). I started off going to Dominican hair salons and getting blowouts. I loved the straight silkiness that would result when I got out of the salon chair.
When I got to high school, I bought my first flat iron and against my mom’s advice, I began to flat iron my hair almost everyday. I also coloured my hair blonde at the age of 15 and continued colouring it throughout my teenage years and early twenties.
As you can imagine, my hair eventually became damaged. Heat and colouring really does a number on hair. I didn’t know much about hair treatments, deep conditioning and basically giving my hair the love that it needs.
Late 2017 is when I began to appreciate my curly hair. I trimmed my ends and started wearing my hair curly on a regular basis. Surprisingly in 2018, I only wore my hair straight once. Last year I wore a lot of protective styles and buns but my hair still craved extra loving. After taking my braids out and being super bored with my hair; I coloured in blonde again. This was the first time I coloured my hair since 2015. I became a blonde again in November 2018 and by late December 2018 (last month), I promised my self that I would take great care of my hair in 2019.
This is when the quest for hair masks came in:
Ethically made and cost effective products are super important to me. I thought to myself: “What is more ethical and cost effective than making hair masks myself using all natural ingredients?!”
I tried a few hair mask recipes and this is what I came up with (and are now going to be part of my hair care routine):
The Moisture Mask
Ingredients: avocado, banana, coconut oil
My hair has been needing extra moisture since colouring it blonde and this mask really works wonders.
All you need to do is mash 1/2 an avocado, 1 banana and a bit of coconut oil (heated into liquid form). Apply all over your hair (but especially to the ends) and leave on for at least 20 minutes.
Just rinse out with lukewarm water and you will immediately notice how soft your hair is.
Frizz Be Gone! Mask
Ingredients: yoghurt (plain & full-fat) and honey
Frizzy hair can surely turn a good day into a “meh” day.
This mask definitely helps with taming the frizz. I just mixed about a cup of plain, full-fat yoghurt and a spoonful of honey and apply to the ends of my hair.
I leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Shiny Hair Mask
Ingredients: strawberries (ripened), honey and olive oil
I hate when my hair looks dull — this strawberry mask surprisingly puts the shine back into my hair. This is definitely a mask that I will rely on heavily this winter.
All you need is a handful of ripened strawberries, 1 spoonful of honey and 1 spoonful of olive oil.
Blend the ingredients together and apply the mixture evenly to your hair (while it is damp).
I rinse out with warm water after 45 minutes and my hair is soft and shiny.
These hair masks are fairly cheap compared to store-bought products and the ingredients are easy to find globally. Both easy to make and easy to apply; anyone (with hair, of course) can do these masks.
My favourite part about using these hair masks are that you are holistically healing your tresses.
If you’re in desperate need of a hair transformation or just simply want to upkeep the health of your hair; try these homemade hair masks!