We all have busy lives, and washing our hair is often part of a routine we need to get done quickly before moving on to the next. But sometimes, our body has ways of telling us it needs a little extra care. After noticing my scalp felt dry and itchy, I switched to the best shampoo for itchy scalp, and learned more about what my hair and skin need to stay healthy.
Applying your own DIY hair mask is the perfect way to nourish your hair and soothe your scalp. My vegan recipe is really simple to make, and has made a huge difference in how my hair looks and feels.
The first step to having beautiful hair is making sure your scalp stays clean, healthy and hydrated. Avocado is full of beneficial properties, and is easily absorbed by your skin. It delivers amino acids, potassium, vitamins and minerals, and can also unclog hair follicles to stimulate new hair growth.
Avocado can also help moisturize and strengthen your strands, making your hair shiny and supple. It contains everything you need to revive dry, dull or weakened hair, and helps protect it from further styling damage.
Applying banana to your hair can improve its condition dramatically. It contains vitamins, folate, minerals and natural oils which can nourish your scalp and condition your locks.
Banana’s natural moisturizing properties can help your strands feel soft and smooth, and add some extra shine to hair that feels dry and dull. It also contains antioxidants to promote healthier skin.
Coconut milk adds moisture and shine to your hair, and helps replenish protein which is lost through styling and environmental damage. It contains lauric acid, Vitamins B, C and E, and is a rich source of minerals.
Massaging coconut milk into your scalp provides a cooling effect, and its natural antifungal and antibacterial properties can reduce the yeast-like fungus which causes dandruff. It also soothes irritated skin, and helps with minor scalp infections.
Coconut oil can help protect your hair from styling damage and chemical process. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, medium chain fatty acids and other nutrients, and can strengthen and condition your strands.
It effectively penetrates the hair shaft, and can reduce protein loss so your hair feels thick and shiny. Coconut oil can also tame flyaways and reduce frizz, and works as a natural detangler so your hair is easier to manage and style.
Fighting oil with oil can be an effective way of removing a buildup of sebum, and olive oil can do just that. This helps promote new hair follicles to encourage growth, as well as improving the overall health of your scalp.
It is also very beneficial for your hair, as its rich moisturizing properties help smooth your strands so they become soft, shiny and pliable. Olive oil is a natural emollient, and infuses hair with Vitamins A, E, and antioxidants.
– 1/2 Avocado
– 1/2 Banana
– 50 ml Coconut Milk
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Put all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until you have a smooth paste.
Apply the mixture all over your hair, making sure your scalp is saturated. Massage it into your skin for a few minutes to nourish your scalp and roots.
Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. I like to take this time to relax in the tub, but if you want to get on with other things, you can just put a shower cap on to avoid drips.
Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo to protect your hair’s natural moisture. Rinse thoroughly, spending at least 30 seconds under the water to make sure no residue is left behind. You can condition your hair as usual.
You should already feel how much easier it is to work through any tangles. Once your hair is dry, it should feel, lush, smooth and shiny.
About The Author: Louisa Rose is from Cologne, Germany. She runs Body Health Love, where she blogs about health and beauty advice for young women.