12 DIY Hair Masks

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Changes in temperatures, seasons, humidity, and even age can mean big changes in your hair, too. Whether your hair is dry, frizzy, oily, damaged, or dull, a DIY Hair Masks can help revitalize your hair.

Below are 12 homemade hair masks for all of your hair woes.

12 DIY Hair Masks

Banana Hair Mask

Banana hair masks not only moisturize your hair, but they can moisturize the skin on your scalp, too, which can help reduce dandruff. Bananas also are full of nutrients that can help soften hair.

So grab your ripe bananas and try this homemade hair mask.


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk


Blend together the two ingredients listed above and then apply them to your damp or wet hair. Make certain to get it all over and run into your scalp as well. Once it’s sat for about 20 minutes, rinse out and shampoo.

Here are 3 banana hair mask recipes to try.

Hair Mask for Damaged Hair

Hair masks can really do a lot of repairing quickly for damaged hair. Depending on the extent of your damage, a hair mask might be able to restore a lot of moisture and shine.

If you’re able to apply a natural hair mask frequently, you might learn that your hair is able to grow a lot quicker than you realized.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado


Blend up the middle of the scooped out avocado until smooth. (the green part minus the seed) then add in the olive oil and continue to blend.

Once blended up, apply to your hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and conditioner.

Here are some more DIY recipes for damaged hair.

Yogurt Hair Mask

Did you know that yogurt can be really great for your hair? Making your own yogurt hair mask can help bring back your dull hair and make it look lively and beautiful again. Plus, it can also bring out a sweet smell, too!


  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey


Start by combining the two ingredients listed above. Once mixed well, add to your entire head and let sit for about 15-20 minutes.

Wash out as normal and make certain to really scrub as it is a thick mixture to get out of your hair.

Here are some more homemade yogurt hair masks.

Olive Oil Hair Mask

Olive oil is an emollient that helps moisturize and condition hair. It is especially helpful for damaged, brittle, or dry hair. This can help reduce breakage in the hair, while increasing shine and softness. It may even help stimulate hair growth and help control dandruff.

As olive oil is rich and dense, these hair treatments are ideal for those with thicker, drier, and coarse hair. Those with thin, fine, or oily hair will want to use these treatments sparingly.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Use a whisk to combine the ingredients. Apply mask to hair, cover with a shower cap, and leave in hair for one hour. Rinse off with warm water, and shampoo and condition as normal.

Here are 9 more olive oil hair mask recipes to try.

Honey Hair Mask

Honey is so nourishing to the hair, providing a wealth of benefits. Hair masks with honey also have moisturizing properties, promotes hair growth, strengthens hair follicles, and provides antioxidants to the hair.

Honey can also help clean impurities off of hair follicles, which can lead to reduction in hair loss.


  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Mix ingredients together until fully integrated. Massage mixture into the scalp and roots. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse mixture from hair. Wash it thoroughly with shampoo.

Here are some more honey hair mask recipes.

Avocado Hair Mask

Making an avocado hair mask is great because there are actually a lot of benefits that can come from it. Avocado is a “healthy” fat so it’s pumped full of oils as well. Using this on your hair will give it a beautiful shine.

Even if you’re feeling that your hair can never be saved, avocado can easily repair and make it look new again.

The next time that there’s a sale on avocados at the store, load up and make yourself a super easy avocado hair mask.


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Blend all the above ingredients together in a blender/food processor. Rub the mixture into damp hair and then heat using a hair cap and hairdryer (~15 minutes) or let it heat naturally by sitting outside and enjoying the sun for about 30 minutes. Rinse and wash are normal.

Here are more DIY avocado hair mask recipes.

Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Hair masks for dry hair can help naturally moisturize your locks, while calming frizz. Some hair masks can even deep condition the hair, repairing the hair, making it look healthier.

This is the best recipe to combat super dry hair.


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 bananas (browned)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


Combine all the ingredients and mix well (or blend if you don’t want chunks!) and apply to your head. Let sit for 25 minutes and rinse out.

Here are some other hair mask recipes that are great for dry hair.

Mayonnaise Hair Mask

The ingredients used in mayonnaise such as lemon juice and vinegar can help your hair gain or even retain moisture.

Egg yolks can help your hair grow more quickly than other ingredients and that’s a big component of mayonnaise. The heaviness and moisturizing properties of the mayonnaise has been shown to help calm frizzy hair as well.


  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


All you have to do is add in 1 cup of mayonnaise and mix it with your smashed avocado until combined.

Once mixed, take and massage your mixture into the roots and in your hair. Leave in for 20 minutes then rinse it out with cold water.

Here are more mayonnaise hair masks you can make at home.

Hair Mask for Hair Growth

Part of the reason that hair doesn’t grow is that it becomes brittle and breaks off. Using a hair mask can help to strengthen hair.

For hair growth to happen, your hair has to be able to be repaired so it can continue to grow.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Mix together both ingredients and then massage into the roots of your hair. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse out with shampoo and water.

Here are some more hair masks for hair growth.

Overnight Hair Mask

Giving your hair time to “rest and recover” is something that you can easily accomplish overnight. Part of the reason that hair is broken down is that we’re so rough on it during the day. An overnight hair mask can condition it for hours on end to help it replenish overnight.

If you’re looking for an easy way to repair your hair that won’t take up your time during the day, using an overnight hair mask just might be the solution that you need!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


This overnight hair mask can be applied to the hair easily. Start by massaging your scalp with your fingers and then combine all ingredients and apply it to your hair. You can leave it on overnight, or at least a few hours, if possible. In the morning, shampoo out and go about your day.

Here are some more overnight hair masks to try.

DIY Egg Hair Mask

diy egg hair masks

All hair masks will have some sort of benefit to your hair but an egg hair mask is known for a couple of things. Eggs are used to help add a beautiful shine to your hair and make it look healthy after just one application.

Using eggs on your hair can be a great way to repair your broken down hair and give it some much-needed strength, too.

If you’re looking for new ways to use up the eggs that are in your fridge, one of these simple hair mask recipes might be just what you’re looking for.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil


Start by beating the egg and then add in the mashed banana and other ingredients. Apply to your hair and let sit for for a few moments. Rinse and wash with your favorite shampoo.

Here are some more egg hair mask recipes to try.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Using a hair mask on your hair is a simple way to bring back some life without having to head to the salon and spend a ton of cash.

If your hair is damaged from dying it or from use of excessive heat, coconut oil can help to repair and bring it back from the dead. Let’s not overlook the fact that shiny hair is often a good sign of healthy hair as well. Using coconut oil on your hair will give it a beautiful shine.

It’s time to use up some of that coconut oil sitting in your cabinet at home and give your hair a boost.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Melt together the honey and coconut oil then add in the apple cider vinegar. Add to your hair in sections to ensure that it coats completely. Put your hair up and leave in your hair for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and wash out as normal.

Here are some more recipes for DIY coconut oil hair masks.

Common Questions

How often should I use a hair mask?

Once per week is plenty when you’re using a hair mask. If you start to use them too much, you then run the risk of your hair becoming too oily.

Why do some hair masks have to be washed out with cold water only?

This is because some ingredients in hair masks react with hot water and may cause them to become gunky or thick. When you’re trying to replenish your hair, that’s the last thing that you want.

How fast does hair grow each month?

Typically, hair grows on average of about 1/2 inch per month. Some people have hair that grows faster or slower but using some of these hair growth remedies might help achieve a faster hair growth than others.

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