Want locks as luscious as those of Sofia Vergara or Blake Lively? Then skip the salon and look no further than the contents of your own kitchen. Our favorite foods not only do us good on the inside, but also on the outside – all without harsh chemicals and having to leave the comfort of your home. For soft, shiny, and healthy hair, whip up some tasty treats for your tresses with these five DIY mask recipes.
Coconut oil has exploded onto the health and beauty scene, with countless celebrities and health nuts going coco-crazy for its benefits. The fatty acids of the oil are deeply absorbed, leaving your locks feeling moisturized instead of greasy and, well, oily. Coconut oil nurtures the scalp thanks to its antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities, and is great for anti-aging as it forms a barrier against environmental, UV, and free-radical damage. Able to penetrate into the hair shaft, it helps add body to limp, lifeless locks and significantly reduces protein loss to keep hair strong and shiny.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so add a large scoop to a bowl (the organic, virgin kind is best) and heat to melting point. Apply to dry hair and leave on for a minimum of ten minutes. For a more intense, deep-conditioning treatment, leave on overnight before washing out.
For a beautifying boost, reach for a banana. This yellow fruit is bursting with potassium, antioxidants, and natural oils as well as vitamins A, E, and C. Bananas also contain over 75 percent water, which makes them mighty hair moisturizers. They help to strengthen locks, prevent breakages and split ends, and encourage hair growth whilst helping to maintain hair’s elasticity. With a hint of honey – a natural humectant that attracts moisture – you’ll soon have locks that are, quite literally, good enough to eat.
Mash up one ripe banana and add a tablespoon of honey. Blend well to create a smooth paste, apply all over the hair (damp or dry), and seal with a shower cap. Leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.
Whether you opt for scrambled or sunny side up, eggs are a sure-fire way to get shiny, glossy locks. Hair is made up of around 70 percent keratin protein and, as eggs pack a serious protein punch, they make for the perfect conditioning treatment. Egg yolks contain a whole host of vitamins including A to increase sebum production and prevent dandruff, B to boost oxygen supply, and D to prevent hair loss whilst promoting hair growth. Combined with essential fatty acids and proteins, they also help hair become stronger, thicker, and glossier.
Whisk up two eggs and the yolk of a third. Next, add a splash of olive oil and apply to dry hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Leave on for a minimum of 15 minutes before washing out.
Avocados are amazing hair heroes. These tropical fruits contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, and amino acids to nourish hair cells, prevent and heal damage, and hydrate and moisturize locks. High in vitamins B and E, they are super hair strengtheners and help soothe the scalp while encouraging growth and preventing hair loss. Add a dash of olive oil – great for calming frizz and hydrating hair – and you’ve got yourself a natural way to get tantalizing tresses.
In a bowl, mix a ripe avocado with one quarter of a cup of olive oil and a dash of lemon juice. Leave on damp hair for 20 minutes, and then shampoo clean.
Yogurt is the ultimate dairy delight for your hair. Packed with protein, it’s also full of antioxidants and vitamins, as well as lactic acid, which gently strips away dirt. The naturally occurring milk fat moisturizes dry and damaged hair, while its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties help stimulate hair growth and soothe the scalp. It also prevents dandruff and the build-up of product. Yogurt pairs beautifully with apple cider vinegar, which balances the hair’s pH, strips hair of product residue, and strengthens and softens.
Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to three large tablespoons of plain, natural yogurt. Apply to dry hair, and leave for at least 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water and shampooing.