DIY Hair Mask for Dry, Brittle Hair

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This is a fantastic hair mask for those of you who have really dehydrated hair. Since mine is so long, I seem to go through a lot of conditioner, and most of the time it doesn't help in keeping my hair moisturized. I combined a few of nutrient rich ingredients to give my hair a quick boost without spending so much money on expensive hair products that may not do the job. Plus, this mask is natural and totally healthy!
 

 
 
 

Step 1: Ingredients

*Avocado is not only good to eat but is my number one ingredient for hair repair because it coats the hair and leaves it with a smooth effect. It's great for that moisture kick you need. Honey is also great because it gives your hair a nice shine (and it smells good, too). We all know that egg is essential for protein- it's also an amazing source of protein for your hair follicles. The best way is to use the whole egg. 
 
You'll Need:
*Wisk
*Medium bowl
*Paint brush (pastry brush)
*Half of an avocado (ripened) 
*1 tablespoon of honey
*1 large whole egg (yolk, eggwhites and all)
*Essential oil of your choice
 
*In a bowl, wisk the egg as if you are scrambling it. In a separate bowl, mash up the avocado as much as possible so theres no big chunks. Add the avocado, honey and essential oil. Mix well. Set aside or in refrigerator. 
 
NOTE: The essential oil I used is Lavender. I got a great starter package with a variety of oils because I wasn't sure what scents I would like. Lavender has a light, floral aroma that is refreshing to the hair. I do however occasionally switch out different scents such as sweet orange, and peppermint (peppermint gives a cool, tingling feeling). If you do choose to add essential to your hair mask just make sure its therapeutic grade, these are the purists. 
 
 

Step 2: Wash, Apply Mask

Wash your hair first with shampoo, followed by a towel dry. With all your ingredients combined, brush hair mask with the pastry brush onto your hair covering the ends evenly. Throw into a tight bun and cover with a shower cap!
*Leave on for 15-30 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse, Towel Dry

With luke warm water (not hot), rinse your hair thoroughly making sure you wash all the avocado out (it may take several minutes to wash out, don't worry). Wash your hair as you normally do. Towel dry. 
 
NOTE: I like to towel dry my hair because the heat of the hair dryer can be very damaging. 
 
As you can see from the before and after pic (this is my after), my hair is less frizzy and dry. It also gave my hair a good shine and clean feeling. Enjoy your beautiful, fully hydrated hair =)

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    crewelgirl

    2 years ago

    Here's a shampoo & conditioner that I have used for years and--incredibly--I have gotten more compliments since I started using this 5 years ago than in the rest of my life combined. Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup or two of warm water, pour through your hair, then rinse. Take 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a cup or two of water; pour that through your hair & rinse completely with plain water. My hair has always seemed course to me until I started using this & vinegar is a natural detangler. I have a theory that shampoo companies sell us detergents ( that strip the natural oils from our hair) and then they sell us a conditioner.

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    GayanthiCcrewelgirl

    Reply 1 year ago

    is it necessary to use both vineger and baking soda methods

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    crewelgirlGayanthiC

    Reply 1 year ago


    Did they eat soda shampoo gently cleanse your hair you can just pour it through your hair and really not vigorously scrub it at all once you have rinsed out all the baking soda and water the vinegar and water rents actually detangles your hair and rinses out any residue that might be left from washing it.
    I have used only baking soda in the absence of shampoo and I have used only vinegar in the absence of a detangler. Separately they work great, but together they're unbeatable.

    I also wanted to add a PostScript to this post I put in a few months ago. I have since moved to an area where the water is pretty hard and this method doesn't work the same way. When I first started using this method, I lived in an area that had very soft water and the results were amazing. However, if you're obsessed nut (like I am), you can wash your hair with a gallon of store-bought drinking water or distilled water and have great results.
    I hope this is answered question if not give another try. I'd be happy to talk more with you about it.

    Also, although I am a great fan of this method, I am not a scientist and I don't have all the answers. If you have a certain type of hair or you're wondering about certain conditions that might affect the outcome, just give this method a try; it can't really hurt you and it's very inexpensive to use; you probably already have all the ingredients in the house.

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    crewelgirlcrewelgirl

    Reply 2 years ago

    I also forgot to mention that after a few months of cleaning my hair this way, I noticed my hair has gotten considerably longer than it's ever been. I have never been able to grow my hair all that long, but one day I was getting dressed and something was tugging on my scalp and I realized that my air had gotten caught in my underarm! I have never had that happen before! Lol
    Since vinegar & water is a mild acid, maybe it unclogged the pores of my scalp; I have no idea, but it definitely allowed my hair to grow longer than it has ever been.

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    AllieG2crewelgirl

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks so much!
    My hair is to the bottom of my spine (down to my backside) so the soda bottle is a great idea. And it's a really easy mixture to double or tripple.

    Once again thanks Sooooooo much! This will save me so much money and by the sounds time!

    THANKS!! ?

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    AllieG2crewelgirl

    Reply 2 years ago

    I have oily hair do you know how well this will work on my hair like around & close to my scalp?

    Do you have a suggestion of a container to control when you pour the liquid through your hair? I have really long and thick hair so was thinking like a mini watering can lol. would help with separating hair in sections (my hair is down to my tailbone).

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    crewelgirlAllieG2

    Reply 2 years ago

    I have long hair also & it used to be oily. This is what I do: I take a large plastic cup (like you get for a soda at a convenience store) then I keep a plastic container of vinegar in the bathroom and another plastic container baking soda. Since we're all swimming in to-good-to-throw-away recycling this is easy to do. To wash my hair, I pour about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the cup & add a cup or two of water (depending on how much hair you have; this is a non-critical mix), stir with my hand to dissolve, then pour through my wet hair & massage my scalp a bit, then rinse it out. Although our hair does get dirty, it's not dirty like the underside of a car; our hair only requires gentle cleaning. Next I repeat the same procedure with the vinegar, then make sure it's all rinsed out. And that's it. It's amazing to me how manageable my hair comes out doing it this way and how the vinegar detangles your hair. Our great-grandmothers were really onto something!

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    TalulahBancroftcrewelgirl

    Reply 2 years ago

    Both baking soda and vinegar can be used as meat tenderizers. Hair and meat are both made of protein, so that might explain why the coarse hair has softened.

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    JudyT28crewelgirl

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, Crewelgirl...I'll be trying that.

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    AnikaP1

    2 years ago

    I've curly hair and as expected it' darn rough and dry. Therefore, I'm always on a look out for new hair masks (because products are too expensive and I really don't feel like pending my money on them). Till now, I've used various avocado hair masks http://thelifesquare.com/avocado-hair-mask-8572317... and they work wonders for my hair, making them easy to manage and smooth. I also use some other masks as well http://thelifesquare.com/diy-hair-mask-8572364/ and they're good too. And yes I'll definitely try yours and then will come here gain to give my take on it.

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    AllieG2

    2 years ago

    What consistency did the mix have? I think i will have to double the mix.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    gkeys409

    2 years ago

    Might just be time to get a hair cut and get H&S for dry hair !?

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    eastendsoap

    2 years ago

    I make skin and hair care products and I can give you some tips. First of all, essential oils are very potent but there is no such thing as therapeutic grade. That is a marketing term used by some MLM companies so that they can charge you an outragious price, don't fall for it. Second, citrus oils on the face and hair can make you photosensitive (stay out of the sun or it can lighten your hair or even give you a sun burn), and can even strip the oils from your hair and skin - so, doing the opposite effect you're trying to achieve. Use other oils that are more hair friendly - like rosemary, lavender and maybe a couple of drops of tea tree too! Argan oil and jojoba works beautifully too, or even olive oil if you dont have them. Every hair type is different and there is no one solution for all - experiment with your choices but always research first! :)

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    Laynieeastendsoap

    Reply 2 years ago

    This tutorial is primarily for people who want to try a more natural approach, without using harsh chemicals on their hair. It isn't by any means a miracle mask. I just wanted to share something that worked when I did it, I can't guarantee that someone with a different hair type than me would have the same results, that's silly. But there's no harm in trying it! :)

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    TaLeisa

    3 years ago

    I'm making some DIY gifts and I'm trying to find a hair mask that I could jar...would you recommend this or would this need to be used right away?