My hair tends to be a static-filled mess when it starts to get cold outside. If it’s not split ends and fly-aways that I’m dealing with, then it’s either dry or full of static. Instead of stocking up on beanies and furry hats, I decided to try and combat these problems with weekly hair masks. And much to my delight, most of the recipes that I found contain ingredients that were already in my kitchen pantry! Score!
Here are some recipes that will be in my rotation until spring:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 3 teaspoons olive oil
Mash avocado with a fork until smooth. Add coconut milk and olive oil and stir rapidly until blended. Warm the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute. Apply mask from roots to ends, making sure to massage it into the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes before shampooing hair as usual.
2. Avocado Banana Mask
- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
Puree avocados and bananas until no clumps are present. Add in the beaten egg and olive oil. Mix thorougly. Apply to dry hair and leave in for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water (warm or hot will ‘cook’ the egg) and wash hair with moisturizing shampoo of choice. Repeat shampoo if necessary.
3. Yogurt, Banana and Honey Mask
- 3 oz of plain yogurt (I use organic, but you can use whatever you have. You may need more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair.)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup of honey
Mash up the banana using a fork or spoon and combine all 3 ingredients together to form a thick paste. Apply to hair and leave it on for an hour before rinsing off. I put it on dry hair and thoroughly rinse it out in the shower, but I don’t shampoo it out. You can use this weekly if desired, or less often. I only use this on Sunday nights because it can be a bit greasy.
Remember that the results will not be the same for everyone! If your hair tends to get really oily after trying a new conditioner or shampoo, then be cautious with the coconut oils and honey. I’ve had pretty good results with all of these, and I always rather make my own hair masks than go out and buy something from the store (probably just because I get to eat the leftover avocado.) I also tend to only use hair masks on days where I don’t plan on going anywhere, because sometimes my hair can feel a bit greasy and it takes a couple of days for me to see results anyway.
Lovelies, does the cold weather affect your hair? How do you keep your hair looking hydrated and healthy?