If you’re reading this, it’s probably time you set aside an evening this week to pamper yourself and show your hair some TLC. To help you plan your night of slathering and lathering, we’ve put together our top 7 favorite DIY hair masks and hair treatments for you to try. Pour yourself a glass of wine, queue up your Netflix, and get ready for healthy hair.

Why hair masks?

Hair masks are quick yet highly potent, effective ways to provide your hair with tons of health benefits in less than 20 minutes. Think of hair masks like high powered hair conditioners, giving your hair benefits like softening and hydrating, a boost to grow, adding shine, and even fighting off infections. While some hair salons offer expensive hair treatments that yield similar results, we've decided to go straight to Mother Nature for our hair masks. This collection of hair masks only requires a few, all-natural ingredients each, which can all be found in your fridge or cupboard and come straight from the Earth. The recipes we’re going to share with you are all wonderful hair masks to help nourish, protect, and moisturize your hair, so you can ensure you're putting your best hair forward.

The ingredients

Here’s a shopping list of the all-natural ingredients that will be included in the concoctions we’re going to share with you. Whenever possible, we recommend to go with the organic option, to ensure that the ingredients you're applying to your hair are free from growth chemicals and pesticides:

- Avocados

- Strawberries

- Lemon

Honey

Coconut Oil

- Coconut Milk

- Brown Sugar

- Banana

- Plain Yogurt

- Eggs

Cinnamon

Olive Oil

COCONUT OIL

Coconuts truly seem to be the magical ingredient for your hair. Coconut Oil can be used for hair and skin, is a healthy fat for cooking, aids in digestion, supports the body's natural hormones...the benefits of Coconut Oil are endless! Coconut Oil for hair keeps it moist and soft and prevents hair breakage because of its high moisture retaining capabilities. Since Coconut Oil is loaded with fatty acids, it penetrates the hair more deeply than regular conditioners, leading to beautiful soft, silky, shiny hair. We recommend using Organic Coconut Oil whenever possible.

HONEY

The benefits of honey are endless! First, honey is great for retaining moisture in your hair as it is a natural humectant. This means that it sucks moisture into the hair and prevents it from escaping. This is especially great if you have dry hair and need an extra boost of moisture and hydration. Honey is also an emollient, which helps smoothen and soften your hair, and brings back any lost sheen and shine to your hair. 

Food for Your Hair

The simple combination of cold pressed coconut oil and raw manuka honey can do wonders for unruly hair. Together this sweet pair is incredible moisturizing and regenerating, leaving locks lovely and a hint shinier after just a few deep conditioning treatments.

We know about the absolute joys of eating coconut oil. Shimmering in a vegetable sauté, whisked into baked goods, or swirled elegantly with chocolate, this versatile fat has endless uses in the kitchen. But coconut oil slathered in the hair? Really? It may seem a bit over-the-top, but coconut oil acts as a wonderfully nourishing conditioner when applied to the hair and scalp. After all, those beautiful locks deserve some real-food love and goodness too!

It may sound too good to be true, but here are some of the reasons why the duo of coconut oil and honey may be the natural hair care solution you've been looking for:

Actually, Heals the Hair

Unlike other popular cosmetic oils such as sunflower and mineral oil, the chemical structure of coconut oil enables the fatty acids to penetrate the hair shaft and rejuvenate the hair from the inside out. Filled with medium-chain triglycerides, coconut oil physically replenishes and adds volume to the hair, rather than simply adding a synthetic coating as many store-bought products do.

Naturally Locks in Moisture

Honey is classified as a natural humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and retains water molecules. The added coconut oil helps to seal in this action. Thus, when used as a mask, the two condition deeply and leave the hair looking shinier and feeling softer. 

Prevents Protein Loss

An interesting study from the Journal of Cosmetic Science demonstrated that coconutoil used in the hair before and after washing can prevent the loss of valuable proteins. No other variety of oil tested in the study was able to show this magnitude of outstanding protection to the structural integrity of the hair.