I swear by hair masks. Since I have long, thick, multicolored hair, I rely on a regimen of hair oils and hair masks to keep my locks soft and shiny.
Full disclosure: I’ve tried a lot of different hair oils. Some bought, some made. All pale in comparison to Badger’s Seabuckthorn Hair Oil. It has a magical blend of vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as antioxidants and fatty acids. All of which make my hair noticeably shinier and healthy-looking.
I seriously love this stuff.
But as the summer winds down, I need to show my locks a little extra TLC. Sun, salt, and sweat have all taken their toll. Enter DIY hair masks. From bananas to beer, I’ve tried virtually every recipe I’ve found online.
I started by substituting Seabuckthorn Hair Oil in any recipe that called for oils. It worked so well that now I have three DIY hair masks I turn to when my strands get tough. Each one has unique benefits and uses common, inexpensive ingredients. Read on to discover simple, two-ingredient recipes for beautiful hair.
Avocado + Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: to deeply moisturize and fight frizz.
One whole avocado
3 tablespoons Seabuckthorn Hair Oil
I love this mask for so many reasons! Its bright green color makes me happy. And the creamy consistency of the avocado and oil makes it easy to apply. Plus, as you probably know, avocados are chock full of healthy fats and vitamins C, B-6, and A.
Bonus: sometimes my avocados over-ripen before I’ve had a chance to eat them and this is a great way to use what would otherwise be discarded.
Simply mash the avocado, add the Seabuckthorn Hair Oil, and mix until well blended. Because avocado is mostly fat, the oil blends well with little effort.
Apply to dry hair that has been brushed and/or detangled. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb and leave on for an hour. Wash and condition as usual. Discard any unused mixture.
Egg + Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: for strength and shine.
One to two eggs (depending on hair length)
3 tablespoons Seabuckthorn Hair Oil
When I was a kid, my mother’s best friend always conditioned her hair with egg and oil. I still remember her long, strong hair. This was one of the first masks I tried.
Egg contains keratin, the same stuff your hair is made out of. It fills in the weak spots along the hair strand, and temporarily strengthens the hair.
Gently beat the egg(s) with a fork while drizzling in the oil until well combined. Apply to hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water—otherwise, you will be washing scrambled eggs out of your hair. Wash and condition as normal. Discard any unused mixture immediately.
Coconut Oil + Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: for deep conditioning.
Equal parts coconut oil and Seabuckthorn Hair Oil. Amount varies on the length of your hair.
I have always loved the idea of a coconut oil treatment, but there was something missing. The fatty acid profile of coconut oil makes it great for hair, but it lacks vitamins. So I mix equal parts coconut oil and Seabuckthorn Hair Oil and then refrigerate the mixture for about 30-minutes to solidify the oils a little. I then whip it by hand with a whisk because I find this consistency easier to apply. You can also apply it as a liquid.
Both the avocado and coconut oil hair masks benefit from a little bit of heat, since heat opens cuticle and allows the oil to penetrate deeper. If you have long hair, avoid a mess by putting it in a bun after applying the mask. Then wrap your head with plastic wrap and cover with a towel. Your body heat will do the rest. Or, if you have an old towel that you don’t mind staining, simply wrap your hair (long or short) in that.
The best part of hair masks is taking care of you. So treat it as a ritual to honor yourself and your beauty. Relax, take your time, and perhaps enjoy some tea and a good book. Or, whatever helps to relax you.
What do you think of hair masks? Share your thoughts in the comments below!