Summer’s here, which means you’ll probably be spending a lot more time under the scorching sun. Now you must be thinking of your next beach (or pool) day–– as you should–– however keep in mind the impact that all your summer activities will have on your hair and scalp. The harmful sun rays, sea salt, chlorine, and sweat cause dryness and unwanted build-up, which is why your hair and scalp are going to need some extra TLC this summer. But let’s be real, it’s hard to find hair products that are natural and effective–-and you might just end up spending more money than you want on products targeting different issues. Luckily, you can cleanse, moisturize, repair, and condition your hair with ingredients you can simply find in your kitchen. So here are 4 hair masks that will save your time, money and most importantly, hair!
1. Cleansing Scalp Scrub
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Whisk sea salt, lemon juice, coconut oil, and honey all together until completely combined. Apply the mixture to your scalp and massage it onto your head for several minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and conditioner.
Just what you need to cleanse all the build-up on your scalp. Your skin is made up of layers of tissue, from the newest and healthiest to the layer that consists of mostly dead skin cells, so this is where exfoliation becomes a very important role in caring for your skin. This natural scalp scrub will stimulate your hair follicles getting rid of all that excess oil, sweat, dandruff and even unclog your pores. Above all, it will ultimately keep your scalp (and hair) healthy and happy.
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of honey
In a blender, combine banana and honey until it’s smooth. Apply the mask to your ends, then work the remaining mask into the rest of your hair. Leave in for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Got dry, brittle ends? This mask will bring your hair back to life! Honey is a natural humectant that gives your hair deep nourishment. It strengthens your hair follicles and prevents split ends. Combining this with banana will give you complete shine and volume. Bananas are full of nutrients like potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and protein that hydrate and moisturize your hair.
3. Shine and Conditioning
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Whisk egg in a bowl, then combine coconut milk and extra virgin olive oil; mix well. First, pour over scalp and massage, then pour excess mixture onto the rest of your hair, especially the ends. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse hair thoroughly.
The ingredients will nourish, soften and protect your hair fibers while revitalizing and regenerating the dry, damaged strands. I know, eggs sound like a weird thing to put on your hair, but it contains ample nutrients like vitamins A and E, biotin, and folate that will restructure your hair. Adding coconut milk and olive oil to the mixture will not only restore your ends but give your hair that extra shine and lust you see in those Pantene commercials!
4. Growth Stimulating
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of matcha green tea powder
Whisk eggs together then combine coconut oil and matcha green tea powder. Part hair with a comb and apply to your roots, slowly working your way over your entire scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes, rinse and shampoo.
Yep, another egg-based hair mask– because they go beyond revitalizing and regenerating. Its superfood nutrients such as Iron, fatty acids, and protein, help stimulate hair growth naturally. Iron’s a crucial one, says hair expert Elizabeth Phillips—as it’s a big contributor to hair loss if you don’t have enough. When you combine eggs with powerful matcha and hydrating coconut oil, it works deep into your hair follicles boosting circulation and ultimately increasing hair growth.
There you have it–– four DIY hair masks you can find right in your kitchen. Although these masks help aid your hair and scalp, it’s still important to protect your hair and skin while in the sun. So make sure to wear your SPF, take your Nouráge vitamins, and wear a hat!