Home Hair Masks That Actually Work

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Everyone has their own hair mask of choice when it comes to treating damage, inducing shine, or just adding a dollop of moisture. But let's be real, most are too expensive to use as frequently as recommended. Thankfully, when you're in between masks, you can make your own with ingredients you probably already have around the house. Homemade hair masks are great for soothing and repairing cuticles damaged from coloring, hot tools, salt water, and even chlorine. Plus, they're customizable to your specific hair type, whether it be coarse, frizzy, dry, oily, fine, or wavy. We wanted to learn all about the best DIY hair masks, so went to hair stylist Amy Abramite and trichologist Gretchen Friese to give us the know-how.

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Lather on Coconut Oil

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Strengthen Fine Hair With a Milk and Honey Mask

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The thicker the hair, the higher the fat content of milk you should use; for example, if you have coarse hair, use cream, and if you have thin hair, use skim milk.

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Blend Banana and Olive Oil For a Restorative Mask

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Mask Split Ends With Avocado and Olive Oil

Mashed avocado

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Crack an Egg Yolk

Egg yolk

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Combat Frizz with a Yogurt Mask

Yogurt

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Alleviate Oily Scalp with an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar

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A good guideline for an apple cider vinegar rinse is one half to four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to every eight ounces of water. That said, you can experiment to find a dilution that works best for you—just know that dry hair needs less apple cider vinegar and oily hair may need more.

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Reduce Dandruff with a Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil Mask

Brown sugar coconut oil

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Add Shine With a Olive Oil and Coconut Oil Mask

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Remove Buildup with a Lemon and Egg Mask

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