Home Hair Masks That Actually Work

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Everyone has their own mask they love best for damaged hair, but 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 have around the house. Homemade masks are great for soothing and repairing cuticles damaged from coloring, hot tools, salt water and even chlorine, and work on all hair types, including coarse, frizzy, dry, oily, fine, and wavy hair. Ahead, our favorite DIY hair mask recipes you can make and use at home.

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Heat Up Coconut Oil For a DIY Hot Oil Treatment

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You're able to get hot oil treatments at pretty much any drug store, but you can really just do them with stuff you have lying around. You'll want to use it on for dry, coarse, oily, or damaged hair. You can use any oil, but damaged hair benefits highly from sweet almond oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. Keep the treatment simple by just warming up your favorite oil, or get extravagant and add herbs and hot towels.

You'll have to shampoo your hair at least twice to remove all the oil, and it will dry crunchy if it's not washed out properly. Still, worth it.

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Try This Milk and Honey Hair Mask

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Milk and honey work wonders on brittle, damaged hair that is thin and can be weighed down by heavy conditioners and oil treatments. You just need two cups of milk and two teaspoons of honey. If you do end up using low-fat milk, add 1 teaspoon of flour to thicken the mask, or it won't stay in your hair. Heat the milk up in the microwave to a lukewarm temperature, but hot enough that when you put the honey in it dissolves. This is where you should add the flour, too, if you're using it. Pour it over dry hair in sections, massaging it in to make sure every strand is covered. Shampoo after 15-20 minutes.

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 Thicker Mask

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Like all the masks on this list, this is a relatively simple mask. Blend together a banana and a tablespoon of olive, coconut, almond or argan oil until they're a paste. If it's a little runny, put a dash of flour in it. Separate your hair into a few sections, and massage it from the roots to the ends. Pull your hair into a long bun if you can, and then put on the shower cap. Keep it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse it out as normal.

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Treat Split Ends With an Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Combine mashed avocado and olive oil for a restorative hair treatment
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Avocados are truly a wonder ingredient, and that includes in recipes for your hair. This one is best when left on for a half hour, so pull up Netflix for the wait.

You just need a ripe avocado, and one-to-two teaspoons olive oil. Mash the oil into the avocado, and then separate your dry hair into four sections. Use a basting brush to paint it on each section, starting at the bottom. You won't want to apply it to the roots or your scalp, if your hair gets oily naturally. Then, put on a shower cap and wait the 30 minutes. Rinse it off in the shower, and use a normal, mild shampoo—this is not the time for a harsh clarifying shampoo. Use a little conditioner, but not a lot.

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