Make your own DIY homemade hair mask

Make your own DIY homemade hair mask

Repair dry or damaged locks with these easy DIY homemade hair mask recipes

Banana hair mask

Bananas contain healthy compounds that nourish dry hair, and this recipe is an excellent way of using over-ripe ones up. Blend a ripe banana with a tablespoon of raw honey to make your hair soft and help repair damage. When the mix is completely pureed, pat onto dry hair, cover with a shower cap and relax for about 20 minutes. Rinse it out and shampoo as usual. Add half an avocado and a tablespoon of olive oil to the mix to reduce frizz and increase softness, or just use avocado and honey. Half a cup of natural yogurt added to the banana and honey will supply extra conditioning power too.

Egg hair mask

A raw egg treatment produces a soft, shiny 'do. Eggs contain lecithin, a fat that is highly emollient and reduces static, as well as proteins to help fortify strands. Mix a whole egg along with half an avocado (for additional moisturising fats) or a tablespoon of olive oil and blend. Once the mixture is whipped into a smooth, slightly foamy concoction in your blender, apply it to your hair. Allow your hair to absorb the mixture for about 20 minutes before you rinse. Add a splash of white vinegar if you've overused styling products; the vinegar acts as a natural clarifier.

Coconut hair mask

Dry locks love all things coconut. Use canned coconut milk — not the refrigerated one in the carton, which has less nourishing fat — and mix with a few drops of lavender oil for a pleasant scent. Drench your hair in it, put on a shower cap and go to bed. In the morning, wash the mask out and style as usual. Add honey to the mask if you want more softening benefits.