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8 DIY Hair Masks to Tame Frizzy Hair, No Matter Your Hair Type

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Are you tired of battling frizzy hair? A deep condition is what you need to bring moisture back into those luscious strands. The good news is, you don’t have to shell out a bunch of money for expensive hair products.

Instead, look no further than your own kitchen for a simple and effective solution to repair damaged hair. DIY hair masks have become increasingly popular, offering a natural and cost-effective alternative to store-bought treatments. Making an effective hair mask to smooth your strands and prevent frizz is easier than you think. We bet you have most of the ingredients (like coconut oil, olive oil, and honey) somewhere in your pantry already.

Read on to discover the best ingredients and recipes that will leave your hair smoother, shinier, and frizz-free. Say goodbye to frizzy hair days and hello to more manageable strands with these homemade hair masks. Which DIY mask will you try?

1. Best for Fine Hair: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps to restore the natural pH balance of your hair, reducing frizz and improving shine. Honey and coconut oil provide hydration and nourishment, making your hair softer and more manageable. Use this mask once a week for best results, and say goodbye to frizzy hair. It’s a lightweight mask, so if your hair is experiencing dryness, it might not be as nourishing as you need. But if you have fine hair that calls for you to wash it often, this will be perfect.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of water

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, mix together the apple cider vinegar and water.

  • Add the honey and coconut oil to the mixture and stir well until all the ingredients are combined.

  • Wet your hair with water and then apply the hair mask evenly, focusing on the ends and avoiding your scalp.

  • Massage the mask into your hair and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.

  • Shampoo to remove any residue and use conditioner as usual.

2. Best for Dry Hair: Coconut Oil and Banana

If you struggle with dry ends and damaged hair, you need to try a coconut oil mask. Most nourishing masks in the hair-care aisle contain coconut oil, so why not make your own holy-grail hair product? This hero ingredient works wonders to restore softness and moisture to hair. In this mask recipe, the coconut oil helps moisturize and nourish the hair, reducing frizz and improving shine. Then honey adds extra moisture, while the banana helps to soften and condition the hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 ripe banana

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, mash the ripe banana until there are no lumps.

  • Add the coconut oil and honey to the mashed banana, and mix well until all the ingredients are combined.

  • Start with dry, unwashed hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, ensuring that all strands are coated.

  • Once your hair is fully covered, gently massage your scalp for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for 30 to 60 minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate your hair.

  • After, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by your regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

3. Best for Shine: Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

The combination of coconut oil and olive oil in this mask provides intense nourishment and hydration to your hair. These oils help to strengthen and repair damaged hair, leaving it softer, shinier, and more manageable. Use this mask once a week or as needed to revitalize your hair and keep frizz at bay.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender, rosemary, or peppermint) for fragrance

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and olive oil. If desired, add a few drops of your preferred essential oil for a pleasant fragrance.

  • Microwave the mixture for 15 to 20 seconds, or until the oils are melted and well-combined. Alternatively, you can heat the oils in a small saucepan on low heat until melted.

  • Let the mixture cool slightly to a comfortable temperature before applying it to your hair.

  • Start with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, making sure to coat all strands.

  • Gently massage your scalp to stimulate blood circulation and ensure even distribution of the oils.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the oils to deeply penetrate your hair.

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Finish by shampooing and using your conditioner.

4. Best for Dull Hair: Olive Oil and Banana

The olive oil and banana in this mask provide deep hydration and nourishment for your hair. Olive oil helps to moisturize and soften the hair, reducing frizz and adding intense shine. The banana contains vitamins and minerals that help to repair damaged hair, making it smoother and more manageable. Use this mask once a week to promote healthy hair that stays shiny.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions:

  • Start by peeling and mashing the ripe banana in a small bowl until there are no lumps.

  • Add the olive oil to the mashed banana, and mix well until you have a smooth and creamy mixture.

  • Begin with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, ensuring that all strands are coated.

  • Gently massage the mask into your scalp using your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for approximately 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate your hair.

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water, then shampoo and condition as normal in the shower.

5. Best for Hair Growth: Egg Yolk

Egg yolks are rich in protein and essential nutrients that can help strengthen and add shine to your hair. The olive oil in this mask provides moisture and nourishment, while honey adds extra hydration and can help soothe the scalp and loosen any dandruff caught in your hair shaft. This treatment is great if you’re experiencing thinning hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Instructions:

  • Crack the eggs and separate the yolks from the egg whites in a small bowl.

  • Add olive oil to the egg yolks, and mix well until you have a smooth mixture.

  • If desired, add honey to the mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.

  • Start with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, making sure to coat all strands.

  • Gently massage the mask into your scalp using your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the nutrients to deeply penetrate your hair.

Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water, then shampoo and condition.

6. Best for Product Buildup: Egg Yolk and Lemon Juice

Using lemon juice with egg yolk creates a natural clarifier, removing excess oils and buildup and giving your hair a beautiful shine. Adding olive oil or coconut oil can enhance the moisturizing effects and add extra shine. Use this mask once a week to revitalize your hair and promote a healthy scalp. Note: If you have oily hair, you may want to skip the additional oil in the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil (optional)

Instructions:

  • Crack the eggs and separate the yolks from the egg whites in a small bowl.

  • Add the fresh lemon juice to the egg yolks, and mix well until combined.

  • Optionally, you can add olive oil or coconut oil to the mixture, and stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

  • Start with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, making sure to coat all strands.

  • Gently massage the mask into your scalp using your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for approximately 30 minutes to allow the egg yolk and lemon juice to work their magic.

  • Rinse your hair by shampooing and adding conditioner. Follow up with a soothing scalp serum for extra TLC.

7. Best for Antioxidants: Green Tea and Honey

Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help promote healthy hair growth and protect the scalp. It also helps to reduce hair loss and dandruff. Honey is a natural humectant that adds moisture and shine to the hair, while olive oil provides additional hydration and nourishment. Use this mask once a week to rejuvenate your hair and enhance its natural luster. It also works wonders if you suffer from an itchy scalp!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of brewed green tea, cooled

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional)

Instructions:

  • Brew a cup of green tea and let it cool completely before using it for the hair mask.

  • In a small bowl, combine the cooled green tea, honey, and olive oil (if using). Mix well until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  • Start with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, ensuring all strands are coated.

  • Gently massage the mask onto your scalp using your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the nutrients to penetrate your hair.

  • Rinse your hair with warm water before washing with shampoo and detangling with conditioner.

8. Best for Strengthening: Avocado and Rice Water

Avocado is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that can help to moisturize, nourish, and strengthen the hair. The rice wateris packed with amino acids that can help to restore and repair damaged hair and split ends, while olive oil helps to moisturize and prevent breakage. Use this hair treatment once a week to promote soft, shiny, and healthy-looking hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1/2 cup of rice water

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions:

  • Start by cooking 1/2 cup of rice in water. Once done, strain the water and let it cool.

  • In a small bowl, mash the ripe avocado until there are no lumps.

  • Add in the cooled rice water and olive oil, and mix well to create a smooth mixture.

  • Begin with dry or slightly damp hair. Section your hair and apply the mask from roots to ends, ensuring that all strands are coated.

  • Gently massage the mask onto your scalp using your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood circulation to your hair follicles.

  • Once applied, cover your hair with a shower cap or wrap it with a towel.

  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes to 1 hour to allow the nutrients to deeply penetrate your hair.

  • Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water, followed by your regular shampoo and conditioner routine.

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About the author
Olivia Cefalu
Olivia Cefalu
Olivia is a freelance beauty writer. With experience in influencer marketing at Tata Harper Skincare and editorial at Very Good Light, she loves covering Gen Z beauty, wellness, and nail trends. Read her work on Very Good Light and Well + Good.
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Article Last Updated October 19, 2023 12:00 AM