I live in a shared house of 7 wonderful young ladies, and recently hair has been a common topic of convocation: colour, cut style, fringe?, no fringe?, health, damage, and wanting it to grow faster. Several of us have gone though hippy stages of not washing our hair, hoping the natural oils would keep it healthy, we’ve tried home made hair masks, deep conditioning treatments, between us products galore! – and we’ve gone most of the colours in the rainbow.
So I thought I would share some of our findings on home made hair masks:
I’ve read a lot of blogs recently raving about making your own hair masks out of everyday ingredients, talking about how they are chemical free and are eco-friendly as you don’t use plastic bottles. However, after reading some of the comments on the articles, I questioned just how great they where, so thought I would try a few of the most popular ones out.
Trial 1: Egg and Olive Oil hair mask.
Ingredients: 2 eggs, 4 table spoons of olive oil.
Directions: Mix the ingredients together, apply to hair and wrap it in plastic (cling film) and leave on your hair for 10-15 minutes.
My first impressions of this was that it was really gooey, it kept running down the side of my face and down the back of my neck, no matter how tightly I wrapped the plastic round my head! It was also really uncomfortable to sit there with plastic wrapped round my head for 15 minutes.
Now before I tell you the rest of this I would like to let you know that I was doing this quite late at night, and was very tired, so my brain wasn’t quite working properly.
So after 15 minutes I got in the (nice and hot) shower to wash my hair, when I started to feel lumps in my hair, then I started to smell a rather weird smell, that I could only liken to the cooking of scrambled eggs. Yes I’m afraid to say the water from my shower had cooked the egg in my hair. So using a lot of shampoo and conditioner and a comb I managed to get it all out, however overall it left my hair feeling greasy, and very tangled. Now I’m probably slightly biased as it cooked in my hair, but I will NEVER put egg in my hair again. Feel free to try it if you wish, but PLEASE wash it out with cool water!
Trial 2: The Banana hair mask.
Ingredients: 1 mashed banana, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons of honey, and 5 tablespoons of olive oil.
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together, and apply evenly to hair, and leave for 15-30minutes.
I thought about the idea of the egg cooking in my hair, along with the banana and didn’t really want to test this one out. However, I have read a lot of comments on blogs that this mask can actually make your hair very tangled, and feel dry.
Trial 3: The Avocado hair mask.
Ingredients: 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Directions: Mash up the avocado and then mix it together with the honey and olive oil and apply all over your hair, for 20 minutes, then was out with shampoo.
Its a bit gooey and thick which makes it quite hard to put through your hair, and when I shampooed my hair it felt quite tangled. So I put conditioner through my hair and combed it through and it was very soft!
So combined with using conditioner it did leave my hair in good condition but it was tricky to put evenly through my hair and very hard to get it out!
Trial 4: Olive Oil.
Directions: apply olive oil to mid lengths and ends, wrap hair in plastic wrap for 45 minutes to and hour, or put a towel over your pillow and leave overnight.
This is the best one so far, and leaves your hair soft. The best way to wash it out is to shampoo onto dry hair with a little water so it lathers, wash well and rinse, then re-shampoo and conditioner. Although this works well its worth keeping in mind that this is not a very economical hair mask, Olive Oil is more expensive then shop bought intensive conditioning treatments, and quite messy to use, but on the other hand works very well.
The fifth and final trial: Apple cider vinegar.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar, 1 cup of water, 2 drops of you favourite essential oil (optional).
Directions: mix the ingredients together and after shampooing and conditioning your hair pour the rinse over your hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb.
For the essential oil I used lavender oil, because I love the smell and it’s supposed to be good for hair growth. To begin with I smelled like a chip shop, but as it dries the smell goes and you can’t smell the vinegar once your hair is dry, and it’s easy to use- I was really surprised at how soft my hair was – really impressed with this one.