Not sure what to do with that bunch of overripe bananas you didn’t get around to eating, or that avocado that’s turned brown after one too many days on the kitchen counter? Well, before you decide to toss them in the bin, why not repurpose these food items to make nutrient-dense DIY hair masks instead?
Read on for our beauty editor’s round-up of the best hair masks to mix up while you’re at home…
DIY hair masks to try at home
For An Oily Scalp
Try a 20-minute mask using two whole eggs and half a cup of warm water.
Egg yolks are a well-known source of naturally occurring protein and biotin, so they’re the perfect addition to your haircare regime, especially if you’re looking to boost shine and strength. But it’s the bacteria-blitzing enzyme in egg whites that make this simple mask ideal for oily hair.
You can add a drop or two of lemon juice, too, which not only gives the mask a better smell, but will also stimulate your hair follicles.
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To eliminate Product Build-Up
We exfoliate our limbs, faces and lips, so why do we neglect our scalps?
Mix up your exfoliating scalp mask and get rid of gunk while simultaneously giving yourself a follicle-stimulating massage.
Choose something gritty like brown sugar, and combine it with two drops of oil-balancing rosemary essential oil, a teaspoon of cleansing apple cider vinegar, and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage onto your scalp for 10-minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
For Added Shine And Softness
Not only are avocados a delicious component of guacamole, they’re also full of fatty acids and vitamin B-rich biotin, as well as potassium and magnesium that have been proven to help seal hair cuticles to make your locks shiner and softer.
Simply mash two ripe avocados with two tablespoons of olive oil, then coat strands in the mixture and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Unsweetened coconut milk is the answer to all hair types struggling with dehydration. Combine equal parts heated olive oil and coconut milk, apply evenly to strands, and wait for up to 30 minutes.
Pop a shower cap on to lock in the moisturising goodness, rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.
To Combat Frizz
Bananas are rich in potassium and mineral silica, making them perfect for fine hair that’s prone to frizz and tangles easily. Mix one ripe banana with two tablespoons of olive oil to restore your hair’s bounce and leave it feeling nourished.
Written by Beauty editor, Martinique Stevens