Dry winter weather wreaks havoc on hair and scalp. So we found three hair mask recipes that are super-easy, each with four ingredients or less. Whatever your hair type or winter hair woe, we’ve got you covered.
A tip for long-haired girls: you will want to double these recipes to ensure you have enough mask to cover the entire length of your hair.
Best for Natural Hair: Protective Moisturizing Mask
This recipe from CurlyNikki.com is ideal for natural hair because the mayonnaise restores moisture and acts as a protein treatment — a must for naturally curly hair. The avocado has vitamin A and antioxidants to protect hair, and the bananas have biotin for healthy strands. This mask even acts as a sunscreen. (Yes, sun damage can happen even in the winter!)
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2-3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
Blend all ingredients together on high to create a smooth paste. Apply to damp hair and wrap in a towel. Leave on hair for 15 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual.
Best Frizz Fighter: Smoothing Mask for Curly Hair
This ultra-smoothing, ultra-healing mask is a must to tame frizzy, dry, winter hair. The avocado moisturizes hair and nourishes with vitamin E, to add shine and smoothness. The olive oil will moisturize and protect hair from breakage. The honey has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties to protect scalp and hair, and sooth itchy winter scalp. (Recipe: TopBeautyBrands.com)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Honey
Stir the ingredients thoroughly to create a smooth paste. Apply mixture to dry hair and comb through with a wide-toothed comb to evenly coat strands. Cover head with a shower cap or wrap hair in a towel. Leave mask on hair for up to 30 minutes. Then rinse, shampoo and condition as normal. Use no more than once a week to add smoothness without weighing hair down.
Best for Dry, Itchy Scalp: Soothing Moisture Mask
Cold winter weather and dry indoor spaces can mean dry, itchy scalp. This hair mask recipe from SouthernMamaGuide.com rejuvenates a scalp that is suffering from harsh weather and extreme temperature changes. The plain yogurt cools, while the honey soothes and has antibacterial properties to heal skin. The coconut oil moisturizes skin and hair, while the tea tree oil fights acne and has anti-fungal properties. (Fungus can be the cause of dandruff and flakes — ew!) This mask also helps treat flakes and even smooths frizz.
2 Tbsp Natural Plain Yogurt
1 Tbsp Honey
1/4 tsp. Coconut Oil
2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Starting at the roots, massage mixture through hair until it covers entire head. Wrap hair with a warm towel and then cover the towel with a shower cap to lock in heat. Leave mask on hair for 20 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo thoroughly.