Brrr! It’s brutally cold outside for most of us this winter, and the harsh wind combined with dry indoor heating robs our hair of its moisture. Get some luster back into your locks with easy, homemade deep conditioning recipes that only take a few minutes to whip up.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the smell of mayonnaise – especially in my hair – so I avoid recipes that contain it, or any combination of eggs and vinegar. I prefer to use the natural moisturizing properties of yummy-smelling ingredients like coconut oil, papaya and honey.
For all three of the following recipes, just throw the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, apply to your hair and let it sit for at least 10 minutes (preferably more like 30), then rinse.
This combination smells so delicious, and the avocado is rich in nourishing fatty acids and protein for super-soft results.
Papaya, Yogurt & Honey Hair Mask
1 cup slightly over-ripe papaya pulp
3 tbsp plain yogurt
¼ cup honey
This mask is especially beneficial for coarse hair types, including African-American hair. Since papaya is not always easy to find in winter, you can substitute banana, but be sure to give it some extra puree time to get out the chunks.
Sultry Shine Hair Mask by Julie Gabriel
1 apple, peeled and cored
3 tablespoons neutral henna
½ cup beer
1 tbsp baking soda
1 drop lemon essential oil (optional)
1 drop hops essential oil (optional)
If you want to move beyond super simple recipes, give this conditioning treatment by green beauty expert Julie Gabriel a shot. Puree the apple first, then mix in the rest of the ingredients and leave on freshly washed hair for five minutes. Get more recipes like this from Julie’s book The Green Beauty Guide.