Applying hair masks to your hair is a tip you hear often, but what they don’t tell you is that it’s not just as simple picking out some yogurt and eggs, making a mask, and reaping the results. It’s a very delicate equilibrium. The most common thing that people ignore is the type of damage to one’s hair, which is a key factor in deciding what types of mask would be the most effective.
Firstly you Need to Decide Where you Categorize In:
- Dry: Dry hair looks dull, damages easily, has split ends, and breaks easily. The main culprit here could be general wear and tear, or lack of oils.
- Oily: Greasy, often times not washed daily, has a lack of shine.
Remedies for Dry Hair:
Since the main culprit for dry hair is lack of moisture, the following will focus in moisturizing and oiling your hair, protecting it from further damage:
- Avocado: Avocado is one of nature’s greatest moisturizers, it’s rich in vitamins such as E & B and nutrients. As well as natural oil, something which your hair desperately needs. Mash half an avocado. You can either use it on its own or with complement with other ingredients.
- Honey: Honey is a strong humectant (clings onto moisture) as well as a capable moisturizer. Perfect for dry hair. Be careful to use only as much as you absolutely need, as it’s also a powerful bleaching agent (You can use it with avocado as well.)
- Olive oil: Probably the oldest and best known oil in regards to hair care. It has been used for centuries for hair and skin moisturizing. It has powerful nourishing and strengthening effects, perfect for dry and damaged hair. Work it through warm, damp hair as needed from the roots to the tips. Wrap a warm towel or a plastic bag over your hair and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse.
- Eggs: Eggs are good for strengthening the hair due the high levels of xanthophyll’s, immunoglobulins, vitamins and other micro-nutrients, they can be used alone or mixed into other ingredients, olive oil in particular, can be used in complement for a moisturizing hair mask. You’ll have to put up with the smell though, as some people find it irritating.
Remedies for Oily Hair:
The following will aid you in your oily hair but won’t completely dry the moisture:
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar contains nutrients which make hair stronger, shinier and healthier, as well removing any residue from cosmetic products. To use, add 4 tablespoon of it with any other ingredients of your choice, or you can use it alone after diluting in water.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda is also potent in the removal of cosmetic products, as well as grease and dirt. To use, add a tablespoon to a moderately moisturizing ingredient, (mayonnaise) it can also be mixed with water to make a paste.
- Lemon Juice: Known to reduce oil production and close the pores in your skin drastically. If used regularly t can also lighten your hair. Can used alone, diluted in one cup of water to rinse hair, or can be added to a mask.
The key over here is to use in moderation. As too much of it can strip the scalp away essential oils, forcing your scalp to overproduce oil in order to compensate for the lack of it. Most of the times it’s very hard to keep a balance between moisturizing ones hair and stripping away the excessive oils, and if you don’t want to get in the hassle of maintaining the equilibrium, an all-rounder like a mask from Macadamia in Dubai or Kerastase in Dubai can do that you, no matter what problem plagues your hair.