DIY natural hair masks are a godsend.
Why? Because natural hair products are expensive, and it can cost an arm and a leg to maintain it.
If you’re transitioning to natural hair, it can be incredibly hard on the wallet to buy all the things you need for your new journey. If you’re on a hair growth journey, you need to invest in quality and hydrating natural hair products, and possibly pay for a big chop.
Even if you’re happy with your length and are simply looking to maintain it, you still need to ensure the products you’re using are top notch. One wrong move and you can lose those inches!
It’s safe to say that wherever you are in your natural hair journey, you’re going to have to drop some serious coint at some point.
So of course, if you can save some money and make some DIY natural hair masks, why not?
This is an affordable way to moisturize and condition your hair, plus you can control the ingredients. The latter is especially useful since there are a lot of bad products on the market - some of the worst ingredients for your natural hair can be found in products that claim to be “all-natural”. Talk about trust issues!
Want to know the best DIY natural hair masks for all of your hair-care needs? Let’s go!
DIY Natural Hair Masks: How To Pick The Right One For You
As mentioned, one of the best things about DIY natural hair masks is that you have 100% control on what goes into them.
But this feeds into the hardest thing about DIY projects in general: the possibilities are literally endless.
There are so many possible ingredients one can use when creating DIY natural hair masks. Which ones are right for you?
Here are the main things you need to know for your DIY natural hair masks:
Once you figure this out, you then want to solidify what product you want to make. You can create almost anything, including: stylers, like gels; moisture or protein deep conditioners, and; growth or scalp stimulating oils.
The list goes on!
Here are some ideas for some DIY natural hair masks, and other products you can create, to up your natural hair game:
Need moisture? DIY Deep Conditioner for Natural Hair Growth
This DIY deep conditioner for natural hair growth will be perfect if you are looking to boost your moisture game. This deep conditioner is great if it’s winter and/or you’re experiencing breakage due to dryness.
Here’s what you need:
Need protein? DIY Natural Hair Protein Treatment
This DIY natural hair protein treatment is great for non-protein sensitive naturals who need a protein treatment or are experiencing hydral fatigue.
Hydral fatigue is when your curls are overly-moisturized, resulting in a break in the precious disulfide chemical bonds that make up your protein structure.
You know you have hydral fatigue if your hair feels like seaweed out of the shower and you are experiencing excessive breakage.
Here are the ingredients to your DIY natural hair protein treatment:
As a side note, many people opt to use eggs in their DIY natural hair masks for a protein boost. The problem with this though is that egg molecules are quite large and won’t be able to penetrate into your hair strands. Plus, if you prefer to use hot water to wash out the mask (we suggest using cold water though), you’ll find little scrambled egg pieces in your hair! Gross!
Thus, we suggest using avocados as a replacement, which provide enough fatty acids and vitamins to be moisturizing too.
If you are allergic to avocados or they are not available in your location, use mayonnaise, as the eggs in mayonnaise have been processed a bit more and the molecules are smaller.
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Looking to grow? DIY Natural Hair Growth Oil/Scalp Stimulator
Hit a growth plateau in your natural hair journey? You may need to wake those dead follicles up!
This DIY natural hair growth oil, mixed with the right ratio of essential oils to carrier oils, will stimulate the follicles and get some blood flowing through your scalp. Make sure to use this DIY natural hair growth oil in conjunction with the moisturizing deep conditioner to retain your length.
Need definition? DIY Natural Hair Gel
DIY natural hair gels aren’t new – the recipe below is one of the more popular, well-known natural hair DIYs.
Hair gel is a blessing and a curse to natural hair – yes it can make your curls pop, but most gels are formulated with some of the worst ingredients for natural hair. Plus it can cause product buildup like nobody’s business.
Who knew flaxseeds were the answer to our woes! When flaxseeds are boiled, it can create a gel that will lock in moisture and define and elongate curls. Flaxseeds are also a healthy source of fatty acids and vitamins like Vitamin E. Talk about a win-win!
Here’s how you make your DIY Natural Hair Gel:
DIY Natural Hair Shampoo
Every so often, we need to give our scalps a deep clean. And regular shampoos just don’t get the job done right.
You need a DIY natural hair shampoo in your life!
Is your scalp itchy, flaky or inflamed? Do you find that your hair is dirtier than usual? Can’t retain a style? It may be because you have product buildup that a normal shampoo won’t be able to penetrate. And using a shampoo repeatedly might be too stripping for some curl types.
This DIY natural hair shampoo will detox your hair and scalp and remove all the stubborn buildup. Here’s how:
With this one, be sure to use your favorite pre-poo and detangle prior to using the mask. This shampoo will replace your regular shampoo, but be sure to use a moisturizing conditioner/deep conditioner immediately after washing it out!
The Bottom Line
It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to grow and maintain your natural hair. DIY natural hair masks can be just as effective as over-the-shelf masks, if you use the right ingredients!
What are your go-to DIY natural hair masks? Share them down below!