All-Natural Hair MASK Recipes

All-Natural Hair MASK Recipes

This week for Blank Slate Wellness, we’re talking about easy all-natural hair care recipes. Haircare is a sweet spot for me. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and with that comes the risk for hair thinning and loss. When I am not taking care of my body with my condition in mind, my hair starts falling out. The stress of that often leads to more stress and more hair loss. Instead of fixating on the things I couldn’t fix, I decided to get really into all-natural hair care. It also gives me something to do in lockdown. I start with the Clarifying ACV Rinse, follow it up with the Olive Oil, Banana, Avocado Hair Mask, and once a week I add in the Coco Cinnamon Leave-in Treatment. By the time you’re fully done, you’ll have healthier-looking hair and a whole afternoon down.


I like to use ingredients I normally have on-hand in my kitchen. Let’s look into a few of these ingredients to understand how they work in the following recipes. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a fermented vinegar made from apples. It is rich in probiotics, making it extremely helpful for balancing the microflora (bacteria) of the scalp. This can be beneficial in treating conditions like dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. The acidic nature of ACV helps to restore the acid mantle, our skin’s first line of defense. Just like you would use a toner on your face, ACV works as a toner to your scalp to help balance pH levels. The acidity has the potential to strip the hair so it is important to dilute ACV in a 1:5 ratio with water. When diluted correctly, ACV can help to remove excess build-up of products and oils. 

Avocado

Avocados are a rich source of fatty acids and key nutrients like biotin. Biotin is a b-vitamin (B9) that is commonly used to help support hair growth. Biotin has been studied for its ability to seal cuticle cells, cells that protect the inner portion of the hair. Biotin might not necessarily make your hair grow but it can help protect hair from damage, leaving it looking smooth, shiny, and healthy.

Banana

Bananas are full of minerals and antioxidants, two factors that are essential to hair strength. One particularly important mineral to hair strength is silica. Silica helps with collagen formation and hair elasticity. Silica can also benefit your skin and nails, making banana an excellent addition to any beauty routine. 

Olive Oil

Olive Oil contains an abundance of fatty acids. Some of these fatty acids also double as emollients. The emollients found in olive oil, such as oleic acid and squalane, have softening qualities. A moisturizer works to bring moisture into the hair, while an emollient helps to seal the surface of the hair. If tangles are an issue for you, emollients might help because of their lubricating qualities.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the ultimate ingredient to add to a natural beauty routine. Its unique fat composition deeply penetrates the hair and helps prevent protein loss. For best results use coconut oil as a pre-poo, a hair treatment applied before washing. The oil provides your ends with a protective layer, preventing moisture from being stripped away in the washing process. 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a stimulating herb. It has been said to promote hair growth when applied to the scalp because of its ability to increase circulation. Although this ability has never been proven, cinnamon is a strong antimicrobial and can help with conditions like dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. It also just smells great and helps me to relax when I’m applying it. 

 


 Recipes

Clarifying ACV Rinse

to remove the build-up of products/oils from hair

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Mix or blend ingredients. 

  2. Add mixture to spray bottle and mist onto hair until thoroughly soaked. 

  3. Gently massage into the scalp for a couple of minutes. 

  4. Leave on for an additional 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water. 

  5. Wash hair as usual or use before a hair mask treatment. 

Olive Oil Banana Avocado Hair Mask

for dry hair and/or split ends

Ingredients:

  • ¼ avocado

  • ½ banana

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mash avocado with a fork. 

  2. Pour olive oil in and mash until a creamy consistency is met. Make sure it is well blended. 

  3. Apply to damp hair, from root to tip. 

  4. Use fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently brush it through. 

  5. Leave on 10-20 minutes, then wash hair as per your usual routine. 

Coconut Cinnamon Leave-in Treatment 

for hair growth 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions:

  1. Let coconut oil soften up at room temperature. 

  2. Once soft, mix the cinnamon into the oil.

  3. Rub a small amount at a time in your palms until it’s warmed. 

  4. Apply to dry hair. Focus on the ends, moving up the hair to a few inches from the scalp. If you are prone to greasy hair only apply it mid-shaft. 

  5. Use fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently brush it through.

  6. Leave on 30 minutes to 2 hours. Wash hair as per your usual routine.  


These natural hair care recipes are meant to be affordable, simple, and environmentally friendly. Switching to more natural beauty products doesn’t only benefit our health, it can benefit our environment immensely. If you’re looking to go deeper, check out EWG Cosmetics Database. This online guide ranks cosmetics and other personal care products based on ingredient safety and toxicity. I found it immensely helpful when I started switching to a more natural beauty routine. 

If you try any of the recipes out, let us know what you think. I hope the next time you go to buy an expensive sheet mask you think to check your pantry to see what restorative ingredients you might already have on hand instead. 

 

Dani Wiens

@churchofeelingood

 


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