When summer comes rolling around we often focus our fretting about the sun on our skin, and lather on that sunscreen to stay safe. However, we would all do well to remember to care for our hair as well. While you may wear a hat to avoid excessive exposure, your hair still sees some sun and can get a little drier from that summer weather. Even if you regularly condition when you wash your hair, you might still notice that it becomes more brittle and dry during certain times. Whenever you feel like you’re at your wit’s end with those dry split ends, it’s time to take hair care into your own hands. Give your hair the great gift of a moisture mask or moisturizing spray.
Hair moisturizers help out when your regular routine isn’t cutting it. They contain elements that address damage and infuse the hair with ingredients that moisturize and maintain those lovely locks. To keep your hair bouncy and beautiful, or straight and sleek, you need to remember to care for and condition it. That may mean seeking out some extra moments to moisturize.
Several products are sitting right there next to shampoos on the shelves of your local supermarket and are available online. They each have varying degrees of success in dealing with hair dryness. If you are up for it, you may want to consider making a little mix yourself. You can DIY and fight the dry. Here are seven excellent recipes to peruse and choose from.
1. Go bananas for this moisturizing hair mask
You already know the banana is a go-to fruit for a fast and healthy snack, but were you aware it’s great for your hair? And also, that rhymed. Bonus points! Bananas contain a mineral element called silica, which aids in synthesizing collagen. This can make hair thicker and stronger. It also adds an extra shine because it is rich in natural oils and potassium. In addition, bananas have antimicrobial properties and vitamins that help repair sun-damaged hair and heal an over-dry scalp, thereby alleviating issues like dandruff. And the best thing is that you probably have a banana waiting for you in your kitchen right now.
The only other ingredient you need for this hair mask is a teaspoon of coconut oil. The oil helps achieve a smooth texture and adds to the moisturizing effect. All you need to do is mash up the banana, pour in the coconut oil, and blend together. Make sure you get the ends of your hair well covered in the mixture. Then after you leave it in for 20-30 minutes, wash and condition as you would normally.
Your hair and scalp will feel newly nourished and healthier. Who woulda thought ingredients for a tropical smoothie could be a secret weapon for your hair? Now you’ll never underestimate the power of the banana. In summary, orange you glad I didn’t say banana again?
2. Keep it cuckoo for coconuts
As long as we’re talking about coconuts, let’s share another hair moisturizing recipe that features this fibrous drupe. And no, that’s not an insult, that’s just what the coconut is called.
If your hair is particularly dry, this spray will pave the way for leaving it with new life and luster. The recipe calls for 5 teaspoons coconut oil, 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon avocado oil, and ½ cup of filtered water. Pour the water and aloe vera gel in a spray bottle. Then add the coconut and avocado oils to the bottle. Shake well and spray it on your hair. As with most of these treatments, you’ll want to focus a little extra love on the ends. Since coconut oil can harden at cooler temperatures, you’ll need to warm it slightly and shake before each use. Together these ingredients will strengthen hair and battle brittleness.
In addition to the moisturizing effect of coconut oil, some studies have shown that it may promote hair growth, and protect hair loss due to pollution and other environmental factors. It penetrates deeper into the hair shaft than some other oils that sit on top of the skin. This encourages healthy growth and leads to less frizz overall. The aloe vera gel and avocado oils also help with adding that much-needed moisture to your hair. So when you don’t have time for the extra step of a full-on hair mask, let this spray make your day by giving a boost to your beautiful locks.
3. Avocado oil all alone for hair protection & repair
This one-ingredient recipe is a secret weapon against the elements. Avocado oil gets an A+ when it comes to smoothing, moisturizing, and protecting the hair. Everybody loves a day at the beach, but sunlight and salt water can do some damage. The same goes for the chlorine in a pool. One way to work against it is to spread a thin layer of avocado oil over your hair before you venture out or take a swim. You’ll probably want to wind it up in a bun or braid it to keep it away from your face and from staining your clothes. Or, if your hair is short, then just apply a small amount and you’re all set. The oil helps to keep the moisture in and the harsh effects of the elements out. It also doesn’t hurt to wear a wonderfully oversized hat or bathing cap. Plus, why pass up an opportunity for a fashion statement that doubles as sun protection?
After your beach trip, or dip in the pool, simply wash your hair as you normally would. You’ll get the avocado oil out, along with any salt and sand that has made its way into the mix. And if you aren’t a beach or pool person, then you can always try avocado oil in place of your conditioner after shampooing. Just use a thin layer, again concentrating on the ends, leave in for a few minutes, and then rinse out with warm water. Either way, it’s super easy one-step hair care.
4. They did the mash, they did the avocado mash
Yes, the all-star avocado makes another appearance on the list. Avocado has amino acids and proteins that have proven to be faithful friends of hair follicles. They can help unclog the follicles and stimulate the scalp, allowing for more robust hair growth. Certain oils are better suited to penetrate the hair and reach into the roots, and since avocados contain mono-unsaturated fats they are included in this group. Avocados also contain vitamins A, D, and E, which provide added nourishment to the hair and help it grow strong and healthy.
This recipe comes from the vlogger at HolisticHabits. Of course there are no guarantees that your hair will look like hers after you apply this moisturizing hair mask, but you can follow the steps in the video and surely see some level of difference in your own before and after experience.
To reiterate the directions in the video, you’ll need to mix together the four following ingredients together in a blender: one ripe avocado, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (or an oil of your choice), 1 tablespoon raw honey, and ⅛ cup coconut milk. You can add more or less coconut milk to achieve the desired consistency, and can also put in drops of any essential oils of your choosing. Once you have the mixture ready, you can lather it on all over your hair, concentrating on the drier patches in particular. Wrap it up in a bun or a towel while you wait several moments for the hair to absorb all the goodness. Then, take your shower and wash your hair. Once it’s dry, you may find it to have a little extra shimmer and shine.
5. Spread on the shea butter, honey
Shea butter is derived from the shea nuts that are harvested from trees in West Africa and has been used in health, beauty, and healing for centuries. It’s no wonder the tree is also known as the “karite tree” which translates to “tree of life.” Much like avocados, shea butter also contains vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids, and is masterful at moisturizing both skin and hair. The fatty acids in the shea butter protect the hair and reduce the dryness that can lead to frizziness and breakage. Since it’s good for the skin, it’s safe for the scalp, so you can feel good about smoothing it on from root to tip.
To make this moisturizing hair mask, you only need shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, raw honey and essential oils of your choice are optional. Argan oil is great for deep conditioning, and makes the hair extra soft. Honey is a natural humectant which draws in moisture, and it has antiseptic qualities to fight infection. This can help to cleanse hair of greasy residue, and may help soothe any irritations you might have on your scalp. Should you choose essential oils, then you’ll just layer in those benefits as well. As with the other hair masks, apply all over, leave in for 20-30 minutes and then wash it all away, right along with your dry hair dilemma.
6. Hooray for herbs and extracts
Many sing the praises of hibiscus and its ability to prevent dryness of the scalp, and say it goes above and beyond to balance the hair’s pH. Grapefruit seed extract is antimicrobial, which can work against dullness through clearing out clogged pores and follicles. Add to that shea butter and aloe vera gel, which are both super moisturizing, and you have the makings of a pretty marvelous hair mask.
This mixture is made with 1 tablespoon hibiscus powder, 5 oz. shea butter, 2 oz. aloe vera gel, 8 oz. water and 1 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract. First you can combine the aloe vera gel, water, and melted shea butter together. Then you add the grapefruit extract, and sprinkle in the hibiscus powder and stir. Refrigerate the mixture, or let it stand until it has firmed up. Then, gather it up with your fingers and spread it through the strands of your hair. Let it set for 20 minutes. Then you can wash it or just rinse it out thoroughly if you aren’t a daily shampooer, and poof, you’re mop is perfectly moisturized.
7. Help yourself to some Jojoba, honey and egg
This moisture mask makes your hair healthy in more ways than one. As we already know, honey helps attract and keep in moisture. Some say that egg yolks help with hair growth and regrowth, though the science might not be there yet to back it up. However, egg yolk is indeed rich with nutrients that make for healthy hair, like vitamins A and E, folate, and biotin. This helps hair become more resistant to damage and breakage. Finally, we have jojoba. Jojoba is also a great source of vitamins, as well as fatty acids and amino acids, all of which help to form a barrier against moisture loss. This improves elasticity and restores the hair’s natural healthy structure.
To prepare the mask, add one egg yolk to two tablespoons of raw honey and three tablespoons of jojoba oil. Mix together well. As always, be careful when handling raw eggs, and be sure to wash hands after applying the mask to your hair. Cover hair with a shower cap or towel to avoid contaminating other surfaces. Then, after 20 minutes, wash your hair as you normally would, careful to avoid your eyes.
Whether it’s a mist, mask, or conditioner, there’s no shortage of options for restoring moisture to dry and depleted hair. The important thing is to actually get around to doing it and not just think about how you probably should. If you are someone who gets stuck in the “probably should” or “when I get around to it” phase, then perhaps it’s best to choose a super convenient spray that instantly improves hair texture and moisture levels, like Viviane Woodard’s HydraMoist Total Body Mist. Even though it’s right there in the name, you may not have realized that this mist is made to moisturize both skin and hair – yes the total body!
The not so secret ingredient is hyaluronic acid which is an ingredient that binds moisture to skin and hair cells. This superbly formulated mist leaves skin feeling soft and supple and hair refreshed and silky smooth. You can use it right after a shower to make sure moisture is locked in, or when you don’t have time to wash your hair but need a quick boost to help it bounce back. Spray it all over and you’ll feel instantly rejuvenated, like a kid running through the sprinklers on a hot summer day.
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