Hair salon treatments for dry or damaged hair can be extremely effective at moisturizing locks and increasing shine. However, they often come at a cost, and it’s an expensive one! Have you ever thought about trying a homemade hair treatment that can produce salon worthy results?
These all natural, simple homemade honey hair masks are perfect for addressing a variety of hair needs. Honey has been used for centuries in various cultural practices for the treatment of skin and hair. Honey is in each of these recipes for its various benefits.
Honey is a humectant which means that it helps retain moisture. It also softens and smooths hair, stimulates hair growth, and is naturally antibacterial due to it’s high acidity content, which can promote a healthy scalp.
Scientifically proven to “promote rapid and improved healing” of wounds, honey is also anti-inflammatory. It has been used for treatment of fungal and inflammatory rashes including scalp and facial dandruff, eczema and psoriasis. With plenty of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, it’s no wonder that honey can be extremely beneficial for dry hair needing extra attention.
Warm Honey and Olive Oil Treatment for Dry/Damaged hair
- ½ cup raw, organic honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- stovetop or microwave safe bowl/pot
Applying honey alone can get very sticky, so olive oil is a wonderful addition to this mask to help smooth and coat the hair shaft. Mix the honey and olive oil together, and then warm over the stovetop or in the microwave for a few seconds.
Mix again after heating. Apply from scalp to end and leave on for 10-20 minutes before shampooing. Apply mask once a week or once every few weeks.
Honey, Coconut Oil and Yogurt Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw, organic honey
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
The lactic acid in yogurt will cleanse the scalp, while the proteins nourish and strengthen the hair. Coconut oil can penetrate the hair well leaving the hair shiny, lustrous and smooth. It can also prevent split ends due to its moisturizing properties.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, using less coconut oil for shorter hair and more for longer hair. Massage into scalp and work through to ends, leaving on for 15 minutes before shampooing. Apply mask once a week or once every few weeks.
Banana and Honey Hair Mask
- 1/2 cup raw, organic honey
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- dye brush
- optional- shower cap
Banana not only soothes an itchy scalp and but it also can moisturize hair. Applying banana topically to hair can prevent breakage and split ends. For fine hair, banana creates volume and maintains natural elasticity of the hair.
Honey helps retain moisture and is also beneficial for healthy scalps. Olive oil serves as a de-tangler and frizz minimizer.
Combine the above ingredients together in a blender until a pureed consistency. Apply from top of head to tips of hair with dye brush. Leave on hair for at least 10 minutes. Option- cover with shower cap for deeper penetration.
The banana can stick to the hair shafts a bit, so you might need to add more oil depending on hair length, hair type (dry hair=more oil), possibly shampoo twice to remove any residual mask left over. Continue with usual shampoo, conditioner and styling. This mask can be applied once a week or once every few weeks.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.601