Beauty products filled with harsh additives line store shelves. The ingredients that you can hardly pronounce can not only be damaging to your skin and hair, but they can also hurt the environment. (Did you know microbeads – found in face wash, toothpaste, and deodorants – were banned by President Obama in 2015 because of their environmental dangers?) But, to get healthy hair, you don’t need a trip to the salon or a product filled with harmful ingredients, just head to your kitchen.
Salvage your dry, damaged hair with these moisturizing DIY vegan hair masks, and protect the earth while you’re at it.
Avocado, Banana, and Olive Oil Mask
Use that leftover avocado for more than guacamole. It’s loaded with vitamins, healthy fats, and natural oils that will lock moisture into your hair. Bananas are also high in natural oils, potassium, and other properties that help heal dry hair and return shine and elasticity back to your strands. Olive oil on its own is a great moisturizer, but mixing it with avocado and banana just boosts its rejuvenating powers.
When the avocado and banana are ripe, mash both in a bowl and mix in a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair in sections, working from the roots to ends. Cover hair with a shower cap and let sit for half an hour. Rinse with warm water.
Natural plant-based oils like olive oil are best for restoring moisture to your skin and hair. Olive oil and coconut oil both return luster to hair through fatty acids and essential nutrients. As a bonus, the antioxidants in olive oil help promote a healthy scalp.
To treat hair with olive oil, simply massage 1-3 tablespoons (depending on hair length and thickness) into your hair, concentrating on the roots for blood flow stimulation and the tips to help moisturize split ends. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Agave Syrup, Olive Oil, and Avocado Mask
Summer is the perfect time for this vegan hair mask – especially after long days under the sun. The agave syrup locks moisture into your strands, and avocado oil aids in preventing breakage, minimizing dandruff and smoothing hair. Olive oil keeps your hair shiny, like you’ve just spent the afternoon in the salon.
Mash an overripe avocado in a bowl and mix in ¼ cup of agave syrup with two tablespoons of olive oil. Massage the mask into damp hair, working through hair in sections, and leave on for half an hour. Rinse hair clean with warm water and repeat the treatment once every two weeks.
Avocado, Almond Milk, And Olive Oil Mask
Mixing almond milk and avocado with olive oil delivers zinc, potassium, vitamins A and E, magnesium and other fatty acids to hair, nourishing hair from roots to ends.
Mash half of a ripe avocado in a bowl, add three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of almond milk. Whip the mixture, adding small bits of avocado if it seems too thin. Apply the mask to hair, concentrating on the roots and distributing evenly through to the tips. After 30 minutes, rinse the mask with warm water.
Feel free to use these natural, vegan hair treatments once a week, and use a nourishing oil in between treatments to keep the moisture and sheen locked in.