Voluminous, silky smooth and commercial-perfect hair is every girl’s dream, but achieving it takes a lot of effort, care and love. Only shampooing and washing your hair daily, is not enough, not especially with some of the harsher ingredients in your hair products. At Auraat, we like to put a focus on natural and healthy products for your body and your hair. Let’s be honest DIYs are not only a healthy alternative, but they are cheap and readily available in your kitchen.
Even though I’ve tried lots of DIY recipes (and I MEAN LOTS!), I’d like to put it out there that all the products might not be suitable for your hair. However, the best part about these DIY recipes is that they’re harmless and fun to try out!
Believe it or not, many of these DIY recipes for healthy hair comes from your local desi aunties. These recipes have been in their families for generations and have been passed down from mothers to daughters, and so on. Now, have I ever tried out any of these DIY Deep conditioner hair masks? Yes, I have, and the reason is that I genuinely have very frizzy, brittle, and thin hair, which is why my hair loves the extra loving I give it every weekend and it shows. And, honey, if it’s something edible and categorized in the dairy and produce aisle of the grocery store, I’ve probably already smeared it liberally on my head. And I liked it too!
I’ve rounded out some of these very popular, DIY hair masks for different hair types. Give them a try tonight or the weekend, and I’m sure your hair will love you for it!
- Best Leave-in Conditioner For Natural Hair, Especially for My Frizzy Haired Lovelies
- Best DIY Hair Mask For Damaged Hair
- Best DIY Deep Conditioner Hair Mask For Shine & Silkiness
- Best DIY Hair Mask For Dandruff & Itchy Scalp
- Best DIY Hair Conditioner For Greasy & Oily Hair
- Best DIY Hydrating Hair Mask
- Homemade Natural Hair Moisturizer
Best Leave-in Conditioner For Natural Hair, Especially for My Frizzy Haired Lovelies
This one’s my mom’s personal favourite, especially for dry and frizzy hair. Whenever my mum visits, she runs her hand through my tresses (not really, they’re frizzy and very prone to breakage) and runs through my kitchen pantry and medicinal cabinet to whip this up, to slather it on my scalp and leave it on.
Ingredients – 4 Tablespoons of coconut milk
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon rose water
1 Vitamin E capsule
Add all these ingredients to a bowl and give it a good stir. If you have a friend, roommate, sister or any woman in your vicinity, rope her in and double up the quantity the DIY conditioner. And massage the concoction onto each other’s scalp. My mum likes to really rub and massage it into the scalp before slathering the rest of the conditioner onto my hair. Cover it up with a shower cap and give it 25 minutes to create its magic before washing off the conditioner, like you usually would when you wash your hair and don’t forget to shampoo.
Best DIY Hair Mask For Damaged Hair
If you have damaged hair, be it from styling your hair a lot or due to color damage, this DIY hair mask is a must for you. I remember a time, not too long ago when I had a hair color phase and would redo my streaks every 2 months. My hair colorist (at the time) recommended this very simple and easy to use DIY hair mask cause my hair would damage a lot from the chemicals used. According to her, this was the best hair mask out there if you have colored hair, split ends, dull hair or damaged hair from exposure to sunlight and chlorine from pools. Plus, if you’ve got a ripe banana lying around, why not try this out? Besides, they make for awesome hair masks and a great morning banana diet plan.
Ingredients – 2 ripe bananas
4 tablespoons of olive oil
I like to smash up the ripe bananas with a fork and add 4 tablespoons of olive in a bowl and give it a good stir. Or if you’d rather, you could always grind this up using a blender. Massage the mask into your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. You can cover it up with a shower cap, before rinsing it off.
Best DIY Deep Conditioner Hair Mask For Shine & Silkiness
So, this recipe I stumbled across from an article on Cosmo. But let me tell you ladies, I love this DIY deep conditioner for hair! In absolute love. According to the nutrition facts for avocado, its hydrating properties and fatty acids, this hair mask is bound to give your dull, wavy, straight or curly hair the shine and moisture it deserves. Even the moisturizing properties of honey will give your hair that bounce and shiny look. You need minimum ingredients for this hair mask, which is why I absolutely love it!
Ingredients – Half a ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons of coconut milk
You could always smash all the ingredients together and mix it up with a fork. Or simply blend them all together and massage the concoction into your scalp. Cover it up with a shower cap and let it rest for 25 minutes before rinsing it off.
Best DIY Hair Mask For Dandruff & Itchy Scalp
You’ve probably seen the Head & Shoulders commercials. Honestly, flaky and dandruff-y scalp does show, and it’s not a cute look. For all my ladies (and gents) out there who are looking to get rid of those unsightly flakes and the itchiness that comes with dandruff, this DIY is a must-have in your books. The acidity in apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial which kills the fungus that dandruff comes from, and it gives volume and shine to your tresses. And apple juice and cinnamon helps with hair.
Ingredients – Half a cup of water
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Half a cup of apple juice (freshly squeezed, no concentrate)
2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
Add all the ingredients into a spray bottle and give it a good mix. You can use this DIY recipe once a week and spray it onto your scalp and hair after your normal hair wash routine and simply rinse it out with water in the end. This dandruff killer works miracles, give it a try, you’ll love it!
Best DIY Hair Conditioner For Greasy & Oily Hair
Aloe veras are awesome. They’re great for weight loss and also for oily greasy hair. Not only is aloe vera a hydrator, but it helps get rid of the grease, and it keeps the dirt and dandruff away as well. In some countries, aloe vera has also been substituted as medicine for PCOS, that’s how great its benefits are. When you combine aloe vera with lemon juice and honey, you get a powerful & formidable trio of dirt, oil and grease-fighting DIY hair mask. Honey are naturally antimicrobial, and lemon juice is acidic and will help keep away the dirt and grease. Give this a whirl, and you’ll love it. I use this myself every other week when I don’t use the deep leave-in conditioner for frizzy hair (your girl’s hair is brittle & weak; need a little love & prayers from you guys).
Ingredients – 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
The best thing about this DIY deep conditioner for natural hair is that the ingredients are readily available. You could get some fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf by scraping the inside of the leaf and extracting the gel with a spoon. Blend the gel in a blender, and you’ll get the liquid gel. Or you could always go for the store-bought aloe vera gel. Either way, it’s not an issue. Mix up the ingredients really good before applying the mask onto your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Try on this mask once a week to get shiny, and oil, grease & dirt-free hair. Your welcome.
Best DIY Hydrating Hair Mask
I’m pretty sure this is one of those hair masks desi aunties everywhere love. My mum loves it, and she’s made me and my sisters fall in love with it as well. The ingredients are very easily available and cheap. Hell, just search your fridge, you’re definitely stocked up on it. This is one of those miracle hair masks that works wonder on dried, frizzy hair as well, and honey, the volume and shine you get out of this one, is to die for. The fats from the yogurt will moisturize your hair and keep it clean (none of that greasy, oily feeling, I promise) and the honey will leave your hair & scalp, seal in the moisture and reduce breakage & split ends.
Ingredients – 2 tablespoons of yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
Add the ingredients to a bowl and give it a good mix before massaging it into your scalp and hair. Work your way from the scalp to the ends of your hair. Leave on this DIY deep conditioner hair mask for 25 to 30 minutes, before washing it off normal. With this awesome hair mask, you don’t need to use your hair conditioner but if you do, just use a minimal amount of it at the ends of your hair. Try this once and week. And if you have longer and more voluminous hair, double up the amount and enjoy your shinier, happier and healthier hair!
Homemade Natural Hair Moisturizer
This one is my mum’s favourite, and she insisted (demanded) I add this into my list of some awesome DIY deep conditioners for natural hair list. And to be quite honest, this is one of my favorites as well. I think it’s the first hair mask my mum’s ever tried out on me, and I used to wait for the weekends, just so she’d put it on. Always gave shinier, bouncy and silky smooth results. Hell, my sister still swears by it and I bet all my local desi aunties will stick right by it as well. This DIY hair mask /moisturizer uses two main ingredients: mayonnaise and eggs. Believe it or not, they make for a powerful combination when used on hair, and it’s perfect for almost every hair type. Mayonnaise is an excellent moisturizer, and it gives your hair shine and bounce. Plus the egg acts as a wonderful moisture sealant and the yolk, although fatty in nature, helps keep on the grease and dirt. If you have dry or coarse hair, feel free to add in a little olive or coconut oil.
Ingredients – 5 tablespoons of mayonnaise
If required, 1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil
Mix up all the ingredients by hand using a whisk (avoid blenders as the mixture can get too liquidy and won’t stick to your hair). If you have dry and coarse hair, add a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. Dip your hands into the hair mask and just rub it from your scalp and move down to the ends of your hair. Apply the mask liberally to scalp and hair and leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes. Cover your head with the shower cap in the meantime, and when it’s time, you can wash it off with a shampoo. I get that eggs usually leave a weird smell behind, but if you give your hair a good wash with your shampoo, you should be good to go. Apply this amazing natural hair moisturizer, and you will love the results.
All the ingredients, since natural, work beautifully on almost every hair type. Give these DIY hair masks and conditioners a try and let us know about your hair experience down in the comments below. Know any desi aunty DIY recipes that you’ve probably heard of or tried? Let us know and share your knowledge.
Good luck with these DIYs & Stay Safe and Healthy!