By Terez Howard

What does a natural hair mask do?  Give you smooth, soft, healthy, natural hair.  It coats the hair with a mask that penetrates the hair shaft and goes deep to repair dryness, damage and flakes. You can do this type of hair treatment every month or twice a month.

Using essential oils and carrier oils, like olive oil, in your natural hair mask gives your hair even more of the nutrients it needs.  You can also use ingredients you would find in your very own kitchen, like avocado, mayo, honey and yogurt.  These foods might seem ordinary, but they will make your hair look and feel extraordinary.

What are some moisturizing natural hair mask recipes?

Avocado Natural Hair Mask

  • 1/2 of mashed avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Apply liberally to hair and scalp.
  3. Leave on for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm or cool water.
  5. Style as usual.

Protein Natural Hair Mask (from locksandknots blog)

The following hair treatment includes ingredients which are rich in protein, specifically eggs.  Protein halts breakage and rebuilds the hair’s structure.  Healthy, natural hair only needs a protein treatment once per month, while damaged hair could stand it a few times per month.  If you do a protein hair treatment too frequently, it has the reverse effect.  It penetrates the hair shaft and infuses your hair with too much protein, making it prone to brittleness and breakage.

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs for shoulder length hair, and 1 egg for shorter hair
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  1. Mix everything, except for the eggs.
  2. Add the eggs next and whip the ingredients until smooth and frothy.
  3. Separate your natural hair into four to six sections, depending on length.
  4. Apply the natural hair mask, one section at a time, until your natural hair is completely and evenly saturated with the mixture.
  5. Wrap your hair in plastic.
  6. Let the mixture sit for 5 hours or overnight.
  7. Rinse.
  8. You may wash your natural hair at this time or style.

Repairing Natural Hair Mask

This natural hair mask actually can be done once per week without causing damage to your natural hair.  It’s an exception to the general rule.  Yogurt, an ingredient in this hair treatment, serves as a gentle cleansing agent which will help to clear your pores and lift dirt and grime.

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 Vitamin E gel caplets
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Pierce the caplets and mix them with the honey.
  2. Add the other ingredients and mix.
  3. Apply the natural hair mask to your hair evenly.
  4. Leave on for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse.

How about an anti-dandruff natural hair mask remedy?

Olive oil is an effective way to get rid of dandruff and flakes in natural hair.  It contains Vitamin E and other essential vitamins which strengthen natural hair.  It moisturizes the scalp, and when directly applied to severely flaky spots, it allows large pieces, rather than little annoying flakes, to lift off, curing your head of dandruff for good.

Effective Anti-Dandruff Hair Mask

  •  2 egg yolks (beaten well)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  1. Mix ingredients well.
  2. Apply to hair.
  3. Leave the natural hair mask on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse.

Anti-Dandruff Oil Treatment (from salonmemo.com)

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • A few drops of tea tree oil
  1. Coat the scalp and ends with this mixture.
  2. Cover your hair with a plastic cap, and leave the natural hair treatment on for 15 minutes.
  3. Wash and rinse as usual.

This natural hair mask can be applied bi-weekly.

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