What is it for
Hair masks are products capable of improving the appearance of the hair, making it softer and often shinier. Compared to the traditional conditioning conditioner, the mask is left on for longer, about twenty minutes and this allows the ingredients to act on the hair for a long time. Who has curly and frizzy hair it would do well to resort to hair masks often. By applying the pack once or twice a week, in fact, the hair will be more beautiful and easier to comb. If made with the right ingredients, the hair mask can also help relieve irritation of the scalp and improve some of its problems such as dandruff.
Why prepare it at home
There are many hair masks on the market, suitable for all types of hair and able to detangle and make even the most rebellious hair soft and shiny. Many of these are also of excellent quality and all guarantee safety. Why prepare one then diy mask for the hair? First of all because it is fun and allows us to experiment and learn new things. Preparing your own cosmetics at home then allows you to carefully choose the perfect ingredients for our needs, do good for the environment and save money, because we often use products already present in the kitchen. Let’s see what are the best ingredients to start with to prepare a curly hair mask.
What ingredients to choose
The ingredients to make perfect masks for curly hair are really many. One of these is coconut oil, a natural vegetable oil with an exotic scent and a solid texture. Coconut oil is an excellent emollient, able to soften the hair, detangle unruly curls and relieve irritation of the scalp. In addition to coconut oil, for curly hair they are also perfect olive oil and avocado oil both rich in fatty acids and active compounds beneficial for the skin and hair. Vegetable oils can be used alone, pure or even mixed with each other and with other ingredients. For example, bananas are often used in masks for curly hair, which helps reduce frizz, dehydration of the scalp and dandruff. To stimulate hair growth, eggs and honey, rich in vitamins and minerals, are excellent. Those who do not tolerate oil on their hair can instead resort to aloe vera gel, perfect for having defined curls as well as healthy, shiny and strong hair.
Preparing your own hair masks is simple It is funny. It is important to work in a clean environment and to use the mask immediately after preparation; since it does not contain preservatives, it would quickly spoil, so it is better to make a quantity sufficient for a single application and not keep it.
Coconut oil and honey
To make this recipe, simply heat equal parts honey and coconut oil in a double boiler. When the coconut oil is dissolved and the two ingredients are well blended, it is left to cool and the mixture is applied to the hair. After about twenty minutes, rinse with water and shampoo to remove residues.
Aloe and banana
Curly and frizzy hair can find great benefits from this mask. To prepare it, just mash a ripe banana with a fork and add two or three tablespoons of aloe gel. The mask is applied to the entire hair from the roots to the tips and left on for about twenty minutes, then rinse with water and shampoo, using a comb to remove any residues in the hair.
If your curly hair looks particularly dull, you can resort to a mask prepared with half a ripe pureed avocado. The mixture is then applied to all hair and left on for twenty minutes, then rinse with water, eliminating any residue well.
How and when to use it
The curly hair mask can be applied to the hair once or twice a week, using your hands, a comb or a stiff bristle brush like those used to dye your hair. Masks that contain oil should be applied to dry hair, while if they are free they can be used on dry, damp or wet hair. If you have a lot of hair, it is better to divide it first with clothespins and tongs to facilitate application. In any case, generally the mask is applied starting from the roots and then continuing on all lengths. After distributing the mask you typically wrap a towel over your head for avoid getting dirty, but be careful during the application phase not to damage the clothes: better to wear an old t-shirt that you don’t particularly care about, especially when using vegetable oil. As we have seen, the hair masks should be left on for about twenty minutes, but they can also be kept for about ten minutes longer. After the exposure time has elapsed, rinse with water or with water and shampoo.