3 DIY Hair Masks & Maintenance for Smoother, Shinier Hair

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Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to start reversing all the damage caused by the sun, chlorine, sea salt – you name it.  Dry, dehydrated locks call for intensive care, but before you head to the salon and spend $100+ on a treatment, why not try an easy at-home repair and maintenance routine?  A few simple DIY hair masks combined with ultra-hydrating everyday hair care products can deliver amazing results while saving you both time and money in the process.

DIY all natural hair masks coconut oil, olive oil, banana, honey

DIY All-Natural Hair Masks

Weekly, or even bi-weekly hair masks can do wonders for your hair.  A great way to start is with an easy, all-natural DIY hair mask that uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen – like olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, honey, and bananas.  Each mask helps to re-hydrate and repair your strands, leaving them looking shiny, smooth, and healthy.  To start, let’s look over some of the key benefits of each ingredient when it comes to your hair and scalp health…

  • Bananas – Contain potassium, natural oils, and water.  Help moisturize hair and scalp, minimize breakage by restoring hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitate repair of damaged hair.
  • Coconut milk – Loaded with antioxidants and fats. Conditions your hair, boosts hair volume, and fortifies your hair with proteins and oils.
  • Coconut oil –  Contains Vitamin E and fatty acids, which helps moisturize your hair, encourage growth, add shine, and reduce keratin loss. Lauric acid gives it antibacterial and antifungal properties that help prevent dandruff.
  • Honey – A natural humectant, i.e. it helps hydrate your hair and lock in moisture. Also rich in zinc, iron, sulfur, and B vitamins to help promote healthy hair growth.
  • Olive oil – A rich, moisturizing oil that can help your hair look healthier, stronger and shinier.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Ingredients:
2 parts Coconut oil
1 part Olive oil (optional)

Mixing directions: Combine coconut and olive oil in a small bowl and mix them together, then continue with the steps below.

Olive Oil Hair Mask

Ingredients:
2 parts olive oil
1 part honey

Mixing directions: Heat the olive oil for about 10-20 seconds in the microwave before mixing it with the honey, then continue with the steps below.

Banana Hair Mask

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 part Coconut milk
1 part Coconut oil
1 part honey (optional)

Mixing directions: Blend banana in a blender for about 60 seconds until completely smooth (all chunks should be gone to prevent them from getting stuck in your hair).  Then add a few tablespoons of coconut milk, coconut oil, and honey and blend for few more seconds.  Then continue with the steps below.

Application Steps

Once your mask is mixed, start by applying the mixture to your scalp first. Make sure to thoroughly coat it, then massage in.

Bring the mask down through your hair to coat all the strands, and then spend a little extra time on the ends, where hair is typically the driest.

DIY all natural hair masks coconut oil, olive oil, banana, honey

Once you’re done, wrap your hair up in a bun and wait 15-30 minutes (or longer for a more intensive treatment).  For an overnight treatment, cover hair with a shower cap or towel.

Finally, rinse out the mask in the shower, and follow with shampoo to completely remove the mixtures.  (Masks with olive oil may take 1-2 extra shampoos. Also, make sure to focus a few minutes on each section of your hair – ends, back, scalp – to ensure everything is removed.)  Then finish off with conditioner!

hair care routine for smoother shiner hair


Weekly Maintenance

To keep your hair hydrated, strong, and looking its best in-between treatments, opt for hair care products that will help hydrate and repair, every time you wash.  Need some recommendations?  Why not try one of Suave’s new hair care collections – each is infused with the same natural, good-for-you ingredients used in the DIY masks, like coconut oil and coconut milk, so your hair can reap the benefits all week long.

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, conditioner, treatment

This fall, I’ve swapped out my current hair care products with the Coconut Oil Infusion system, which – yep, you guessed it – is infused with pure coconut oil.  In addition to the coconut oil, what drew me to this line in particular is that it’s salon proven to repair damage as well as Ojon’s Damage Reverse system (a long time favorite of mine, but certainly not the most budget-friendly!).  Similar to Ojon’s system, Suave’s Coconut Oil Infusion line is designed to turn dry, damaged hair into smoother, stronger, and healthier-looking locks.

I ended up picking up the entire system, including the Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner, and Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment. (At under $20 for all three products at Walmart, I couldn’t resist!)

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, conditioner, treatment

Now, I have pretty dry hair – my struggle with frizz and flyaways is real.  While the DIY hair masks help out immensely, the Coconut Oil Infusion system has been giving my hair that much needed hydration throughout the week.  After swapping out my current shampoo and conditioner with Suave’s, my hair has been getting back the shine, smoothness, and volume that was lost over the summer!

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, conditioner, treatment

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, conditioner, treatment

The last step is to apply the Damage Repair Oil Treatment.  This treatment adds the final touches by taming frizzes and flyaways and adding an extra dose of shine.  Unlike other oil treatments I’ve tried, my hair just soaks this guy up and never leaves my hair feeling weighed down or oily – just weightless, smooth, and shiny.

hair care routine for smoother shiner hair


Wrap-Up

So that’s all there is to it!  For a super easy and budget-friendly way to repair and revive our hair, simply incorporate 2-3 hair masks into your hair care routine each month.  Then, to keep those locks looking their best all week long, swap out your shampoo and conditioner with ultra-hydrating, repairing hair care, like Suave’s Coconut Oil Infusion system.  Finally, top it off with the oil treatment to keep your hair silky smooth, especially as we transition into the drier months of the year!

Ready to upgrade your hair care maintenance routine? Visit your local Walmart to try out all of the new 2016 Suave Professionals collections: Coconut Oil Infusion, Coconut Milk Infusion and Biotin Infusion, while supplies last.


Do you make any of your own hair masks at home? What are some ways you change up your hair care routine for the fall/winter?  Let me know in the comments!

 

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  • I feel like I would love that damage repair serum. My hair has been highlighted so many times, it’s super dry lol I can’t wait to try those DIY hair masks. I think I have all the ingredients already which is great!

  • I think I visited your blog at the right time. I tend to dye my hair at home (mainly for cost reasons), but I also have dry/damaged hair at the ends because my hair is so fine/thin… it’s hard to keep healthy. How often do you recommend I do a hair mask like this to keep the ends hydrated?

    • I have the same problem! My hair is also very fine, and gets super dry, especially in the fall and winter.

      For the hair masks, I’d recommend doing them twice a month, letting the mask sit and absorb for a good 20-30 minutes each time. If your hair really needs some extra attention, I’d start out doing them once a week, eventually winding them down to every other week once your hair recovers. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Oh that serum sounds pretty darn sweet. I wish we had Suave here in Canada.

  • Ursula Ball

    I love Coconut Oil and Olive Oil recipes…I need to experiment more with honey in my hair!!! Great DIY!! 🙂

    Ursula

    http://www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

    • Honey is definitely a tricky (and sometimes scary!) ingredient to work with, but if you mix it with thinner oils, it definitely makes it easier to apply and also rinse out!