Girls with curly hair understand the struggle – your hair is hard to manage, easy to damage, gets dry faster than straight hair, and never seems to do what you want it to do.

Your bathroom and shower are packed with special products for curly hair. And you’ve spent so much money and time trying to find the perfect products to keep your curls looking fabulous, that you could have spent the money putting two kids through college.

And now, sick of commercially-available solutions, you’ve decided to take matters into your own hands: creating your own homemade hair masks for your curly hair. Well in this article, we’re going to show you how to make a hair mask for curly hair that will leave your locks looking shiny and healthy – without breaking the bank.

Understanding the structure of curly hair

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to make your own hair mask, let’s take a moment to understand what makes curly hair so much harder to manage.

You can skip this section if you’re not interested in the science. But we recommend reading through it anyway, as it will help you understand your hair on a deeper level (and thus be able to care for it more effectively!).

The uniqueness of curly hair

The uniqueness of curly hair

Get ready nerds, because we’re about to take a deep dive into the structure of curly hair.

The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair shaft, which is made up of overlapping cells that protect the inner cortex. The cortex is the second layer of the hair shaft, and it’s made up of long, coiled proteins called keratin.

The medulla is the innermost layer of the hair shaft, and it’s made up of spongy, loose cells. It’s not always present in every strand of hair, and it doesn’t play a role in the strength or structure of the hair.

The three layers of the hair shaft are held together by tiny molecules of water. When your hair is healthy, these water molecules bind the cuticle, cortex, and medulla together tightly. But when your hair is damaged, the water molecules can escape, causing the cuticle to lift and the cortex to become exposed.

And wouldn’t you know it, curly hair is likely to be dry hair for this very reason!

This is why curly hair is more susceptible to tangles, frizz, and breakage. The water molecules have escaped, so the inner structure of the hair is no longer held together tightly. In that case, you can try using some hair oils for curly hair for an extra boost of hydration.

Benefits of using a hair mask for curly hair

Benefits of using a hair mask for curly hair

Now that we understand why having curls is more likely to result in having damaged hair, let’s talk about how a hair mask can help.

First of all, a good hair mask will help to deeply condition your hair, giving it the moisture it so desperately needs. If curly hair is more likely to be dry, and dryness leads to damage, then we need to fix the dryness.

In addition, special ingredients in a homemade hair mask can also:

  • Repair damage
  • Strengthen your hair
  • Stimulate growth
  • Add shine
  • Make your hair more manageable
  • Prevent split ends

Just remember to apply a hair mask to damp hair, as it will help with absorption.

Best ingredients to use in curly hair masks

We’re getting closer to the recipes! But instead of just spoon-feeding you a few recipes and sending you on your way, let’s look at some specific ingredients and why they’re good to add to DIY hair masks for curly hair.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

This ingredient is becoming more and more popular in hair care products, and for good reason. Apple cider vinegar is packed with vitamins and nutrients that can strengthen your hair, add shine, and prevent breakage.

It’s also a great way to remove product build-up from your scalp and hair, which can weigh down your curls and make them look greasy.

Not only that, but ACV contains huge amounts of probiotics that help to nourish your scalp’s natural biome, making it inhospitable to bad microbiota (fewer infections, cleaner scalp, both lead to increased hair growth and improved hair health).

Eggs

Eggs

Another common ingredient in hair masks, eggs are rich in protein and fat, both of which can help to nourish your hair and make it stronger.

They also contain biotin, which is a water-soluble vitamin that helps to prevent dryness and breakage. The egg white is also a great source of protein, while the egg yolk is rich in essential fatty acids that can moisturize the hair shaft and cuticles.

Also, if you allow the egg white to dry while it’s on your scalp, it will attach to the dead skin cells. So when you remove it, you’ll also get the benefits of exfoliating your scalp.

Honey

Honey

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it helps to retain moisture. This makes it a great ingredient to add to hair masks for curly hair, as it will help to keep your strands hydrated and prevent them from drying out.

In addition, organic honey is also packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties that can help to improve the health of your scalp.

Many people are wary of using honey in their at-home hair masks because of its thick consistency. But don’t worry – to make a honey mask, all you have to do is mix it with a few other ingredients on this list. It works especially well with shea butter.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Like honey, coconut oil is a natural humectant that can help to lock in moisture and prevent your hair from drying out.

But coconut oil also contains medium-chain fatty acids, which have been shown to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen your hair from the inside out.

This makes coconut oil an excellent choice if you’re looking to repair damage or prevent breakage.

Avocado

Avocado

This delicious ingredient is another great option for dry, damaged hair. Avocados are packed with healthy fats that can help to moisturize and protect your hair.

They also contain vitamins A, D, and E, which can further nourish your strands and make them stronger.

The only downside of using avocado for your hair is that it’s a little hard to work with. You have to mash it up, it’s big and chunky, and is slightly more expensive than other ingredients.

Banana

Banana

Bananas are a great fruit to use in hair masks for curly hair. They contain vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium and natural oils that can help to hydrate and condition your curls.

Plus, the mushy texture of bananas makes them easy to apply to your hair and ensures that they’ll stay put while you relax!

Some people don’t like the smell of bananas (like this author), but if you’re not one of them, then you should be fine!

Extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil

Wow, how did we get this far in the list without mentioning olive oil? This kitchen staple is another great choice for a hair mask, as it contains oleic acid that can help to moisturize and repair the damage.

It’s also packed with antioxidants that can protect your hair from environmental damage, as well as vitamins A and E that can further nourish your strands.

Now that we’ve looked at some of the best ingredients to use in curly hair masks, let’s get to the recipes!

Essential oils

Essential oils

When creating any sort of homemade DIY hair care, it’s always a good idea to use essential oils. These oils provide targeted effects that can help improve the health of your hair in a number of ways.

For example, lavender oil is great for promoting hair growth, while rosemary oil can help to prevent dandruff and dry scalp.

And peppermint oil is invigorating and refreshing, making it a great choice for those who prefer an uplifting scent. It’s also been shown to stimulate hair growth, as per a study that compared it to minoxidil, the active ingredient in hair regrowth products like Rogaine.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice

Did you know that lemon juice is also good for curly hair? This citrus fruit contains citric acid, which can help to exfoliate the scalp and remove build-up.

Lemon juice is also a natural astringent, meaning that it can help to tighten the hair follicles and promote growth. This works especially well if you have oily hair. You can just put some in a spray bottle and spray it on (instead of trying to pour it onto your scalp).

Just be sure to use fresh lemon juice, as the bottled stuff tends to have preservatives and loses some of its effects.

Castor oil

Castor oil

Last but not least, castor oil is a great choice for a hair mask. This oil is rich in fatty acids that can nourish and moisturize the hair shaft.

It’s also known to promote hair growth and can help to prevent damage and breakage. That said, there is no official scientific evidence that castor oil helps with hair fall. However, there are countless anecdotal reports on the internet of it regrowing hair.

Worth a try if your curly hair is extremely damaged and thin. Just be sure to put on a shower cap when you apply it, as it’s super sticky and will get everywhere if you’re not careful.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt

Another common ingredient in hair masks for curly hair is Greek yogurt. This dairy product contains lactic acid, which can help to exfoliate the scalp and remove build-up.

It’s also packed with protein and nutrients that can nourish and strengthen your hair. Just be sure to use plain Greek yogurt, as the flavored kinds tend to have added sugar and other ingredients that can be harmful to your hair.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a great choice for a hair mask, as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help to improve scalp health.

It can also help to unclog hair follicles and promote growth. Just be sure to use a few drops of tea tree oil, as too much can irritate the scalp.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is another great choice for a hair mask, as it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that can nourish and moisturize your hair.

Coconut milk works especially well for people who dislike the oily consistency of coconut oil. You still get the hair-healthy benefits of using coconut, but without the oil.

It can also help to prevent damage and breakage. Just be sure to use full-fat coconut milk, as the low-fat kind doesn’t contain as many nutrients.

DIY hair mask recipes for curly hair

Okay, now let’s get to the good stuff: the recipes!

Egg hair mask

Egg hair mask

This protein-rich mask is perfect for repairing damage and preventing breakage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your damp, clean hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it out with cool water and shampoo and condition as usual.

Avocado and banana hair mask

Avocado and banana hair mask

This creamy mask is perfect for people with dry, damaged, or brittle hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Mash together the avocado and banana in a bowl.
  2. Stir in olive oil or coconut oil until everything is well combined.
  3. Apply the mixture to your damp, clean hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it out with cool water and shampoo and condition as usual.

Yogurt hair mask

Yogurt hair mask

This mask is perfect for people with an itchy, dry scalp.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your damp, clean hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it out with cool water and shampoo and condition as usual.

Coconut oil hair mask

Coconut Oil And Lemon Juice For Hair Growth And Conditioning

This mask is perfect for people with dandruff or an oily scalp.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your damp, clean hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it out with cool water and shampoo and condition as usual.

Olive oil hair mask

This mask is perfect for people with dry, frizzy, or damaged hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your damp, clean hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it out with cool water and shampoo and condition as usual.

Final Thoughts

There are many different hair masks out there that can benefit people with curly hair. By using natural ingredients, you can give your hair the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and bouncy. Try one of these recipes today and see the difference for yourself!

What is your favorite DIY hair mask recipe? Share it in the comments below!

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