Make your own hair mask

Your hair sometimes has to suffer a lot from sun, chemical processing or blow-drying, for example. Then it is wonderful to use a hair mask. There are options for all hair types. The hair can be greasy, dry or lifeless. Damaged hair can also get a huge boost from a nourishing mask. How can you easily make a hair mask yourself that will leave your hair in much better condition and looking shiny?

Determine the condition of your hair

Healthy hair is flexible, strong and has a shine. To determine if your hair is damaged, take a single hair and run your fingers against the grain. If it offers a lot of resistance, the cuticle layer is damaged. You cannot repair this because the cuticle layer consists of dead material. The only thing that lives on a hair is the hair papilla, at the very bottom of the root. But you can pamper the cuticle with protective products so that it feels and looks better.

Using a hair mask

You can take care of your hair with a ready-made hair mask from the store. But you can also easily make a mask yourself. A beauty concoction doesn’t work better if you leave it in the hair overnight. When wet, your hair is vulnerable and the risk of hair breaking while sleeping is therefore greater. The hotter the rinse water, the more care product you rinse out. Usually, the thicker the hair, the greasier the care product can be.

For oily hair

There is a mask to make for every type of hair. Some examples are given for each hair type. For example, you can make the following hair masks for oily hair:


Oily hair benefits greatly from a mask with rassoul (a type of clay). Add a cup of lukewarm water to a cup of rassoul and stir until you have a smooth mass. Add some lemon juice and possibly some water. You can also add a dash of oil or a few drops of essential oil. Massage this substance into your washed hair and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Then rinse it and wash it again with shampoo.


In some countries such as Tahiti, it is common for women to make a banana paste to combat an oily scalp. You can also use this if you suffer from oily hair. Mash a banana finely and let it work in your hair for fifteen minutes. Then rinse it off with shampoo.

Dry and damaged hair

Chemical treatment such as dyeing or frequent blow-drying can cause the hair to become dry and damaged. It loses its natural shine and the hair cuticles can be felt when you rub the hair with your fingers. Then it’s time for a nourishing hair mask.

Oil masks

You can use an oil mask every week that has a nourishing and soothing effect. You can use olive oil, sesame oil or any other oil you like for this. Indian and Mexican women use coconut oil, as do women in Tahiti who perfume it with sandalwood. There are Indian tribes where they keep their hair shiny black with jojoba oil. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes and then wash your hair with shampoo.


A few years ago in America, the use of mayonnaise as a hair mask was very popular. It is simple to make yourself. Take an egg yolk and put some drops of sunflower or olive oil in it. Mix it with a whisk until it becomes a mayonnaise-like consistency. You can add some avocado to it and put it in your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let the mask soak in for about twenty minutes. Then you can wash the hair with shampoo.


If your hair is regularly chemically processed by, for example, coloring, this hair mask is very suitable. The hair revives and shines again. Grate a large piece of ginger into fine pieces and add two to three tablespoons of coconut oil or another oil. Massage it all into your wet hair. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse well and wash with shampoo.

Static and lifeless hair

Especially in winter, the hair can be static. This makes it lifeless and difficult to style. You can also make a delicious hair mask for this, for example with henna.

Neutral henna

To give the hair more life, make a mask by mixing a cup of neutral henna with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of shea butter. Add some water until you have a nice smooth mass. Leave this mask on for about fifteen minutes. Rinse well and then wash your hair with shampoo.

Fine or damaged hair

Take two tablespoons of neutral henna and add enough warm water to it until a creamy mass is formed. Let the mixture sit for an hour. The colorless henna gives your hair an extra layer, giving it more volume. For an intensive hair mask you can make the following mask: add two tablespoons of almond oil, a tablespoon of avocado oil, half an avocado, an egg, some drops of vitamin E oil and a few drops of orange essential oil. Mix it into a whole and apply it to washed hair. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and wash it afterwards with a mild shampoo.

Moisture balance of the hair

Your hair naturally shines if the moisture balance is good and the cuticle layer is smooth. The smoother the cuticle layer, the better the (sun)light is reflected by the hair. This makes the hair shine. Tap water does not make the hair shiny, because the water in the Netherlands contains lime and makes the hair duller. If you want a hair mask to maintain the moisture balance, try a honey mask. Apply half a cup of honey to your hair and let it sit under a shower cap for about twenty minutes. Then rinse it and wash it with a gentle shampoo.

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