DIY Hair Masks That Bring Dull, Dry Strands Back To Life

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The women in India are known for their lustrous, long locks. In ancient times, powdered herbs were used to wash the hair, but, these days, shampoos typically have sodium and lauryl sulfates that will only dry out and strip the hair follicles. Ayurvedic brands often incorporate stimulating herbs into their formulas, though, so I use those, and I try to leave either coconut or jojoba oil in my hair for several hours (or even sleep with it in) to keep moisture locked into the shafts.

Of course, including certain foods in your diet can also help keep your hair healthy. I love avocados, coconut meat, aloe juice, nettle tea, fresh juices, buttermilk, yogurt, and nuts. The fatty acids, zinc, and sulfur in nuts also help with hair growth, and I always soak them overnight in water so they're easier to digest. Other tricks I like to use before washing my hair:

  • Brushing the hair thoroughly
  • Rubbing warmed oil (coconut or sesame) on the scalp
  • Applying oil to the crown, working downward and outward with the fingertips, and massaging the scalp
  • Using fingertips (with oil on them) to rub the head and run through the strands of hair

But what I really love using are DIY hair masks. These two are my favorites and help solve common hair problems to give you stronger, healthier hair.

If you have thin hair:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Combine banana and honey. Blend really well and apply all over the hair, then cover with a shower cap or towel. Leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse before following your typical shampoo and condition routine.

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If you have weak strands:

  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon amla powder
  • ½ teaspoon bhringraj powder
  • hibiscus flowers (soaked overnight)
  • warm water
  • warm coconut oil

After your fenugreek seeds and hibiscus flowers have soaked overnight, soak the dried powders in the morning. Mix powders together, slowly adding warm water until a paste is formed. In a food processor, grind the soaked seeds and leaves until a fine paste-like consistency is achieved. Combine the dried powder paste with the seed paste. Add warm coconut oil to the paste and mix well.

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Shiva Rose

Founder of The Local Rose
Shiva Rose is an actress, writer, activist, and blogger for her website The Local Rose. She lives near the Santa Monica mountains with her two daughters, nestled by a creek with their organic garden, rabbits, bees, chickens, cat Fig, and dog Luna. Her nontoxic, natural beauty line combines Kundalini elements with fresh-harvested ingredients. She's just written a book that includes her favorite Kundalini practices as well as daily rituals, Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty and Wellness on sale now.
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