I love being able to make my own beauty products using natural ingredients straight from the kitchen! My curls can be quite a handful and so I’m always on the lookout for treatments which can help repair, thicken and grow my hair.
My hair profile is curly, dry, coloured, frizzy and slow to grow. Having curly hair I tend to use a lot of styling products which can cause congestion. Usually, I follow with a cleansing shampoo which overtime can strip my hair of texture. Therefore, I try to make sure I give my head some much needed TLC on a monthly basis.
I spotted a hair mask on the Organic Burst Instagram account last year featuring spirulina and have been using it ever since. It’s a hair mask you can make at home, DIY style. The ingredients are vegan, from coconut oil, to banana to apple cider vinegar. The homemade mask is to be applied before you shower, to dry, dirty hair. I would advise leaving it on for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
I adapt the hair mask from time to time, either adding castor oil, or extra virgin olive oil from my hair’s mid-length to ends for extra conditioning.
Here’s how to make a banana, coconut oil and spirulina hair mask at home…
Natural Hair Mask Ingredients & Recipe
1 Small Banana – mashed
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons
Coconut Oil – 1 to 2 tablespoons
Spirulina Powder – 2 teaspoons
- Mix altogether.
- Dampen hair with water and apply mixture initially to roots, massaging mixture into your scalp, and then work your way through the lengths.
Optional: follow with Castor Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, applying to mid-lengths through to ends.
- Wrap hair up with a clip, towel or cling film.
- Leave mixture in for as long as 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- Rinse out and shampoo twice to cleanse hair thoroughly.
- Dry and style as normal.
Hair Mask Results
After each application the hair mask leaves my hair nourished and healthy looking. It thickens my curly hair, giving it great texture. My formerly dry hair is hydrated and strengthened and given a new lease of life. Moreover, my scalp feels clean and refreshed.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil promotes scalp health and at the same time stimulates hair growth. It is rich in lauric acid and can therefore help reduce protein loss in damaged hair. It’s also great for moisture retention and deep conditioning.
Benefits of Banana
Banana is rich in potassium and magnesium. It moisturises your scalp and can help soften hair as well as maintain elasticity.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties helps remove build-up of hair product residue and can relieve itchy and dry scalps. It can also balance the pH level of your scalp.
Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil is used as a natural remedy to treat hair loss. It’s high in vitamin E and contains essential unsaturated fatty acids (including omega 6 and 9) which stimulate blood circulation and aid hair growth. Additionally, it’s protein-rich which aids hair health and can make your hair noticeably longer and thicker.
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is source of protein, iron and B vitamins including B12 and folate, which when fed into the hair can promote hair health and growth.