All-Natural DIY Hair Mask Recipes

A DIY hair mask is a great option for improving the look and texture of all hair types. If you’ve never tried one, I hope today’s post will encourage you to try one–or more!

What are Hair Masks?

Hair masks are a form of hair treatment in which ingredients are applied to hair, left to sit for 10-20 minutes, then rinsed out.

Similar to face masks, hair masks can be formulated to target specific issues (such as oiliness or dryness).

Hair masks are beneficial to all hair types, but ingredients should be carefully selected in order to achieve the desired result. For example, if you wish to add moisture to dry hair, you will choose ingredients such as oil or honey. If you are creating a homemade hair mask for oily hair, clay, apple cider vinegar, and even egg whites may be on the list. (We will discuss these in more detail below.)

Why choose a homemade hair mask?

While there are various store-bought hair masks available, I highly encourage you to try making your own in order to avoid the toxins found in many conventional hair care products.

By creating your own homemade hair mask, you will have more control over the ingredients, ensuring it is perfectly suited to your hair type, as well as save time and money. Most DIY hair masks are quick and easy to prepare and use ingredients you likely have on hand.

How to choose the right hair mask for your hair type

When it comes to deciding on a hair mask recipe, consider your most pressing concern.

Is your hair extremely damaged or seem to break easily? Choose a hair mask that strengthens hair (like the gelatin hair mask below).

If dryness is your greatest concern, choose a moisturizing mask, such as a hot oil hair mask.

If you are dealing with a lot of oiliness, try a clarifying mask, such as a clay mask or egg white mask.

Another important consideration is the amount of time you have on hand and what ingredients are available. While most homemade hair mask recipes are quick and easy to prepare, some are a little more involved than others.

Nourishing DIY Hair Mask Recipes for All Hair Types

The following two homemade hair masks are my favorite hair masks for most hair types. One is known for strengthening the hair, while the other is used to soften hair.

Gelatin Hair Mask for Damaged Hair

Homemade Clarifying Hair Masks for Oily Hair

Oily hair can benefit from a weekly hair mask to reduce excess oil and cleanse the scalp.

Egg White DIY Hair Mask

A DIY Egg white hair mask is super simple and inexpensive. This mask is best suited for oily hair as the enzymes in egg whites are thought to help cleanse the scalp and remove excess oil.

The egg white also contains protein which may contribute to smoother, stronger hair.

What You Will Need

  • 1-2 Egg whites (depending on hair length)
  • Shower Cap


Whisk egg whites until frothy.

Apply the egg white hair mask to damp hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse out with cool water (definitely not hot water unless you want scrambled eggs in your hair!)

Follow with shampoo and conditioner.

Note – for ease of having this type of mask at the ready anytime, you could buy these dehydrated egg whites and rehydrate them as needed!

Homemade Moisturising Hair Masks for Dry Hair

If your hair is dry, you know the feeling of needing a deep conditioning treatment. The following homemade hair masks are specially designed to bring extra moisture and repair to dry and damaged hair.

Rosemary Hot Oil DIY Hair Mask

This Rosemary Hot Oil mask is a great DIY hair mask for damaged hair. This is the most time consuming of the hair mask recipes because it requires time to create an oil infusion before use. You can speed up the process by using rosemary essential oil instead of herbs (instructions below).

Note on shampoo and conditioners–it’s best to use shampoos that don’t use harsh chemicals or leave toxic residues on your hair so that the benefits of your homemade hair mask can be more long-lasting.

As you can see, a homemade hair mask doesn’t require a lot of effort or time and are quite simple to prepare. Beneficial for all hair types, these hair mask recipes can be used on a weekly basis to improve the look and feel of your hair.

Which DIY Hair Mask will you try?


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