The Scoop on DIY Hair Masks; The Good & What to Avoid

All you have to do is research DIY hair masks on Pinterest and hundreds of recipes pop up. DIY hair masks can be awesome if you’re looking to treat your hair all while using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. But, not all recommended ingredients may be beneficial for your hair.

I decided to do some research on common DIY ingredients and if they’re actually beneficial to your hair. I also set out to find some amazing DIY recipes for you guys that I knew was going to be not only beneficial but also cost effective.

Coconut Oil


  • Moisturizing

  • Smooths/Softens

  • Can help dandruff

  • Adds shine

  • Aids protein loss

Coconut oil is known for its rich fatty acids and moisturizing benefits. It’s also been proven to help prevent protein loss. Oil in general has amazing moisturizing and smoothing/anti-frizz benefits so I can definitely say coconut oil does amazing things for your hair. My only concern is that coconut oil could be too much and too heavy for some hair types.

Coconut oil is an oil and oil has a tendency to weigh down hair that can’t handle it. Basically, coconut oil helps dehydrated, frizzy and damaged hair. If you don’t fall under these guidelines or don’t do well with oils in your hair then this may not be the best for you.

Egg and Egg Whites


  • Hair growth

  • Balances scalp/reduces oil

  • Rich in proteins, vitamins and nutrients

From my research, it shows that there is little scientific proof that applying egg to your hair can be beneficial. But, that being said, many sources claim for it to have amazing benefits due to its high sources of nutrients, vitamins and proteins.

In my opinion, I think eggs are more beneficial to eat versus apply to your hair due to the lack of scientific research. But, considering how many people rave over it, it can’t hurt to try.

Olive Oil


  • Moisturizes

  • Smooths

  • Aids dandruff

  • Adds shine

Olive oil, like coconut oil, has great moisturizing properties. Like eggs, there is little scientific proof behind the claims you may find on olive oil. So, with that being said and the fact that it is such a thick oil, I would pass on this one. I feel as though coconut oil would be far more beneficial and olive oil would be way too heavy for most hair types.



  • Aids texture

  • Adds shine

  • Rich in nutrients

  • They have antimicrobial properties to help aid dry, flaky scalp

  • Softens hair

  • Smooths hair

There’s a long list of benefits to using bananas on your hair which actually excites me! Not only is it insanely beneficial to eat, but it also is great in aiding your hair health. What an easy, yet effective ingredient to use in a DIY hair mask!



  • Hair growth

  • Seals moisture

  • Contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants

  • Promotes shine

  • Aids hair loss

  • Can help alleviate scalp conditions

  • Prevents damage

Like bananas, honey has a long list of benefits for your hair with it being high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Considering the research, I think it’s amazing to use on your hair. But, I wouldn't recommend applying it straight to your hair due to its sticky, thick properties. I would mix it with something instead.



  • Moisturizes

  • Adds shine

  • Nourish

  • Strengthen

  • Aid scalp health

  • Smooths

  • Aids breakage

Like coconut oil, avocado is rich in fatty acids. This makes it a great source of moisture, strength and shine. I would absolutely recommend using this in a DIY hair mask.

Lemon Juice


  • Can naturally lighten hair (although, I DO NOT recommend)

  • Aids scalp issues like dandruff

  • Adds shine

  • Balances PH of scalp

  • Reduce oil

I have used lemon juice before on my scalp to balance the PH and help rid my scalp of dandruff. Although it does work, you have to be VERY careful when using lemon juice. It must be rinsed within a quick period of time after applying it to your hair/scalp. I would say unless you’re struggling with dandruff, don’t use it.

Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Balances PH

  • Anti-inflammatory/prevents against fungal and bacteria growth

  • Contains nutrients

  • Hair growth/stimulates blood flow to the follicle

  • Clarifies and exfoliates

Apple cider vinegar is great for your hair in very different ways compared to the rest of the ingredients listed. In my opinion, it is best used for scalp health versus strand health as it is anti-inflammatory and balancing to the scalp's PH.

My Recommended DIY Recipes:

Honey & Coconut Oil

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of raw honey

Banana, Coconut & Honey

½ a banana

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of honey

Avocado, Honey, Egg Whites & Coconut Oil

2 egg whites

½ an avocado

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

2 tablespoons of honey

With that, I wish you happy masking! I hope you have the utmost fun DIY masking in your kitchen and if you do, send me a selfie!



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