Ageing, polluted air, polluted water, lack of nutrition, neglect etc. - there are so many reasons why our hair ends up looking dull, brittle and lifeless.

 Whether it is sun damage during summers or the chilling winter winds that make your hair frizzy during winters, your hair goes through a lot and it's time for you to step back and take care of it by deeply conditioning them.

Hairs are fragile and delicate. They need to be treated with love and care. 

Deep Conditioning your hair is really the best way to pamper your hair and make it smooth, silky and beautiful.

But not everyone has the time or money to take routine trips to the salon. Don't worry! You can just DIY your own deep conditioning hair mask at your home!

So get ready to shower your hair with some tender love and care, without worrying about shelling out notes after notes from your wallet!

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12 DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Masks

Homemade deep conditioning hair masks might take a little longer time to show results as compared to store-bought or salon treatments. However, if you're patient enough, they give you similar results.

On the plus side, homemade deep conditioning hair masks are completely safe, organic and chemical-free. 

These masks are so easy to make and can be whipped up using common pantry items.      

1. Avocado And Castor Oil


Avocados contain the highest amount of proteins among all fruits. Avocados are also rich in amino acids, fatty acids, Vitamin E, potassium and antioxidants. 

Avocados work at the cellular level to nourish, repair and protect the hair from environmental damage.

Castor Oil contains vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acids and other essential nutrients that not only strengthens hair roots but also nourishes the scalp and aids in blood circulation.

How To Make

Blend avocado slices, add the required amount of castor oil and mix well to form a smooth consistency.

You can add an egg or a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you want.

Let the paste sit for 5 minutes. Mix once and apply it on your hair. Rinse off after 30 minutes.

2. Banana And Olive Oil


Bananas are excellent for conditioning the hair. Bananas are rich in antioxidants, natural oils, vitamins, potassium and carbohydrates. Bananas improve the hair elasticity, moisturize the scalp and control dandruff.

Olive Oil makes the hair shaft stronger, promotes hair growth, repairs hair damage and makes the hair soft. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats.

How To Make

Mash a ripe banana, add the required amount of olive oil and mix well to form a smooth paste. You can add a little honey to make the mask richer.

Let the paste sit for 5 minutes. Mix once and apply it on your hair. Rinse off after 40 minutes.

3. Coconut Oil & Coconut Milk


Coconut oil strengthens the hair follicles, treats itchy scalp, promotes hair growth and nourishes the hair. Coconut oil is full of healthy saturated fatty acids.

Coconut milk contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. It also has iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, calcium etc. It is an excellent conditioner.

How To Make

Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and coconut milk. Add an egg or a banana if you want. Mix well and apply the formula on your hair. Rinse off after 40 minutes.

4. Papaya, Yogurt And Almond Oil


The vitamin A in papaya promotes sebum production which nourishes and strengthens the hair. Papaya's folic acid improves blood circulation in the scalp. Papaya also treats dandruff and hydrates the hair.

Yoghurt contains lactic acid which cleanses the scalp. It is full of proteins that strengthen the hair. It also has amazing smoothening properties.

Almond oil is antioxidant-rich. It contains vitamin A, E, zinc, potassium, magnesium and proteins. It has emollient properties.

How To Make

Mash a ripe papaya, add an equal amount of yoghurt and a little bit of almond oil. 

Let the paste sit for 5 minutes. Mix once and apply it on your hair. Rinse off after 30 minutes.

5. Egg & Coconut Oil


Egg yolks are natural moisturizers that are rich in fats and proteins, while egg white contains bacteria-eating enzymes that removes unwanted oils.

Coconut oil penetrates deep in the scalp and conditions the hair from within. When applied before washing, coconut oil prevents protein loss from the hair to a great extent.

How To Make

Carefully break an egg, add coconut oil and whip up a smooth paste. You can add a banana or avocado if you want. 

Mix well and apply it on your hair. Rinse off after 30 minutes.

6. Mayonnaise


Mayonnaise balances moisture in the hair and smoothens frizzy and scraggly hair. Mayonnaise is basically a rich and creamy emulsion of oil, egg yolk, vinegar or lemon juice etc.

How To Use

Choose mayonnaise made of only natural ingredients (without herbs and spices). 

Apply one cup of mayonnaise on your hair starting from the roots till the tips. Apply it evenly and rinse off after 20 minutes.             

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7. Aloe Vera And Coconut Oil


Aloe Vera contains antioxidants that deeply nourish the hair, strengthens it and makes it smooth. It is richly packed with Vitamins A, C, E, B1 & B2, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, folic acid etc.

Coconut Oil contains lauric acid which allows easy penetration and absorption into the hair shaft. It conditions the hair.

How To Make

Cut a fresh aloe vera leaf and scoop out the clear gel. Mix it with coconut oil and heat it slightly. Apply this simple but powerful mixture on your hair to repair hair damage.

8. Honey, Egg And Apple Cider Vinegar


Honey is a natural humectant. This golden liquid attracts and locks in moisture in the hair shafts. Honey is also anti-inflammatory and has medicinal properties.

Eggs add a healthy shine to the hair. Eggs are rich in amino acids, proteins and fats that nourish the hair making it soft and smooth.

Apple Cider Vinegar balances the pH level of the scalp and hair. It also eliminates infection-causing bacteria and fungus. It lends shine and bounce to the hair.

How To Make

Mix honey, apple cider vinegar and a little bit of olive oil. Add an egg and whip it up nicely. 

Apply the mixture on your hair evenly and rinse off after 20 minutes.

9. Green Tea And Tea Tree Oil


Green tea has many benefits for hair health due to its rich antioxidant content. 

It contains epigallocatechin gallate which has powerful medicinal properties. Green tea promotes hair growth and tones the hair.

Tea tree oil improves blood circulation in the scalp and cleanses the clogs in hair follicles. It nourishes the hair and also treats problems like dandruff, head lice etc.

How To Make

Mix green tea powder with a few drops of tea tree oil. Add an egg and olive or coconut oil. Mix well and apply the paste on your hair. Rinse after 30 minutes.

10. Argan Oil And Glycerin


Argan oil protects the hair against damages caused by harmful free radicals. Argan oil is packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants that repair and replenish damaged hair.

Glycerin is another humectant just like honey. It lubricates the hair and conditions it. Glycerin locks in moisture making the hair soft and frizz-free.

It is one of the best deep conditioning treatment if you have dry hair. 

How To Make

Mix pure argan oil with glycerin and aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

11. Milk & Vitamin E Oil


Milk softens hair, nourishes it and smoothens out frizzy hair. Milk is rich in protein and calcium making it ideal for an easy, at-home keratin treatment. Milk moisturizes the hair strands and is also an excellent conditioner for deep conditioning.

Vitamin E Oil protects the hair from damage and repairs already damaged hair. It nourishes the hair, adds a protective layer and retains the hairs' natural elasticity.

How To Make

Pierce a Vitamin E oil capsule and add the oil (you can also use vitamin E oil) to pure, unboiled milk. Mix it well and massage it into your scalp and hair strands. Rinse your hair after 20 minutes.

12. Henna & Fish Oil


Henna is a natural dye and adding it to your hair mask will condition your hair with an added bonus of rich hair colour! Henna boosts hair volume, growth, treats dandruff and itchy scalp. 

Fish oil might not sound appealing but it is loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids which nourish the hair with essential proteins and nutrients. It makes the hair lustrous, shiny and strong. It is a boon for dry, lifeless hair.

How To Make

Pierce a fish oil capsule and squeeze out the oil. Add henna powder, yoghurt and an egg. Mix well and apply it on your hair. Wash after 1 hour. 

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How To Apply Hair Masks?

1. Dampen hair with a little water for better absorption.

2. Apply the mask on your scalp and slowly spread it onto your hair.

3. Focus especially on the hair ends since they are the oldest and weakest part of your hair.

4. Fix your hair up with a clip and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for the recommended time.

5. Take off the shower cap, rinse your hair and wash with a mild shampoo.

What To Do For Lustrous Hair?

1. Deep Condition your hair at least once a week to keep it healthy.

2. Always use fresh ingredients for preparing your hair mask.

3. Make sure your mask has both protein-rich and moisturizing ingredients.

4. Apply the hair mask evenly and especially focus on the ends.

5. After rinsing, gently pat dry your hair with a cotton towel or t-shirt to minimize fiction and possible damage.

What Not To Do For Lustrous Hair?

1. Don't let the hair mask sit for longer than necessary. Rinse it off according to the time mentioned.

2. Don't rub or tug at your hair too hard while shampooing. Concentrate more on the scalp and upper area. The ends get cleaned by the shampoo that runs down anyway.

3. Don't use conditioners after using a conditioning mask. It is not necessary and might make the hair limp due to overload.

4. Don't wipe your hair with coarse fabrics. Don't blow-dry. Simply let your hair air dry naturally.

5. Don't prepare the hair mask in large amounts since they can't be stored for long. Make just enough for a single-use.

Disclaimer: Always conduct a patch test and wait for 30 minutes to see if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. 

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