7 Homemade Vegan Hair Masks To Pamper Your Hair


by Shiboli Chakraborti

Whether you have dry, frizzy, or chemically treated hair, the struggle to maintain its health is real. You may reach out for several OTC products to deal with your stressed mane, but these products do not assure any tangible effect on your hair. A simple yet effective way to take care of your hair is by using homemade hair masks.

They are easy to prepare, show visible results, and do not pose the risk of hair damage. In this article, we have listed the best DIY vegan hair mask recipes for various hair conditions. Scroll down to check them out.

7 DIY Homemade Vegan Hair Masks

You Will Need 

  • 1 tablespoon of oats
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Directions 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your clean hair in sections.
  3. Wait for 30 minutes before rinsing.
  4. Follow with a shampoo and conditioner.

Why It Works 

  • Oats help exfoliate your scalp and clear dirt, impurities, and excess oil.
  • Coconut oil adds moisture to the hair and prevents loss of proteins (1).
  • Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and has emollient properties that help condition the hair (2), (3).

1. Overnight Hair Mask

You Will Need 

  • Coconut oil (quantity as per your hair length)

Directions

  1. Take the coconut oil and warm it between your fingers.
  2. Apply it to your scalp and the length of your hair.
  3. Let it stay overnight.
  4. Shampoo and condition your hair the next day.

Why It Works

Coconut oil penetrates the hair easily owing to its low molecular weight. It helps regain the hair’s lost moisture and reduces protein loss (1).

2. Banana Hair Mask For Frizzy Hair

You Will Need 

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Divide your hair into sections and apply the mask to each section.
  3. Wear a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with a mild shampoo.

Why It Works

  • Honey has conditioning properties and helps impart luster to the hair (4).
  • Bananas strengthen and soften the hair, add shine, and help enhance manageability. They prevent breakage, split ends, and dandruff and protect your hair from sun damage (5).

3. Hair Rejuvenating Mask

You Will Need 

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ avocado
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Directions 

  1. Blend the banana and avocado to a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the lemon juice to this mixture and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair, from root to tip.
  4. Wait for 30 minutes and shampoo your hair.

Why It Works 

  • Banana treats various hair issues, such as dandruff, split ends, dryness, and breakage (5).
  • Avocados help nourish and condition your hair, stimulating hair growth and inhibiting free radicals (6).
  • Lemon juice has antioxidant, antibiotic, and antimicrobial properties (7), (8). It can help prevent dandruff and other scalp disorders (3).

4. Hair Mask For Growth

You Will Need 

  • 1 tomato
  • A few drops of coconut oil

Directions

  1. Blend the tomato until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Add coconut oil to this paste and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair and wait for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair with shampoo. Follow with a conditioner.

Why It Works

  • Tomatoes can help promote hair growth and reduce hair loss (9).
  • Coconut oil keeps your strands moisturized and prevents protein loss.

5. Hair Mask For Oily Hair

You Will Need 

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • A few drops of lemon juice

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your damp hair.
  3. Wear a shower cap and leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and shampoo.

Why It Works

  • Aloe vera exhibits moisturizing properties that prevent your scalp from getting dry, scaly, and dandruff-prone (10), (11). It can limit the overproduction of oil caused by a dehydrated scalp to replenish its moisture content.
  • Honey is an emollient that nourishes and moisturizes your hair and keeps dandruff at bay.
  • Lemon juice helps balance the scalp’s pH, preventing dandruff.

6. Hair Mask For Hydration

You Will Need 

  • A few wedges of watermelon and mango
  • A few drops of essential oil of your choice

Directions

  1. Blend the watermelon and mango to form a smooth paste.
  2. Add the essential oil to this blend and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with cool (room temperature) water.
  5. Follow with shampoo and deep conditioner.

Why It Works

  • Although there is limited scientific evidence to support this claim, fruits like watermelon and mango can boost your hair moisture. Essential oils may help lubricate your hair and make it shiny.
  • Note:  Use these hair masks not more than once a week. The frequent application might weigh your hair down and strip its natural oils.

In A Nutshell

DIY vegan hair masks can help revive your hair and reduce damage, dullness, and roughness. Generally, they are suitable for all hair types and safe on colored and chemically treated hair. The natural ingredients address specific hair issues and keep your hair healthy. So, take your pick from our list of the homemade vegan hair masks that work best for you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can you use mayo as a hair mask?

Yes. Many bloggers claim that mayonnaise can help make your hair smooth and soft, but there is no scientific evidence to support it.

How can I repair my damaged hair fast at home?

Use any of the above DIY hair masks to rejuvenate your damaged hair easily at home.

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Shiboli Chakraborti

Shiboli has a Master’s degree in English Literature and is proficient in French. She believes that words have a healing power and considers poetry her lifeline. Her writing background and editorial dexterity help her guide her team members to create crisp and authentic content. Shiboli is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and has a fascination for traveling. She is passionate about cooking and dreams of opening a restaurant of her own.
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