16 Effective Hair Masks To Treat Hair Loss

Easy-to-prepare DIY remedies that support your hair’s health, volume, and growth

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Anyone who is experiencing baldness or constant hair fall knows that the struggle is real. So, it is time to start using hair masks to help treat hair loss! Why? Let’s see what we can find out! Many women across the world are concerned about hair loss, and if you are one of them, you must know that there are a variety of treatments available to assist you in addressing this problem.

A study conducted in the US found that the prevalence of alopecia areata rose, rising from 0.012% to 0.019%. The occurrence of this hair loss type per 1 lakh people increased 87.39% in 2017 to 92.90% in 2019. Incidence and prevalence of alopecia areata were higher in the Northeast than in other regions, among adults as opposed to children and adolescents, and among females as compared to males.

The only issue is that not everyone can go to the hair salon and receive one of these treatments. Taking time out of your hectic schedule and spending a pretty penny to get your hair treated can be difficult.

That is why we have listed some DIY hair masks that may help prevent and possibly treat hair loss below. Scroll down to check them out!

Effective Hair Masks For Hair Loss Treatment

1. Egg Mask For Hair

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Eggs are packed with protein and B vitamins (1). These nutrients are good for maintaining the health of your hair. They work well with all hair types and provide scalp nourishing elements. A study showed that egg yolk could stimulate hair growth in dermal papilla cells (2). This is one of the most effective homemade hair masks for hair growth and thickness.

Cate, a blogger, shares her experience of using egg and olive oil in hair masks to reduce hair fall and promote hair growth on her blog. About the use of olive oil, she writes, “I must admit I’ve only ever used it with cooking but I figured if it does half a good job of making my food delicious then it must be good for my hair too!”, while regarding use of egg, she notes, “I prefer to just to use the yolk as that’s where the majority of the goodness is concentrated plus it’s not as messy and while you’re waiting for your hair mask to work its magic, you can cook yourself up a nice egg white omelet to eat so nothing goes to waste.” (i).

How To Make An Egg Mask For Your Hair


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Whisk the egg and mix it with the other ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cold water.

Alternatively, you can also use just eggs by following these steps:

  1. Beat a few eggs together until the yolk and the white are well blended.
  2. Massage it into your hair and scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Benefits Of Egg Hair Mask

  • Rich in proteins and amino acids that nourish the hair
  • Adds shine
  • Reduces hair fall
  • Encourages hair growth

2. Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are rich in potassium, antioxidants, natural oils, and vitamins, which make them an ideal treatment for hair loss (3). They are found all year round and make for an amazing hair mask for hair loss. Treat your hair to a banana hair mask by following one of these recipes.

How To Make A Banana Mask For Hair Loss At Home


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to a smooth consistency.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair until you cover everything.
  3. Let it sit for five minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water

Here is another hair mask recipe that incorporates bananas and almond oil.

  1. Take a couple of bananas and mash them into a smooth paste.
  2. Add 5 to 8 drops of almond oil to this paste.
  3. Apply it to your hair. Tie your hair up and cover it with a shower cap for an hour.
  4. Rinse with cold water and then use a mild shampoo. Follow it up with a lot of conditioner.

Benefits Of Banana Hair Mask

  • Makes your hair shine
  • Makes your hair soft
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Reduces damage
  • Moisturizes your hair

3. Yogurt Hair Mask

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A study showed that yogurt could help preserve hair ends and may reduce hair damage and the risk of baldness (4). The same study showed that yogurt enhances hair color and acts as a hair conditioner. Another study showed that yogurt keeps hair in the anagen phase for longer and gives it a shiny coat (5).

How To Make A Yogurt Hair Mask



  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

Benefits Of Yogurt Hair Mask

  • Moisturizes hair
  • Nourishes hair
  • Increases strength and reduces breakage

4. Avocado Hair Mask

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Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, niacin, iron, and vitamin C, all of which are needed for hair growth and healthy hair (6), (7). Apply the avocado mask once or twice a week to improve the texture and sheen of your hair.

How To Make An Avocado Hair Mask At Home


  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil


  1. Blend the ingredients until the mixture develops a smooth consistency.
  2. Apply the mask from the roots to the tips of the hair.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash with cold water.

Benefits Of Avocado Hair Mask

5. Strawberry Hair Mask

Strawberries contain antioxidants, which reduce the free radicals that cause hair loss (8). They also are good sources of vitamin C, the deficiency of which can cause hair loss (9).

How To Make A Strawberry Hair Mask For Hair Growth


  • 3-4 fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey-almond


  1. Blend all the ingredients until you get a mixture that has a smooth consistency.
  2.  Apply the mask on your scalp and from the roots to the tips of your hair.
  3. Use cold water to rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Benefits Of Strawberry Hair Mask

  • Battles oiliness
  • Unclogs pores
  • Strengthens hair
  • Reduces hair fall

6. Curry Leaves And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Curry leaves are a popular remedy to stimulate hair growth (9). They also help retain the natural hair color and prevent premature graying of hair (10). The penetrative properties of coconut oil and its fatty acid content reduce protein loss from hair (11). This is a great hair mask for growth as well as it can help tackle thinning hair. Use it twice a week for best results.

How To Make A Curry Leaves Hair Mask Using Coconut Oil



  1. Heat the curry leaves in the coconut oil until they pop.
  2. Wait until the oil has come down to a warm temperature. Apply it to your scalp and hair.
  3. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with a shampoo.

Benefits Of Curry Leaves And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

  • Reduces hair fall
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Nourishes hair

7. Castor Oil Hair Mask

Castor oil is rich in proteins. A study showed that castor could help reduce split ends, hair damage, and dandruff (4). Anecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil also helps in hair thickening, although there is not much research to prove it.

How To Make A Castor Oil Hair Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy
  • 1 egg


  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Massage the mixture onto your scalp and hair.
  3. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

Benefits Of Castor Oil Hair Mask

  • Reduces frizz
  • Encourages hair regrowth
  • Prevents graying

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Castor oil has the potential to stain your clothing and towels. Using an old T-shirt, a shower cap, or any spare cloth to cover your head until it is time to wash your hair will help keep the oil from staining your clothes, pillowcases, and other belongings.

8. Rosemary Hair Mask

If you are looking for the best hair pack for hair growth, here it is. Rosemary extract promoted hair growth in mice studies (12). It has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and promote hair health.

How To Make A Rosemary Hair Mask


  • 2-3 tablespoons of well-chopped rosemary
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Boil chopped rosemary in a cup of water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid and let it cool.
  3. After it has cooled, massage the liquid into your scalp.
  4. Let it stay for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Benefits Of Rosemary Hair Mask

  • Encourages hair regrowth
  • Strengthens the follicles
  • Fights off free radicals

9. Green Tea Hair Mask

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Green tea is rich in antioxidants and contains EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) that can stimulate hair growth (13).

How To Make AGreen Tea Hair Mask For Hair Loss


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons of green tea


  1. Mix the ingredients until the mixture acquires a creamy texture.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp using an applying brush.
  3. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cold water before shampooing.

Benefits Of Green Tea Hair Mask

  • Proteins nourish the hair and scalp
  • Reduces hair loss
  • Antioxidants fight off free radicals

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If you have extremely dry hair, you can add a few drops of any carrier oil (like coconut oil or almond oil) to this hair mask.

10. Vitamin E Capsules Hair Pack

Vitamin E oil is also rich in antioxidants, which helps in anti-aging and reduces oxidative stressi  XCell damage caused by an imbalance between reactive species of oxygen and antioxidants in the body. that causes hair loss (7). Vitamin E contains tocopherol, which was shown to induce hair growth (14). It has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that encourage healthy scalp health and reduce hair fall. This vitamin-rich mask can be used thrice a week.

How To Make Vitamin E Capsules Hair Mask


  • 2 vitamin E capsules
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of castor oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil


  1. Combine all the ingredients. You can use bigger proportions and store the mix in a jar.
  2. Apply the oil blend all over your hair.
  3. Let it stay overnight and wash it off with shampoo and cold water the next morning.

Benefits Of Vitamin E Hair Pack

  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties keep the scalp healthy
  • Antioxidants battle free radicals
  • Strengthens roots
  • Reduces hair fall

11. Cinnamon Mask

If you are looking for a natural hair lightener, this cinnamon hair mask is an amazing choice. A recent study done on mice showed that cinnamon oil could increase hair length and diameter as effectively as minoxidili  XA class of synthetic drugs used in the treatment of hypertension as well as hair products that nurture fresh growth. (15). However, more studies are needed on humans to establish its effectiveness. You may see a difference in your hair color after using this mask 4-5 times.

How To Make A Cinnamon Hair Mask At Home


  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Hair balsam


  1. Mix the raw honey and cinnamon by eyeballing the quantities, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
  2. Add the hair balsam to the mixture.
  3. Apply the mixture to damp hair, one section at a time, with an applying brush. Do not apply this mixture to your scalp. Keep it from getting on your face. (It is easier to use your hands for application, but this is messy.)
  4. Put your hair up in a bun and cover it with a plastic bag until it dries.
  5. Rinse multiple times with water until the cinnamon gets out of your hair.
  6. Finish with shampoo and conditioner

Benefits Of Cinnamon Hair Mask

12. Lemon, Cream, And Wheat Germ Oil Hair Mask

Lemon is perfect for cleansing your follicles and hair and getting rid of dirt and product build-up. Sour cream works like yogurt, as a hair conditioner. Wheat germ has a high content of linoleic acidi  XA type of polyunsaturated fatty acid that helps lower cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity. and is hence used as an ingredient in shampoos (16). It can help restore dry, damaged hair and improve strength and shine (17).

How To Make A Lemon Hair Mask At Home


  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of wheat germ oil


  1. Extract the juice from the lemons and mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture from the roots to the tips of your hair and leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water followed by shampoo and conditioner.

Benefits Of Lemon, Cream And Wheat Germ Oil Hair Mask

  • Unclogs pores
  • Removes product and dirt build-up
  • Strengthens roots

13. Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Aloe vera is a great natural choice for hair care. It helps soothe irritated scalps and keeps hair hydrated. It reduces inflammation and contains vitamins C, E, B-12, folic acid, and choline that nourish and strengthen the hair (18).

How To Make Aloe Vera Hair Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil


  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and oil until you achieve a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the mask on your hair. If you have long hair, sectioning it can help.
  3. Run a wide-toothed comb through your hair to ensure even distribution.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Then, wrap a towel around your head.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo to remove any residue.

Benefits Of Aloe Vera Hair Mask

  • Reduces frizz
  • Hydrates and softens the hair
  • Improves hair strength and shine
  • Prevents dandruff

Hair Masks For Different Hair Types

14. Hair Mask For Dry Hair

Research shows that honey can reduce severe dandruff and chronic seborrheic dermatitisi  XA common skin condition characterized by itchiness, inflammation, excessive dandruff and scaly patches, mainly on the scalp. (19). Almonds can help prevent split ends and reduce hair damage and hair loss (4). This mask can help reduce dandruff and scalp acne.

How To Make A Hair Mask For Dry Hair


  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of almond paste (4 skinned almonds blended with 1/2 tablespoon rosewater)
  • 2 tablespoons of cream


  1. Mix the honey and almond paste in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat the cream until it is slightly fluffy and then add it to the honey-almond mixture.
  3. Apply the mask to your hair, from the roots to the tips. Keep it on for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water. Finish with a mild shampoo and let your hair air-dry.

Note: You can substitute the cream with yogurt, although the results will slightly vary.

Benefits Of This Homemade Hair Mask For Dry Hair

  • Moisturizes hair
  • Soothes the scalp
  • Encourages healthy hair growth

15. Hair Mask For Normal Hair

This is possibly one of the easiest masks to make, and it lasts for up to a week if stored in the refrigerator. The lemon juice helps cleanse the scalp. The almond oil and honey moisturize the scalp and may reduce dandruff. This mask aims to replenish the lost nutrition and health of the hair. It may also restore its softness and luster.

How To Make A Hair Mask For Normal Hair


  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 4 tablespoons of flat beer


  1. Separate the yolk from the white and mix it with the other ingredients.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp.
  3. Add four tablespoons of flat beer to the white of the egg. Beat it until fluffy.
  4. Apply this mixture all over your hair from the roots to the tips.
  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mixture sit in your hair for 30-40 minutes.
  6. Wash it off using a good shampoo and let your hair air-dry.

Benefits Of This Homemade Hair Mask For Normal Hair

  • Makes hair silky and voluminous
  • Adds shine
  • Nourishes hair
  • Improves the health of the scalp

16. Hair Mask For Oily Hair

A lot of people are afraid to use a hair mask for oily hair because they fear that it might become oilier. The idea behind a mask for oily hair is to find one that controls and reduces the secretion of oil and yet does not take away nutrition from your hair. This hair mask is specially made for oily hair.

How To Make A Hair Mask For Oily Hair


  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 large pinch of fruit salt
  • The paste of 2 amlas
  • 1 egg white


  1. Beat the egg white until it is fluffy and add the other ingredients to it.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse it off to make sure there’s no residue.
  4. Use a good shampoo to clean your hair thoroughly and let it air-dry.

Benefits Of This Homemade Hair Mask For Oily Hair

  • Removes grease
  • Adds volume to the hair
  • Unclogs pores and reduces hair fall
  • Here are some tips you can follow to reap the maximum benefits of these hair masks.

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Simple Tips To Help You Maximize The Benefits Of Hair Masks

  • Always apply the mask on shampooed hair. Just like you would apply a face pack to cleansed skin, apply the hair mask to cleansed hair. Clean hair is better equipped to absorb nutrients.
  • Make sure you separate your hair into sections and apply the mask from the roots to the tips. Once done, pull your hair into a bun and cover it with a shower cap. The shower cap will create a warm atmosphere, which allows for maximum penetration by the nutrients.
  • Tying your hair up in a bun ensures that the mask doesn’t drip.
  • Before you wash your hair, cover it with a hot towel for at least 5-7 minutes as this will create a warm environment, allowing your hair to absorb more nutrients. Repeat this process if needed.
  • After this, wash your hair with cold or lukewarm water. Unless otherwise specified, use plain water to rinse your hair off the mask and then press it with a towel to remove excess water.

Let your hair air-dry.

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Everyone aspires to have thick, healthy hair. However, with rising pollution and a hectic lifestyle, avoiding common issues like hair loss has become a struggle. Aside from hair masks, there are other simple solutions for hair loss. Check out the infographic below to learn all about them.

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Treating hair loss is not an easy task. You need to put in extra effort and attention to improve your hair health and boost hair regrowth. Using a homemade hair mask for growth and thickness can be an effective and affordable way to combat hair loss. These hair masks help treat hair loss and may help stimulate hair follicles,, nourish your hair from the roots, moisturize hair, and possibly prevent hair loss. The DIY hair masks discussed above may help you get the best results. The recipes mentioned are easy to prepare and effective. However, be careful while using ingredients that may cause allergic reactions. It is always best to do a patch test before using it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do hair masks actually work?

Madison Dufor, a licensed cosmetologist, says, “Yes! Hydrating hair masks work for everyone. My favorites are homemade because you know for sure that there are no harmful or damaging chemicals being put on your hair. Keratin and protein-rich masks are a little less universally satisfying or successful because replacing protein in damaged hair can, in some cases, make it worse.”
She adds, “Hair masks that guarantee damage repairs, such as no more split ends or bleach damage, do not work. Once the cuticle, the outside of the hair shaft, is damaged, there is nothing you can do to repair it except cut it off. However, you can use a mask to prevent further damage.”

Is it better to put a hair mask on dry hair?

“No, clean, freshly shampooed, damp hair is the best for hair masks and deep conditioning. The hair will soak up the mask, and it will penetrate the hair deeper if the hair is damp, not soaking wet, but just a little damp,” says Madison.

Do you use a hair mask before or after shampooing?

According to Madison, “Use a hair mask after shampooing. The shampoo is designed to throw off the hair and skin’s natural pH just enough to break down the dirt, oil, and products on the hair and scalp to strip them off, but conditioner is supposed to bring the pH back to its natural level of 4.5-5.5 so that the scalp doesn’t have to work twice as hard to restore the pH on its own.”

How often should you use a hair mask?

You can ideally use a hair mask once or twice a week. However, while those with dry or damaged hair can apply it thrice a week, those with an oily scalp can apply it twice a week.

Can you leave a hair mask on too long?

No, leaving hair masks on for too long may not allow the hair to breathe. Some hair masks contain protein, which, if left on for long periods, may cause hair breakage. Hence, rinse the hair mask off once it has dried.

Can hair masks damage hair?

Hair masks nourish and help in hair repair if included in the hair care regimen. But a few hair masks contain clay or high protein, which, if left on for long, may damage the hair. Apply hair masks only as required.

Does a hair mask replace the conditioner?

Although hair masks condition the hair, they may not be as effective as a hair conditioner. While replacing the conditioner with a hair mask once in a while is fine, doing it too often may lead to product buildup. Hence, try not to replace your conditioner with a hair mask.

Can you sleep with a hair mask?

Yes, you can sleep with a hair mask on if you have dry or damaged hair. It will hydrate your hair and reduce frizz. However, those with oily hair may leave it on for 20 minutes to ensure their tresses don’t turn too oily. You can cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel and sleep at night to allow better absorption of the mask.

Can you put a hair mask on dirty hair?

No, do not apply a hair mask to dirty hair as the grease keeps the mask from penetrating the scalp and working its magic. Apply a hair mask to clean, slightly damp hair for better absorption.

Key Takeaways

  • Hair mask treats damaged hair by providing nutrients to it and making it stronger.
  • Using hair masks with ingredients such as banana, avocado, coconut oil, curd, eggs, argan oil, aloe vera, onion juice, and honey can help in hair strengthening and moisturization.
  • It is important to select a hair mask according to your hair type and specific concerns you want to address.
  • Always apply hair mask on clean and shampooed hair for better absorption of nutrients.
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