Deep conditioner is a must have to combat dried-out hair after a long day of Summer sun and swimming, and getting silky-smooth strands can be as easy as taking a trip to the kitchen. Mask mixologist Samira Asemanfar of The Broot (an all-natural hair mask bar in Santa Monica) breaks down the essential ingredients for every hair type. Once you stir these hair concoctions, you'll truly believe in the term hair food. However, if you don't have the time to whip something up, you can always add a drop of coconut oil to the conditioner you already have. Get Asemanfar's favorite recipes to remedy your specific hair woes when you read more.
Fine Hair: Just because your hair isn't thick or unruly, doesn't mean there aren't benefits to a moisturizing mask. "Banana, egg, and oils work wonders on fine hair," Asemanfar says. "The banana is one of nature's best remedies for thinning hair; the egg is a mighty protein that will give your hair the strength, shine, volume, and texture of your dreams; and oils add strength and moisture."
Itchy Scalp: Send falling flakes packing with a mask filled with nurturing oils (like coconut, jojoba, and olive). "Mayonnaise and avocados are also natural deep conditioners which will give your scalp a little TLC," Asemanfar says.
Brittle Hair: If your split ends never seem to disappear, a protein-filled mask might be what you need. It's also the trick to maximizing hair growth. "Protein will give your hair strength," Asemanfar explains. "It enriches the hair shaft, making it less brittle and reduces breakage." Natural ingredients that are protein-rich include eggs and mayonnaise.
Dry, Dull Hair: If your strands are in need of extra moisture, revive and rehydrate your hair with Asemanfar's easy recipe you can easily mix in a blender:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 ounces water
Begin by wetting your hair with warm water to open the hair follicle. Comb the mask through the hair to ensure even application. Once the mask is applied, sit under a hooded dryer with a processing cap for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes to allow the hair to absorb the nutrients. Afterwards, rinse your hair with cool water to close the cuticle and lock in moisture. Finally, hydrate with conditioner and then do a final rinse.