Soften and moisturize your extra dry or over-processed hair with a monthly hair mask treatment. Hair masks result in a deep-conditioning effect on your hair’s outer cuticle and the nourishing ingredients in a hair mask will actually close the hair’s cuticle, leaving even dry, over processed locks looking super shiny and feeling soft and touchable. Applying a mask to your hair is inexpensive, too — these masks cost under $10 and if you really want to stretch your wallet, you can make your own mask at home with grocery store ingredients:
Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Professional Deep Recovery Hair Mask is designed for extra dry or over-processed hair and contains olive, meadowfoam seed and sweet almond extracts that penetrate and moisturize each hair strand. The mask is made in Canada and retails for just $7.79 at Walgreens.
OGX Repairing Instant Recovery Hair Mask Cream combines Hawaiian awapuhi ginger extract to repair and soften dry hair and keratin proteins to fortify it. If you have frizzy, brittle hair, this is the product for you. It’s made in the USA and retails for $7.49 at Walgreens.
And if you really want to save money, you can make a hair mask at home with ingredients available at your local supermarket. With an avocado mask, for instance, the fleshy, high fiber content of a buttery avocado makes an excellent moisturizer filled with lots of nutrients and vitamins. Avocado’s natural oils act as a deep conditioner for dull hair and will rehydrate dry hair and a dry scalp. Just remove the pit and mash up an entire avocado. Mix in one egg white (which will provide protein for weakened hair) and four tablespoons of yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse with cool water (so that the egg doesn’t cook and stick to your hair).
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Deep Conditioning Shine Mask smells good and will make your dry, frizzy locks shiny and smoother. Given the mask retails for just $2.88 at Walmart, you can’t go wrong giving it a try.
To make a hot coconut oil mask, warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in the microwave or on the stove, coat the ends of your hair with the oil, then twist your hair into a low bun and then cover it with a plastic wrap or shower cap. Leave the mask on for at least 30 minutes or overnight and then shampoo and condition as usual.
To make an olive oil and mayonnaise mask, which will provide much-needed antioxidants and moisture to dry and brittle hair, mix together one-eighth cup of a cup of olive oil and one-eighth of a cup of mayonnaise and, starting at the ends of your hair, apply the mask working your way up to the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.