No matter the season, there are always times when your hair may need a bit of a boost. Whether it’s feeling a little dull, or dry, or if you’re looking to promote hair growth, a DIY mask at home can be a great solution.
Today’s overnight hair mask DIY recipe will have your locks looking their best. Plus, don’t you want to nourish your hair so you can look and feel your best?
Whether you want to do a mask for an hour or so, or even better, overnight when you’re sleeping so you aren’t bothered, having an easy DIY overnight hair mask is a great beauty hack. To help promote healthier shinier hair and also longer stronger locks, here’s a great DIY overnight hair treatment for dry hair to make it shiny and more beautiful.
An Easy DIY Overnight Hair Mask For Dry Hair
There are plenty of hair masks and treatment options on the market right now if you walk into any beauty store. But to be honest, I really don’t care to spend my money on something where I can get similar results with natural remedies you can find in your pantry.
I asked my readers what they use and so many came back with natural cures that I knew I had to find one that worked for me. To not only hydrate my hair and refresh it after tormenting it throughout the summer, but also stimulate hair growth. For natural hair fixes, an easy homemade hair mask is just the thing you need.
Seriously Hydrating Overnight Hair Mask Benefits
Coconut and Olive Oil
We’ll be using up to three ingredients for this DIY overnight hair mask. The first two are oils that you probably already have in your pantry; coconut and olive oil. Both have a ton of great fatty acids which are great for hair care.
Coconut oil is known for hydrating so when you add it to your hair and scalp it can help to hydrate the hair follicles creating more shine, softness and luster. It also helps to strengthen the follicle decreasing breakage and split ends.
If you’re trying to grow your hair out and want to extend your visits to the salon, I recommend doing this DIY hair mask once a month. This will help get you through the extra weeks in between a cut that can allow your hair to grow longer.
The hydration of a coconut oil hair mask overnight on your scalp will also help any dandruff or dryness you may be experiencing. This is also great for people who have bleached hair that’s dry and damaged.
For me, in the wintertime, I suffer from dryness on my scalp. Doing a coconut oil mask alone will help resolve this issue.
The other oil, olive oil, has similar benefits with shine and hydration to repair damaged hair but can also help an itchy dry scalp. Olive oil is also packed with antioxidants which can help promote a healthy scalp.
Lastly, egg yolks.
I’m torn on using this overnight, which is why I leave it as optional below. If you’re doing just an hour or so of this natural DIY hair mask, definitely add this in.
Egg yolks are packed with B vitamins like Biotin. You know those popular biotin pills you buy for hair growth? It’s all packed into egg yolks too.
So whether you add it to your scalp, or increase your egg consumption at breakfast time, you can help stimulate growth for long hair.
Egg yolks also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Just a few include folate, vitamin A and vitamin D. Plus, lots of great fatty acids in addition to the oils. These vitamins and minerals may help stronger healthier hair according to the experts.
An ingredient to potentially avoid
A common ingredient we sometimes see in home-made DIY hair masks are ripe bananas. While they may have some nutrient rich elements in them for your hair, you really don’t want to leave this in your hair. It can cause irritation and more dandruff.
What You Need
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (melted/softened)
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Hair Towel
- Shower Cap
- 1 Egg Yolk (optional)
Other Overnight Hair Mask Ingredients To Consider
Other ingredients you could add to this mask include apple cider vinegar, castor oil, argan oil or aloe vera gel. Usually, a quick Google of benefits for hair will help you figure out what you should and should not add to an at home hair mask.
Step by Step Instructions
Melt your coconut oil. I usually just pop mine in the microwave on a low setting for a couple of seconds. You don’t want to cook it, just melt it. It makes it much easier to comb through your hair.
Combine the coconut oil, olive oil and egg yolk in a bowl. And mix until combined.
Apply the mask to your hair beginning at the ends and working up to the root. I’ve solely done my ends in coconut/olive oil and just dipped my ends in a bowl and worked it up.
If you’re super oily, I’d leave the oil out of your scalp, and solely put the egg yolk on your scalp and put the oil on everything else but a few inches from your scalp. Be sure to comb through your hair once it’s applied to ensure it gets distributed well on every strand.
To sleep in a mask I recommend putting your hair up once you’ve applied the DIY overnight hair mask. Then wrap your head in a shower cap and or a towel (I use these).
Also, be sure to add a towel on top of your pillow in case you move around a bunch at night and things get a little messy. This will ensure you don’t wake up to a big mess. If you’re just doing the mask for a few hours, add a warm towel to your head so it can really soak in.
When rinsing out the overnight mask, be sure to use a shampoo that’s more clarifying. For example, I like this one from HASK.
I once tried a shampoo that was also hydrating, and it ended up taking three shampoos to get it out. You may need to shampoo twice. Spend some time working it out of your hair. Then dry and style as usual.
TIP: If you find that you still have the mask in your hair and it’s a bit oily after shampooing and styling, add a bunch of dry shampoo and let it sit for a bit. Then shampoo it again. Dry shampoo is designed to pull out oils so this will help get it all out if you’re having trouble.
Enjoy silky soft, shiny and hydrated hair. I saw such a significant difference in the luster of my hair. It was shinier than ever after doing this for just an hour or so while sitting on the couch. Overnight really helps to penetrate your hair follicles to help condition your hair and scalp for better results.
How Often Should You Use A Hair Mask?
Every hair type may be a little different in how often you should use a hair mask. Usually weekly or every other week is a good rule of thumb. These should not be done daily at all.
If you have super dry or damaged hair from color treatment, try doing a mask weekly. If you’re super dry and not seeing fast enough results, try doing twice a week.
For those of you with more oily hair and scalps, you’ll want to pump the breaks on how often you mask. Maybe once a week or every other week at most.
And when you apply your mask, since most of these ingredients are designed to add moisture and nutrients, you will want to avoid adding it near your scalp. Stick to the ends of your hair instead to avoid too much oil production.
Photo by Hannah Michelle
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