Masks are all the rage right now, and being a beauty writer, I’ve tried and tested over a zillion sheet masks and clay masks (no kidding!). I’m sort of obsessed with masking, multi-masking and everything mask related on the internet right now. This got me thinking, if my skin loves a masking session, will my hair too? Now, there are tons of hair masks available in the market, but I wasn’t ready to invest in something that may or may not suit my hair type, which FYI, is long, brittle and frizzy.
So, with all the ingredient knowledge I’ve gained over the years, I decided to make my own hair mask using a few hydrating ingredients (and hoped for the best). After consistent use, the health of my hair did change, better or worse you’ll have to find that out below!
Honey - Always my first choice when it comes to home-made masks because it has great healing properties and retains moisture.
Lemon - One ingredient I found in almost every DIY hair mask recipe was lemon. It is known to restore hair’s natural pH balance and make it shiny.
Conditioner - Lastly, I needed a hydrating ingredient. I find bananas and eggs quite icky, and if you do too, here’s a solution — use the Dove Intense Repair Conditioner instead. Since it is formulated for frizzy hair, it gets the job done. Also, there’s nothing weird about applying conditioner before shampoo, haven’t you heard about hair preconditioning?
Week 1 and 2
I decided to be patient and gave myself a month to see the desired results because let’s be honest — nothing changes overnight. I mixed all the three ingredients and applied them on my hair. Focused more on the lengths and tips as my scalp produces enough oil to stay hydrated. I leave it on for about 30 minutes and use this time to exfoliate my face or paint my nails. In the first week, my hair felt softer than usual; however, in the second week I could see some shine too. TBH, this motivated me to try it for two more weeks.
Week 3 and 4
Now was the time for my DIY hair mask to show some real results for it to become my constant. While I wasn’t hoping for anything miraculous, it sure did transform the looks and feel of my tresses. In the third week my hair was dancing to my tunes, unlike the other way round. It looked healthy and happy. By the time I reached the last week, I was convinced about continuing with the hair mask and making it a part of my weekly hair care ritual. As you can see in the photo, my hair looks almost like I’ve just stepped out of the salon (yay!).
Well, if it isn’t pretty obvious, I AM going to continue using this mask every weekend. The frizziness has considerably reduced, my hair no longer looks brittle and my tresses look salon-styled — all that without burning a hole in my pocket. It’s a win-win situation, if you ask me!
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Sep 22, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.