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Hair Snacks: DIY Moisturizing Hair Masks

Three hair mask recipes that change the moisturizing game.

Strawberries_5February2014In these temperatures, moisturizing your hair is a must. Not only will your hair happily soak up the vitamins from these homemade masks, but they can easily be made with ingredients you already have scattered around your house.

Here are three concoctions using a few of Regency Beauty Institute employee and licensed cosmetologist Meg G.’s favorite ingredients.

Yogurt, Strawberries, and Olive Oil

  • ½ cup of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5-6 strawberries

Mash up a few strawberries and blend them with ½ cup of yogurt and two tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure to use probiotic natural yogurt which will add proteins and antioxidants. The strawberries will help control the oils from your scalp while the olive oil, one of the oldest secrets for shiny healthy hair, helps smooth frizz and is “awesome for cold snaps during the winter,” said Meg.

Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part extra virgin olive oil

Blend together a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil to make Meg’s favorite mask. Combining the two miracle ingredients will result in silky, hydrated locks, but they can benefit more than just your hair. “Coconut oil is also a great natural skin moisturizer. You can even use it on your face!” Meg added.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Avocado

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ a ripe avocado

Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with ½ of a ripe avocado. The vinegar helps balance the pH of your hair and removes buildup from products and shampoo. The avocado will help add moisturizer. Just make sure you mash it as finely as possible.  Apple cider vinegar can also double up as a skin toner, so invest in a big container!

Apply your new hair snack to dry hair paying special attention to the ends. For an even more hydration, Meg suggests covering you hair with a shower cap and blasting it with a blow dryer.  This heats up the hair, opens the cuticles of the strands and allows the ingredients to seep deeper into your hair shaft.  Leave your mask on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. Your locks will thank you!

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