If you’re struggling with balding, you’re certainly not alone. Hair loss is a common problem among men, although women do experience it as well, albeit for different reasons. If your problem stems from a genetic inheritance, there isn’t much you can do to regrow the hair without medication or a hair transplant, according to Healthline.
However, if your hair loss can be attributed to other causes, such as stress, a dry scalp or poor lifestyle choices (like smoking cigarettes or wearing hats on a daily basis), then proper hair care can have a positive effect. Try these six do-it-yourself hair masks that are designed to promote hair growth and improve the look of fine, lifeless hair.
1. Egg and Oil Hair Mask Protein is an important nutrient for strengthening your hair and promoting growth. After all, hair itself is made from a special protein called keratin. Eggs, the main ingredient in this mask, are a rich source of protein. Gently whisk 1 egg with 1 Tbsp olive, jojoba or coconut oil (if using coconut oil, warm it slightly to liquefy it) and stir in 1 Tbsp honey. Apply to hair at the root and work through to the ends of the hair. Let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes before washing out.
2. Egg and Greek Yogurt Hair Mask Double-down on using protein in your hair care by combining egg with Greek yogurt, another wonderful source of protein. Mix 1 lightly beaten egg with 1/2 cup of unsweetened Greek yogurt. Work through hair and allow to sit for 30 minutes before washing out. Tip: If you’d also like to gently lighten your hair, add a little cinnamon to this recipe. The combination will bring out subtle highlights as well as make your hair smell unbelievably good.
3. Coconut Cream Hair Mask Coconut cream is loaded with saturated fats which condition hair and make it supple. Conditioning your hair is a good way to fight balding that stems from having hair that is thin, brittle and damaged. Mix 1/2 cup of coconut cream — not coconut milk or coconut water — with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Coconut cream is significantly fattier and thicker than its lighter cousins. Work through the hair and immediately wrap with a towel. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes before washing it out.
4. Onion Juice and Honey Hair Mask While onions may not make you smell the best, they contain sulfur, a mineral that strengthens your hair while stimulating collagen production, which promotes healthy cell renewal in skin and hair. Mix 1/2 to a full cup of fresh onion juice, which can be had by grinding raw onions in a juicer, with 1/4 cup of honey. The honey softens your hair while helping the onion juice adhere. Wash out after 30 minutes. Repeat every two weeks.
5. Avocado and Banana Hair Mask Combine the emollient fats of avocado with the soothing properties of banana with this hair mask. Add 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a banana, 1 egg and 1 Tbsp olive oil to a blender and puree. Work this creamy mixture into your hair from roots to tips, paying particular attention to your scalp. This mask is especially good for balding issues that stem from an irritated or inflamed scalp. Allow to sit for 30 to 60 minutes before washing out.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil Hair Mask Apple cider vinegar may sound far too harsh to be used as hair care but the opposite is actually true. The vinegar removes the buildup from the hair follicle while restoring the pH balance of the scalp. For best results, buy organic vinegar that is cloudy with unfiltered fermentation. Mix 1/4 cup warmed coconut oil with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Apply to hair, concentrating on the roots and scalp. Wrap hair in a towel and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash out.
These hair masks are easy to make and wonderfully beneficial for your scalp and hair. As you get comfortable with making them yourself, start experimenting with new combinations to find the recipes that work best for you.