Fight The Fade with These Homemade Hair Masks

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If you’re like me, you have a small obsession with dying your hair. There are so many bright, amazing colours that can be easily achieved, and so many products out there that are perfect for making a real statement! Who says bright purple hair isn’t achievable?

Whether you prefer the natural look; or something a bit wilder, dying your hair can produce fantastic results, but it’s important to remember to look after it properly. For starters, try not to wash you hair every day if you can help it.

Whilst the thought of rinsing with cold water can be a daunting one, hot water can wreak havoc on those dye molecules! Rinsing with cold water will also give your hair a shine boost as it helps to seal the cuticles.

Be sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, and give it a boost by using a mask or oil treatment once a week.

Hair Masks

Hair masks are a perfect way of preserving colour, but they can be very costly. Luckily, everyday items at home can be transformed into protective masks that will help to fight that fade.

So get ready to raid those cupboards for healthy, shiny, coloured hair!

Mayonnaise

This is perhaps the simplest hair mask that you can do at home. It might feel a little strange applying it to your head instead of your chips, but this is a real miracle worker for hair.

Dampen your hair with water, squeeze out the excess and lather it up! That’s right, with the mayo… Treat it like you would a conditioner. Once you have fully saturated the hair, wrap it up using cling film, to trap the heat in and open the follicles. Leave for roughly 20 minutes before rinsing with a diluted shampoo.

Now marvel at your soft, shiny hair.

Yoghurt

Eliminate the frizz and soften hair with a nourishing yoghurt mask. This recipe is quick and easy, with great results. Simply take 6 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, and mix together with one beaten egg white.

Apply to dry hair in sections, being careful to cover it fully before wrapping it up in a shower cap or cling film. Leave on the hair for 15-30 minutes then rinse thoroughly with a mild shampoo.

Your hair will feel lovely and soft, and you can use any leftover yoghurt to treat your skin to a 10 minute mask too!

Avocado and Honey

An Avocado and Honey mask is perfect for locking in colour and rehydrating the hair. I’m guilty of stressing mine out a little too much, so this home remedy was a real saviour from the threat of spilt ends and patchy colour.

Take one ripe avocado, remove the skin and stone, and then mash in a bowl. Add in a tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then mix until all the oil is no longer visible, it should be quite a creamy consistency.

Shampoo the hair and towel dry then apply the mixture, gently combing it through the lengths of your hair. Once covered, wrap your head in a warm towel and leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing.

You may need to use a gentle shampoo to remove it fully, depending on the length of your hair, and if you have a naturally oily scalp then I wouldn’t recommend this as the olive oil can make hair a little greasy.

You’ll notice your hair feels fuller and softer, this mask is perfect for rejuvenating tired ends.

Banana

You’re either a lover or a hater of banana, they’re like marmite. If you hate it, stay away from this one, but if you don’t mind the smell then this will make a real change to the condition of your hair.

Mash two bananas into a smooth paste, then add in some milk to make a creamy consistency; a little thicker than store bought conditioner. Apply all over dry hair then wrap your head in a shower cap or towel for 20 minutes.

This mask can be tricky to remove, so make sure you rinse with shampoo and conditioner, washing out all traces of banana from your hair.

Although messy, this mask does work wonders, so it’s definitely worth trying.

So from homemade potions to hairdressers’ chairs to DIY amplified hair dye sessions, you can achieve the look you want!

Do you have any hair dying tips or funny stories to share?

Shannon is a beauty blogger with a weakness for hair dye. She writes for Glitterstore, and loves to get inventive with home-made beauty treatments!