Hair Mask Recipes for Damaged Hair

No one is born with beautiful, flawless hair. To achieve the luscious locks of your dreams without breaking the bank on a pricey salon treatment? Look no further than what you have right in your kitchen! With just a few simple ingredients, you can craft an at-home DIY hair mask that will make all the difference in getting gorgeous results.

Let’s come one step closer to healthier hair with all-natural hair mask recipes that repair damage, nourish our scalps, and rid us of product build-up.

Homemade Hair Masks for Damaged and Dry hair

These DIY hair masks are effective, nourishing, nurturing, and most importantly, natural. The concept is simple, if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on yourself and all these hair masks have only good ingredients. So, ready to explore more?

1. Protein Hair Mask

Egg Yolk

Though not vegan, we will add alternatives so you can go for that instead of eggs. Having that said, make sure you choose this mask for when you have time to wash out your hair patiently to get rid of this mask.

Rich in protein, this DIY hair mask not only straightness but also promotes hair growth.


What You’ll Need

  • Egg Yolk – 1
  • Strawberries – a handful
  • Olive Oil – 3 Tbsps.
  • Coconut Milk – 1 Tbsp.

How To Make

  1. Puree the strawberry to a fine consistency.
  2. You can add coconut milk and olive oil while pureeing.
  3. Pulse once more adding egg yolk, though you can whisk manually instead.
  4. Done!

How To Use

Apply the hair mask on your scalp and hair making sure to cover hair strands fully till the tips.

Roll up your hair into a bun and wear a shower cap.

Let the hair mask sit for a good 25 minutes before washing off.

Make sure you pour room temperature, to lukewarm water for rinsing off the hair mask.

It might need a little coaxing to get this mask off your hair, so make sure you have that time and patience.

Apply conditioner, rinse off, shampoo, and finish off with a leave-in conditioner for thick or thin hair.

Air dry and style as usual.


You can use aloe vera gel, coconut milk and skip yolk for a vegan version.

You can also add other protein-rich ingredients like soya milk, almond milk, etc.

Don’t forget to add Avocado when you are doing a vegan version of this mask.

Make sure you puree strawberry finely (as fine as you can get it), as it can be difficult to wash off strawberries otherwise). You can wash off with warm water if that helps but never use hot water to wash hair.

2. Vegan Moisturizing Coconut Oil Hair Mask

coconut oil

Dryness and frizz is a common problem with damaged hair. Nothing fixes it all right up and nurtures hair like coconuts do.

What You’ll Need

  • Jojoba Oil – 2 Tbsps.
  • Coconut Oil – 3 Tbsps.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – a few drops
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – 3 Drops

How To Make

  1. Nothing special.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Done!

How To Use

Pour the prepared coconut oil mask into a spray bottle and spray on your dry hair and scalp liberally.

Gently massage the oil blend into your hair and scalp.

Make sure to cover your hair strands too, and don’t forget the tips.

Wrap your head with a shower cap and unwind for about 25 minutes.

Wash off with shampoo and condition.

Air dry and style as usual.


If you’re not vegan, add one egg to this blend for added reinforcement.

You can also add a dash of coconut milk to this hair mask.

If you have curly hair, add olive oil instead of coconut oil for penetrating hair shafts better and as an emollient for added moisturization.

3. Deep Cleaning ACV Hair Mask

Apple Cider Vinegar

A simple three-ingredient mask that can cleanse your scalp and get rid of product build-up, and excess oil, leaves your scalp breathing and your tresses soft thanks to the moisturizing properties of yogurt.

What You’ll Need

  • Lemon – 1
  • Yogurt – 1/2 Cup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 Tbsps.

How To Make

  1. Squeeze out the juice and filter out the seeds from one lemon.
  2. In a bowl add all the ingredients together – yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.
  3. Whisk to combine.
  4. Done!

How To Use

Apply this apple cider vinegar hair mask to your scalp.

Gently massage as you go and cover your head with a shower cap.

Wait for at least 25 minutes before washing off.

Finishing off with apple cider vinegar rinse.

Air dry and style as usual.


For a vegan version, swap the yogurt for coconut yogurt.

If you color your hair, dilute the lemon juice so you don’t lighten it. Alternatively, you can warm it up slightly to prevent lightening of your natural or colored hair.

This also gets rid of dead skin cells and leaves your scalp fresh and clean.

This is a great mask for combating oily scalp.

You can also add brown sugar to this mixture and massage gently for a scrub effect.

4. Vegan Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut oil

Getting soft tresses has never been this easy. Try this vegan hair mask for nurturing damaged and dry hair back to soft and happy locks.

What You’ll Need

  • Coconut Oil – 1/4 Cup
  • Pumpkin Puree – 1 Cup

How To Make

  1. Chop up pumpkin into bite-sized pieces and puree it finely.
  2. You can add the coconut oil while pureing or mix it after transferring the puree to a bowl.
  3. Done!

How To Use

Massage this coconut oil hair mask to your scalp making sure to cover all your hair.

Give special attention to the tips.

Cover your head with a shower cap and let it sit for a good 25 minutes.

Wash off, condition, air dry, and style as usual.


For strengthening and nourishing your hair, you can add an egg or gelatin to this recipe.

You can also add aloe vera gel and coconut milk for a vegan version.

You can also add a few spoons of whey water (if you have it) while pureeing the pumpkin for added softness and nourishment.

You can swap coconut oil for olive oil if you have thick hair or curly hair. Olive oil penetrates the hair cuticle better and leaves your hair soft.

5. Honey Hair Mask

DIY Honey Hair Gel

A sweet and edible hair mask, this is as tempting and healthy as it’s good for your hair. With only three ingredients, we have the perfect solution for this dry, damaged hair mask.

What You’ll Need

  • Banana – 1
  • Avocado – 1
  • Honey – 4 Tbsps.

How To Make

  1. Scoop out the flesh from the avocado – use a ripe fruit for best results.
  2. Slice up the banana and add to a bowl along with the avocado flesh – use a ripe banana.
  3. Mash the fruit flesh with a fork or you can run in your blender for a finer paste.
  4. Add in the honey and mix to combine.
  5. Done!

How To Use

Apply this honey hair mask to your hair and scalp and make sure you cover your hair to the tips.

You can add more or less of the ingredients based on your hair length.

Cover your head with a wrap and wait for at least 25 minutes before washing off.

Try using a mild shampoo and conditioner, air dry, and style as usual.

6. Vegan Nurturing Avocado Hair Mask

Rosemary essential oil

Avocado has been used for hair and more so to treat dry, damaged, and brittle hair. Combined with other natural ingredients, you have a hair mask that boosts hair health and shine.

What You’ll Need

  • Avocados – 1 or 2
  • Lemon – 1
  • Vegetable Glycerin – 3 Tbsps.
  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsps.

How To Make

  1. Scoop out the flesh from Avocado(s) – use ripe avocados.
  2. Mash the avocado or blend it for a smoother paste.
  3. Juice and filter lemon to get rid of the seeds.
  4. Add the other ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  5. Add in the avocado paste and mix well.
  6. Done!

How To Use

Like other homemade hair masks apply to your hair and scalp.

Make sure to cover the hair from root to tips.

Wrap it so it doesn’t spill over your dress or face and wait for at least 25 minutes.

Wash off, condition, and air dry.

Style as usual.


You can use Honey instead of Vegetable Glycerin.

You can also use castor oil in this recipe to promote hair growth.

Use warm water if you need to wash off easily, but don’t use very hot water to prevent drying of hair or scalp.

7. Vegan Olive Oil Hair Mask

Olive Oil

A two-ingredient olive oil deep conditioning hair treatment to combat itchy and dry scalp. This is one of the best DIY hair masks to combat scalp issues including dryness, scaling, and itching.

What You’ll Need

  • Olive Oil – 1/4 Cup
  • Lemon Juice – 1/4 Cup

How To Make

  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/4 Cup of water along with other ingredients – you can add less water, based on your preference and length of hair.
  2. Whisk briskly to combine.
  3. Done!

How To Use

Transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray on your hair and scalp.

Massage this mixture into your scalp and cover your hair from root to tip with this mixture.

Wrap and let it sit for at least 25 minutes

Shampoo, condition, and air dry.

Style as usual.


You can also use Avocado oil for this recipe along with olive oil. It leaves yor hair shiny and soft.

You can add a dash of your favorite essential oil for added aroma or their benefits.

Why Use a Hair Mask?

Hair masks are now gaining popularity for hair care. Depending on the ingredients they’re nourishing, nurturing, strengthening hair follicles, combating dry hair, promoting hair growth, etc.

DIY hair masks are easy to prepare from household ingredients and used to combat frizzy hair, thinning hair, hair loss, hair breakage, strengthening hair shaft, and more.


Diy hair masks are affordable and easy to whip up real quick. They’re a way to pamper, nourish, and care for your hair and scalp.

They improve hair texture, give you healthy hair, combat dry hair, and oily hair, nurture thin hair to health, oily scalp, etc.

Based on the ingredients used and when they’re chosen according to your scalp and hair type, it does a world of good for your hair, let alone leaving it soft and shiny.

It also doubles up as a deep conditioning treatment for your scalp and gets rid of greasy hair or weakened hair.

They’re better than chemical treatments and give you shiny hair.

They curb hair loss, strengthen hair follicles from within, nourish and nurture hair, etc.

If yours is color-treated hair or bleached hair or has undergone any heat or chemical treatment, masks can soothe and heal your hair.

If you want healthy hair and a problem-free scalp, homemade masks are a great choice.

When you make your own masks you can tweak the recipe and see what suits you better – DIY recipes are very versatile and you could do different variations every single time and keep things interesting.

The Right Way to Use Hair Mask

Most hair care masks are a treatment for your hair or scalp or both and are best applied as a pre-shower treatment unless specified otherwise.

It’s ideal to massage gently after applying the mask to let it seep into hair roots and work from within, while also stimulating blood flow to the scalp.

Let the hair mask sit for at least 25 minutes, to an hour or two depending on the requirement before washing it off.

It’s a good idea to use a hair wrap so the hair mask doesn’t drip down on your dress or skin while waiting.

Most masks are applied on dry hair, not damp hair unless specified otherwise.

Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to wash off after applying any mask, don’t skip the conditioner.

You can use your normal shampoo and let your hair air dry.

Use a soft towel. and gently pat dry instead of rubbing, as it can strip off the scalp’s natural oils.

Final Takeaway

You don’t have to go to a hairstylist or a spa for pampering, nourishing, and treating your hair. You can do all that and more, using natural ingredients and keeping it affordable by using these mask recipes.

Choose the right recipe based on your hair type and requirements for best results. Don’t have time for DIY recipes? Don’t worry, we have you covered with a range of premium products for hair care from Vitamins Revive. Do check out to know more about the options for your requirements.


Can I use a homemade hair mask every day?

Not every day, you can use them once a week depending on the recipe chosen and your requirements. For oily scalp, it’s once every two weeks.

When should you not use a hair mask?

Those with issues related to sinus or other cold-related conditions should avoid masks as they can increase their issues. For most of them, it’s safe unless they’re allergic to the ingredients or can’t leave their hair soaked for some reason.

How long can a hair mask stay on?

It’s usually 15 – 25 minutes for most masks unless specified otherwise. Don’t let the mask stay longer than suggested as it can strip off the scalp’s natural oils and leave it dry and irritated.