If the thought of leftovers churns your stomach, you may be in luck. You can use everyday foods, including some items you may have left over from Thanksgiving, to create at-home hair masks that will replenish and rejuvenate your hair.
Pumpkin Hair Mask
- 1 cup fresh, cooked or canned pumpkin
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- Mix one cup fresh cooked pumpkin (or canned pumpkin) with four tablespoons of coconut oil in a food processor.
- Apply the creamy mixture to your hair, cover with a shower cap (or plastic wrap) and leave on for 30 minutes.
- Wash the mix out very well, then shampoo.
Apple Hair Mask
- 1-2 large apples
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon corn flour
- Peel, core, and grate the apples.
- Combine the grated apple with remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Spread the mixture over dry, unwashed hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a PVC-free food film and then wrap it with a towel.
- Rinse the mask off with tepid water and follow with a mild shampoo if desired.
Banana Avocado Mask
- 1 medium banana
- 1 egg
- ½ avocado
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp buttermilk
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Apply to hair from roots to tips.
- Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.
- Double the recipe for long hair.
- Use twice a month to maintain healthy hair.
Yogurt Hair Mask
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- Beat egg white until frothy.
- Mix with yogurt and mayonnaise.
- Massage into wet hair.
- Cover with plastic shower cap or plastic wrap.
- Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash out with a mild shampoo.
- Rinse with very cold water.
- Use monthly to moisturize hair.
Katie Clontz is a staff writer and customer service representative for Human Hair Extensions. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and has previously worked for publications such as The Courier-Times, The Knightstown Banner and Angie’s List.