How to make a Simple, Deep-Conditioning Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair

Updated: 07/08/2021

Is your hair feeling dehydrated, frizzy and undernourished these days? Environmental factors, heat tools and chemical-based hair products can easily get the best of your hair. If you are praying to the hair gods for healthy, glossy and luscious hair, you’ve come to the right place! All you need is a natural DIY hair mask for dry, damaged hair to lock the moisture in and the damage out.

Do Hair Masks Work?

Hair masks are deep-conditioning treatments that tackle an array of hair problems, including dryness, damage, dandruff, roughness, fizziness, split-ends and so on.

In fact, they are vital for maintaining the overall health and beauty of your tresses.

Applying a hair mask once a week can pamper, enliven and revitalize your hair, giving it shine, fullness, bounce and softness like never before.

Your hair might feel damaged and dehydrated for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • exposure to UV rays
  • extreme weather conditions
  • heat from styling tools
  • chemicals and toxins present in hair products
  • habits like smoking, drinking and erratic sleeping pattern
  • not keeping yourself hydrated
  • contact with salt-water and chlorine
  • side-effects of certain medications

It is important that you show your tresses a bit of extra love!

And guess what? You don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket to buy a chemical-based hair mask which is ridden with toxins.

Usually, commercial hair products contain components like sulfates, alcohol, synthetic fragrances and parabens which induce damage to your hair upon long-term use.

You can whip up an ultra-hydrating and nourishing hair mask for dry, damaged hair just by using common kitchen ingredients!

It is a safer, more effective and gentler alternative to commercial products.

So, beauties, here are my 5 favorite DIY hair masks for dry, damaged hair.

1) Coconut Oil & Aloe Vera Mask for Fine, Frizzy Hair

Purpose: This mask is ideal for dry, damaged and fine hair. It can also be used to treat a dry, inflamed or flaky scalp.

This nourishing mask conditions, softens and adds shine to your hair while promoting hair growth, adding moisture, healing damaged cells in the scalp and improving the overall health of your hair follicles.



  1. Scoop out some coconut oil in a glass mixing bowl .

2. Put the mixing bowl in the microwave for 1 minute to melt the oil.

3. Take the bowl out of the microwave and add the aloe gel and rosemary oil to it.

4. Integrate all the ingredients together to get a smooth, uniform mixture.

How to Apply

  1. Using your fingertips, massage the mixture onto your scalp in circular motion.

2. Divide your hair into 4-6 sections and coat them with the mask, focusing on the ends.

3. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes before washing your hair with a gentle, organic shampoo.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the lightest oils out there, therefore it is perfect for thin hair. People with fine to medium hair benefit most from coconut oil.

The vitamins and fatty acids found in the oil penetrate deep into your hair follicles, softening, conditioning and adding shine to them.

Since coconut oil has antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it fights infections and inflammations that might exist in your scalp.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera heals and revitalizes your scalp, contributing to the health of your hair strands.

Moreover, It floods your hair with moisture without making it oily and limp.

Aloe contributes to your scalp health by treating inflammation, dryness, dandruff and infections. It contains a proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp.

Aloe vera also has fatty acids and vitamins A, B12, C, and E which stimulate hair growth.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary oil contains antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

It stimulates the hair follicles and increases blood flow to your scalp, thereby, encouraging hair growth (source).

In fact, rosemary oil can be used to treat conditions like Alopecia areata and male pattern baldness.

If you want to experience quick hair growth and excessively strong tresses, my DIY Rosemary Hair Rinse will knock your socks off.

2) Olive Oil, Yogurt & Raw Honey Mask for Extremely Dry, Unruly & Rough Hair

Purpose: This is a heavy-duty, highly moisturizing mask for taming excessively dry, unruly hair. All the potent ingredients come together to form an intensely nourishing, deep-conditioning mask which will result in smooth, shiny and hydrated hair.

Do not use this mask on fine to medium hair because it will weigh your hair down, making it look limp.

If your hair is dense, coarse, unmanageable and dry, you are welcome to test it out.


  • 1 or1/2 cup yogurt, depending on your hair length and density


  1. Scoop out some honey and olive oil into a mixing bowl.

2. Microwave the mixture for 1 minute.

3. Take the bowl out of the microwave and use a spoon to integrate the honey and oil.

4. Once the mixture cools down to room temperature, add your yogurt.

5. Stir with a spoon until all the ingredients have integrated beautifully.

How to Use

  1. Slather the mixture generously onto to your hair and scalp. You can’t go wrong with this.

2. Cover your hair with a warm towel for about 30 minutes.

3. Unwrap your hair and wash the mask off with a gentle, organic shampoo.

Olive Oil

DIY Olive Oil recipes for haircare have been a staple in the beauty industry for a long time.

Olive oil is a thick, nourishing oil, therefore it is perfect for dense, rough and unruly hair.

It not only floods your hair with moisture but also contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your scalp.

Olive oil is an an emollient agent, therefore, it lends a smooth, soft texture to the hair.

Apart from that, it prevents damage, fights dandruff, conditions the hair and might even promote hair growth.

Raw, Manuka Honey

Apart from providing an insane amount of moisture to your hair, honey is a natural humectant and emollient. Therefore, it traps the moisture already present in your hair and lends it a soft, smooth texture.

Raw honey has antioxidant properties which protects your hair from damage caused by free radicles in the environment.

Also, honey is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature therefore it heals and soothes various scalp conditions.


Yogurt is a natural hair conditioner. It adds the right amount of shininess and silkiness to your hair.

Also, yogurt regulates the pH and bacteria balance in your scalp by reducing buildup, itchiness, inflammation and dandruff.

It gets rids of roughness, dryness and fizziness by pooling your hair with moisture.

3) Avocado, Olive Oil & Egg Yolk Mask for Dull, Damaged Hair

Purpose: This mask is a gentle, nourishing and hydrating treatment to give your hair that added boost. It effectively gets rid of dryness and repairs damage while promoting strength, adding shine and revitalizing dull, limp hair.

It works beautifully for fine to medium hair that have lost their bounce, health and vigor.



  1. Warm half a cup of olive oil in the microwave for 1 minute.

2. Peel an avocado and mash it with a spoon in the mixing bowl.

3. Add the olive oil and egg yolk into the bowl and mix all the ingredients together until they form a smooth, homogenous paste.

How to Use

1. Use your fingertips to apply this mix to your hair and scalp. Be generous.

2. Cover your hair with a hot towel for 30-40 minutes.

3. Rinse your hair with a gentle, organic shampoo.

Olive Oil

As I have mentioned before, olive oil is a thick, nourishing oil which not only floods your hair with moisture but also contains anti-inflammatory properties that soothe your scalp.

It has emollient and antioxidant properties which lend a smooth, soft texture to the hair, prevents damage, fights dandruff and conditions the hair.


Avocado is a reservoir of biotin, a B-complex vitamin which encourages hair growth.

Apart from that, avocado contains Vitamin A, B6, D, and E which contribute to hair health, heal damage and makes your hair shiny, soft and conditioned.

Avocado is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids which are a source of moisture for your hair. It contains antioxidant properties that protect your hair from free radicals.

Egg Yolk

The egg yolk is a source of vital vitamins and protein that strengthen and fortify your hair. It contains vitamins A and E, biotin, and folate which lead to hair growth.

Egg yolk application leads to nourished, soft and silky hair.

4) Milk, Banana & Raw Honey Mask for Brittle, Color-Treated Hair

Purpose: This is an intensive, deeply-nourishing and hydrating mask for color-treated hair that has become dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

It strengthens, fortifies and heals damage that might have been induced by chemical-based hair colorants.

Also, this mask calms any itchiness, skin irritation, redness on the scalp caused by hair dyes.



  1. Warm the milk over the stove until it becomes lukewarm.

2. Pour the milk in a mixing bowl, add the honey to it and stir.

3. Now peel a banana and mash it in the bowl with the honey and milk.

4. Integrate all the ingredients until you get a homogenous mixture.

How to Use

  1. Spray your hair with water to make it slightly wet.

2. Apply the hair mask all over your hair and scalp.

3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse your hair with a gentle, organic shampoo.


Milk contains proteins, amino acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc which nourish, soften and hydrate your hair. Calcium found in milk promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.

Raw, Manuka Honey

Honey acts as a hydrating agent and sealant for trapping the moisture in your hair. It has antioxidant properties which protects your hair from damage caused by free radicles.

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties present in honey heals and repairs itchiness, skin irritation, redness in your scalp. Additionally, owing to its emollient nature, honey makes your hair smooth, silky and shiny.


Bananas are moisturizing agents which are rich in vitamins (vitamin C, B6) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, copper) that can strengthen and enliven the hair while contributing to the health of your scalp.

Applying mashed banana to your scalp can effectively get rid of flakiness, dryness and dandruff rom your scalp.

Hair Mask Guidelines

Hair Masks can be a life-saver! However, while applying hair, there are some safety measures and precautions that you should know about.

So, don’t go shooting in the dark! Follow these guidelines to ensure amazing results.

  1. Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the hair mask, especially if it has an oil base. Perform a patch test on yourself to check for allergies, rashes and hives.

2. When it comes to hair masks, it is easy to overdo it. Do not use hair masks for more than 2 times a week. Ideally, masks should be used once a week.

3. Adding a little heat helps the masks absorb more readily into your hair follicles and scalp. Hence, I’ve recommended wrapping a warm towel over your hair after you have applied the hair mask.

4. According to beauty gurus, you should apply oil-based hair masks on dry hair! For oil-free masks, you can use them on towel-dried hair.

5. While applying masks, focus on the ends of your hair because they tend to be most neglected. Separate your hair in 4-6 sections and run your fingers along the sections for an even application. Comb your hair with a wooden, wide-toothed comb to spread the product.

6. When you rinse the mask, shampoo thoroughly to get rid of all the product so that there’s no buildup on your hair and scalp.

7. If you have an oily scalp, it is best to steer clear of oil-based masks. However, if you do end up using an oil-based hair mask, apply it onto your hair an inch away from your scalp.

To Wrap it Up

Hair masks a vital part of your haircare routine. If you play your cards right, they can transform your dry, damaged and dehydrated hair into luscious, bouncy locks.

In my opinion, DIY hair mask for dry, damaged hair are safer, gentler and more effective than chemical-based, toxin-loaded masks that burn a hole in your pocket.

So, which DIY hair mask for dry, damaged hair are you willing to test out today?

Hi, I'm Mandy. I'm so glad you're here! I'm a green, clean beauty enthusiast, committed to spreading awareness about the perils of using harsh chemicals on your body & helping you choose organic, toxin-free alternatives for your skincare & haircare rituals, while also giving you the science to back it up!

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