Ah, summer. After a long winter complaining about the snow and cold, it’s once again time to complain about the heat and sun. Like any extreme weather, the heat of summer can do a number on your skin and hair. Excess humidity and excess dryness can both damage the hair in their own ways, depending on your hair type; not to mention all that sun and sweat.
You don’t have to sit back and watch your hair turn into a tumbleweed, though. Here are two DIY hair masks options for the summertime — one for humid climates and one for dry climates. Your hair is going to be photo-ready in no time.
DIY Hair Mask for Humidity
Humidity usually means one thing for natural hair: frizz. A natural hair mask smoothes the cuticle of the hair and creates a natural sheen. Use this DIY mask before you proceed with your regular styling routine.
2 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 teaspoons of almond oil as needed*
Blend the bananas in a blender until smooth. Then add the honey and almond oil, and blend into a puree. Apply to your hair, working from roots to ends. Apply a shower cap to minimize mess and maximize nourishment. Leave for 15 minutes. For extra benefits, add heat. Rinse and wash.
*If you don’t have almond oil on hand, substitute avocado, jojoba, or olive oil.
DIY Hair Mask for Dryness
Dry, hot climates leave your hair absolutely parched. Regular moisture is key, and the most important moisturizer for your hair will always be water. When you need a deep, penetrating dose of moisture, though, reach for this hair mask.
½ small ripe avocado
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ cup fresh coconut milk
1 tablespoon raw honey
Blend half of a ripe avocado in a blender until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk, coconut oil, and raw honey. Apply to your hair, working from roots to ends and massaging into the scalp. Apply a shower cap to minimize mess. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse and wash.