Top 3 Homemade Hair Masks for Dry, Damaged Hair - hair buddha

Top 3 Homemade Hair Masks for Dry, Damaged Hair

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Hair

3 DIY Hair Masks for Dry Hair


Is your hair dry, dull and lifeless?

And you so long for soft, smooth, silky tresses?

Before I tell you amazing ideas to transform your hair, here’s a little on why your hair is dry and sad…

Dry hair occurs when your hair lacks moisture. In healthy conditions, our hair has a moisture content of 15 to 17 per cent. Anything less will cause it to become stiff and brittle.

So the simple answer to revive your dry hair is to increase its moisture content.

Regular moisturising will improve the hair’s elasticity – so your hair won’t snap and break when combing. Plus, well-hydrated hair feels soft and looks no-less-than-stunning.

Next time you feel let down by your dry hair, don’t reach for that hair straighter or head to the parlour to get another chemical treatment. These are just temporary fixes. In the long run, they will make your hair more dry, stiff and lifeless.

There are some great natural hair masks that you can make at home. I’ve tried them, and they work great! And most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen.

We all deserve a little pampering, and so does your hair. Here are 3 easy ways to give your hair some love..

1. Milk & Honey Hair Conditioner

milk and honey mask

This hair mask is amazing. It will put plenty of moisture back into stressed tresses. Milk is full of fat to make your hair soft and flexible, as well as lactic acid to help clear away old, dead hair cells that may have accumulated on your hair and caused it become rough and lifeless.

And honey? Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. Those of you looking for natural ways to straighten hair, ditch the heat and try out this milk and honey mask. It won’t give you that stiff straighter look (looks artificial to me), using milk and honey on your hair before you wash it causes curls to relax and gives you a smoother, softer and bouncier hair.

You will need…

  • ½ cup full fat milk (use cream if you have super coarse hair)
  • 1 teaspoon honey*

Warm up milk slightly, add honey and stir until fully dissolved

How to use:

Just put it in a spray bottle, spray onto your hair and scalp. Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in muslin cloth or a towel. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Next wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleansers and dry naturally. Enjoy your soft, silky hair!

If you are using cream, simply mix cream with honey and give it a good stir. Apply on your hair and scalp using your fingers (you can also use an applicator bottle). Then follow the above instruction.

*Use raw honey if you can find, as it contains more nutrients.

Note: Honey has a mild bleaching effect over time, so if you have darker hair I suggest using dark molasses in this recipe. Or you can skip honey altogether, milk itself is a great moisturiser and natural hair straightener.

2. Avocado & Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner

Whipped Avocado & coconut milk hair mask

Made with fat rich avocados and hair moisturising coconut milk, this mask will bring new life to your dry, dull hair. The amazing fats in the avocados coat your hair and form a protective barrier, keeping your hair well moisturised, soft and flexible. Avocados also have high protein content (they contain more protein than any other fruits) which impart strength and shine to your hair.

Coconut milk is very hydrating, and it works great as a hair detangler too! Toss in some olive oil and honey and you have a real treat for your hair.

You will need:

Mash the avocado, then put it in a blender, add the oil, and coconut milk, and blend until smooth.

Start with dry or damp hair. Apply this mask to your hair, making sure it’s saturating your hair and caressing your scalp.

Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in muslin cloth or a towel. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Next wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleansers and dry naturally.

And don’t be surprised when your hair is super soft and shiny.

Banana Milkshake Deep Conditioning Mask 

banana milkshake hair mask

This is a superb mask for dry and damaged hair. High in vitamins, and minerals, bananas have amazing moistursing and shine-enhancing power. Couple this with milk and honey and you have a match made in heaven.

This mask will make your hair silky, smooth, and extra shiny. And if you are after the natural straightening effect, milk and banana duo will help you a great deal.

You will need…..

  • 1 ripe banana
  • Full fat milk* (enough to thin out bananas)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil (optional)

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Its consistency should be runny, but still thick enough to stay on your hair.

Very ripe bananas work best in this recipe, make sure you blend the mixture until it’s really smooth. Leave no chunks. As it’s really hard to wash out banana chunks.

A better idea is to use baby food banana puree and you don’t have to worry at all.

*If you prefer not to use milk, you can use coconut milk instead, which is equally moisturising and hair softening.

How to use:

Start with dry or damp hair. Apply the mask to your scalp and hair (you can use an applicator bottle for this). Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in muslin cloth or a towel. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Next wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleansers and dry naturally.

Enjoy your beautiful hair!


  • You may or may not need to condition your hair after using these hair masks, just see how your hair feels after you wash it.
  • Make sure you rinse thoroughly and get all of the mask out of your hair
  • Do not ever try a beauty treatment on the day you have to go party or somewhere important

Have you tried any of these masks?How did it work for you? Share below!

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Leave a Comment:

Dan says

Hey! I had seen another banana hair mask’s article of yours . So which one’s actually the best – the one you provided in this article or the other one ?

    Minaz says

    Both are good, try both and see what works best for you. I know it doesn’t give you the answer you are looking for, but with homemade hair masks or shampoo, it’s about experimenting things and ruling out what doesn’t work and keep what works.

Sukirti Munjal says

Hi , I have very dry n damage hair . My hairs are bleached n coloured . Pls suggest some good hair mask to treat the dryness

Teejay says

I tried the avocado, coconut milk hair mask yesterday. I had only half an avocado, since the other half had gone bad, so i added half a ripe banana to the pack. I washed my hair with reeshi shampoo and I am so pleased to say that this has magically softened my hair. I did put a few drops of jojoba and lavendar oil to my washed hair to tame some frizz and this has worked a treat. Just wanted to thank you for giving people like me inspiration to ditch the chemicals and go natural!

    Minaz says

    Yeh! that’s fantastic! Welcome to natural world!

Aparna says

Hi, can you suggest a good brand for Shikakai pods and hibiscus powder

Veena says

I have been looking for a home made hair mask remedy for Dry,frizzy and coarse damaged hair (split ends on scalp).Heard about a combo of egg white,curds and banana? Does this work? If so, please suggest the right quantity of these ingredients.

    Minaz says

    Use 1 egg yolk, 1 banana, 1/2 cup yogurt/curd and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

      Veena says

      Thank you Minaz..will try it.

    Swathi says

    Hi Veena,
    I just tried banana, milk and honey pack today. Although I used conditioner my hair looks voluminous than before. Make sure you don’t use too many after wash solutions. I’m next planning to try gram flour and water after as my next hair my pack

      Veena says

      Thank you so much Swathi..Did you use it to treat split ends?

loubna says

hi. i have a really big probleme . I have a dry bleached hair. wich doesn’t like oils and creams i have no idea what could make it better. thanks for your helpe

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Kirti D-Explorer says

Hello Minaz,
I have dry frizzy hair. Just read about your masks. In one of them you mentioned about using natural hair cleansers to wash hair after using the mask….. Can you suggest what best would work for me?? can you suggest good shampoos for my hair type

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Kirti,

    For you hair use this:
    homemade ree-shi shampoo and add hair softening herbs such as methi, licorice (jestamadh/mulethi) or marshmallow when soaking/making the shampoo.

    You can also try a mixture of 1 tsp coconut milk and 2 tsp castile soap to shampoo your hair.

    If you are looking to buy thenKhadi shikakai and honey shampoo is good.

Sara Khan says

Hi 🙂 I stumbled upon your blog some time ago and whenever I’m in need for some hair advice I always visit your blog for answers. Both me and my hair thanks you! Although seeing results takes time I still see my hair getting happier. Keep up the good work, you are appreciated!

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Sara, I am glad you are enjoying the site. Thanks for your kind words.

Luna says

I oil my hair before shower, can i do this on oiled hair?
Or will it just be too much?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    You can do any of them on oiled hair.

Latha says

I have tried milk and honey pack and it made my hair very smooth and soft.

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