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Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask for Dry, Frizzy, or Damaged Hair


Dry, frizzy, unruly hair can be difficult to manage.

Since lack of moisture is one of the main causes of dry hair, you’ll want to take special care to provide moisture to your dry thirsty locks.

Lots of moisture. Every day.

When you do that your hair will look and feel really different – more natural and beautiful. A well-hydrated hair is flexible, softer, and well-defined.

You don’t need to do anything fancy to moisturise your hair. As simple as spraying some water (mineral works better) on your hair and then sealing it with oil or shea butter will tame the fly-aways and will bring your hair back to life.

And if you are up for some extra pampering, let me suggest you this yogurt and honey hair mask.

This is a quick fix for dry and damaged hair. It will put plenty of moisture and shine into your tresses.

Yogurt is long been known as a hair softener. It’s full of protein, which will help strengthen the hair shaft and making them less prone to damage and split ends. The lactic acid in yogurt hydrates hair, and its gentle cleansing action helps to clear away dead skin cells that might have accumulated on your hair and caused it to become lifeless, dull and sad looking.

Honey is a great humectant – so it draws water from the atmosphere to your hair. When your hair is well moisturized it is more flexible, more smooth and less frizzy or fluffy than dehydrated hair. In addition, the anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of honey will combat dandruff and help soothe an itchy scalp.

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and oleic acid which improve hair elasticity and is deeply rejuvenating for dry, brittle hair. And it’s also a humectant, which means you are adding more moisture into your hair.

Although yoghurt hair mask is not very popular, people who use it swear by it for creating soft, shiny and moisturised hair.  Here’s how to make and use it…

Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair

Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair

To make this mask you will need:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (full fat)
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional, adds rich brown tint)
  • 1 egg (optional, adds extra shine and softness)

Stir all of the ingredients together until well mixed.

*Honey has mild bleaching effect and can lighten your hair over time; but if you use it once a week you won’t see much difference. Alternatively, use blackstrap molasses, which is good for those with darker hair. Molasses is thick syrup that is left behind when the sugar cane juice is processed to make refined sugar. It has high amounts of iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium, selenium and vitamin B6 – all these nutrients are excellent for your hair.

Coconut milk: You can also use coconut milk instead of honey. Coconut milk makes hair incredibly soft. And it’s also very nourishing for your hair, promoting faster hair growth

How to use:

You can use this mask right before you shower.

Apply the mask to your head (with your hair dry) and massage it into 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.

Wash as normal and let your hair dry naturally. Do this mask once or twice a month to restore and maintain your hair.

Enjoy your soft, shiny hair!

Extra Notes

  • Using yogurt: For this mask it’s best to use plain, whole fat or full fat yogurt. Also, prefer yogurt with live cultures, as it has extra benefit for the scalp health. If you make it at home, that is the best.
  • Yogurt substitute: If you are a vegan or don’t like putting yogurt on your hair, you can replace it with coconut milk. It offers similar hair benefits as yogurt.
  • Oiled hair: You can apply the mask on oiled hair.
  • Using Egg: I love adding egg to this hair mask. Egg is full of protein, fatty acids and vitamins – all of these  nourish hair and make it soft and glossy. (Let me know if you too like this mask with the egg).

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Seal-in the moisture

This step is very important for those of you with dry hair. When your hair is still damp, just place two or three drops of the oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then work it through your hair, paying attention to the ends. You can use any light oil such as argan, almond or grapeseed; or you can also use butters such as shea and cocao (preferably whipped in oil). This will seal the moisture, reduce frizz and add plenty of shine and gloss to your hair.

Tips to Fix Dry, Damaged Hair

  • Do not wash your hair too much. Once or twice a week is good enough, unless you work out every day or live in a very humid area.
  • Use gentle shampoo, or try this natural cleanser.
  • Hot water is your enemy. Always use cool water on your hair as well as skin (unless you have cold and cough).
  • Let your hair air dry. If you must blow dry, use the cooler setting.
  • Stay away from chemical treatments. Perming, straightening or coloring deplete moisture from your hair and can leave it very dry.
  • Protect your hair from hot sun as it can dehydrate your hair. Wear a scarf or hat when you are spending long time in the sun.
  • Nourish your hair from within. Take omega-3 rich foods such as fish, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. Omega 3 helps to restore moisture, and improves smoothness and shine of your hair.
  • Vitamin A is also extremely important to keep your hair soft and hydrated. Include foods such as pumpkin, mango, carrot, sweet potato, dark leafy greens, and papaya.

Have you used yogurt and honey hair mask? How do you moisturise your hair? Share below!


Leave a Comment:

Sue says

I did a yogurt mask yesterday and it was impossible to comb through. The only other ingredient was avocado oil but not much because I didn’t want oily hair afterwards. Xanthan gum is very slippery. Next time I’m going to add that, too. My recipe was 1/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt and 8 drops avocado oil. I think 1/2 tsp xanthan gum will be plenty. Be careful in the shower. This stuff is VERY SLIPPERY! I’m also going to add more yogurt, like 1/2 total since i have long hair and maybe one tablespoon of oil.

    Minaz says

    You can also use coconut milk for yogurt. It adds more slip.

Kazumi jacinto says

Hi, do we expect to see a treated/healthy hair after applying this like immediately?

Salikaa says

Can I apply this paste after I apply oil?

    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

Sara says

My hair is thin and curly, on the frizzy side. It breaks and creates knots easily so I thougt a yogourt mask would help but really it didn’t! It was even harder to untangle them after the mask. Not a good idea for my type of hair 🙁

    Minaz says

    Oh no! You can try coconut milk hair mask.

Kiran says

I’ve tried this method and I’m actually having major hair fall issues.
I applied it in my hair and waited 30 minutes before I washed it. And since then I’ve lost a major part of volume.
Do you think it’s an allergic reaction??

Kasia says

Hi, I wonder why you choose yoghurt which is full of protein for dry hair? Proteins make dry hair coarse so I am curious about your opinion on that.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Kasia, It’s a good question.
    Yogurt has high amount of water and fat content and therefore it doesn’t really cause protein overload. Although in some people it can cause a drag.

Karen says

Love this hair mask! Left my curly hair bouncy and soft ?
Thanks for sharing!!

Kirti D-Explorer says

Hello Minaz
Kirti here,
i have a question, when you mentioned wash hair as normal did you mean to say we need to shampoo our hair once the mask is rinsed out or do we shampoo our hair the next day?? do let me know please..
Take care..

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Kirti, you shampoo after you rinse out the mask.
    Let us know how it works for you.

Donnamarie says

I really appreciate your concise factual post. I have adopted the thinking, “If it comes from a plant it is good for the body. If it comes out of a plant, not so much.” My modification was avocado oil, the sun protection! I use EVOO in many of my other hair care products I make. I went to visit an elder cousin (only 8 yrs) she said my hair looked great like it did when I was a child. I had done the yogurt honey mask earlier that day. Going to try with the cocoa next time. I’ve been doing Helena mask the last couple months and don’t want indigo.

Thanks again

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Donnamarie, I totally follow that thinking and it’s done wonders for me.
    Thanks for sharing your results 🙂

Sudha says

Nice dear…working indeed!

jenny says

I am gonna try this tomorow.

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