13 Magical Hair Masks For Black Hair This Fall Season

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During the fall months of the year, ghosts and goblins aren’t the only things we have to be afraid of. Dry ends, brittleness due to vitamin deficiency, and seasonal hair loss (yes, we said seasonal hair loss) can terrify even the bravest of us! Unfortunately, these issues can be especially problematic for Afro-Latinas and others of African descent, whose hair is naturally more prone to breakage. Not to mention, the thirst is real when it comes to our hair! Afro-Latinas often struggle with retaining moisture to dehydrated strands. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered traditional hair-mask recipes to bring the life back into our dry locks. We’re not necessarily saying these masks are magical, but if they can revive your strands back from the dead, then what else can you call it? Check out the recipes below!

Scalp-Calming Mask

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If you suffer from dandruff or itchiness during the fall months, it may be a sign of an unhealthy scalp. Take steps to calm inflammation by applying this wonderful scalp-calming mask that is sure to bring some relief to your roots!

Benefits: Full of ricinoleic acid and vitamin E, Castor Oil has antimicrobial properties that combat scalp infections and prevent hair loss. It’s also known for promoting blood flow to the scalp. Tea tree oil is a magical essential oil that has antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that work together to combat dandruff. Aloe Vera contains proteolytic enzymes which are known to help repair dead skin cells. Not to mention, aloe vera has a great cooling, anti-itching effect.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Castor Oil

2 drops of Tea Tree Oil

1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply directly to your scalp for maximum benefits and smooth onto your strands for hydrating and strengthening benefits. Leave on for 1 hour and rinse off with a sulfate-free shampoo. For best results, repeat 2-3 times per week.

The Protein Pack

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If your bathroom counter is starting to look like a cemetery for your split ends, chances are your strands are too porous and need more protein.

Benefits: The protein in both the egg whites and the yogurt (the Greek variety is the best) work to fortify the hair follicle. This will help slow down breakage and prevent split ends.

Ingredients:

2 Egg Whites

1-2 tbsp of plain, whole-fat yogurt

Directions: In a mixing bowl combine egg whites and yogurt. Mix until well-combined. Fully saturate sections of your hair with the hair mask. Cover your hair with a shower cap. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it all out, and you’re done!

pH-Balancing Mask

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Benefits: Apple cider vinegar is renowned for restoring the “acid mantle” of the hair follicle’s shaft. The “acid mantle” is responsible for maintaining our hair’s shine and smooth texture. If your hair is looking dull lately, it might mean that your acid mantle has become too acidic. Along with the help of lemon juice (a famously acidic home remedy), your hair will be gleaming in no time!

Ingredients:

2-4 tbsp raw apple cider

16 oz water

Lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well until they are well-combined. Be sure to keep mixture out of your eyes, as it will sting! Let mixture sit for 2-3 minutes. To keep the acid mantle intact, be sure to only rinse with a shampoo that has a pH level between 5 and 7.

Magic Mayan Clay Mask

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Benefits: This detoxifying mask will remove build-up and toxins. because it is negatively charged (when combined with water or apple cider vinegar). It draws out toxins from the hair, which is positively charged. Second, it contains many minerals that are essential for hair growth like sodium, potassium, and calcium.

Ingredients:

½ cup bentonite clay

6 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ tbsp castor oil

½ tbsp almond oil

Directions: Mix clay, coconut oil, castor oil, and almond oil in a bowl until ingredients are well-combined. Next, add the apple cider vinegar (it should fizz up a bit). Stir vigorously until there are no lumps left. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the ingredients to activate. Apply to wet hair. If your hair begins to dry during application, be sure to re-wet your strands with a spray bottle full of water. If you let the mixture dry on your hair, it will be very difficult to get out. Cover head with a shower cap. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

The Beer Wash

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Benefits: This mask is guaranteed to bring shine back into dull strands. Two of the main ingredients in beer–malt and hops–contain proteins that promote volume and repair of damaged hair. Beer also contains the mineral silica which studies have shown add volume to lifeless hair.

Ingredients:

1 bottle or 1 can of flat beer

Directions: Pour your beer of choice (we recommend an organic one) into a bowl and let sit overnight. This releases the carbon dioxide in the carbonation which can actually counter-act the cleansing effect of your shampoo. Once your beer is flat, pour into a spray bottle. Saturate your hair with the beer. Massage into your hair for about 1 minute. Rinse.

Onion and Ginger Mask

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Before you discount this option completely due to its smell (we get it–no one wants to reek of onions!), trust us–this one works.

Benefits: Stimulates hair growth

Ingredients:  Medium onion 3 tbsp coconut oil Fresh Ginger Root

Directions:  Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel of the ginger. Then, use a vegetable grater to grate the ginger into a pulp, making sure to capture any ginger juice into the bowl. Next, peel the outer layer of the onion. Once peeled, grate the onion into the same bowl as the ginger substance. Use a sieve to strain the pulp from the mixture into a new, medium-sized bowl. Add coconut oil to the medium-sized bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds or until coconut oil is fully melted. Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil. Apply the mixture to your hair, focusing on the roots. Leave on your hair for 1 hour. Rinse out and shampoo and condition as normal.

The Banana Daiquiri Mask

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Benefits: Bananas are full of potassium–a mineral that helps strengthen and repair weak strands. Coconut milk contains powerful antioxidants and nourishing fatty acids that nourish and protect the hair from further damage. Honey acts as a natural humectant, smoothing the hair shaft and helping to retain moisture.

Ingredients: 

1 banana

1 tablespoon honey

2-4 tablespoons coconut milk

Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until it is yogurt-like consistency. Apply in sections to damp hair. Cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 1-2 hours. Rinse.

The Black Tea Mask

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Benefits: This mask can help those suffering from fall hair-loss. Black Tea contains large amounts of caffeine, a substance known to block the production of the hormone DHT which is responsible for hair-loss.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Black Tea

1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

1 tsp honey

Choice of Essential Oil

Directions: After brewing the black tea, seperate ¼ cup from your mixture and add to a spray bottle. Add remaining ingredients and shake well, making sure all ingredients are well-dissolved. Spray onto your hair and leave for 1-2 hours or overnight. Rinse.

Avocado & Banana Mask

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Yep, my mom loved to use all kinds of foods to condition my hair growing up and avocado was definitely one of them. In recent years I’ve amended this recipe by adding mashed up bananas and honey to increase shine and help with dandruff.

Benefits: Avocados are packed with protein and amino acids that have helped me improve my dry scalp and soften my hair when its dry. It’s a pretty great way to end breakage. Meanwhile, bananas come loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C that can bring shine and glow to your hair.

Ingredients

1/2 avocado (eat the other half while you’re chilling)

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

Directions:  Mix all of the ingredients in a blender (trust me*, that avocado can be hard to break down). Do it until the ingredients are creamy. Then, part your hair into sections, apply the ingredients and braid each section from root to end. Let sit for 30 minutes or stick it out and wear the mask overnight while you sleep.

Pro tip*: avocado pulp is no joke. Be sure to rinse the products out of your hair thoroughly or risk having people asking you what the heck is in your hair.

The Baking Soda Mask

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Benefits: If you start to see your hair go limp and feel as if it looks weighed down you might have too much product on it. The use of baking soda can be great for cleansing your hair of the hair sprays, and oils you use but can’t always seem to wash out.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of baking soda

1 tablespoon of water

Directions: Mix both ingredients together until you get a paste. Then, coat all over your hair and wait 20 minutes before rinsing and following up with your regular hair wash routine.

Honey Mask

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Benefits: The reality of honey’s benefits are sweeter than anything I could imagine. Honey has hygroscopic properties which means that holding onto water molecules is a pretty darn easy thing for it do it. Meaning it does a ton of moisturizing. This mask will help soften your hair and nourish the cuticle layer which will make your hair appear shinier.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

How to work it: Start by shampooing your hair and then letting it dry a bit so that it is damp. Mix the honey and olive oil together so that it is blended well and a bit runny. Doing this will ensure that it will be easy to work into your hair. Massage the ingredients into your the scalp and then lightly use your fingers to cover the strands. Let this sit for 15 minutes and then wash out. Follow up with conditioner.

Papaya Mask

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Benefits: Papaya’s never been one of my favorite fruits, but after a bit of research I started adding it to my grocery list pretty regularly. As it turns out, the super fruit is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium that can help keep your hair in line during the summer months. The fruit can bring shine to your strands and a bit of bounce. Meanwhile, good ol’ trusty olive oil will bring on the moisture and help you to prevent breakage.

Ingredients

1 papaya

2 tablespoons of olive oil

How to work it:  Blend pieces of papaya and olive oil together until smooth. Once you’re done so, apply the mask to your hair doobie style then cover it all up with a shower cap. Let the concoction sit overnight and wash out in the morning.

The Hot Coconut Oil Mask

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When you have damaged hair, it might seem counter-intuitive to go for more heat, but trust me this recipe helps.

Benefits: Coconut oil doesn’t need to be fussed with when you’re applying it to your hair. That’s how powerful the ingredient which has lauric and fatty acids is.  The recipe will help with breakage, keep your hair shiny and get rid of dandruff.

Ingredients

1/4 cup of coconut oil

Directions: There are two ways to do this mask. It always starts with making sure your hair is cleansed. Once you’ve done this, you can heat up the oil in a microwave and apply it to your strands. Or, you can apply the oil to your hair, cover it with a  shower cap and use a dryer to warm up the outside of your hair cover. For both methods, leave the oil in your hair covered for 30 minutes or overnight. Once you’re done, proceed with washing the ingredients out and going about your normal shampoo routine.


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