When summer comes to an end, I always notice that my hair is feeling a little lackluster and dry. Between the sun, chlorine, trips to the beach and the salt water, my mane has taken a beating. Plus, my everyday usual heat styling, products, you name it, I’ve done it to my hair this summer. For the first time in forever, this summer I also colored my hair. I haven’t colored my hair in years and while I’m trying to grow it out, I’ve noticed my locks have been looking a little blah. Doing a serious deep treatment every once in a while, and especially after each season, is always a great idea for better hair care.
Whether you want to do a mask for an hour or so, or even better, overnight when you’re sleeping so you aren’t bothered, having an easy DIY overnight hair mask is a great beauty hack. To help promote healthier shinier hair and also longer stronger locks, here’s a great DIY overnight hair mask for dry hair to make it shiny and more beautiful.
An Easy DIY Overnight Hair Mask For Dry Hair
There are plenty of hair masks and treatment options on the market right now if you walk into any beauty store. But to be honest, I really don’t care to spend my money on something where I can get similar results with natural remedies you can find in your pantry. I asked my readers what they use and so many came back with natural cures that I knew I had to find one that worked for me. To not only hydrate my hair and refresh it after tormenting it throughout the summer, but also stimulate hair growth. For natural hair fixes, an easy homemade hair mask is just the thing you need.
Seriously Hydrating Overnight Hair Mask Benefits
We’ll be using up to three ingredients for this DIY overnight hair mask. The first two are oils that you probably already have in your pantry; coconut and olive oil. Coconut oil is known for hydrating so when you add it to your hair and scalp it can help to hydrate the hair follicles creating more shine, softness and luster. It also helps to strengthen the follicle decreasing breakage and split ends. If you’re trying to grow your hair out and want to extend your visits to the salon, I recommend doing this DIY hair mask once a month. This will help get you through the extra weeks in between a cut that can allow your hair to grow longer.
The hydration of a coconut oil hair mask on your scalp will also help any dandruff or dryness you may be experiencing. In the winter time, I personally suffer from this on my scalp. Doing a coconut oil mask alone will help resolve this issue. The other oil, olive oil, has similar benefits with shine and hydration to repair damaged hair but can also help an itchy dry scalp. Olive oil also is also packed with anti-oxidants which can help promote a healthy scalp.
Lastly, egg yolks. I’m torn on using this overnight, which is why I leave it as optional below. If you’re doing just an hour or so of this natural mask, definitely add this in. Egg yolks are packed with b vitamins like Biotin. You know those popular biotin pills you buy for hair growth? It’s all packed into egg yolks too. So whether you add it to your scalp, or increase your egg consumption at breakfast time, you can help stimulate growth for long hair. Egg yolks also contain folate, vitamin A and vitamin D. These vitamins may help stronger healthier hair according to the experts.
What You Need
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (melted/softened)
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Hair Towel
- Shower Cap
- 1 Egg Yolk (optional)
Other ingredients you could add to this mask include apple cider vinegar, castor oil or aloe vera gel.
Step by Step Instructions
Melt your coconut oil. I usually just pop mine in the microwave on a low setting for a couple of seconds. You don’t want to cook it, just melt it. It makes it much easier to comb through your hair.
Combine the coconut oil, olive oil and egg yolk in a bowl. And mix until combined.
Add the DIY overnight hair mask to your hair. To make the application process even easier, you can use a bottle like this to get it into your scalp. I’ve solely done my ends in coconut/olive oil and just dipped my ends in a bowl and worked it up. If you’re super oily, I’d leave the oil out of your scalp, and solely put the egg yolk on your scalp and put the oil on everything else but a few inches from your scalp. Be sure to comb through your hair once it’s applied to ensure it gets distributed well on every strand.
To sleep in a mask I recommend putting your hair up once you’ve applied the DIY overnight hair mask. Then wrap your head in a shower cap and or a towel (I use these). Also, be sure to add a towel on top of your pillow in case you move around a bunch at night and things get a little messy. This will ensure you don’t wake up to a big mess. If you’re just doing the mask for a few hours, add a warm towel to your head so it can really soak in.
When rinsing out the mask, be sure to use a shampoo that’s more clarifying. For example, I like this one from HASK. I once tried a shampoo that was also hydrating, and it ended up taking three shampoos to get it out. You may need to shampoo twice. Spend some time working it out of your hair. Then dry and style as usual.
TIP: If you find that you still have the mask in your hair and it’s a bit oily after shampooing and styling your hair, add a bunch of dry shampoo and let it sit for a bit. Then shampoo it again. Dry shampoo is designed to pull out oils so this will help get it all out if you’re having trouble.
Enjoy silky soft, shiny and hydrated hair. I saw such a significant difference in the luster of my hair. It was shinier than ever after doing this for just an hour or so while sitting on the couch. Overnight really helps to penetrate your hair follicles to help condition your hair and scalp for better results.
Photo by Hannah Michelle