5 Cruelty-Free DIY Hair Masks for a Gorgeous Mane

Homemade hair masks can keep your hair radiant and healthy. They can be just as effective as commercial hair care products, but without the harsh chemicals and the hefty price tag. Even better, they’re very easy to make. You may already have the ingredients in your own kitchen.

When preparing your own vegan hair care solutions, use organic ingredients as much as possible. You should also wash your hair beforehand. Using a hair mask is pointless if you do not have clean hair. Let your hair stay damp as you prepare the recipe.

Also, just to be perfectly clear (and in case you’re new to the cruelty-free lifestyle), being vegan means you shouldn’t use animal products in any way. So, despite the popularity of yogurt and eggs in making homemade hair masks, your concoctions shouldn’t contain such ingredients.

Not to worry though. We came up with five hair care recipes just for you.


1. Argan and Honey Hair Mask for Dry Hair

This DIY hair care recipe is for dry and damaged hair. Coconut oil can stimulate hair follicles and protect against split ends and breakage. Honey can lock in moisture and keep your hair healthy. As for argan oil, well, it’s loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants.



1 tablespoon argan oil

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil



1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk for two minutes.

2. Place the mixture in a pan and heat it. Make sure that it does not get too hot for your scalp and hair to handle.

3. Divide the mixture into four equal parts.

4. Divide your hair into four sections. Apply the mixture into your hair.

5. Wear a shower cap for thirty minutes to let the mixture sit.

6. Rinse your hair.


2. Avocado Hair Mask for Dull Hair

This homemade hair mask can bring your dull hair back to life. Avocado has natural properties that can make your hair soft and silky.



1 avocado

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon almond essential oil

¼ cup olive oil



1. In a bowl, mash the avocado. Keep mashing until it becomes smooth.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix them until they turn into a paste.

3. Apply the mixture to your hair. Leave it on for fifteen minutes.

5. Rinse your hair. Use your usual shampoo and conditioner.


3. Olive Oil, Avocado, and Agave Syrup Hair Mask for Extremely Damaged Hair

This vegan hair mask is for extremely damaged hair caused by constant exposure to the sun. Olive oil contains natural moisturizers that make hair more manageable. Avocado contains natural oils that are akin to sebum, allowing your scalp to absorb these oils more easily. Agave syrup helps lock in moisture to prevent dryness.



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 avocado

½ cup agave syrup



1. In a bowl, mash the avocado.

2. Add the agave syrup and olive oil. Mix all ingredients until they turn into a paste.

3. Apply the paste onto your hair. Leave it on for thirty minutes.

4. Rinse your hair.


4. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask for Oily Hair

This cleansing hair mask ensures that your scalp and hair are healthy. The combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda is effective in eliminating dandruff. Lemon juice can help balance the pH level of your scalp.



1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup water



1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.

2. Apply the mixture onto your hair and scalp. Focus primarily on your scalp.

3. Leave the mixture on for ten minutes.

4. Rinse your hair.


5. Soy and Almond Hair Mask for Brittle Hair

This DIY hair mask contains almond oil, which is rich in fatty acids and helps fight dryness. Soy milk, on the other hand, makes your hair follicles healthier and stronger. Of course, bananas are a great source of vitamins, which protect hair from damage.



2 tablespoons almond oil

2 tablespoons soy milk

½ banana

½ avocado



1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients.

2. Mix them into a paste.

3. Apply the mixture onto your hair. Leave it on for fifteen minutes.

4. Rinse your hair.


Shelf Life and Storage

Ideally, you should only make single batches of hair masks. This way, you can avoid wasting ingredients. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in your refrigerator for up to a week.

If you want to extend their shelf life, you can use antioxidants as natural preservatives. Vitamin E and rosemary oil extract, for example, can reduce the oxidation rate of your hair products. You can also add antimicrobials such as grapefruit seed extract.

Here’s one last thing—never store homemade hair masks in the bathroom. Bathrooms often harbor bacteria and germs. Simply put, always store your homemade hair products in a cool, dry place.

If you'd rather purchase cruelty-free products, you can read these recommendations we mentioned in another article  or try some of the products below. 




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