Although my hair is fairly long, I still want it to be longer. I am always looking for easy ways to make it grow. I have compiled a list of homemade hair masks to make your hair grow longer.
*Disclaimer: I do not claim to have come up with these on my own. I also do not claim that I have tried all of these. That said, some may work for your hair, and some may not. Not my problem.
1. Curry Leaves and Coconut- boil curry leaves and coconut oil until black residue starts forming. Harvest this residue and use on your hair twice a week.
Although this one was said to be the “secret” of Indian women, I am Indian and neither I nor my mother or grandmother have heard this. However, when the kids are small, Indian mothers would massage coconut oil into our hair and let it sit for 10 minutes before our shower. Since I’ve always heard that I have nice hair, I guess it works.
2. Castor Oil- add castor oil into your conditioner or mix with almond oil and massage into your scalp.
3. Vinegar Rinse- apparently supposed to restore the natural pH of your hair, mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water and use as a final rinse.
4. Egg yolk and olive oil- mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil, dilute the mixture by adding a cup of water and then slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients and then rinse off.
5. Burdock root oil- mix one teaspoon of each rosemary, basil and lavender oil, then mix 3-5 drops of this mixture with 1 teaspoon of each Aloe Vera gel and burdock oil. Massage this mixture in your scalp, let it work its magic over the next couple of hours (the longer you leave it on, the better), then shampoo and style your hair as usual.
6. Leave-in Rosemary mixture- Brew a potion using 2 teaspoons of dry crushed rosemary leaves and 300mls of water then massage this mixture into your hair and scalp starting from the ends. Due to its non greasy, light texture the mixture doesn’t need to be rinsed out which means that you don’t have to wait until your hair is dirty to apply it.
7. Banana Mask- mash the banana into a paste, then apply it on your head and cover with a plastic bag. Wrap a hot towel over your head for maximum results or, in case you are out of hot towels, use a hairdryer to help your hair quickly absorb all the nutrients.
8. Coconut Oil and Avocado- microwave the coconut oil for about 10 seconds, then massage one tablespoon of it into your hair from the roots to the tips. After that, massage the avocado into just the tips of your hair. Leave this mixture on for 10 to 15, then use cool water to rinse it and shampoo.
9. Almond Oil- take about a tablespoon of almond oil– more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair – and massage it into your scalp down to the ends of your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes or so, then follow the above procedure: rinse your hair with cool water and shampoo like usual.
10. Nettle hair tonic- begin with an ounce of nettle leaves, two cups of white wine vinegar and two cups of water (make sure you have lavender essential oil as well, you’ll need it later). Place all the ingredients in a pan – making sure it’s non-reactive. Let it simmer on the stove for two hours, then let the mixture cool before you strain it. Now’s the time for the lavender oil: once you’ve strained your nettle mixture, stir in about two drops of the oil, then decant everything in a bottle that has a tight lid. Shake it up before you use it, which you’ll do by massaging the mixture into your scalp every other day (or night).
11. Henna and Egg shampoo- you’ll need natural henna powder, an egg, half a cup of lemon juice and a cup of water. Begin by mixing the henna, your egg, and the water together until you’ve formed a paste, then let it stand for an hour. Add lemon juice and blend it in until the mixture is smooth again, then apply the paste on your scalp and hair, from root to tips. Allow it to set in for about two hours, or until the mix is completely dry. Actually, if you want to leave it on during the night, that’s fine too. When you rinse it, just use cool or lukewarm water and gently work the mixture out of your hair.
12. Oatmeal Hair Mask- Get half a cup of oats – or more, if your hair is long and/or thick – 1-2 tablespoons of almond oil, and a quarter to a half a cup of milk. Mix everything together, make sure your hair is tangle free and dry, and apply the hair mask from root to tip. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, rinse with warm water, and shampoo like normal.
13. Egg and Yogurt Mask- Beat one egg until it looks foamy. Add in 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, and 1/4 cup mayo. Massage it into your scalp and your hair, until every inch is covered. You can use plastic or a shower cap on your head to keep from dripping, since you have to leave the mask in place for about an hour. When you rinse, use cool water and a very mild shampoo.
14. Onion Juice and Honey- Juice a small onion and add a dollop of honey. This mixture is good for thinning hair. Apply the mask all over, or just where its thinning. Leave on overnight and rinse out with shampoo in the morning (that will also take care of the smell!)
15. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice- Mix one part lemon juice with two parts coconut oil and leave on anywhere from 4 hours to overnight. Rinse out with cool water.
16. Garlic and Chamomile Tea this is probably the most complicated one- Mix a tablespoon garlic juice with a tablespoon of honey, then place in fridge. Boil 3 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of chamomile tea (or a tea bag) for about half an hour, stirring occasionally. While that cools, stir in one egg yolk into the garlic juice/honey mixture, as well a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Massage into your scalp and down to the ends of your hair, then wash out using a gentle shampoo. After that, rinse your hair with the chamomile and let it stay in.
17. Vitamin E- Combine a quarter cup Vitamin E oil and a quarter cup jojoba oil, then include 15 drops each of peppermint essential oil and rosemary essential oil. Put this mixture into a bottle, and shake. You can apply this every night if you wish.
18. Essential Oils- Mix 2 drops thyme essential oil, 3 drops of rosemary essential oil, 2 drops of cedar essential oil, an ounce of grapeseed essential oil, and a tablespoon of jojoba essential oil and store in a tight bottle or boil. Massage into your scalp every night.
19. Caffeine shampoo- Mix 4 teaspoons of caffeine powder into 8 ounces of shampoo, and you can use this everyday. You can also mix the caffeine powder into 8 ounces of water, and spritz on 10-15 minutes before showering. Do not use more than once a day, and if you start getting headaches, you’re using too much.
20. Mayo massage- Get your hair damp – just damp, not soaking – with warm water, then basically just rub the mayo (any kind you want) into your scalp and down to the ends of your hair. Use as much or as little as you want. Once done, either use a shower cap or some plastic wrap to cover your head – that traps the heat, so the mayo will really get in there and penetrate. Let it set for 20 minutes or so (it’s really up to you), then wash it out with a gentle shampoo, or a shampoo that’s been diluted.
Taken from All Women Stalk
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And here’s a bit of help from the wonderful Daven Mayeda
How to grow your hair longer from Loepsie:
xoxo, the HairNinja