With the arrival of winter comes the annual complaints of dry, dull and all round lifeless locks.  
But what if we told you this needn’t be a reality this year?
We’ve taken it upon us, to round up three of our favourite natural hair masks, guaranteed to nourish rough roots and tame tangled tresses.

Damaged hair mask ingredients

WHY?:
Meet the cure for damaged, split ends brought on by the harsh winter breeze. While coconut oil makes for the best natural conditioner, leaving hair super luscious, the 2-in-1 restorative and moisturising properties of honey will help bring your locks back to life. The fatty acids found in egg yolk also help in creating a commercial-worthy glossy finish.

HOW?:
Either blend the ingredients up or whisk together until well combined. Apply evenly through damp locks, taking extra care to cover drier ends. Pop a shower cap on and let the mask sink in for about 30 minutes. A single shampoo and condition should do the trick to wash out any excess residue.

We love integrating this easy as ever ritual into our winter hair care regime once a week for best results.


Irritated scalp mask ingredients 

WHY?:
Useful as more than a trusty toast topper, avocados are full of healthy fats to help soothe irritated scalps. Bananas are hair-reviving heroes; they combat dandruff through gentle exfoliation and are rich in Vitamin B6 and may aid in strengthening tresses. As rich sources of healthy fats; coconut milk and olive oil both work as powerful de-tanglers, simultaneously moisturising and conditioning.

HOW?:
Form a smooth paste by blending together all the ingredients, and evenly spread through your hair. Reap the most benefits of this uber moisturising mask by massaging the mixture deeply into your scalp. Leave in for 15-20 minutes max, and thoroughly wash out with a gentle shampoo and conditioning blend.


Hair growth mask ingredients

WHY?:
This special concoction comprised of herbal fruits has been used in Ayurvedic traditions for over 5000 years to not only strengthen and condition the scalp but to prevent hair fall with ageing and provide long-term shine.

Amla, aka Indian Gooseberry, is charged with vitamin C and essential fatty acids that give hair that sought-after lustre. Containing high amounts of lecithin, ancient spice Fenugreek is thought to be a powerful natural rebuilder of hair follicles. Meanwhile, the fruit Shikakai contains vitamins A, C, D, E and K - the perfect vitamin mask thought to promote growth and strengthen hair from root to tip. No wonder why it's known as the 'fruit of hair'!

The more familiar yogurt acts as a protein mask for adding strength, while its cooling properties calm irritated scalps and prevent dandruff. A squeeze of lemon juice adds extra conditioning and helps wash away any chemical buildup created by excessive use of chemically-loaded hair products.

HOW?:
According to Ayurvedic rituals, you create the mask by soaking amla and Shikakai powders together in warm water to make a paste. Leave this to sit overnight and in the morning, add yogurt to create a thick paste. Leave this to sit for 30 minutes before adding the fenugreek powder and lemon. Spread the paste evenly throughout your hair and scalp. Leave for an hour, then wash out.


N.B:
Take extra care not to get any mixture in the eyes, for it can cause severe stinging!
Targeting everything from dryness to dandruff, these hair reviving recipes will make your sad split ends a thing of the past!

Aish Shah, is a yogi and lover of movement in any shape or form. Nothing makes her happier than prospects of exploring new pastures accompanied by loved ones, undoubtedly indulging in local delicacies along the way. She's a firm believer that most problems can be solved by a good long stroll and a strong cup of matcha.

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