First, of course, you will need a hair mask to make your DIY moisturizing hair mask. The most common types are clay based creams that are meant to act as a sealant for the hair shaft and allow for a better flow of blood through the hair follicles. Clay based products are also less likely to clog the pores, thus allowing for fewer blackheads to form. When choosing a clay based products make sure to find one that is safe for both your hair and skin.
You may want to use products that are naturally scented and do not contain harsh chemicals that could potentially irritate your skin. Another consideration is to choose products that have sunscreen content because skin and hair are often exposed to harsh chemicals without adequate protection.
It is possible to make your homemade products yourself using products that are available at your local grocery store. Just be careful not to use too much of the natural oils, because too much of this can leave you with a greasy feeling that will leave your hair feeling greasy as well. It is best to keep these natural products to a minimum, but sometimes it is necessary to use a little.
A good place to start looking for ingredients is in the ingredient list. This will help you decide which ingredients are good for your hair, skin, and your budget.
Ingredients that you should avoid including parabens, mineral oil, and sodium laureth sulfate. Parabens and sodium laureth sulfate are preservatives that may have negative side effects on your hair. Also, mineral oil is known to clog the pores and cause more problems than it solves.
What about ingredients that have antioxidant properties? If the ingredients you are interested in are known to have antioxidant properties, look for those that have had studies done to determine their benefits and harms. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals in the skin and hair, which are known causes of premature aging and overall damage.
Always remember that if you are looking for natural ingredients to use in your DIY moisturizing hair mask, you will want to stay away from fragrances and colorants. They can create a greasy feeling and can even create more of a reaction than good.
After you have found the natural ingredients you want to use, be sure to use a good conditioner to seal in the moisture of the ingredients. You may also want to add a gentle exfoliant to your homemade moisturizing hair mask to get rid of any dead skin cells that may occur from the natural ingredients.
I personally use organic shampoos and conditioners and try to avoid buying any store bought ones. I have found that most store bought conditioners contain harsh chemicals that stripping the hair of essential oils that will increase the health of your hair.
Of course, you can also make your own conditioner. This is a good way to save money if you have the time and patience to make your own conditioner. The ingredients for this DIY moisturizing hair mask include: coconut oil, water, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, bentonite clay, and citrus oil.
Ingredients that have the best effects on hair are not always the ones that are the most expensive. Makesure to stay within your budget and use quality ingredients to make your DIY moisturizing hair mask!