6 DIY Hair Masks for Curly Hair That Are Sure To Work

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6 DIY Hair Masks for Curly Hair That Are Sure To Work


Our hair becomes brittle, lifeless, and prone to damage as a result of daily exposure to harsh sunshine, weather fluctuations, stress, and pollution. While there are a plethora of products on the market, nothing beats the effectiveness of natural ingredients. Try these simple DIY hair masks for curly hair that are quick to make and can do wonders for your hair. 


Homemade Hair Masks for Curly Hair


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Below are the best DIY hair masks for curly hair, tailored to address specific curl needs:


1) Egg Mask for Damaged and Brittle Hair


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If you've been putting a lot of moisture in your hair and it's still dry or damaged, you could need a protein treatment. To help restore strength, this DIY egg hair mask combines protein-rich eggs, coconut oil, and avocado, as well as hydrating aloe vera and olive oil to enhance suppleness.



  • 1-2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ avocado, pitted and chopped
  • avocado oil (two teaspoons) (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • Spray Bottle



1) Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until completely smooth (no clumps, no chunks).

2) Section your damaged hair and clip additional sections up and out of the way.

3) Fill a spray bottle halfway with water and moisten each part before applying the mask.

4) Scoop up a little amount of the mask and smooth it through your hair until it's completely soaked, then clip it up and proceed on to the next section. If you're working with type-4 hair, skip the clip and instead untangle your hair before braiding it down.

5) Allow at least 20 minutes for your hair to dry after covering it with a shower cap or a grocery bag.

6) Shampoo and condition as usual.


2) Yogurt Hair Mask to Reduce Breakage and Increase Hair Growth


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When hair is delicate, dry, and brittle, it breaks – or gets split ends.

This can be due to poor styling decisions, but it can also be an indication that something is wrong with your diet, and breakage is a warning that you need to increase your protein consumption.

A DIY hair mask made with Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and honey can help your hair repair and grow stronger. Greek yogurt will provide protein to your hair, while apple cider vinegar will cleanse it and honey will help seal in moisture. This hair mask is also great for hair fall.



  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey



1) Combine all ingredients to make your yogurt hair mask.

2) Apply to your hair from roots to tips and leave for 15 minutes to dry.

3) Rinse well with water and shampoo and condition as usual.


3) Rice Water and Avocado Hair Mask for Healthier Curls


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Inositol is a component of rice water that is thought to be able to permeate the hair and repair any damage. Avocado also has a high amount of vitamin B-complex, which aids hair development, in addition to being extremely moisturizing. This homemade hair mask will help your curls reclaim their vitality and definition.



  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ avocado



1) Mash half an avocado to make this hair mask and soak 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water.

2) To remove the rice grains from the water, sieve the mixture.

3) Toss in the avocado mash with the rice water.

4) Apply it to your hair and scalp.

5) Allow 20 to 25 minutes for it to sit on your hair before washing it out with warm water and a light shampoo.


4) Banana and Avocado Hair Mask For Limp and Dry Hair


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Curly hair is notorious for being incredibly dry and frizzy. Furthermore, heat style, sun damage, and regular exposure to the elements aggravate by leaving it dull and brittle, robbing it of its original texture. Quench your thirsty hair with this ultra-moisturizing and nourishing hair mask that will strengthen your strands while adding bounce and gloss to your natural curl.



  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 3 tsp mayo
  • 2 tsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tsp castor oil
  • 1 egg (optional)



1) In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana and avocado together. To this combine the mayonnaise, coconut oil, castor oil, and egg.

2) Mix till you get a smooth paste.

3) Apply generously to damp, shampooed hair in sections, focusing on each part from root to tip.

3) Put on the shower cap and let your hair absorb the mask for about an hour after you've finished applying it to your entire hair.

4) Rinse well with cold water.


5) Baking Soda Hair Mask for Product Buildup


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It's easy to build up layers of residue from hair care and styling products, especially for curly hair. Buildup can cause greasy-looking and feeling strands, dullness, and even dandruff-like flakes. With this baking soda hair mask, you can get rid of excess oil and buildup.



  • half a cup of shampoo
  • 1-2 tbsp baking soda



1) Combine shampoo and baking soda in a mixing bowl, stir well, and apply to damp hair.

2) Massage the mixture into your scalp gently and let it stay for a few minutes before thoroughly washing.


6) Coconut Cream, Cocoa Powder, and Cinnamon for Thinning Hair

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The theobromine in the cocoa powder boosts growth by boosting blood flow. Cinnamon increases circulation around hair follicles. Both of these contribute to this mask's ability to promote thickness.



  •  5 ounces of coconut cream/coconut milk
  • ½ cup of no-sugar-added cocoa powder
  • ¾ tablespoon of powdered cinnamon



1) In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk until smooth and creamy.

2) Apply to moist hair from root to tip, cover with a plastic cap, and leave on for 30 minutes.

3) Rinse well with warm water before shampooing as usual.


Maintaining Healthy Curly Hair Beyond DIY Masks


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DIY hair masks are a fantastic way to provide your curly hair with essential nutrients and moisture, but maintaining your curls' health is an ongoing process. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your curly hair in tip-top condition:


  • Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo: Curly hair tends to be drier, so opt for sulfate-free shampoos that are gentler on your locks. These shampoos help retain natural oils that keep your curls moisturized.
  • Condition Regularly: Invest in a good-quality conditioner specifically designed for curly hair. Apply it generously after each shampoo to help detangle, hydrate, and define your curls.
  • Avoid Excessive Heat: Use heated styling equipment like curling and straightening irons sparingly. Excessive heat can damage curly hair, causing it to lose its natural bounce and luster.
  • Protect Your Hair at Night: To lessen friction and avoid frizz, use a satin or silk pillowcase while you sleep. You can also use a silk bonnet or scarf to protect your curls while you sleep.
  • Trim Regularly: Keep split ends at bay by getting regular trims. This helps maintain the shape and health of your curls.


The Best Over the Counter Hair Masks for Curly Hair


While homemade hair masks can work wonders for your curls, there may be times when you simply don't have the time to whip up your own concoction. In such cases, over-the-counter hair masks can come to your rescue. The following is a list of the top-rated hair masks that are currently available in the market:


1) Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque


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The Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque has taken the social media world by storm. This 5-in-1 miracle mask is designed to work wonders for all hair types, including curly hair. It not only hydrates and conditions your hair but also enhances texture, adds shine, tackles split ends, and tames frizz. What's even better? This product doesn't just deliver impressive results; it also features a delightful scent. Plus, it's sulfate-free, vegan, and free of silicones and parabens. This hair mask is truly a multi-benefit superstar.


2) Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask & Leave-In Conditioner Treatment




For those with wavy to tight curls and medium to dry moisture levels, the Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate conditioner is a must-try. This sulfate-free product comes in a generous 12-ounce container and offers deep quenching and nourishment for dry and damaged hair. It not only repairs and softens curls but also works as a leave-in conditioner. It's safe for daily use and won't harm color-treated hair, making it a versatile addition to your hair care routine.


3) Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask 



Specially crafted for medium to thick, dry hair, the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask is a rich and creamy deep conditioner. Packed with the goodness of argan oil, linseed extract, and other nourishing ingredients, it's a true game-changer for improving texture and moisture levels. Its signature scent is both captivating and delightful, leaving your curly hair not only healthy but smelling great.


4) Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner



Finally, for those looking for a nourishing hair mask enriched with the highest quality argan oil, the Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask stands as an excellent option. Suitable for all hair types, including permed, natural, and curly hair, it's a nutrient-rich powerhouse that protects against heat styling damage. Plus, it's both sulfate-free and paraben-free, ensuring a high standard of quality and care for your curls.





Your curly hair will love these 6 masks. Just make sure you use high-quality ingredients. Also, keep in mind that you are unlikely to observe benefits right away. And that's perfectly fine! Observing a difference can take several weeks. And to keep those beautiful curls in place, don't forget to check out Burlybands – the ultimate hair ties for curly hair! 

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