I love using yogurt in my hair and skin care recipes. Yogurt is antioxidant rich and highly nutritious making it a powerful beauty ingredient, as well as a budget friendly and easily accessible beauty treatment! What kind of yogurt should you use? For beauty purposes, use plain, unflavored, unsweetened and pro biotic yogurt. Remember to never use flavored yogurt for this purpose. Greek yogurt can be used. Yogurt will do much more than soften your locks: it will feed hair follicles, moisturize, promote growth, prevent hair fall, and condition hair! It contains vitamin B6, zinc, lactic acid, calcium, magnesium and vitamin B12 that are all vital for hair and nourish the hair follicles. Check out 3 amazing yogurt hair mask recipes that you can try out depending on your hair condition!
1. Anti-dandruff: Yogurt Honey Lemon Hair Mask
Yogurt contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will help fight and clear off dandruff. Lactic acid will clear off excess dead cells and flakes on the scalp. It has exfoliating properties that will help dislodge stale oils and grime from deep within the hair follicles. Here are some benefits of the honey and lemon in this hair mask:
|Ingredient||Role in Hair Mask|
|Honey||It is a natural humectant which will water hair follicles thus promoting hair growth. The honey in this hair mask also helps keep the scalp moisturized and nourished.|
|Lemon||Lemon contains antibacterial properties that will help fight dandruff and kill microbes on the scalp.|
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- A small lemon
Directions In a small bowl, squeeze a small lemon and stir in the yogurt and honey with a spoon until you get an even consistency. Apply the mixture onto your wet hair strands and scalp. Let the hair mask penetrate for about 10 minutes. When the time is up, rinse off very well using tepid or cold water. Towel dry your hair.
For dry hair, use only ½ a lemon as it has oil control action and you don’t want to make your hair even drier.
2. Hair Growth: Yogurt Olive Oil Egg hair mask
Yogurt is a multivitamin packed super food and works wonders both topically and internally! It is rich in zinc, lactic acid, b-vitamins and probiotic enzymes that nourish the hair follicles and waken sleeping hair follicles there by promoting hair growth.
|Ingredient||Role in Face Mask|
|Olive oil||Olive oil lubricates dry or frizzy locks. Conditions hair and nourishes the scalp with healthy fatty acids that will strengthen hair follicles.|
|Egg||Rich in protein, sulphur and other essential nutrients, egg will promote hair growth, prevent breakage, balance oil secretion and soften hair.|
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Directions Throw all your ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency. Onto wet hair, massage the hair mask in gentle circular motions. Cover your hair with a shower cap as you wait for the mask to sink deep. After 10 to 15 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly using cold or tepid water. Remember; never use hot water as this will cook the eggs in your mask.
Do not add a lot of olive oil as this will make your hair look and feel greasy. Rinse your hair very thoroughly to get rid of the egg smell. It usually takes me about 3-5 rinses to get the smell off completely.
3. Condition & Shine: Yogurt Coconut oil Avocado Hair Mask
Yogurt is super moisturizing as it contains healthy fatty acids and moisture in whey water which will plump up dry hair cells. This moisturizing yogurt hair mask also contains two other ingredients: coconut oil and avocado! Check out their benefits for hair below:
|Ingredient||Role in Face Mask|
|Coconut Oil||Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids such as lauric, capric, caprylic and mystiric acid that will nourish hair follicles. It will make your hair looks silky and super soft!|
|Avocado||Avocado will hydrate dry frizzy hair locks and help untangle knotty hair. It contains nutrients such as biotin and fatty acids that will provide nourishment to the scalp.|
- 1 tablespoon of yogurt
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- ½ an avocado
Directions Blend the above ingredients until you get a smooth consistency, without any lumps whatsoever. Massage the hair mask onto your scalp and slather it onto your hair locks especially at the ends. Wait for about 10 to 15 minutes for the hair mask to sink in. When the time is up, rinse off thoroughly using tepid/cold water. Wrap your hair in a fluffy towel.
Leave your wet hair to dry naturally by towel drying. Do not use a hair dryer.
Where to Get a Natural Shampoo
If you are going chemical-free on your hair, but want to save the time of making a homemade shampoo, this Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo is a game-changer. It contains powerful herbs such as sage: for dandruff & itchy scalp treatment, rosemary: for hair growth and prevention of hair loss and spikenard for dandruff treament. It also has argan, jojoba and tea tree oils that all protect the scalp from germs, keep hair clean as well as hydrated and moisturized. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, so it will not lather the way you are used to, but you will quickly get used to it and notice the difference!