DIY HAIR MASK

BEER & BANANA CURL ENHANCING HAIR MASK

CONDITION: Dry, frizzy hair
TYPE: curly, coily

I personally have tight strands of thick, kinky, coily hair, with a tight curl pattern that lends to dry, brittle hair. It's thick and requires a deeper clean. It's coily and very prone to dryness which means it tangles easily. Living in a climate where the air is drier probably doesn't help at all.

I'm always seeking an easier way to manage my hair without chemicals which is a challenge and unfortunately, I'm not quite satisfied with commercial shampoos & conditioners because of the perfume and other synthetic ingredients contained in them.  

My hair routine is simple. Shampoo + condition + no-heat styling. For the past few years I've used a natural, essential oil infused, olive oil shampoo bar to cleanse my hair, yet I've been searching for a good, natural conditioning agent to soften and condition my hair. Since I have an affinity for for natural ingredients, I put my mind to work to utilize ingredients in my kitchen that would help cleanse, moisturize and increase elasticity without the awful fragrance oil (that lingers way too long) and the other synthetic ingredients which tend burn my scalp. 

RECIPE

This PRE-SHAMPOO mask is intended to be easy yet effective. It creates shiny, bouncy, soft hair. I intentionally selected ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. You can make substitutions, however not all substitutions have been tested (as noted).

  • Beer - 2 to 4 oz of flat beer will do
  • 1/2 Overripe banana fruit (mashed) 
  • 4 oz Light conditioner or mayonnaise - I use an unscented conditioner base which is not sold in stores. You can use a light store bought conditioner or REAL mayonnaise if you have sensitivities to synthetic ingredients (as I do)
  • 1 TB - Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (melted)
Beer

2 - 4 oz

In addition to B vitamins, the proteins in beer repair damaged hair and significantly boosts body. The sugars in beer tighten the hair's cuticles for enhanced shine.

Banana Fruit

½ mashed

Ripe banana fruit promotes shiny, silky hair and boosts elasticity. Make sure it's well ripened to eliminate clumps of fruit in your hair.

Conditioner

4 oz

Use a lightweight conditioner if your hair is prone to getting weighed down easily. Use mayonnaise if your hair is really dry & brittle.  Both will soften and condition hair.

Fruit Oil

½ oz

Virgin olive or coconut oil assists to protect the keratin in your hair and retain moisture, helping to not only make your hair shinier, but stronger and more resistant to damage.

EASY DIRECTIONS

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  1. Add the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Add more beer if needed to thin it out a bit.
  2. Transfer mask to a bowl. Stir to ensure no clumps of fruit are present.
  3. Apply generously to the hair until all of the strands are well saturated.
  4. Wrap hair in a plastic cap and let the conditioner rest for 20 or so (up to 45 minutes).
  5. Rinse hair & proceed with shampooing routine.

WHO SHOULD USE THIS?

I created this mask for individuals with fragrance sensitivity and those with dry, frizzy coily hair seeking a quick easy, junk free alternative. 

CAN I ADD HONEY?

Yes

CAN I USE UNRIPENED BANANA?

It is not recommended. The sugars present in the overripe banana aid in the effects of the conditioning treatment. Also an unripened banana will likely create undesired clumps of fruit in the finished product.

MY BEER IS COLD, CAN I WARM IT A LITTLE?

Yes, either let it come to room temperature or warm it via stovetop or microwave just enough to knock the chill off of it. Continue combining the ingredients from here.

HOW WILL MY HAIR FEEL AFTER THIS TREATMENT?

Soft, clean (not heavy), bouncy and shiny.

SHOULD I CONDITION AGAIN AFTER I SHAMPOO?

That's your call and it depends on (1) the shampoo you use (2) the condition of your hair (dry, tangled) and (3) your method of styling. 

My hair is unprocessed but it is also prone to getting tangles. I don't use commercial shampoo & conditioner with silicone detanglers because I cannot, nor do I use heat it to style it. I apply a natural hair butter that I create (with shea & sometimes just shea) to detangle, as a part of my no heat styling process; then I apply a very light finishing oil afterwards (like apricot seed or coconut). 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO THIS?

Once per week or twice per month is adequate. More than this is not necessary. Gauge the frequency based on how your hair responds to it. You may only need to apply this treatment once per month.

SUBSTITUTIONS: If you want or need to sub one of the ingredients, the following should work. The beer acts as antibacterial cleansing agents. The other ingredients help to nourish hair strands and increase elasticity. 

  • BEER: ACV diluted with filtered water (untested in this recipe)
  • BANANA: whole fat yogurt & honey or baby banana puree
  • OLIVE OIL: hemp, sunflower, coconut, argan,