Hair Mask for Curly Hair

Posted 4 months ago by Prakhar Parihar in

Curly hair is the most troublesome to manage and maintain. Ask any curly-haired woman and she will attest to this fact without any hesitation. Hair of curly disposition is generally much more out of their owners when it comes to maintenance, taking care of them, and keeping them healthy and looking great. Curly hair commonly suffers from a lot of frizz and dryness as it finds it difficult to hold moisture. Although, it is not all bad as curly or wavy hair is commonly considered more beautiful and stylish because they are rarer than their straight counterpart. The dryness of curly hair leads to it frizziness and that consequently leads to many more issues like split ends, brittleness of the hair and hair fall and excessive breakage. This is why curly hair takes more effort and care to maintain and require regular oiling, conditioning, and basically better hair care that it is required for straight hair. Hair masks are a great solution for hair care for women with hair of all types. That is because hair masks are quite effective as they utilize nice ingredients which are actually effective and their application allows the hair to absorb the nutrients and the compounds more effectively and efficiently. Moreover, nowadays women have figured out and devised many hair masks which can be prepared at home using natural and easy to find ingredients. Hence, there are more than a few hair masks out there which cater specifically to the needs of curly hair. Some of them are natural homemade based and others are market products which you can find easily in the shops and online stores and which are greatly effective and just work to treat curly haired problems. Now, without further ado, let us get into the meat of this post and look at a few hair masks and how and why they work on curly hair to make it better.

Hair Mask for Curly Hair

DIY Home-made Masks for Curly Hair

In this section, we have compiled a bunch of DIY hair masks which you can make by yourself in your home using mostly natural ingredients and all of them are very easy to find, you will realize that most of them are already present in your kitchen and around the house. Read these closely to understand about them and figure out the best option for your particular type of hair. First up, we are going to start with a hair mask which utilizes classic ingredients which are great for hair and basically the whole body. Read on:

  1. Banana and Egg Mask
  2. Banana and Mayonnaise Mask
  3. Olive oil and Honey Mask
  4. Avocado, Olive oil, and Honey Mask
  5. Pumpkin Seeds
  6. Coconut Oil and Yogurt Mask
  7. Avocado, Coconut oil, Honey and ACV Mask
  8. Mango and Banana Hair Mask
  9. Egg and Olive oil Mask


Banana and Egg Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Banana1 whole
Egg1 whole
Olive oil2 tbsp
Olive oil Leave-in conditioner2 pumps

How to make it?:

Follow the instructions given below to learn how to make and use this hair mask on your beautiful curly hair.

  1. Firstly, take a ripe banana[1] and then peel it and mash it into a pulp or paste. Take the mash in a mixing bowl.
  2. After that, crack open the egg[2] and remove the yolk as only the whites are needed for this recipe. Add this to the mashed banana in the mixing bowl.
  3. Then, add 2 tbsp of olive oil[3] and 2 pumps of olive oil leave in conditioner to the mixing bowl and combine all the ingredients together thoroughly in a mixer or the sort.
  4. After that, apply the hence obtained mask all over your curly hair and scalp[4].
  5. Then, leave the mask on your hair until it dries off completely. That should take about 15 minutes.
  6. Lastly, rinse off the hair mask using normal water and finish by utilizing your regular shampoo[5]. You are done!

Why and How it works?:

As should be completely clear from the name, this hair mask for curly hair[6] utilizes Banana and eggs to nourish the hair. Now, you must have eaten eggs and bananas in your life, in fact, most people eat them daily or at least very regularly as they are cheap and versatile sources of sustenance which are found all over the world in this day and age. However, these ingredients are also packed with beneficial nutrients for the body and both of these can be quite effective nourishment sources or hair too. The egg is full of nutrients and proteins[7] which facilitate the growth and health of hair. It helps the hair to regenerate and recuperate to improves its health and make them thicker and shinier and stronger. Bananas are also full of beneficial and essential nutrients like potassium and natural oils which improve the hair's health by improving its elasticity and consequently helping to conquer multiple common hair issues like split ends, breakage, etc. Bananas can also help in loosening the curls a little bit. So, if you think that your hair is too curly for your own good, you can use bananas to tamp that down a bit and make your hair more manageable and less prone to damage. Together, these two ingredients help moisturize the hair and the scalp very well and make the hair stronger and shinier. Overall, this is a great hair mask all around for basically any hair type but is also very gentle and nourishing for curly hair.


Banana and Mayonnaise Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Bananas2 whole
Olive oil1 tbsp
Mayonnaise3 tbsp

How to make it?:

Follow the instructions detailed below to learn how to prepare and use this remedy. For this remedy, other than banana and mayonnaise[8], you are going to require 1 tbsp of olive oil along with your favorite fragrant essential oil. Now, onto the instructions.

  1. First of all, take a couple of fresh ripe bananas and then peel them and mash them into a puree using a mixer or food processor. Take the pulp in a mixing bowl.
  2. After that, add 3 tbsp of mayonnaise and 1 tbsp of olive oil to the mixing bowl. 
  3. Then, mix all the ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them together vigorously.
  4. After that, apply the mixture all over your hair and scalp and then leave it be for about half an hour so that it gets soaked into and absorbed by your hair. 
  5. Lastly, mix a few drops of the essential oil with water and then use it to rinse off the mask to clear off the smell of mayo from your hair too. You are done! You can store the mask in the fridge if there is any left over. But remember to use an airtight container.

Why and How it works?:

This is another hair mask which utilizes banana to nourish and strengthen the hair. As mentioned previously, banana nourishes and hydrate the hair very well to make them stronger and shinier. Mayonnaise is also no slacker in this department and also lends its hands in improving the health, state, and the look of the hair. Mayonnaise is actually made up of a few natural ingredients which individually contain compounds and nutrients within them which can help the hair out quite a bit in making it better. Mayonnaise also adds to the banana's properties of moisturizing and consequently strengthening the hair. Mayonnaise can be made up of other healthy ingredients like lemon juice[9], vinegar[10] and soybean oil[11] which are great for the curly hair. They contain fatty acids and vitamins that can enhance the shine of the hair and help to seal in the moisture in the hair to keep them looking healthy and nourished. Other than that, Mayonnaise also contains L-cysteine, which is an amino acid which helps nourish the scalp to stimulate healthy and better hair growth. 


Olive oil and Honey Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Olive oil3 tbsp
Honeyhalf cup

How to make it?:

 You will just need olive oil and honey for this remedy and that is all you need. This is very simple and straightforward to make too. Follow the steps given below to learn how to prepare and then use this hair mask for your curly hair.

  1. Firstly, take a mixing bowl and add half a cup of honey to it along with 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Then, combine the two ingredients together well by stirring them together to blend.
  3. After that, apply the hence obtained blend all over your hair and scalp carefully. Make sure that you cover all of your hair and scalp with the hair mask.
  4. Then, wrap your head up in a shower cap for about half an hour and leave it be.
  5. Lastly, after the half hour, rinse the mask off using normal water and finish with your regular shampoo and you are done!

Why and How it works?:

Now, we have this simple but very effective hair mask which works fantastically for all kinds of hair and not just curly hair. However, it is great for curly hair too as it nourishes and hydrate s the hair very well and helps make it stronger, softer, and shinier too. It will improve the health of your hair significantly, so much so, that you will be easily able to notice any difference from before. Both these ingredients are simple but highly effective not just for hair but also for skin too. So, it can improve the state of your scalp too to improve the blood circulation under there and stimulate the growth of your hair. Olive oil is great all around for the whole body. It contains nutrients and minerals in it which nourish the hair very well and help it to retain moisture and makes them stronger and longer too. Honey also acts as a natural humectant which helps attract and also retain the moisture. Hence, it is very effective in treating curly hair as the main problem they face is dryness and frizziness[12] that rises from it. Consequently, this mask is great for all types of hair and curls.


Avocado, Olive oil, and Honey Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Avocado1 whole
Olive oil2 tsp
Raw organic honey1 tsp

How to make it?:

 The instructional steps on how to make and use this remedy are detailed below, follow them closely to learn how to do it.

  1. First of all, take a fresh ripe and avocado[13] and extract its meat.
  2. Then, take a mixing bowl and add the avocado meat to it along with 2 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of raw organic honey. Mix all the ingredients together until you obtain a smooth mixture with a paste-like consistency.
  3. After that, apply the hence obtained hair mask all over your curly hair and scalp. Make sure that you cover all of your head and then tie your hair up. You can also wrap your head up in shower cap if you wish to avoid any dripping or messes.
  4. Lastly, leave your hair be for about half an hour so that the ingredients can soak into your hair and nourish and hydrate it properly. Then wash your hair and scalp from the mask but do not shampoo as that is not needed for this one. You are done!

Why and How it works?:

This is another one of the great and effective masks for curly hair. This uses honey and olive oil which we have utilized before already as both of them are great ingredients for not just the hair, but the whole body. Both of them help nourish the hair but mostly aid in their moisturization and conditioning and also helping the hair to retain the said moisture and nutrients. Hence, both of them can be quite effective in strengthening the curly hair and making them look shinier and more defined too. Avocado is the newcomer here and it does not disappoint. It has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years as you might be aware and it hair benefiting properties are also being discovered and people are utilizing it more and more to solve their hair issues and nourish and condition them. Avocado is such a good tool for this because it is one of the few natural fruits which contains fats in it. Hence, it creamy, fatty and buttery nature is great for nourishing the hair. It helps make the hair softer, smoother, stronger, and shinier by moisturizing and conditioning the curls very effectively and well. Overall, this hair mask is a great moisturizer for the hair and hydrates them very well. That is half the battle won for curly hair as moisture is the thing which is most lacking from curly hair.


Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients Needed:

Organic Pumpkin Seed Butter2tbsp
Black Castor Oil2 tbsp
Protein Balancing Conditioner2 tbsp

How to make it?:

 Follow the instructions mentioned below to learn how to prepare and use this mask. For this one, you are going to need some organic pumpkin seed butter, black castor oil, and some protein balancing conditioner.

  1. First of all, take a mixing bowl and add 2 tbsp each of organic pumpkin seed butter[14], black castor oil, and protein balancing conditioner.
  2. After that, combine all the ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them together well.
  3. Then, apply the hair mask all over your curly hair. Do it on dry hair, you do not need to wash it.
  4. After that, wrap up your head in a shower cap and then leave it be for about an hour. The mask should dry off and harden by this time.
  5. Lastly, rinse the hair mask off with normal cold water and your regular shampoo. That is it, you are done!

Why and How it works?:

Pumpkin and its seeds are great for the whole body. They are packed with beneficial nutrients which are essential for various functions within the body. It contains vitamins like A, C, and E which provide many functions to the body. Moreover, pumpkin contains tons of other nutrients like potassium, copper, and manganese. All of these essential nutrients together help with many of the body's functions like maintaining blood pressure, improve eye health, prevent degenerative damage, and also improve the immune system to prevent diseases and issues in the body. Pumpkin seeds are terrific for the health of the hair and stimulating their growth. The benefits of pumpkin seeds are harnessed from its oil which could be extracted and is available in the market. Pumpkin seed oil is great for the skin and the hair both. It helps stimulate the regeneration of the skin cells and tissues, hence it keeps the skin healthy and well and prevent skin issues like dermatitis. The pumpkin seed oil also performs functions within the body which help curb hair fall and stimulate hair growth. Consequently, it's highly nourishing and growing properties help with curly hair a lot help keep them healthy and maintaining a healthy growth rate to avoid issues and make the hair longer and stronger. Now, there are many hair masks and remedies which can be prepared using pumpkins and its seeds but we are going to look at one which is ideal for curly hair.


Coconut Oil and Yogurt Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Coconut Oil2 tsp
Yogurthalf cup

How to make it?: 

 Follow the instructions given below to learn how to make and then use this hair mask to improve the state of your curls.

  1. First of all, take half cup of thick yogurt in a mixing bowl and add in 2 tsp of coconut oil to it.
  2. After that, mix the two ingredients together thoroughly to make a smooth and consistent paste.
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained hair mask all over your curly hair and scalp. Make sure that you cover all of your head and then tie your hair up. You can also wrap your head up in shower cap if you wish to avoid any drips.
  4. Lastly, leave your hair be for about half an hour so that the ingredients can soak into your hair and nourish and hydrate it properly. Then wash your hair and scalp from the mask but do not shampoo as that is not needed for this one. You are done!

Why and How it works?:

This is a great hair mask to provide some shine to the curls. This hair masks is pretty simple and straightforward and utilizes just two simple and very common ingredients which are already available in most homes for one purpose or other. Both of these ingredients, coconut oil and yogurt are highly versatile and can be used for various functions and improving the health of the body, skin, and hair. Coconut oil is actually ideal for every and all types of hair out there. That is because it is highly moisturizing oil and provides ample nourishment to all kinds of hair. Coconut oil helps to supply and replace the protein in hair from inside. It helps make the hair more smooth, shiny, and silky too. Hence, it is especially effective for curly hair as it makes them much more manageable. Yogurt is also terrific for curly hair and hair in general as it contains healthy fats and vitamins which improve the health of the hair a lot. Moreover, it is a great moisturizer for hair too and it has anti-fungal properties which can aid a lot in eradicating dandruff from the scalp. Ultimately, it helps to hydrate the curls so that they stay moisturized and frizz free for longer, helps curb hair fall by keeping the hair follicles strong and healthy and even helps in balancing the pH of your scalp. Moreover, it helps add shine to hair and improves the looks of hair significantly also due to the ample fats content.


Avocado, Coconut oil, Honey and ACV Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Avocado1 whole
Coconut oil1 tsp
Honey1 tsp
Apple Cider Vinegar1 tsp

How to make it?: 

This mask is really easy to make even though it uses more ingredients and may seem complicated at first sight. The instructions are following, obey them closely to learn how to make and use this remedy.

  1. First of all, take a fresh ripe avocado and extract out its meat using a spoon or something. 
  2. Then, take a mixing bowl and add the avocado meat to it along with 1 tsp each of coconut oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Mix all the ingredients together until you obtain a smooth mixture with a paste-like consistency.
  3. After that, apply the hence obtained hair mask all over your curly hair and scalp. Make sure that you cover all of your head and then tie your hair up. You can also wrap your head up in shower cap if you wish to avoid any dripping or messes.
  4. Lastly, leave your hair be for about half an hour so that the ingredients can soak into your hair and nourish and hydrate it properly. Then wash your hair and scalp from the mask but do not shampoo as that is not needed for this one. You are done!

Why and How it works?:

This is another great mask for curly hair which can help improve the health of your curls overall by making them stronger, shinier, and making them more defined. The ingredients used in this one are some which we have already utilized in previous recipes and we know their effectiveness for curls and hair in general. The fats in avocado are great for nourishing the hair and hydrating them to define the curls more and help make them shinier and better looking. Coconut oil also aids in this property by getting rid of the dryness of hair by nourishing and hydrating it. Honey is also another solution to keep hair from drying out and consequently give rise to issues like split ends and frizz. As you should be aware by now, the humectant nature of honey makes it one of the best options to keep the hair moisturized and hydrated. ACV or Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and hence helps to balance the pH levels of the hair and the scalp. This is critical for curly hair as that property is really effective in calming down frizz in the hair. Moreover, ACV can help cleanse the scalp and hair to remove any buildup of dirt, dandruff or other impurities.


Mango and Banana Hair Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Mango1 whole
Banana1 whole
Olive oilas needed
Vitamin E oilas needed

How to make it?: 

The instructions on how to make and use this are given below, so peruse them closely to learn how to make this hair mask.

  1. First of all, you have to rinse your hair with cold water.
  2. After that, take 1 banana and 1 mango. Extract both fruit's pulp and discard the other things like the peel and seed. Slice up the pulp of both fruits into smaller chunks.
  3. Then, take the fruits chunks in a blender and add some olive and vitamin E oil[15] too.
  4. After that, blend all the ingredients together well. You can adjust the oil's quantities so that you can obtain a smooth and consistent hair mask.
  5. Then, apply the hence obtained hair mask all over your hair and scalp and leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Finish with your regular shampoo and you are done!

Why and How it works?:

This is a great mask for curly hair which utilizes a couple of delicious juicy fruits which people love eating all over the world. Mango is the more exotic of the two as it is not quite as common and widespread as bananas. Mangoes are actually great for hair, believe it or not. They certainly provide a great scent to the hair but also contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which help improve the quality of hair, stimulate their growth and make them stronger and better looking. The mangoes are rich with vitamin A which help fight off dandruff. It also helps to add a natural sheen to the hair to make them look more shiny and smooth. This is the reason that mango is getting more popular as an ingredient in moisturizers and conditioners. Mangoes are also rich in fatty acids which ultimately help to make the hair stronger and promote their growth rate. Mangoes also contain copper in them which also helps out the hair as an essential nutrient. We already know about bananas and all the curly hair benefiting properties it holds. Mostly, it helps significantly in making the hair softer and smoother which helps make the curls more defined and better looking overall. Other than these two tropical fruits, you will need some olive oil and vitamin E oil for this recipe.


Egg and Olive oil Mask

Ingredients Needed:

Eggs2 whole
Olive oil4 tbsp

How to make it?: 

 The steps on how to make and use this simple hair mask are the following.

  1. First of all, crack open two eggs over a mixing bowl and then beat and whisk the eggs.
  2. After that, add 4 tbsp of olive oil to the bowl and then mix both the ingredients together thoroughly to make a smooth hair mask like consistency. 
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained mask all over your hair and scalp and then wrap up your head in a plastic shower cap or something. 
  4. Lastly, leave the mask on your head for about 10 minutes so that your hair can absorb the nutrients and the proteins from the mask and then rinse it off. Finish with your regular shampoo and you are done!

Why and How it works?:

A very simple and straightforward hair mask. This is a great one for many hair types along with benefiting curly hair. This recipe mostly aims to supply the hair follicles with proteins so that they get stronger and shinier and basically better in looks and health both. Olive oil helps nourish the hair very well and helps keep them properly nourished and hydrated. Eggs are the one which provides the most protein here as eggs are mostly made up of proteins, and some other nutrients which are also essential for the body and hair.

Tips and Tricks for Curly Hair

This whole post is dedicated to the wonders of curly hair. But it is no secret that they are harder to maintain as mentioned previously in this post also. So, we have compiled this small list of tips and tricks which are going to help you maintain your curls and keep them in check and within your control.

That is all for this post. We hope you find some remedies which pique your interest or which you found effective and useful. All the best with your curly hair.


This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 21/06/2019 

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