Easy DIY Hydrating Hair Mask

November 8, 2011 · 58 comments

You know how once the heat gets turned on in the fall, your hair and skin are suddenly obnoxiously dry?

When I went to get my bangs trimmed by my awesome hairdresser, she told me my hair was supa dry. It must have been all that loofah action.

After giving her dirty looks and telling her her hair didn’t look so hot either (not really), I decided to do something about it.

Enter.. the easy peasy DIY hydrating hair mask!

And I even made it so you guys can “pin” it for Pinterest. Click that little button below the graphic.

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It really is easy peasy. All you need is honey, olive oil (I used EVOO), and a microwave.

1. Pour olive oil into a small microwave-safe bowl 2. Warm olive oil for ~20 seconds in the microwave

3. Add your honey (tip: use the same measuring spoon: the oil makes the honey slide out of the spoon easily) and mix, mix, mix until it’s all even.

4. Coat your wet hair from root to tip. You’ll be a great big greaseball, so I recommend throwing a towel around your shoulders to keep the oil off your clothes.

5. If you have no shower cap like me, grab a handy dandy plastic shopping bag, and without suffocating yourself, tie it around your head to keep all the warmth from the oil in. Sit like this for 15 minutes and avoid all human contact.

6. Once your 15 minutes is up, rinse 2 or 3 times (I hit a 3-spot), condition as regularly, and blow-dry/style as normal.

Your luscious locks will thank you. Take that, dry heat.

Any easy peasy hair secrets you guys can throw my way?

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1 Molly @ Hungry Hungry Runner November 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

My hair needs this. Desperately. It’s thoroughly fried from the daily torture inflicted by my blow dryer and flat iron. Thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚


2 Sarah OUaL November 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

CAMERA TWINS!! Ok I can’t deny the universe’s signs any longer – I’m hopping the next east-bound flight outta OC.
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3 Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves November 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Ooohh. I need this! The dry weather and constant washing after the gym has my hair looking pretty frizzy. Thanks!


4 Mila @ loftyappetite November 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Speaking of olive oil I just discovered this ah-mazing olive oil based heat spray from Sally’s Beauty Supplies, it’s called “Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Heat Protection Spray.”You spray it on your ends after showering and then blow dry! My super dry hair is now silky smooth and I can’t stop touching it. I was really impressed especially since i have really frizzy/wavy hair and always have to straighten it, and with this product all i do is blow dry! I Highly recommend if you are looking for similar results to your awesome mask, yet don’t have time for a spa day!
Now that I wrote a massive comment about it, I now realize maybe this stuff deserves a blog post…
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5 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Great idea – my ends are lookin’ pretty sad these days.
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6 Theresa November 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

just wanna say i love your blog! first time commenting but i’m definitely always looking for ways to combat dry hair from my blow dryer…and i have all these ingredients so now i’ll need to try it out! πŸ™‚


7 Amber K November 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Love the plastic bag look πŸ˜‰
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8 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer November 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

OOh, I need to give this a try, STAT!
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9 Whit November 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Def gonna make this mask – thank girl. And also – I hate that I spend $170 every 6 weeks to get my hair to look like yours and yours is NATURAL. UGH!! You have NO IDEA how jealous I am of your naturally golden locks! Lucky lucky girl..


10 Jenn @ Peas and Crayons November 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

another reason i need to buy honey! I keep forgetting its on my list!

=) rock that showecap gurl!
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11 Emily November 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I love DIY beauty tips. The Dr. Oz show yesterday said to rub coconut oil in your hair and sleep (with a towel on your pillow). Shower it out in the morning and your locks are supposed to be luscious!
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12 Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs November 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

LOVE this! I was thinking this morning my hair was looking more flyaway-y than usual, this is great. I’ve also heard that just olive oil works too, I was honestly thinking about using my cooking spray… hahaha. It may be awesome… TBD πŸ™‚


13 Beth November 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I will have to try that since my hair is like straw from all the swimming I do and because I won’t cut it because I am vain πŸ˜€
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14 Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City November 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

great tip, thanks! sometimes i throw a little mayo on my hair and cover it with saran wrap. gross? sure is, but it makes your hair pretty soft. make a sandwich while you’re at it πŸ™‚
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15 Gwen November 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Love it!! My hair gets so staticy (sp??) I can’t wait to go steal a bunch oh honey packets from sbucks and try this! Also amazing job at mcm!
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16 Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life November 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Great how-to! My hair is dry in every season, so I better get on this STAT.
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17 Erika - The Teenage Taste November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Oh my goodness, my hair definitely needs this ASAP. But before I do it I was just wondering, was the mask hard to wash out? I feel like it would be since the two ingredients are honey and oil…
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18 sinddy November 9, 2011 at 2:07 am

wow i have to try this. thank you for great tip for hair mask.
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19 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie November 9, 2011 at 2:17 am

thank you for posting that last picture of you… you made my night!
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20 Laura November 9, 2011 at 2:58 am

oooo! I am alll over this!! I was just thinking this morning about how bad my hair was getting. And the first thing I thought of when I was starting to read was….”How the heck am I going to keep this from getting everywhere?” Nice to see you had that covered πŸ™‚
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21 nicole marie November 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

kerastase paris!
the best hair products in the world!
seriously, kerastase changed my life and hair quality! πŸ™‚ x
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22 Alexa @ SimpleEats November 9, 2011 at 3:16 am

I feel ya on this one! A few times a week in the winter, I leave my normal conditioner in a few minutes longer than normal in the shower and it seems to help!
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23 Dad November 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

what? no cute comments that your dear DAD (me) installed a new microwave for you to use to do this, and got you a HUMIDIFIER that will surely help????? I am hurt.




24 Karla November 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Oh goodness Alyssa you read my mind. I’m totalllly doing this tonight, my hair is DESTROYED! thanks πŸ™‚
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25 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries November 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Oh, oh I’m sooo going to do this!
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26 Emily November 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

My hair desperately needs this! Thank you so much- I can’t wait to try it.
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27 Megan January 3, 2012 at 5:17 am

Cant wait to try this! When you rinse do you use shampoo or just simply rinse with water??


28 Benjina March 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love your DIY beauty tips. My hair is look like straw and dry from the swimming so I will try this one. Thanks so much.
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29 Eilis October 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Could you use Grapeseed oil instead of olive oil ??


30 sonya carter January 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

why does it have to be olive oil cant it be vegetable oil or canola oil?


31 arielle March 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

do you need to clean your hair before doing this or can it be all dirty and gross? And can it work with other oils, like i have canola?


32 Roberta April 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hi Alyssa

Face masks, and now hair masks. Keep them coming. Heaven knows, we need all of them.
Thanks for sharing and the actual steps to put it together.

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33 concentrate abs March 22, 2014 at 5:34 am

Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote
and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as
well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
Do you have any suggestions for beginner blog writers?
I’d really appreciate it.
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34 Sabina July 1, 2014 at 5:06 am

I am using the Pro Naturals Hair Mask and it’s soooo wonderful! πŸ™‚ really good for damaged or chemically processed hair because its so gentle and it uses argan oil which is the best thing you can use on your hair. Look them up online and see if you like anything from them like shampoo, conditioner, argan oil for after a shower, hair masks, and other stuff. Also, it doubles as a heat protectant if you ever want to straighten or blow dry your hair.


35 Jen July 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

What do you mean wet hair. Shampoo her then after wear the mask. Sorry but I’m confused and desperate for results on my hair


36 Rose August 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

This looks super! My hair is super dry at the moment because of all the sun! I’ll be slathering this on at the weekend! Yay, thanks.
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37 Cindy October 11, 2015 at 12:49 am

Thanks for sharing, that’s so cute. Do you think it is suitable for hair breakage and split ends? It’s something I get asked quite often from my own blog’s readers, and I would love to know what you might think of it.
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38 Dana December 22, 2015 at 1:45 am

This one works for me! I’m using it for a year now and I can say that this is really effective. Thanks for sharing this.


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