3 DIY Hair Masks for Dry Winter Locks

Your hair can dry out in the winter time too (not just your skin)! Here are 3 super simple hair masks you can DIY from the comfort of your (hopefully warm) home. These will help your hair nourished and moisturized all winter long.

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Banana Hair Mask

Bananas are great for hair growth, preventing breakage and repairing damaged hair follicles. Why wouldn't you use them in a hair mask? Repeat this mask weekly for the best results.


  • 1 Banana (chopped and mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or avocado oil/olive oil/honey)


  1. Cut up a banana and mash it in a bowl. Once you've got that done, add in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (this can be subbed with avocado oil, olive oil or honey too). Mix it all together using a spoon.
  2. Now add it to your scalp and spread it out towards your ends. Once your whole head is covered, wrap your hair in a towel, or use a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes, then rinse it out with water (feel free to just shower it out if you want).  

Avocado Hair Mask

If your hair needs moisture but isn't super thick, try using an avocado hair mask. It's lighter on your hair than a coconut hair mask (below), but just as nourishing. Do this once a week for best results.


  • ½ avocado (pureed) 
  • ½ teaspoon of olive oil


  1. First, puree half an avocado and mix with half a teaspoon of olive oil in a bowl. When it's thoroughly mixed together, work the mixture into damp hair (you can take a shower or spray your hair with some water beforehand). 
  2. Allow the mixture to condition your hair for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.

Coconut Hair Mask

Perfect for thick, dry hair that needs heavy duty conditioning. This hair mask will moisturize and soften your hair. For best results, use certified organic, raw, virgin coconut oil and store at room temperature.


  • ½ tablespoon of coconut oil


  1. Start by applying the coconut oil to your hands: Rub it together and once your hands are coated in it, saturate your hair with it. Go from your roots to your ends, making sure to concentrate on the ends the most.
  2. Once your entire head is covered in coconut oil, comb through it and then wrap your head in a towel. You can also clip your hair up before you put the towel on, if it's easier. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to an hour, depending on how dry and brittle your hair is.
  3. Next, shampoo it all out. You may need to do this anywhere from two to four times, depending on how thick your hair is. Coconut oil really clings to hair follicles, so make sure you lather up good. Once it's all out, blow dry your hair and see the results for yourself!


Written by our guest contributor Ariana Palmieri

Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with eco-friendly products, makeup, and the environment. The site features beauty product reviews, natural DIYs, healthy recipes, and more. 


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