Raise your hand if most “nourishing” hair treatments leave you with flat, limp, oily locks!
I’m a complete DIY beauty junkie. But when it comes to my hair, I always have issues finding the right ingredients that will help repair my strands without weighing them down (or making me feel like I haven’t shampooed in a week).
Fine hair can be incredibly time-consuming to care for and style, not to mention emotionally challenging to deal with on a daily basis. Traditionally “beautiful” hair is often shown as full and lustrous with models tossing impossibly thick curtains of curls over their shoulders, letting the seemingly endless waterfall of strands flow through their fingers. So when you have hair that is naturally on the finer side, you are left feeling frustrated and, if you’re anything like me, even emotionally vulnerable.
To try and compensate, those of us with fine hair often end up spending tons of money on “volumizing” products that just weight fine hair down, and conditioning or “thickening” treatments that leave your hair feeling flat, limp and dirty. We’re *literally* left out of the picture when it comes to hair care advice, so we don’t know where to turn for answers. In the end, we get so frustrated trying to “fix” our thin hair, that we just end up throwing it in yet another messy bun and heading out the door.
After years of feeling helpless (and broke!) when it came to figuring out how to care for my baby-fine hair, I started experimenting with all-natural DIY treatments. It was the first time I ever felt like I finally had some control over a haircare routine that a) actually worked, b) was healthy, and c) was affordable/realistic. I could manipulate the recipes to achieve exactly the results I wanted without having to spend a ton of money in the process.
I have found that the key to embracing and caring for my fine hair is a one-two punch: lifestyle habits and DIY conditioning treatments. Click here to read my Top 10 Life-Changing MUSTS for Girls With Fine Hair, and keep scrolling for my favorite DIY hair mask recipe for thin hair repair!
This easy-to-make hair mask literally changed my life. It’s no understatement to say that natural DIY hair care not only made a huge impact on my beauty routine but on my mental health. If you’re feeling frustrated by baby-fine hair that is impossible to style, damaged strands prone to breakage and fallout, or thin hair that seems to only have two styles: limp noodles or frizzy cloud, whip this mask up and prepare to feel RELIEVED.
Most DIY hair masks contain a heavy moisturizer like coconut, jojoba, or olive oil. The secret to this mask is that it’s got both light moisturizers and strengthening proteins in it, with zero added oils. It’s also crazy simple to make with only three ingredients…
About the ingredients
Avocado is the grand poo-pah of natural moisturizers. It nourishes your hair and scalp from every possible angle; stimulating new growth, exfoliating dead skin cells from the scalp, and locking in moisture to every part of the hair shaft without weighing strands down.
Fine hair does best when it has a brightening agent like lemon juice to help it along. Lemon has been used to treat and prevent hair loss, clarifying the pores on your scalp and helping control natural oil production, giving you a boost of volume in the process!
This is probably the most important ingredient of the three because those of us with fine hair are also prone to breakage and shedding (thanks a lot, genetics). Eggs contain the protein Keratin that hair needs to grow and stay strong (not to mention stay attached to your head!). Eggs also pack a high dose of Vitamin D; those with a Vitamin D deficiency have been known to suffer from hair thinning and hair loss over time. The egg yolk is the ingredient in this mask that gives your hair that amazing healthy “shine” we all lust after!
Let’s get started!
Botaneri Level-up Tip
Rosemary essential oil has been known to help hair growth. Add 2-4 drops to the mixture to stimulate the scalp!
The Best DIY Hair Mask for Thin, Fine Hair
- 2 tbsp Avocado mashed
- 1 Egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp Lemon juice (about ½ a lemon, squeezed)
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly until they form an even paste-like consistency.
- Wash your hair as normal, making sure your scalp is clean. Rinse your hair at the end of your shampoo with luke-warm to cool water.
- The reason behind this is that those of us with fine hair are more susceptible to that overly “oily” feeling post-hair treatment. When you wet your hair before applying an oil-based mask (even though there’s no extra oil in this mask, avocado is an oil-based ingredient), it gives your strands a little extra buffer against the post-mask limpness factor.
- Apply the mask to your hair, concentrating on your ends. Don’t make the mistake of just smearing the mask on top of your head and working your way down! You want to nourish the ends the most, then have a little bit make its way up towards your roots. Too much mask on your scalp now means oily-feeling hair later.
- Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. As you do this mask more often, you can adjust the time you leave it on according to how your hair takes the treatment. If you leave it on longer, the ingredients soak in more, giving you more nourishment but approaching the danger zone of “limp”. I find that 12 minutes is the perfect amount of time for my hair, but of course, everyone is different!
- Rinse the mask away with luke-warm to cool water. GENTLY pat dry.
Keep in mind you don’t have to do this mask too often. Once a week is the sweet spot for maintaining that healthy shine!
The first couple of times I did this mask, I was blown away by how shiny my hair was without being limp. EUREKA! It took a few tries to get the ratio of egg to avocado just right for my particular hair type; if you’re still feeling “oily”, back off a bit on the avocado. If you feel static-y, subtract some of the egg yolk. If the bottom of your strands look and feel amazing but your roots feel oily, keep the lemon juice separate and use it only on your roots.
About the author
As an only child who had to entertain herself a lot, Kelsey has always been a DIY fanatic! She grew up half beach bum in San Diego, CA, and half country bumpkin in Colorado Springs, CO. When she’s not researching natural DIY beauty and holistic wellness, you can see her pop up on TV once in a while on shows like ‘Modern Family’ and ‘New Girl’! Kelsey is a contributor to multiple editorial publications while also developing her original film and TV screenplays and writing a Young Adult novel.