Cold weather, chemical and heat straightening, hair colouring, exposure to sun are just some of the ways your hair can get damaged. Not only this, some of us have naturally dry and unruly hair. All these factors can make hair appear dull, promote breakage and feel like a straw. I’ll be sharing some of the tried and tested hair masks that can bring your hair back to life. But if you are unsure whether your hair is damaged or not, try this test first.


To check if your hair is damaged or not, pluck a strand from your scalp and put it in a bowl of water. If your hair is healthy, it will float. If it sinks, it is damaged. The sinking occurs because your hair become porous when certain damaging products are applied on them. The porous hair absorb water and sinks.

1. Avocado and Egg Yolk Mask


If your hair is dry or damaged or both, then avocados are the miracle you’ve been waiting for. With a high amount of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and fatty acids, they help strengthen and soften dry damaged hair. The oil in avocado is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair and nourish it from within. When used in conjugation with egg yolk, this mask helps tame unruly hair, strengthen and nourish them, heal damaged ends and impart them softness and shine. It also works wonderfully in enhancing hair growth!

Apply the mixture of 1/2 Avocado with 1-2 egg yolks (depending upon length of your hair) and keep it for 20-30 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo and condition lightly.

Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair
Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair

2. Warm olive oil and hot towel for steam

This one is my personal favourite. Use your favourite oil or a concoction of oils. My favourite is mixing almond and coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio. Warm the oils(s) and apply it to slightly damp hair. Then take a hot towel (towel immersed in hot water and wrung out ) and wrap it around your hair in a turban form and let it sit for 5-7 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times. The hot towel provides steam to open the pores and allows the oil to penetrate inside the scalp and hair. Take care to wring out all the hot water from the towel before using it. If you find the hot towel process too cumbersome, a similar effect can be achieved by using a shower cap and blasting it with hot air from a dryer.

3. Egg and Yoghurt Mask

Eggs are packed with nutrients and when combined with yogurt, this mask helps to nourish, smoothen and treat dry or damaged hair. It provides incredible shine and also helps regulate the imbalance in sebum production in oily scalps. If your hair does not need intense moisturization, this is the perfect mask for you.

Mix 1 full egg with 1/4th cup of yoghurt. Apply and leave it on your hair for an hour. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair
Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair

4. Banana and Olive Oil Mask

Bananas are my favourite when it comes to getting a quick fix for my dry hair. Or dry patches on my combination skin too for that matter! They work wonderfully to provide intense hydration and shine to the hair. And make it so soft and managable. Filled with potassium and vitamins, it improves elasticity if the hair and repair damaged/split ends. Because it provides intense hydration, it works well for flaky, itchy scalp. Just remember to mash the banana in a blender. When mashed manually, more often than not, lumps remain which can keep sticking to your hair even after a wash.

Mash 1 banana in a blender and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in it. Coat all your strands one by one with this mixture. Keep for 30-40 minutes and wash off.

5. Mayonnaise Mask

The good old mayonnaise is the answer to your hair woes if your goal is to get shinier and softer hair. It provides intense shine and moisturization to dry or damaged hair, which some people say to be at par to expensive salon treatments.

Apply the regular/ classic mayonnaise on damp hair. Tie your hair into a bun and wear  plastic shower cap over it. Wash off after 30 mins. It may make your hair greasy so remember not to overdo it!

Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair
Hair Masks for Dry Damaged Hair

Some Tips

1. Wash your hair less frequently and use a mild shampoo. If your scalp is greasy and you have to wash your hair frequently, try concentrating the shampoo to the first 2-3 inches on your roots, since that is where most of the sebum is accumulated. Avoid subjecting the rest of your hair to unnecessary shampoo.

2. When applying a deep conditioner, try blasting your hair with some heat from the hair dryer or better yet, use a hot towel. It will make the effect of your deep conditioner more pronounced.

3. Once to of the shower, use a cotton shirt in place of a towel to absorb excess water. It is much kinder to hair.

4. Always use a leave-in serum to detangle the damaged ends.

5. Get your hair trimmed especially if you have split ends. That will make the whole damage-repairing process faster.

6. Your hair needs healthy fats to repair itself. So eat plenty of avocados, salmon, and olive oil.

7. Be consistent with hair treatments. Consistency is very important if you want to see results.

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Do you have any tips for damaged hair? Share in the comments below.

21 Comments on Top 5 Hair Masks For Dry Damaged Hair (and some additional tips!)

  1. Anamika
    January 29, 2016 at 10:22 am (9 months ago)

    I love this mayonnaise hair mask. I’ve used it many times during summer, best for dry hair 🙂 nice tips (y)

    • Komal
      January 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm (9 months ago)

      Glad you liked them 🙂

    • Komal
      January 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm (9 months ago)

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Ankita
    January 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm (9 months ago)

    I have not used the last two hair masks but I swear by th eother hair care tips. Olive oil and hot towel is just a miracle. Avocado is an exotic fruit in India but when I was in US i regularly used this mask and it makes your hair smooth. GReat tips!
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    • Komal
      January 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm (9 months ago)

      I love the hot towel one too 😀 Thank you Ankita 🙂

  3. Shilpa Shetty
    January 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm (9 months ago)

    I have tried Egg And Yoghurt Mask… Thank you for other masks, will try them too.. Bookmarked this page already.. 🙂

    • Komal
      January 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm (9 months ago)

      Aww..that means a lot to me Shilpa! Thanks 🙂

  4. Sangeeta
    January 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm (9 months ago)

    These are some really nice masks. My hair has been feeling a dry these days. Going to give mayonnaise mask a try.
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    • Komal
      January 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm (9 months ago)

      Great! 🙂

  5. krithi
    January 30, 2016 at 1:56 pm (9 months ago)

    great post and totally needed this …My hair is so dry now 🙂
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  6. Lana
    February 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm (9 months ago)

    I have dry hair & I recently chopped of the ends which were pretty much damaged ! I would love to try out the banana & olive oil DIY. Thanks for the tips ! I recently switched to using a very thin towel for my hair and it felt much better
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  7. Purva
    February 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm (9 months ago)

    great tips..I have used olive oil mask and it really works on dry hair 😀

  8. Priyanka Jain
    February 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm (9 months ago)

    Useful DIY’s I love using Avocado on my hair <3

  9. anubhuti
    February 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm (9 months ago)

    i mostly use hot oil and towel treatment..i have tried egg mask also but i dread the smell…. I would love to try mayonnaise one now 🙂
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