Dry Damaged Hair? Breakage, Split Ends, Loss of Volume? Try This Super Easy DIY Hair Mask Recipe!

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I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)


STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

You can get active manuka honey – HERE – and the coconut oil – HERE.

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 


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16 thoughts on “Dry Damaged Hair? Breakage, Split Ends, Loss of Volume? Try This Super Easy DIY Hair Mask Recipe!

  1. Mindy
    May 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Weird that you blogged about this today. I just found some crazy sample oil pack from i want to say maruka? I used it on my hair in the shower after shampooing with kenra…i usually use living proof! I have tried avocado masks, honey masks, mayonnaise masks, and nothing seems to work. Maybe the key ingredient is the coconut oil? I don’t do well with products with coconut oil in my hair though…so now what? Ha, I’m the impossible one.

    On a different note, what do you think about juice organics for the face?

    1. May 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Awesome! Actually coconut oil is normally too oily for my hair, but in this mask, it was fine and it didn’t leave residue or oiliness or anything. I would still try it, but maybe use 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons honey to have more honey than coconut oil. Then it will wash out easier.

      When you say juice organics, do you mean the brand or the concept of using raw juice on your face? Lol just to clarify. ! x

  2. May 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I legitly need to try this. I have so many split ends i can see the white ends of my hair from far away D: Thanks for this!

    1. May 8, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Yeah I definitely relate to that. Let me know how it goes if you try it out !! xx

  3. May 8, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    My hair really dried out when I got it dyed. I really want to try this now. Thanks for posting it! <3

    1. May 8, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Let me know how it goes if you do! <3

  4. Monique
    May 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    thank you so much for the tips, I’ll try it and I’ll always looking for new stuff, now I use pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask which is pretty good for hair too. 😀

    1. May 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      No problem! Def try it out and let me know how it goes! Never tried that brand, but I know Moroccan & Argan are pretty popular right now xx

  5. May 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Thanks for the mask recipe! I use a pro naturals argan oil mask that works great too, but I love home remedies.

    1. May 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Np! Argan oil seems to be really lovely for hair. I love DIY recipes too – let me know how it goes if you try it ♥

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  7. Anne @ Domesblissity
    May 6, 2015 at 4:53 AM

    This is a timely post for me Tianna. I have very fine, frizzy, dry hair and the summer here in Australia really took its toll. With winter just around the corner for us I know it’s going to get worse. Thanks so much for this recipe. It looks lovely. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

    1. May 7, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      I’m glad to help Anne! I have frizzy fine hair also and this helps SO SO MUCH! It even adds shine and naturally highlights your natural hair color. Let me know how it goes when you try it out! ♥ Thanks for sharing my post; I really appreciate it!

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