5 Ingredients That Are Good in Hair Masks

Thinking about DIYing a hair mask? We say, “Go for it!” Hair masks give your tresses real TLC – the kind that can stave off dryness, reduce dandruff symptoms, and make your hair look and feel amazing. But what exactly should you put in yours? Whether you want a mask for frizz, dryness, or hair repair, we’ve got the information you need in this article. We’ll cover the top ingredients for hair masks and explain their benefits. Let’s get right into it!

Aloe Vera Gel

The first ingredient that is good in hair masks is aloe vera gel, a transparent jelly-like substance that comes from the leaves of the aloe vera plant. The gel is a super-hydrator that quickly gives dry hair a mega dose of moisture. It also smooths the hair and aids in detangling. But that’s not all – if your scalp is problematic, you’ll love that aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce scalp irritation.

Fun fact: Daily Dose contains aloe vera.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another fantastic ingredient to include in your hair masks is apple cider vinegar. It is chock full of vitamins that promote hair health, including vitamin B and vitamin C. Also, like aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar boasts inflammatory benefits, and can help remedy dandruff symptoms. It also cleanses excess sebum from your scalp, reducing clogged follicles and encouraging healthy hair growth.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil originates from the flesh of coconuts and is one of the most used ingredients in hair masks. It is known to be a penetrative oil, which goes beyond the hair cuticle (the outermost layer of your hair) and moisturizes the hair from within. It also lubricates the surface of the hair, making it softer, smoother, and easier to detangle. Many experience less hair breakage when using coconut oil. And as a bonus benefit, the oil reduces protein loss to preserve your hair’s strength.


You’ll find honey in a lot of DIY hair mask recipes, and it’s because of the plethora of benefits it provides to the hair. Honey is a moisturizer that can instantly make your hair softer. It can also smooth the outer cuticle of the hair to make detangling quicker and easier. But in addition to that, honey is a mega humectant, drawing moisture into your hair from the surrounding air. You need this in your hair mask if you deal with dryness.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is widely known to be a sealing oil that sits on top of the hair shaft to seal in moisture and protect from moisture loss. It works wonders for those who deal with severe dryness and have a coarser hair texture. Just be aware that castor oil can weigh your hair down and make it greasy. This isn’t usually an issue for those with curly hair, but if you wear your hair straight or struggle with a lack of volume, you should pass on this one.

So, there you have it; 5 ingredients that make your hair mask a real powerhouse. We hope you found the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair!


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.