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6 DIY Masks For Black Hair Using Only Pantry Products That’ll Keep The Frizzies And Humidity Out

Just when you think you and your hair have survived the winter months and are in the clear, summer comes around. It’s tempting to think that this time of year means that you can be free to soak in the warm weather, head to the beach and only worry about sun damage to your skin, but it’s crucial to know that this time of year poses some major threats to your hair too. Particularly ones that concern humidity and heat. Yep, whether the days of applying heat to your rizos are behind you or not, the summer months mean that the sun’s rays will be applying heat to your hair whether you like it or not. Fortunately, hair masks are a tool that you can use to ward off whatever damage your hair might be threatened with.

Straight from mama’s recipe book here are a few masks that’ll help you keep your hair strong, healthy and moisturized for the summer.

La Mayonesa Mask

If chilling in your pijama with mayonnaise in your hair sounds odd, you’re right girl. I’m pretty sure no one has ever claimed that keeping their hair wrapped in the key ingredients to a chicken salad sandwich was a delightful way to spend an evening and yet it’s a mask I apply to my strands once a week.

Benefits: For the chica with damaged strands, this mayo mask won’t be the end all be all to your woes, but it’ll be pretty close. I have to admit that recently my hair has been in recovery mode from heat styling and a not so smart dye job. Still, the regular use of mayonnaise on my hair has helped me to strengthen my strands and smooth out my frizzies. The rich amount of amino acids and nourishing oils in the product can also keep your hair conditioned while ensuring that locks of all types stay moisturized and smooth.

Ingredients: 

1 cup of Mayonnaise – if you’re out of the below ingredients like an egg or castor oil mayonnaise on its own can work too.

1 teaspoon of castor oil

1 egg

Freshly cleansed hair

How to work it: Mix these ingredients together well, then slather on your hair before covering with a plastic shower cap. Let sit for 20 minutes then wash all of the ingredients out. Be sure when you’re cleaning the ingredients out of your hair that you go for a cooler temperature (there’s egg in there, girl. Don’t make an old mistake I made and let it cook). Follow up with a shampoo wash to get rid of that mayo stink.

Avocado & Banana Mask

Yep, my mom loved to use all kinds of foods to condition my hair growing up and avocado was definitely one of them. In recent years I’ve amended this recipe by adding mashed up bananas and honey to increase shine and help with dandruff.

Benefits: Avocados are packed with protein and amino acids that have helped me improve my dry scalp and soften my hair when its dry. It’s a pretty great way to end breakage. Meanwhile, bananas come loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C that can bring shine and glow to your hair.

Ingredients

1/2 avocado (eat the other half while you’re chilling)

1/2 banana

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of honey

How to work it:  Mix all of the ingredients in a blender (trust me*, that avocado can be hard to break down). Do it until the ingredients are creamy. Then, part your hair into sections, apply the ingredients and braid each section from root to end. Let sit for 30 minutes or stick it out and wear the mask overnight while you sleep.

Pro tip*: avocado pulp is no joke. Be sure to rinse the products out of your hair thoroughly or risk having people asking you what the heck is in your hair.

The Baking Soda Mask

Benefits: If you start to see your hair go limp and feel as if it looks weighed down you might have too much product on it. The use of baking soda can be great for cleansing your hair of the hair sprays, and oils you use but can’t always seem to wash out.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of baking soda

1 tablespoon of water

How to work it: Mix both ingredients together until you get a paste. Then, coat all over your hair and wait 20 minutes before rinsing and following up with your regular hair wash routine.

Honey Mask

Benefits: The reality of honey’s benefits are sweeter than anything I could imagine. Honey has hygroscopic properties which means that holding onto water molecules is a pretty darn easy thing for it do it. Meaning it does a ton of moisturizing. This mask will help soften your hair and nourish the cuticle layer which will make your hair appear shinier.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp olive oil

How to work it: Start by shampooing your hair and then letting it dry a bit so that it is damp. Mix the honey and olive oil together so that it is blended well and a bit runny. Doing this will ensure that it will be easy to work into your hair. Massage the ingredients into your the scalp and then lightly use your fingers to cover the strands. Let this sit for 15 minutes and then wash out. Follow up with conditioner.

Papaya Mask

Benefits: Papaya’s never been one of my favorite fruits, but after a bit of research I started adding it to my grocery list pretty regularly. As it turns out, the super fruit is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium that can help keep your hair in line during the summer months. The fruit can bring shine to your strands and a bit of bounce. Meanwhile, good ol’ trusty olive oil will bring on the moisture and help you to prevent breakage.

Ingredients

1 papaya

2 tablespoons of olive oil

How to work it:  Blend pieces of papaya and olive oil together until smooth. Once you’re done so, apply the mask to your hair doobie style then cover it all up with a shower cap. Let the concoction sit overnight and wash out in the morning.

The Hot Coconut Oil Mask

When you have damaged hair, it might seem counter-intuitive to go for more heat, but trust me this recipe helps.

Benefits: Coconut oil doesn’t need to be fussed with when you’re applying it to your hair. That’s how powerful the ingredient which has lauric and fatty acids is.  The recipe will help with breakage, keep your hair shiny and get rid of dandruff.

Ingredients

1/4 cup of coconut oil

How to work it: There are two ways to do this mask. It always starts with making sure your hair is cleansed. Once you’ve done this you can heat up the oil in a microwave and apply it to your strands. Or, you can apply the oil to your hair, cover it with a  shower cap and use a dryer to warm up the outside of your hair cover. For both methods, leave the oil in your hair covered for 30 minutes or overnight. Once you’re done, proceed with washing the ingredients out and going about your normal shampoo routine.

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Sure, there might be more things peskier than split ends but there’s no doubt they’re a universal issue that haunts us all.

Thanks to dryness, age, heat styling, and even just existing, split ends are a real issue that people around the globe have to deal with and manage every day. As the oldest part of our hair strands, ends need a very particular type of special care. Particularly if you ever want to avoid having those splits ends work their way up the entire shaft of your hair and wreak even more havoc. While snipping off those ends are a surefire way to fix a split end problem, if you’re trying to grow your hair out there are ways to attempt to keep your ends from splitting in the first place.

We scoured the internet for top reviewed split ends. Check out what we found below!

Oribe’s Split End Seal

“My stylist gave me a sample of this to use on my thick, fine, curly, highlighted hair after a particularly strenuous bleach session. I was so impressed, I bought this when the sample ran out.

Any good stylist will tell you, it’s pretty much impossible to actually seal an end once it’s split (beyond making it appear to be sealed for a short period). But it is possible to return moisture and other nutrients to hair that is damaged or close to splitting. And this product is very good at doing that. It seals the hair to keep the good stuff in and protect against future damage from the environment. A little goes a long way if you apply it to wet hair, before applying any other styling products. Seriously, I got six uses out of the sample. It’ll take me a while to run out of the full size bottle.

This stuff really does work miracles on dry hair. The only way I’d ever be able to get rid of all my split ends would be to just shave my head. But that doesn’t mean my hair isn’t healthy. More than one stylist has pointed that out to me. That wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t use quality products like this one.” – Amazon review

Rita HazanTriple Threat Split End Remedy

“My hair deals with a lot of heat styling and hairspray so the ends get a little worse for wear. I’m growing my hair out for my wedding next year and I’m a law student, so I can’t afford to be getting regular haircuts at this point. I got a sample of this product and can’t believe what a difference it made in my hair. I can no longer see the split ends and my hairstyles pretty effortlessly now. I just ordered the full size.”- Sephora review

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion

“LOVE LOVE LOVE Moroccanoil Mending Infusion! This product works great on the ends of my hair that definitely need to be trimmed! It fuses the tips of my hair after styling so I can go longer w out a trim. It makes the ends look healthy & the smell is terrific! I use all of the Moroccanoil products & so far they are working great for me! The only negative thing I can say is that the bottle is made of thick glass which the actual quantity of the product is less than it actually appears to be. However, it takes very little product for the ends of the hair! The product still deserves 5 stars! IF for any reason these products don’t work for you, it has to be that they have been returned “as no longer needed” & possibly tampered with by a dishonest consumer. Amazon will always make things right from my experience. From reviews I’ve read in the past, I felt I needed to add this comment as I have very difficult hair, coarse, frizzy, & unmanageable unless I use an excellent product like ‘Moroccanoil products’!!”- Amazon Review

PATTERN Jojoba Oil Hair Serum

“Love it! Smells like lavender, ahhhh. I love that you can use this on your scalp and hair. It locks in the moisture from the Pattern leave-in so well for super soft and hydrated hair. I’m so happy with everything from this line. I do believe this jojoba oil is a stand out product as well. You can use it in so many ways. I will continue to purchase this and pretty much everything else from this line. Thank you, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross, you hit the nail on the head!! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this line.” – Sephora review

Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum

“My hair is natural and I usually go to a salon when I occasionally want to have it flat ironed. I decided to order Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum to do it myself and I already had the Bamboo & silk HCO leave in conditioner that I used to detangle. Wow, these 2 pair together left my hair silky and as straight as if my stylist had dRead more about review stating Love this strengthening serum!” – Site review

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All The Things You’ll Need To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month While You Gear Up To Vote

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All The Things You’ll Need To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month While You Gear Up To Vote

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Hispanic Heritage Month. The time of year that kicks off on the 15th of September and lasts all of way to mid-October is coming up. Right on time for our presidential election year. As we all prepare to either cast our votes or support those in our lives who can, it’s important to think about the contributions and influence Latin Americans have had on to the historical and cultural successes of the United States. 

From art and military accomplishments to changes in our country’s legislation all Latinos should be proud of their heritage and should use their pride in their culture and story as a drive to vote and continue to ensure that our legacy lives on in the United States.

Make a statement this Hispanic Heritage Month with these special pieces of attire that mitú designed just for you.

Check them out below!

This Country Food Truck Tee

This crew neck, short sleeve shirt is a perfect way to wear your love for your culture on your chest. Perfect for every foodie, mitú’s classic food truck shirt features your favorite dishes from your beloved home whether that’s Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

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Proud To Be Chapina Tank

This loose scoop neck tank top is the perfect transition top for summer to fall season. Sideseamed and combined with a retail fit, it will look adorable tucked into your favorite hightop paired with a blazer or worn on laundry day. Extra points if you tag your I Voted sticker on top!

Comes in Athletic Heather and Black Heather.

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Pura Vida Tee

Fill your day with pure light and life with this crew neck top that serves an ode to the 70s. This short-sleeved T comes in a standard fit made of solid colors that are 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton.

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Raised By Immigrants Tee

Pay homage to your loved ones with this crew neck, short sleeve that lovingly shows off your pride for your roots.

But it here for $27.99

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