A 3-Ingredient Fix for the No. 1 Winter Hair Problem

February 19, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
A 3-Ingredient Fix for the No. 1 Winter Hair Problem

A record-breaking blast of bone-chilling temps has made daily life harsh for much of the U.S. While hair problems are definitely not the most pressing issue people are facing during the polar vortex, they’re still downright irritating. If you’re going to lock yourself indoors to escape the cold, it might also be a good time to restore some moisture to hair that’s been parched by dry air.

An all-natural, three-ingredient mask is just the ticket to healing winter hair woes. Put the yogurt you’ve been skipping in favor of warm oatmeal to good use in this DIY. It’s worth the weirdness of putting it on your head—the fat and protein inside can nourish brittle locks, while lactic acids help clear dead skin cells from the scalp and promote healthy follicles.

Not to mention, yogurt is even more powerful with coconut oil, which has been shown to penetrate the hair shaft and prevent protein loss. It’s no secret that moisturizing is one of coconut oil’s finest assets. Add honey into the mix to attract and retain moisture, and you’ve got hair care gold.

Ready to transform dull, frizzy locks into a soft, luscious ’do? Here goes.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons plain yogurt  (regular or Greek)
¼ teaspoon coconut oil, melted or whipped
1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in bowl. With hands, massage mask into scalp and work it from roots to tips, spreading evenly among strands. Wrap hair in towel, and leave on for 20 minutes to 1 hour, or as long as you can handle. Then, rinse well and wash with shampoo and conditioner. Allow hair to air dry and style as usual.

Now if only the weather would let up, because hat hair … that’s a different problem.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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  • Olivia Lane

    I usually do an avocado conditioner but I didn't have ripe avocado so I tried this. The yogurt wasn't as intensely moisturizing as avocado but it wasn't anywhere near as messy either. Overall the yogurt was good enough. It made it very easy to detangle some knots and left my hair softer. I'd definitely do this again. (BTW I melted the coconut oil and raw honey together since the honey was kind of crystalized/solid.)

  • Renee Marie

    Hello Olivia Lane! Have you ever tried an oil based conditioner? I love DIY for my natural hair, though I am at waist length curly, so it is a lot of work,lol. I use, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, jbco, coconut oil and avocado oil. Which ever oil works best for your hair is the base, which basically is the most of the mixture. I add in Greek yogurt, and you can apply it to dry hair. I spray my hair with warm purified water to open my cuticles and add it evenly from root to tip, add a plastic cap and wrap a scarf around that. I leave it in for a few hours, even workout at home with it in. It makes my super thick, super long hair feel like butter! I will try your avocado condish next! Hope you have a great weekend!