Green Hair, Don't Care: A Colorful DIY Hair Mask For Shiny Winter Tresses

December 2, 2015
by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market
Green Hair, Don't Care: A Colorful DIY Hair Mask For Shiny Winter Tresses

When temps dip, skin requires a little more love: But as you trade in lighter lotions for heavier, more nourishing creams and slather lips in coconut oil, don't overlook your most versatile beauty asset—your hair. 

Winter is extra rough on locks. Cold, dry air can cause delicate strands to break, using hot tools in lieu of air drying (hair will freeze if you go outside post-shower!) fries locks, and of course, there's hat hair. Enough said.

That's where our bright-green DIY hair mask comes in. Don't be freaked out by the shocking hue, which comes from chlorella. This potent algae powder is chock-full of good-for-you nutrients (like most green things), but we've added it to this nourishing mask because of its protein, which helps repair tresses, and vitamin A content. Vitamin A reduces the effects of oxidative stress that can damage hair—think pollution, poor diet, and really tight ponytails.

Channel your inner Kylie Jenner and cover head in the green stuff—it makes for great selfies, and when you wash it out, hair will be softer and stronger.

DIY hair mask

Chlorella Nourishing Hair Mask

2 tablespoons chlorella
2 tablespoons aloe vera
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1/4 avocado

Mash all ingredients together in a small bowl. Massage into hair, completely covering from root to tip. Leave in for 10 minutes, and wash out with a smoothing shampoo.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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  • Jenny Hicks

    do i apply on dry hair or moisten first?

  • Laura L

    Has someone with light blond hair tried this? Would like to know if it would discolor it...don't want the chlorine green look. lol

  • Anna Knoebel

    could you use spirulina instead of the chlorella?