DIY home made hair mask

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Winter is hard on your hair, like really really hard on it.  All that running to and fro in the cold air really makes a girl’s hair feel sad and dry.

But I’ve got your back always, always.  I’ve put together a little DIY home made hair mask to spruce up your limp tresses.  Remember V05 hot oil?  This is kind of like that, only free and totally natural and not 1985.

DIY homemade hair mask

Get ready for it, it’s 2 ingredients long.  No need to break the bank just yet.

DIY home made hair mask:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Can you believe that nonsense?  Two ingredients.  Boom.

DIY home made hair mask

STEP 1: Spoon 1 tablespoon of honey into a small bowl and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Pop the hair mask into the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then mix it up as well as you can.

Honey and olive oil, well they’re not besties, but try to make them get as friendly and mix-y as you can.  You want the hair mask to be as warm/hot as you can take it, so keep microwaving it if it isn’t warm enough.

diy homemade hair mask

STEP 2:  Now that you’re all mixed, go get your hair completely wet.  When it’s all wet but not dripping, pour the hair mask a little bit at a time onto the ends of your hair, working your way up to the scalp.  As soon as you’ve used all the mask and your hair is thoroughly coated, wrap it in a damp warm towel or a shower cap and find something to do for 30 minutes.

Watch an episode of Parks and Recreation, write in your journal, do some lunges, take a little nap.  If you’ve ever wanted the excuse “I can’t go out with you, I’m washing my hair” on a Saturday night, this is your big chance.

STEP 3:  When 30 minutes is up, rinse and shampoo your hair like usual.  No need to condition, you’ve already taken care of that business.

That’s it!  Can you believe the magic?  Believe it sister, it’s gorgeous.  My hair felt amazing afterwords, totally lustrous and conditioned.  Let’s get on that.

–Note: I used this recipe for my short-ish and very fine {read: mousy} hair and it was perfect.  If you have really long or thick hair, you’ll want to double or triple this recipe.  If you have a pixie cut, you’ll want to cut this baby into fourths.–

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Christine M. of Hartlyn :

    Thanks for the recipe! Winter is hard on the skin and hair.

    • Allison :

      Christine, it’s the worst! Hope you like it.

  2. Kelly Jo :

    so excited to try this! My skin (and hair) have never been as dry as they have this season. I can hardly stand it.

    • Allison :

      Kelly, moisturize your whole body with olive oil {no really!} and you’ll love this on your hair.

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  3. Sarah :

    This is so well timed! I have been contemplating emailing you and asking for some sort of hair therapy, I am in need.
    Look out ’cause I am doing this tonight :)

    • Allison :

      Sarah, I want to know what you think! It’s amazing.

      • Sarah :

        I finally did this tonight…..I love it! I worked it all into my hair and sat in a hot bath for about 45 minutes, it was heaven :)

  4. Emily :

    Pinning this to try later. I’ve still got a little bit of San Diego humidity in my hair, though it won’t last long.

    • Allison :

      Oh, sure San Diego. Look at you making me all jealous.

  5. Jamie :

    Gonna try this. I made your sugar scrub last week and LOVE IT!!! I actually just used olive oil to take my make-up off and it works great! I have really dry winter skin and this part of my “new” beauty routine.

    • Allison :


      I’m so glad! I’m in love with the sugar scrub, I can’t live without it! Let me know if the hair mask works for you, I swear by it.

  6. Anne :

    Hi. I know you’re busy, Allison, but can I nag you again? Please write a book. :)

    • Allison :


      I’d love to write a book actually, it’s on my Life List. Thanks for saying that though, I appreciate it!

  7. Katie :

    I have this stuff on my head right now! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    • Allison :

      Katie, let me know!

      • Katie :

        Loved it! I abuse my poor hair daily; it was great to give it a little TLC!

      • Allison :

        It’s so yummy right? My hair looked great for a week! I need to do it again….

  8. Natasha :

    I love that it’s so easy- I need to try this for sure. My hair and skin (and lips) are so dry this winter and it hasn’t even been that cold!

    • Allison :

      Natasha, I don’t have time/energy/money for anything that isn’t easy. This stuff is amazing.

  9. Jen W :

    This one = shampooing with Dawn dish soap at 10pm after the TWO shampooings with regular shampoo didn’t cut the oil. :(

    • Allison :

      Jen, I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. It seems to have been great for everyone else!

  10. Keri :

    Actually you should use a light conditioner to follow after the shampoo… Shampoo opens the cuticle and the condition seals it back down. You want to lock what the benefits of your deep conditioner in so make sure you use something to seal that cuticle back down.

  11. Rach :

    I tried this last week, without using a conditioner afterwards and although most of my hair looked and felt incredible (and still does) the end became really dry and quite frizzy. I’m planning on trying again tonight or tomorrow, but this time using a light conditioner to see if it makes a difference to my ends. Thanks so much for this idea! I have been searching for something that adds shine and softness without turning my hair into an afro for so long and this hair mask just rocks! Petit Elephant is the way forward :D

  12. cassie :

    This works great!! Tried this on my natural grey locks and it makes my hair
    soft, shiny and incredible. Receive lots of nice comments even from strangers!
    I did use a conditioner after shampooing as usual. So bye bye to those
    expensive store bought deep conditioners….. Thanks so much!!!!!!