I've have been writing about home hair mask recipes since the late 1990s.
I personally love this at home hair conditioning maple syrup hair mask even though it's very messy and requires care.
In fact, I wrote an article for HairBoutique.com about some of the more popular hair treatments including watercress for your hair.
To read my original article visit: Hair Conditioning Recipes #1: Do-It-Yourself - Watercress.
Honey Versus Maple Syrup
I recently covered honey for your hair in a recent blog and HairBoutique.com tips. It was also featured in one of our famous HairBoutique.com Tip Newsletters.
This maple syrup hair treatment works in a similar fashion to honey, but can be even messier, stickier and more gooey. It can be equally hard to wash out. If you decide to do this treatment, proceed at your own risk.
Which is better for your hair? Syrup Or Honey?
I think they are about equal and of course it depends upon whom you talk to. Some experts would pick the honey, others the maple syrup.
When in doubt try both, keep notes and then pick the one that works best for you. I'm all about customizing your hair care treatments.
Start by preparing the space where you will do this treatment.
You need to be sure to have clean rags or old towels laid out to avoid getting syrup drips on your clothes, on the floor of whatever room you apply the treatment in and as a precaution.
It should also be noted that this treatment takes a lot of time so be sure to allow plenty of time for the syrup mask to soak into the hair and to rinse it out.
Step By Step Instructions
1. Pour room temperature maple syrup into a glass measuring container.2. Detangle hair carefully from the ends to the roots. Do not apply syrup to tangled hair,
3. Starting approximately 1-2" from the roots, drizzle the maple syrup through your hair.
You can use your fingers to smooth the syrup through.
If you prefer you can focus on only certain areas of your hair rather than pouring it all through your hair.
Note: The first time you use the syrup treatment you may wish to just apply a small amount to an isolated section of hair to make sure your hair responds well to the treatment.
4. Apply to dry hair. Some people may prefer to apply this to wet hair, but generally speaking it is recommended to apply this to dry hair. I find for me that the syrup works best when I apply it from the ears down to the ends. I also limit how much I use since I have so much hair.
5. After you have applied the syrup put on a plastic shower cap, that you can either wash out or throw away, and then allow the syrup to remain on your hair from 30 minutes or longer. Experiment to get the best time line for your own hair.
Note: You can also use a plastic wrap if you prefer. Keep in mind that this hair mask is sticky.
6. When the syrup mask is finished penetrating your tresses, remove the shower cap and step into a lukewarm shower and let the water run over your head to remove the syrup.7. After the syrup is completely rinsed out, use your desired cleansing formula whether it be Diluted Shampoo (DS) or Conditioner Only (CO) or some other method of choice.
8. Finish with a cool/cold water wash.9. Towel blot and if possible allow hair to either towel or air dry.
Summary - At Home Hair Conditioning Maple Syrup Hair Mask
The benefits of the maple syrup are similar to those of honey. It gives the hair softness, body and lots of shine.
This also helps keep split ends at bay. No it doesn't repair those that are already there but it does help prevent new ones.Remember that what works for one head of hair may not work for others and proceed at your own risk.