I never thought I’d ever be able to say that Cardi B and I have something in common, but the events of this past week have enabled me to say otherwise.
The rapper and entertainer recently shared an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink DIY hair mask on her Instagram, creating a huge buzz on social media. With a drastic before and after transformation taking Cardi’s dry, frizzy hair into a smooth, silky dream, I knew I had to test it out.
This hair mask’s main focus is to hydrate your hair and scalp while also bringing out your hair’s natural texture. Cardi’s hair is voluminous but doesn’t have a specific curl pattern so she used this mask to tame the volume and give it that extra dose of hydration. On the other hand, her 2 -year-old daughter Kulture’s hair has a very evident curl pattern, so Cardi used this mask to enhance her natural curls. And yes, because the mask is all-natural, it is safe to use on children.
It was clear this mask could be used on any hair type, so off I went into my kitchen, and then my beauty cabinet, and then Spotify to collect all of the ingredients and Cardi B tunes I needed to mask up.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Castor Oil
- Olive Oil
- Argan Oil
I decided to try this hair out on my third-day hair, which essentially is oily at the scalp and frizzy and dry at the ends. A good shampoo and condition usually last about two to two and a half days for me before the dreaded oiliness shows up. So with this mask, I was hoping to not only hydrate my dry ends but achieve fresher hair for longer.
I was especially excited after seeing how this mask absolutely transformed Cardi’s hair. Safe to say that me and my hair were ready to Cardi it up!
Cardi eye-balled almost all of her ingredients when she was making this concoction for herself and Kulture. But since I was making it for myself, I stuck to 1 tablespoon of every ingredient. She did add an extra generous dose of castor oil, so naturally, I followed suit.
I simply added all the ingredients to a blender and blitzed it together till I got a semi-liquid, mousse-like consistency. The avocado, mayonnaise, and banana help hold this hair mask together and give it a firm texture. If you’re like me and worried about your hair smelling of eggs and mayo after you’re done, don’t worry about it! The oils, avocado, and honey mask the other ingredients’ smells so you have nothing to worry about.
I applied this mask to my hair with my fingers—it’s best if you use your hands, IMHO because this consistency is harder to control with a hair spatula or brush. I divided my hair into small sections and began applying the hair mask from root to tip, making sure everything was covered.
It was amazing how cooling this mixture felt on my scalp and hair from the get-go. Although it was a little messy to apply all over my hair (so make sure to do it over your bathroom sink) it was overall a very easy experience and took me less than 10 minutes (which also consisted of a little dance break to Bodak Yellow) to drench my hair and scalp in this mask.
I kept this hair mask on for fifteen minutes before I washed it off. I first rinsed out the mask completely and then finished off with shampoo and conditioner. I let my hair air dry to see exactly what this hair mask had made. #science
My hair definitely felt softer and shinier than usual, laying frizz-free like I had just gotten a blow out! As for the freshness, my oily scalp was still stuck to its regular schedule so two-days later, the oiliness returned and my fresh hair dreams were crushed.
But all in all, this hair mask is super easy to make, to put on, and to wash off. I would definitely try to douse my hair in this every couple of weeks because my hair can be drier than usual and needs all the hydration it can get. 10/10 would recommend.