Stevie’s Baja Yogurt Hair-Mask Magic


I originally discovered this hair mask recipe when I was researching the practices of Kundalini yoga. It found its way into my life along with some other tried and tested complexion rituals that involve head stands, almond oil, and cold showers–but I’ll save those for another time. Don’t want to scare you off completely.

Regardless of which way you take your beauty regime, the below is a great elixir for that summer-holiday hair, which, in theory, should be free flowing and whipping in the wind, but in reality can often be closer in texture to a dry, brittle broom and damaged from the sun.

Just back from a trip up the Baja peninsula with my boyfriend, I made this recipe a few times over the weeks, when one too many surfs in the sea left it lacking in luster. It isn’t scientifically proven and the yogurt element may not be to everyone’s taste I know, but I like what it does, so hopefully you do, too.

Note: Like all good recipes this one is best done by feel rather than by a measuring cup. Adjust at your fancy.

1. Take oil (I like to use jojoba but almond oil works great here, too) and start by massaging it into the tips of your hair up to the roots.

2. Sit with your hair in the sun for 15 minutes, so it can warm up with the oil.

3. In a bowl, mix natural yogurt–best to pick one as close to whole-milk as possible–with a few healthy dashes of almond or jojoba oil, plus a scent of your choosing. I like to use lavender.

4. Layer the mask all over your hair, root to tip, and then cover your head with a towel.

5. Sit for an hour like this.

6. Wash it out with your normal shampoo and conditioner and let your hair dry naturally (rather than blow drying it). Give it a good brush with a high-quality bristle.

7. Presto! Heaven hair thanks to a little bit of dairy love.

Just as a heads up—the mixture feels kind of terrible in your hair for that hour under the towel. And if you are somewhere hot, it can also be prone to smelling not the best (hence the importance of a scented oil in the mix-up), but I think it is worth it. Afterwards, it feels as if someone has replaced your hair with yards of gold silk.  Not bad for a bit of yogurt.

Stevie Dance is a New York-based stylist and the founder of
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  • ClosetCravings

    I'm glad you gave a little heads up about the mixture feeling kind of terrible. It's always better to know what you're getting into before you take the plunge of trying a new at home beauty regime. =)
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  • Marie-Thérèse

    Will try Out during my next Pooltime Session. Thxy!

  • Eleanor

    Definitely going to be trying this out!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    This is intriguing! I have hair that gets a bit dry and brittle in the summertime and am also a sucker for natural remedies, so I may have to try this!


  • Daul Be

    I've always favored yogurt as a beauty treatment. It can be used as face mask as well. Your skin will drenched in moisturizer afterwards. The one I use is Fage Greek Yogurt the pink one. It gives your skin an undeniable glow and baby soft. So yummy with honey too ;)

  • Joy

    Imaging the oily, yogurt-y residue in my shower. This is something to have done in a salon.

    • Guest

      ... Really?

  • Wtfedina

    Regimen. Not regime. Say it with me now: Regimen, regimen, regimen. Unless you are putting a government on your hair? In which case, my bad.

    • ITGNick

      not exactly... but you're right that regimen may be more commonly used in this sort of context

    • Maiastras

      Regimen is régime in French. It could be coming from there.

    • Sophie

      actually, both are correct!

  • Jenny

    I love hearing from Stevie! Her approach to beauty makes me so happy!

  • Anu

    I used to do it all the time when I was still living in India. My mom made the curd with full fat milk at home and I would just slather it on my hair and face. For face, put a pinch of turmeric in it to avoid acne. Horrible smell but great results. I should start doing it again.

  • Vik

    This Stevie is such a babe.

  • Melissa Taylor

    I hope to try this out, thanks for the recipe! I have a hair mask i recently bought from, Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Mask, it has worked really well but it's pricey so I'm getting into homemade recipes to make it last.

  • Fairytalesandcoffee

    I have tried the raw food thing on my skin and on my was never a pleasant experience. I once tried a Lush skin treatment that smelled of egg salad....I tried best I could at holding my breathe...but that sucker had to go out in the garbage...if I am going to suffer for beauty, I better get immediate results (lasers, peels, ect..). But unpleasant and long term daily maintenance...I dont think so. I shall pass....Fekkai makes some good conditioners...but you can always hot oil it, use hair placenta with a roller set....that's the business.

    • Strikersbabe27

      notice the use of scented oils in the recipe.*

  • Lebazhaar

    Very natural, I like it!

  • ROKderm

    Haha, I've neve rheard of a yogurt milk for hair before! but I'm sure it does wonders with the almond and jojoba oils. I've done my own summer haircare tips here:

  • Liza Tucker

    It's got to be the lactic acid! I've been using the new L'oreal Professional Absolut Repair Cellular Lactic Acid repairing hair mask for two weeks now and my previously damaged hair feels like silk!! On the tub it says "Lactic Acid is able to create saline bonds between the keratin chains exposed in the cortex of damaged hair." Yogurt is full of lactic acid so I'm sure it has a similar effect.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I've used yogurt on my face before, but never my hair. My hair HAS been pretty dry from the sun lately though, so maybe I'll give this a shot!

  • Kate

    Does anyone know if the yogurt will strip or lighten color? I just had my grays (sigh) covered with a semi-permanent brunette color.

  • Lisa

    I think this is really great thanks for sharing. It is nice to read something that everyone can afford to try.

  • Allison from Amazine

    my hair has become dry , but i think its due to my blonde highlights, will this also help with shine?
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  • SherryPP

    I love this girl's site. I want to see more of her.

  • Bonnie

    I want all the details of the almond oil-headstand-cold shower skin routine. Somewhat self-explanatory I guess, as all three add glow, but I would love to read about how you do it.

    I just wrote a piece on the late, great HGB, and her devotion to (sometimes strange) DIY, at-home beauty secrets. She certainly believed in cold water for the skin; she used to soak her face in a sink of ice water for twenty minutes wearing a snorkel mask!

    Often, in past decades and centuries. pre-party beauty routines includes lying with head dangling off bed, or lying on slant-boards to bring circulation and thus flushed color to the face. So your headstand absolutely makes sense.

  • Natalie

    Stevie, I did this mask! Just a personal experience for anyone who is interested in trying it. I did not find it unpleasant at all. I had to change it up a bit because by the time I got around to starting the mask it was past sun down. I used jojoba + pure argan oil and massaged that into my hair, then wrapped my hair to my head with saran wrap and some metal clips. After 15-20 minutes I applied a mix of Fage yogurt with some jojoba oil and rose otto oil. Put that all over the hair and gave it a good wrapping with saran wrap. Let that sit for over an hour. Why the saran wrap? To keep the my head's natural heat in aka fake the sun's warmth. It also kept the yogurt from drying out and dripping all over.

    The rinse out was WAY easier than I expected. The yogurt just becomes watery and rinses right down the drain. A good shampoo and conditioning and my hair is crazy soft and feels great. Thanks for the tip Stevie! This will for sure be a monthly hair routine.

  • The Beauty Eater

    This worked great for me, going to experiment more on these ingredients!

  • katie

    I'll wager it's Helen Gurley Brown, though that's a guess.