While I’m all about winter when it comes to tights, boots and cute hats, this time of year wreaks havoc on my hair. During frigid months, my hair becomes dry, brittle and all-around pathetic looking. I decided to take control of the situation and began using a conditioning hair mask on my hair. The last thing I have money and time for right now is a visit to the salon solely for a conditioning treatment, but in my opinion, this DIY hair conditioning mask is better than anything the salon offers.
Are you an avid user of coconut oil? I hope so.
This deliciously-smelling, natural oil can do wonders for the hair. Unlike other oils which merely coat the outside of the hair, coconut oil penetrates the cortex of the hair to improve strength and flexibility. Rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, healthy fats and minerals, coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to nourish the hair. Not only does this oil strengthen and protect hair from damage and dryness, but studies have shown that it can help prevent dandruff and hair loss. With all that impact, who would say no to this quick and simple DIY hair conditioning mask?
I say all of this about coconut oil because if you don’t have essential oils to add to this recipe, coconut oil alone will work to condition your hair, especially if you use the process I offer in this post. If you are a user of essential oils, adding several drops of oils along with the coconut oil adds even more health benefits to your hair.
- Warmed coconut oil (preferably extra-virgin, organic)
- Several drops of essential oils (Lavender and Rosemary are highly recommended)
- Small mixing bowl
- Shower cap
- Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature, but you will need it in liquid form for this mask. Warm 1-2 tablespoons (maybe more depending on length and thickness of your hair) of coconut oil. To warm the oil, you can run the jar under very hot water and pour out the liquid or you can warm a small portion in a sauce pan.
- Pour the liquefied coconut oil into a small mixing bowl
- Add 3-5 drops of essential oils (Lavender smells lovely and soothes, nourishes and conditions the scalp while also offering relaxation properties to the mind; Rosemary is packed with antioxidants and is the premier hair growth enhancing oil, also stimulates blood flow to the scalp and helps with thinning and greying)
- Stir everything together
- Put a towel around your shoulder and be near your sink in the bathroom
- You may want to wet your hair with a spray bottle prior to applying the mask
- With your hand, scoop about small amounts of the conditioning mixture and rub throughout your hair
- Continue applying the mask so that it covers all of your hair; ensure you massage it very well into your scalp so your scalp receives the benefits as well
- OPTIONAL: Use a comb to gently comb through your hair and disperse the mask (some people skip this step)
- Apply the remaining mask from the roots to the tips so every strand is covered (don’t let any go to waste)
- Let the mask sit for 30-60 min. before rinsing
- You can either tie your hair up in a towel or pin it up and cover with a shower cap so you can go about your tasks without worrying about any drippage; if you are taking a bath while the mask is working, you can just pin it up or leave it down
- After 20-45 minutes, rinse and style as usual
It is recommended you perform a DIY hair conditioning mask at least once a week if not more. The coconut oils smells divine and adding essential oils makes the mask even more deliciously fragrant and beneficial. This is such an easy process that proves amazing results. I have seen it with my own hair. Enjoy!