My hair has been through a lot, especially because I had many abrupt and difficult color transitions, and after bleaching my hair for almost 4 years. Before the color I have right now (ginger/copper/red) I used to color my hair from platinum to ash blonde to even white, and was doing some pastels from time to time,so you can imagine the damage inflicted on my hair. (My natural color is dark blond/ brown).
This is a homemade mask that I am making once or twice a month in order to give this extra oomph of hydration and health to my hair. It is made with budget friendly ingredients that you can find easily.
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Any brand will do, as long as it’s pure cold pressed and it’s from controlled origin. I buy mine at the bio supermarket of my neighbourhood, and I always make sure that the brand I pick up has the “fairtrade” stamp on it.
2 Tablespoons of castor oil. There is lots of different brands on the internet, I buy mine from iherb.com LINK just because it’s cheap and convenient for me to find it online. Use the code QSD495 for your first order, that will save you 5-10$ depending on the amount that you spent.
1 egg. You know where to find those, right? If you want to keep the mask vegetarian friendly, then feel free to skip this step.
1 teaspoon honey.
One bowl for mixing,.
Hair cap or wrap.
WHY I USE THESE INGREDIENTS?
Cold pressed coconut oil:
- It moisturizes dry hair.
- It stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles/It slows down hair loss.
- It promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as insect bites, lice and dandruff.
- It adds luster, shine and softness to the hair.
- It prevents hair breakage and split ends, contributing to hair length.
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- It increases hair growth/ slows down hair loss.
- It reduces split ends and thickens the hair.
- It naturally conditions and moisturises the hair.
- It fights scalp infections and dandruff.
*Note: It may cause darkening on natural hair
- It strengthens hair and prevents them from breaking.
- It helps to seal moisture in the hair.
- It’s an excellent mixer for serums/moisturizers/masks for the extra moisture.
*Note: If you suffer from frizzy or curly hair . glycerin will make your hair more frizzy as it adds moisture.
Also, in very dry environments, glycerin draws the moisture out of your hair, so avoid using it in dry and non humid environments,
and last, be careful if you have coloured your hair with semi-permanent dye, as glycerin penetrates the hair cuticle and strips away any present chemical colors.
If your hair is coloured with permanent dye, then fear not! The color particles are much smaller and absorb quickly so glycerin is not able to strip the color away.
- Since the egg contains lots of protein, it helps rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand.
- It makes the hair glossy and shiny.
- It makes the hair smooth and redices frizz.
- It is a natural softener which conditions and smoothens your skin.
- It improves the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth.
- It stimulates hair growth.
- With its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, it prevents the scalp from various infections and skin diseases.
THE HAIR MASK:
-Warm up the coconut oil so it melts before you add it to the mix. (unlike I did!)
-Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, until you create a homogenous mixture.
Due to the fact that this is a fresh mask (i.e contains raw egg), it is better that you apply it right after you make it!
*Feel free to add or reduce the amount of coconut oil and castor oil, depending on the length of your hair. My hair is now slightly below shoulder length and I use the amount given ( 2tbsp. coconut oil and 2 tbsp. castor oil).
Apply it to your hair and then cover it with a plastic hair cap.
Extra tip: In order for the mask’s effects to increase, wrap a hot towel over the cap. The heat will open the hair follicles and also make your skin absorb the mask easily.
Leave the mask on anywhere from 20 minutes up to the whole night through.
Enjoy your moisturised, shiny, healthier hair!
Leave me a comment , letting me know if you did the mask and how it worked for you, or let me know what kind of masks and/or treatments do you do on your hair!
*DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored.