Through the years, I’ve had so many products I’ve bought for skin and hair care that required extra storage space in my bathroom.
While some of them worked, often I couldn’t even pronounce the ingredients they contained, and from all I’ve read, that simply isn’t good.
I’ve found a great hair mask that reconditions not only my hair but can be used as a moisturizer on my body, lips, and face. It’s a bit more work to make than a few, but once you make it, there’s enough for months of use.
It requires organic extra virgin coconut oil, for those who are allergic to it, you can use Shea butter or avocado butter instead.
You’ll also need olive oil if you’re strictly using it for the hair, but if you want an all purpose moisturizer, use macadamia nut, jojoba, argan or sweet almond oil.
You’ll need vitamin E oil or grapeseed oil, a mixer, distilled or boiled water, a mid-sized bowl and a larger pan.
The coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, moisturizes like a pro and penetrates the hair shaft far better than other oils. It also smells yummy. Since it’s antibacterial, it can help get rid of even stubborn dandruff without drying your hair.
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Sweet oil, olive oil, argan, jojoba and macadamia oil are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They can help soothe irritated skin, moisturize deeply, nourish the hair and skin, as well as provide other benefits, one of which includes making your skin look younger.
Vitamin E or grapeseed oil acts as a preservative to make the hair mask/moisturizer last longer.
Glycerin acts as a humectant to attract and retain moisture.
Coconut oil melts at room temperature, so for those of you in a warm climate, you can accomplish this same step by putting the oil in a covered container in a warm area in the summer. It just doesn’t go as fast.
It won’t mix readily at first since water and oil don’t appreciate each other, but eventually, it will become a lotion and finally a mixture similar to whip cream, light and fluffy.
Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s freezing, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does. If you are living in a tropical climate, just store the mixture inside the fridge.
Tip: A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up. Use an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to get that light, airy consistency when whipping the coconut oil.
Spray it on the hair and let it do its magic. Your comb will glide through the hair leaving absolutely no tangles, and you’re ready for the hair mask.
Massage it into the scalp, too, since it does promote hair growth and can zap dandruff. If you have long hair, you’ll twist it into a bun, for those with short hair, cover it with a plastic shower cap.
To use as a facial or body moisturizer, just apply a bit as you would any moisturizer and massage it in thoroughly to your skin.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.