Time for some real talk, summer has been brutal on my hair. If I’m being honest, the past couple of years have been rough on my hair. I get my hair highlighted every 2-3 months and I curl my hair most days. I also wasn’t blessed with hair that perfectly dries naturally, so I have to blow dry it after washing. This can really take its toll on your hair. I’ve tried tons of different products, drugstore haircare to high-end salon treatments. The one thing I’ve never tried before is a DIY hair mask at home.
I’m not sure why I’ve never done my own hair mask at home, but I totally regret not having done one sooner. A few weeks ago I was so fed up with my dry hair and was pretty willing to try anything. I did some Pinterest browsing, because where else do you go when you want to concoct your own beauty products? I found a ton of pins for coconut oil hair mask. Now disclaimer; I bought a jar of coconut oil from Trader Joe’s like months ago when I did Whole30. I did this because Whole30 recommends using coconut oil for cooking. I used one tablespoon to heat in a pan for a recipe and almost threw up from the smell. So I literally have not opened that jar since. I should note that the smell of cooking coconut oil is disgusting to me, not the smell of coconut oil in the jar. So I was willing to give this treatment a go.
The ‘recipe’ I decided to try is equal parts coconut oil and honey. Now, I have relatively long, medium-thick hair. So I actually used about 5 tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons honey. I put them in a bowl and warmed them up in the microwave for 30 seconds. The post I found actually said to heat them over the stove, but ain’t nobody got time for that. After heating the mixture, I went to my bathroom and threw a towel around my shoulders. Trust me, you want to wear a towel, especially if you have long hair because you will have drips. My best advice is to actually set the bowl of your mixture in the sink and lean over the sink to apply. You can apply to dry or wet hair, I did it to dry hair just be sure to brush it out really well first. I also applied in layers since my hair is kind of thick. Just apply evenly from root to ends and really focus on applying more to your ends if you’ve got split ends or they are extra dry. Then just clip your hair on top of your head and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
I shampooed my hair twice when rinsing this out, only because I felt like I didn’t get it all the first round. I could tell a huge improvement right away after the first time I applied this. My hair was definitely silkier and less tangled coming out of the shower. I combed it out and let it air dry for a bit since it was a Saturday night and you know I didn’t have plans. While air drying my hair wasn’t frizzy at all and was drying pretty straight with a hint of wave to it. Normally when I air dry it’s crazy frizzy and has this weird wave to it that you can do absolutely nothing with.
I’ve done this treatment 2 times now and am absolutely converted to the power of coconut oil. I really kind of hate that it works so well because all I ever hear is how great it is and I was kind of sick of hearing about it. Now here I am raving about it. Isn’t that how it always goes? I got my hair done this week and my stylist even commented that my hair felt amazing and to keep doing what I’ve been doing so I told her all about my coconut oil mask. I’m definitely going to try more coconut oil beauty related ideas in the near future.
Has anyone else tried coconut oil for your hair? I’ve been looking for a good skin mask/treatment to try, so please send me ideas if you have any! Let me know if you’ve tried this hair mask too, I’m dying for other good ideas!
xo – Tracy