I’ve been feeling like my hair is a bit of a rut lately. It’s fine – but it hasn’t been spectacular. I love it when my hair is soft and looks sleek and shiny. It’s just been feeling a little dull. So I wanted to treat my hair to a little spa day.
I usually do a coconut oil mask on my hair about once or twice a month to help with deep moisturizing. But I was feeling like doing something a little more fun and luxurious. And this definitely was! And it was so easy – anyone can do it.
Each of the ingredients nourishes your hair and scalp:
- Coconut Oil: Stimulates hair growth, excellent deep conditioner, adds shine, prevents breakage (if possible, get an organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil)
- Olive Oil: Prevents breakage, eliminates dandruff, adds shine, moisturizes and softens hair, promotes hair growth
- Lavender Essential Oil (Optional): Deep conditions hair, promotes hair growth, reduces dandruff and dryness, restores sebaceous glands, prevents hair breakage.
Step 1: Dampen hair
Make sure your hair is a little damp, but not soaking wet when you apply the oil. You can just stick your head under the stream of water in the shower for a second and jump out to get it a little damp.
If you wear a lot of products in your hair, you may want to actually wash your hair first so that the oil can penetrate your hair completely.
Step 2: Mix and Heat Oils
Before you mix, heat up about two cups of water in a saucepan (but it doesn’t need to boil).
Mix together 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil, and a few drops of lavender oil in a small heatable bowl (you can adjust the ratio of ingredients if your hair is long).
Place the bowl in the pot of water to make a little water bath.
Leave the bowl in for a few minutes, testing the temperature of the oils. When the oils are quite warm, but not so hot they will burn your scalp, take the bowl out of the water bath.
Step 3: Apply Oils to Hair
Start by massaging the oil into your scalp. Work the oil in from the roots to the ends. You may not need to use the entire bowl of oil depending on how thick and long your hair is. And enjoy the relaxing smell of the lavender.
Step 4: Heat up a Towel
You could pop a towel into a dryer, but if you don’t have one, you can also heat up a towel using a blow dryer.
Step 5: Leave in for 45 minutes
Wrap the towel around your head and relax for 45 minutes. This is your spa time, so chill out, maybe put some cucumbers on your eyes, and have a good time.
Step 6: Wash out and Enjoy!
Wash your hair thoroughly to make sure you get all the oils out. If you do the no poo method, you will need to wash your ends in addition to your roots. You might want to wash twice to be really certain you won’t have oils left in your hair. Condition as normal.
And once your hair is clean, you can enjoy your shiny, soft, freshly conditioned hair. I can’t stop touching my hair it’s so soft. My hair rut is over! This was so enjoyable I will probably do it on a regular basis.
Let me know how your homemade hot oil treatment works out!
Credit: Jessica F