Those of you with dry hair know that one of the best ways that you can treat yo' self is by deep conditioning those locks. You probably also know that deep conditioners can be expensive and time-consuming. While the amount of time needed to deep condition your hair is pretty unavoidable, using coconut oil (or butter) is a cheaper way to accomplish similar results. Plus, I've been trying to transition to all cruelty-free products and take a stand for animal rights and this hair mask fits the bill.
Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Two weeks ago I decided to try to share some of my adventures with coconut oil. I've been using this coconut oil hair mask once a week for the last 5 weeks and have noticed that my hair is much softer and slightly less frizzy (!!). Since I let it sit for two hours, I usually apply the coconut oil hair mask in mornings when I am working from home.
What You Need
- 2 overflowing tablespoons of coconut oil (for thick, curly hair. You might need less if you have thinner or less hair)
- A small microwave-safe bowl
- 2 hair ties
- Small towel
- Clothes that you don't mind getting stained in case the oil drips past the towel (I learned this the hard way)
How To Do It
- Start with dirty, dry, and brushed hair. Now, if you have curly hair, telling you to brush your hair is just about the biggest foul ever. I know. But it is the easiest way to distribute the coconut oil throughout your hair.
- Heat up the coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 – 15 seconds or until it is entirely liquid.
- Drape the towel around your shoulders (to protect your clothes from oil stains) and hold in place with a hair tie.
- Distribute coconut oil throughout your hair. I divide my hair into four sections, twist each section, dip it into the bowl, and work through my hair.
- Pour the remaining bit of the oil onto the top of my head to get my roots and scalp. Note, I have very dry hair that is especially dry around the roots. Skip if you have oily hair
- Use the other hair tie to wrap your hair up in a top bun and let sit for 2 hours.
Wash out using a shampoo that is free of parabens and sulfates and is pH balanced (I use hbl's hydrating shampoo).So far, I love using this deep conditioning treatment. Plus, it is way cheaper than other treatments (hooray for not breaking my budget)! I've also seen other variations of this mask that include adding a bit of olive oil, avocado, or egg.