Both of us have played with hair masks before; both making our own and buying some. here’s a list and recipes for the ones we’ve liked!
Coconut Oil Mask
Melt the coconut oil over the stove in a boiler pan (cold pressed coconut oil in a glass custard cup placed in water in a pot of hot water works too). Once coconut oil is melted to the point of being fully liquid, add your essential oil. Lean over a sink or bathtub and gently pour the oil mixture over your head. work it through your hair until it all covered from roots to tips. Bundle your hair up into a hair tie or clips and cover it with the plastic shower cap. You can use hair clips or just bundle it up and tuck it into the shower cap.
**Note: there are three different kinds of coconut oil we recommend. The link above is one, the other two are liquid coconut oil (if you want to skip the melting part) and refined coconut oil (which doesn’t smell as strongly of coconut). Also, Caleigh recommend a combination of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils as the lavender is calming, while the rosemary helps stimulate the scalp.
Olive Oil Mask –
1/2 – 1 cup (depending on hair length) slightly warmed olive oil
Warm up olive oil until it is warm to the touch. You can microwave the oil for 10 seconds at a time until warm. DO NOT apply oil to hair if it feels hot. Your hair can fall out and you can burn your scalp! You can also warm the oil up in a double boiler sort of thing as well. Just be careful to monitor the oil so it doesn’t heat up too fast. Once the oil is warmed up, lean over the bathtub and slowly pour the oil over your hair. Massage it into your scalp and then work it through your hair to the ends. Let sit on your hair for 5 minutes for best results. Make sure to lean over the bathtub or a thick towel so you don’t drip oil all over the place.
**Note: you can also add essential oils to this mask as well.
Now the big question – how do you wash the oil out of your hair???? yes, this is where it can get tricky. The best way we’ve found to remove the oil masks from our hair is with basic shampoo. Just DO NOT condition. For the coconut oil mask, you probably will have to wash your hair up to 3 times to remove the oil. For the olive oil mask, wash your hair 1 to 2 times to remove the oil. Again, do not use a conditioner, this will over moisturize your hair and make it super oily and limp. One more tip about the coconut oil mask – this mask can sit in your hair overnight if you feel like sleeping on a crinkly shower cap!
Store Bought Masks –
Organix Intensive Moisturizing Treatment Moroccan Argan Oil – $7-8 (available at Walmart, Target, Amazon, Ulta)
You can use this mask three different ways: 1. apply a generous amount to your hair while it’s dry, let it sit 30 minutes to 1 hour, then rinse out. 2. apply a quarter sized amount to towel dried hair from mid length to ends. Then braid hair and sleep on it. 3. Wash hair first thing in the shower, apply mask after rinsing shampoo out. Let sit while you complete your shower and make sure to rinse before getting out.
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – $28-30 (available at Amazon)
You can use this mask two ways: 1. Apply enough to cover hair mid length to ends in the shower after washing hair. Let sit then rinse out at the end of the shower. 2. apply small amount, enough to coat hair, then put up in a shower cap or braid and sleep on it. Wash out in the morning.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque – $13-36 (available at Amazon, Birchbox, Ulta)
This mask works the same way as the Moroccanoil mask.
We hope you enjoyed these tips!