Ever since shaving my head March 5th 2013 and donating over 60cm to cancer I’ve been looking after my hair a LOT better than before the shave. I’m sparing when it comes to peroxide and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve put a straightner to it (I adore my curls now, no more hating them). A lot of the things I use I make myself mainly because it’s cheaper than the hair masks you buy in the shop and I’m cheap frugal like that. Up until recently though I still used store bought shampoo but I am SO done with that now and my scalp is MUCH happier without the sulphates and crap they put in it.
Right, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites, they’re quick and easy and made with things you can find in your cupboard at home (generally) you’ll see a lot of them have honey or coconut oil and that’s cause they’re REALLY great for your hair and just your whole damn body.
Coconut, peppermint and almond oil < my favourite!
Mix one palmond/olive oil with two parts coconut oil and add in 8 drops of peppermint essential oil. Let it set in the fridge for about half an hour so that it hardens a little, makes it easier to massage it into your scalp. Leave it in your hair anywhere from 4 hours to overnight, then gently rinse it out with cool water. [if you don’t want your hair to lighten then don’t go into the sun once you’ve put on the treatment]
Olive oil and Honey
Pour about 5 tbsp olive oil into a small bowl. Add small drops of honey, whisking constantly and continuing to add honey until the consistency of the mask is smooth, not overly sticky and manageable. Massage the mask into damp hair until evenly distributed and fully saturated. Cover hair with a shower cap, plastic wrap or a plastic shopping bag. Allow the mask to soak in for an hour and a half. Rinse the mask completely out of the hair and thoroughly shampoo.
Coconut milk and Rosemary hair mask
Measure out 3/4 cup of Coconut Milk and 2 teaspoons of rosemary leaves. Place the coconut milk and rosemary leaves into a small saucepan. Cover with a lid and simmer on low heat for 25 minutes, stirring frequently as to not burn the coconut milk. Strain the infused coconut milk from the rosemary leaves into a small glass container. Stir in about 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil. To use: cleanse your hair as you normally do and towel dry. Massage in half of the hair mask and comb through your hair. Place a shower cap on your hair and allow the mask to work its magic for at least 1 hour to overnight. Rinse your hair with warm water for several minutes and style as usual (you can also cleanse your hair if you need to). Store the remaining amount of the hair mask in the refrigerator and use within 10 days.
Apple cider vinegar
Combine a tablespoon of vinegar with a 1/2 cup of water and pour over damp hair. Add a couple of drops of essential oil if the smell is too much. Comb through hair, let it sit for five minutes and then rinse. The acidity in the vinegar helps seal the outermost layer of your hair, the cuticles, making it lie flat.
Grab an aspirin tablet and crush it then add the aspirin powder to a small amount of shampoo and lather up. The salicylic acid in aspirin helps remove buildup and restore shine. You can do this every two weeks.
You can google TONS more, quite a few I found use avo but at the price of avocado these days I’d rather eat them (sorry hair). And I’ve found a few that use banana but I can’t stand the smell so I’ll give that a skip, you go ahead and try it out though if you want.
***Remember when heating up your coconut oil to use the stove or an essential oil burner rather than the microwave – that kills all the nutrients!