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Make a Coconut and Argan Oil Hair Mask
I started coloring my hair religiously in high school. My mom always told me that coloring my hair would destroy it, but it never did. In fact, my hair has always been really healthy–until a few years ago, when I made the massive mistake of getting blonde highlights. They absolutely fried my hair. So, for the past few years, I’ve been growing out all of my color and trying to take better care of my hair. In addition decreasing the number of days per week that I wash my hair from seven to three or four, I also started using oil-based hair masks.
I’ve used a couple of different oil-based hair masks, but I started making my own a couple years ago. For the base of my mask, I use coconut oil, which everyone uses for pretty much everything (just Google “coconut oil uses,” but remember, if you find it on the Internet and it sounds kind of crazy, it probably is). Coconut oil can prevent and repair damaged hair, add shine, and reduce scalp inflammation (read more here). I also like coconut oil because it’s very easy to work with. Unrefined (i.e., “virgin”) coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it’s a waxy solid most of the time. I also use argan oil (i.e., Moroccan oil), which contains fatty acids that soothe dry skin, moisturize your face and hydrate hair (read more here).
Here’s what I use to make a coconut and argan oil hair mask:
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- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 drops argan oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional for scent…I sleep in my masks, so I like the added scent)
- Ziploc bag
- Plastic comb and hair tie
Step #1: First I spoon my coconut oil into a bag. Then, I drop argan oil in (and, if I’m using it, the lavender oil) and zip the bag shut. Since coconut oil solidifies at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, the bag looks something like this:
Step #2: Next I hold the tightly sealed bag under a faucet running hot water. It begins to liquefy very quickly.
And will look like this after about a minute or so (this will re-solidify):
Step #3: I brush out my hair. Then, I dip my fingers into the mixture and begin applying it to my hair. I focus on the bottom half of my hair, combing through from roots to ends to evenly distribute the mask. I want my hair to be oily, but I don’t want it to be dripping with oil.
After I’ve applied it…
I twist my hair up into a tight knot. At this point, I go to bed and sleep in my mask. Because I concentrate most of the oil on the bottom half of my hair, which I tie up into a knot, I don’t get oil everywhere. (And, even if I do, the mixture is smells great and is really good for your skin, so it’s a win-win.) Sometimes I throw on a shower cap or just let it soak in for no fewer than 30 minutes.
Update: I’m updating this post to include some helpful tips from people who’ve tried the mask.
- If you color your hair blonde, you may want to check with your stylist before leaving coconut oil on your hair for prolonged periods of time. One stylist warned against it. I can’t find anything on the Internet saying that coconut oil is harmful to bottle blondes, so I’d suggest asking your stylist.
- Before washing out the mask, put conditioner on your hair to help break down the oil, which makes it easier to wash out.
When I’m ready to wash it out in the shower, I rinse my hair with water and shampoo/condition as normal. One shampoo should be enough if I get a good lather.