DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

 

 

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Coconut oil has become a staple in my life. I use it as a facial moisturizer, a replacement for butter in baking, and now as a moisturizing hair mask. (You’ll be blown away by this list of 101 Uses of Coconut Oil!) Because I highlight my hair fairly often and I want to keep growing it out, I have to stay on top of putting moisture back into my hair to keep it healthy. I really don’t like spending money on expensive masks, so when I read a post on How Does She? on using coconut oil instead, I knew I needed to give it a try. I have been using this method for about a year now and love it!

You really only need 3 things to get fabulous results {#1 & #5 are optional}.

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Here’s what you need:

1} a tennis shoe. Yes, a tennis shoe…I will explain later

2} a disposable shower cap {I got mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply} or saran wrap works too

3} coconut oil {this one is from Walmart}

4} hair clips

5} hair dryer

Directions:

I usually do this treatment on dirty hair, but I don’t think it matters. It’s easier and faster to apply the coconut oil on detangled hair, so I brush it very well before beginning.

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^^^Coconut oil melts to the touch, so there is no need to pre-melt it…unless you want to. I stick my head over the tub and begin applying it to my hair – from roots to ends – until it is completely “wet” with the oil. Then, I wrap my hair up on top of my head and secure it in place with the clips and cover it with the shower cap.

Applying heat is optional, but a good step especially if you have very dry or damaged hair. If you don’t have 10-15 minutes to apply heat, then you can just leave the oil in your hair for about 30 minutes and then wash {I usually wash my hair twice to get all the oil out}.

I have read that coconut oil is one of the best oils to put on your hair. Heat opens up the hair shaft and allows even more of the oil to soak in.

I usually apply heat for about 10-15 minutes if I can, but I don’t like standing there holding my hair dryer. I can’t remember where I saw this trick, but it’s great for being hands free. It’s a little rigged, but I know you have this at your house. It’s hard to explain, so let me show you….

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^^^Just set this contraption up on your bathroom counter, grab some magazines or your smartphone, and chill for 10-15 minutes while your hair is getting beautified!

Next, wash your hair thoroughly, and you are all done!

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^^^Another little trick I use when I don’t have time to do a complete hair mask, is to apply a small amount of the coconut oil to the very ends of my hair before I go to bed at night.

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^^^I rub a very tiny amount onto my fingertips and apply it to the end of my braid. If you have very fine hair, this might not work for you. If you’re trying to grow your hair out and want to go longer in between trims, then this trick works great! The oil soaks in overnight and my hair doesn’t look oily at all the next day! {I usually wash my hair every 2-3 days and I even do this on days that I am not washing it}.