Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Coconut-Castor Oil Hair Mask

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I deep condition my hair and scalp with a hair mask once a week.  It's a super simple DIY recipe, and works better than any masks I've bought (and gets rid of dandruff far better than T-Gel).  Also, it's super cheap!!  Here's what I do.

Coconut-Castor Oil hair mask
(I buy the coconut and castor in the large containers for the lowest price per oz, since I also use them for other things)

Castor Oil
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Tea Tree Oil

Combine equal parts castor oil with extra-virgin coconut oil (I melt it first), add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil, and stir well to combine.  I keep mine in a little sealed Rubbermaid snack-sized cup in my bathroom.  It's easiest to use if you wait until it has cooled completely back down.  Now scoop out a little bit at a time and massage thoroughly into scalp with your fingertips.  Depending on how much time you have, here's the options: 1) put a shower cap over the whole mess and go to sleep.  Wash out in the morning.  2) leave in for 30 minutes - several hours.  Wash out thoroughly.

Castor oil is really thick, so it usually takes me 2-3 washes to get it all out, but I like how shiny and healthy my hair looks and feels after, and I LOVE having a healthy scalp with no more itching and flakes!

Coconut-Castor Oil hair mask

Because my skin reacts so much to the dry winter weather, I do this mask once a week.  Find what works for you and let me know in the comments!

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