So I really enjoy mixing my own hair products. Firstly, it means I know exactly what goes into it and can tailor it to my hair needs (moisture and shine, mostly). Second, it's like cooking but I don't have to worry about flavour balance and stuff like that so I can wing it. Third, it feels good to just create something and makes for great self care. Team it with up a clay mask and some really good cake and you have the perfect lazy Sunday.
This hair mask provides tons of moisture and a little protein, keeping my hair soft and shiny. Feel free to use whichever oils work best for you and you can add a whole bunch of other stuff. This is a really flexible recipe so tweak it to fit your hair needs. As a bonus, it's actually pretty cheap. Buying all the ingredients won't cost more than a tenner and most of them will last a while.
I use it about twice a month, occasionally more or less often depending on what my hair's like.
- A kettle
- 2 small bowls
- A tablespoon
- A blender
- A sieve (or a tea strainer or drum sieve)
- A plastic cap
- Creamed coconut (the solid kind)
- A ripe avocado (or a banana)
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Optional: essential oils – tea tree and peppermint are my favourites
- Optional: vegetable glycerine (add additional moisture)
- Boil a kettle
- Poor boiling water into one of the bowls and stand the coconut oil container in it to melt
- Dissolve 1 or 2 tablespoons of creamed coconut into the other bowl according to the packet instructions
- Pass it gently through a sieve to catch all the bits. (If you have very curly/kinky hair use a tea strainer or drum sieve to make sure you get all the smallest bits that can get caught in our curls)
- Put the avocado into a blender with the coconut cream and blend until smooth
- Pass gently through a sieve (or tea strainer or drum sieve) again
- Mix in about 2 tablespoons each of coconut and olive oil
- Mix in essential oils/glycerine if using
- Start with clean, wet hair
- Spread evenly throughout your hair, focussing on the weakest, most damaged areas (usually your ends)
- Put on your plastic cap (a plastic bag works fine too) and leave for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better.
- Rinse thoroughly with cool water
Second generation British-Nigerian fat agender person. Style enthusiast, decent baker and lazy poet.
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