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.

Equipment:

  • A kettle
  • 2 small bowls
  • A tablespoon
  • A blender
  • A sieve (or a tea strainer or drum sieve)
  • A plastic cap

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Method:

  1. Boil a kettle
  2. Poor boiling water into one of the bowls and stand the coconut oil container in it to melt
  3. Dissolve 1 or 2 tablespoons of creamed coconut into the other bowl according to the packet instructions
  4. 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)
  5. Put the avocado into a blender with the coconut cream and blend until smooth
  6. Pass gently through a sieve (or tea strainer or drum sieve) again
  7. Mix in about 2 tablespoons each of coconut and olive oil
  8. Mix in essential oils/glycerine if using

To use:

  1. Start with clean, wet hair
  2. Spread evenly throughout your hair, focussing on the weakest, most damaged areas (usually your ends)
  3. Put on your plastic cap (a plastic bag works fine too) and leave for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with cool water

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Second generation British-Nigerian fat agender person. Style enthusiast, decent baker and lazy poet.

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