Luscious Locks: A Coconut Oil Hair Masque Recipe

Sunday night is self-care night at the Cody household.  Face masques and hair masques for both of us, plus an epsom salt bath for me.

I’ve always had a self-care night.  Have you?  I can remember as far back as middle school; sneaking to steal my mom’s face masques and foot creams.

True girly-girl at heart right here. 🙋🏼

If you don’t already have a self-care night, I would recommend you adopt one.  It doesn’t have to be Sunday, we choose Sunday because it prepares us for the week ahead.  Here are a few additional ideas you may feel compelled to incorporate. Remember, these suggestions are not gender specific.

*Read. You know that book you’ve been meaning to finish reading? (Or start…)

*Manicure

*Pedicure (highly recommended for men as well!)

*Do a mini-declutter. Recycle three things from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear.

*Unplug for an hour. Switch everything to airplane mode and free yourself from the constant bings of social media and email.

*Meditate. Even five minutes is progress. My personal goal is five minutes daily.

* Get fifteen minutes of sun, especially if you’re in a cold climate.

* Do a Pinterest DIY. We all have a sugar scrub pinned, #AmIRight?!

I started using this weekly coconut oil hair masque over a year ago now.  It was at that point when I realized I was only washing my hair once/week. The importance of minimizing our hair-washing is astounding.  Shampoo commercials have us brainwashed (pun intended ☺️) into thinking we have to wash once/day.  Actually, I used to wash mine twice/day. This habit (which I thought was helping my hair) only encouraged more breakage and dulled the shine of my hair.

In order to train my hair to be able to wash it less, I started by washing it every other day.  Then, every 3rd day, etc. until I could go once/week.  When you first begin this process, your hair will definitely be greasy.  This is because your scalp is beginning to normalize and recalibrate its pH level.  Embrace it by learning new hairstyles which mask the appearance of greasy hair.

Yes, I still wash my body in the shower once/day. I simply wear a shower cap to keep my hair dry.

Sunday is my hair-washing day. I start the process early in the day with the application of this Clary Sage, Lavender, and Coconut Oil Hair Masque.

You will need:

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Essential Oils: Clary Sage and Lavender

Small mixing cup or bowl

Spoon

Hot Water

Hair tie or hair clip

Shower Cap

Coconut oil has a low melting point.  If you’re in a warm climate, your oil may already be liquified.  If not, simply submerge your jar in hot water.  This is the most natural way to melt the oil (compared to microwave or stove top).

Coconut Oil

Then, using your spoon, fill your mixing bowl with 2-6 tablespoons of oil.  This amount will vary greatly depending upon your hair length.

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Quickly touch the coconut oil to make sure it is not burning hot.  We are about to add the essential oils, which are quite sensitive to high heat.  We do not want them to evaporate. Once your coconut oil has cooled (but is still liquid) drip 5-8 droplets of both clary sage and lavender into the mixture.

Sage

Lavender

Congratulations, you’ve just taken the next step to healthy, shiny hair!

Next, saturate your hair from root to tip with the mixture.  Make sure to apply this when your hair is dry. If your hair is wet, it will repel the oils. Oil and water don’t mix well, do they?

Once you’ve applied your masque and clipped up your hair, it is time to make yourself look even more ridiculous. Enter: The Shower Cap.  Wearing this will trap the heat which typically escapes through the top of your head; allowing the oils to permeate the hair even more.

I typically leave this masque on for about 2-3 hours.  Bonus if you are able to leave it on for longer!  I don’t recommend sleeping in the masque unless you are okay with oily bed sheets.

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