I am a coconut oil addict. I think I just about use it for everything now because it is so awesome (check out my reasons why here).
I normally oil my hair once a week, and coconut oil is my go-to oil. It’s nourishing, moisturising, thickening, strengthening, lengthening, and everything else good for your hair! I also like to mix it up with other oils such a castor oil, or my favourite Dabur Amla oil, which you can buy from most Indian convenience stores!
Essential oils are also my saviours in beauty. They are the pure natural oils of plants from which they are extracted and so can be used for many beauty, dietary and medicinal purposes. Their distillation method of extraction makes them far more powerful than the plant that they come from. I like to keep a collection of essential oils as they come in handy so so often.
Lavender oil is one of my favourite essential oils with it’s calming and balancing properties. For the hair, it has fantastic uses as it is antibacterial. It can soothe irritation, itchiness, dryness and therefore eliminates dandruff and keeps your scalp healthy. Massaging lavender oil into the hair can relieve tension and stress and invigorate your scalp. A healthy invigorated scalp will lead to a better blood circulation and healthier hair growth. Lavender oil shouldn’t really be directly used on the skin by itself so needs a carrier oil…
So it’s only natural that I would come to mix these two oils together to make a super hydrating, nourishing, scalp-invigorating hair mask that thickens hair and stimulates hair growth. Yes, it does all of that!
You will need:
- Coconut oil (3 tablespoons)
- Lavender oil (5-8 drops per 3 tablespoons of coconut oil)
- Towel (optional)
Mix the coconut oil and lavender oil together and massage into the scalp and down the hair covering it all. Leave this in the hair for a minimum one hour- drink some tea, do life admin, watch a movie, read a book in that time, and then wash out using your fave shampoo and conditioner (only condition the ends of your hair).
- Before applying the mixture to your hair, hold the mix in your palms and slowly and deeply inhale the scent of the lavender and then massage into your hair. The calming scent will relax you and provides an added therapy.
- Once you have applied the mix to your hair thoroughly, soak a hair towel in warm water, wring out the towel, and wrap your hair in the towel. This locks in the moisture with the oils helping the oils to penetrate better to your roots and scalp.
- Inversion method- When applying the mix, tip your head upside down and massage the oils into your scalp for about 5 minutes. This inversion will encourage a healthy blood flow to the surface of your scalp and stimulate hair growth and thickening much quicker.
There you have it! A super easy, effective, and inexpensive homemade hair mask for thick, nourished and invigorated hair and scalp!