I have experimented with all kinds of DIY before finding this divine DIY weekly hair mask that I am about to share with you.
My aim was to have a hair mask that could do several things: help and promote hair growth (castor oil and Vitamin E), prevent scalp dryness and dandruff (coconut oil and lavender Essential oil) and provide moist and shine to my hair (Olive oil).
Let me explain in details why you should consider this combination
Castor oil is extracted from Castor beans. They can be found in East Africa, West Indies and India. Castor has been used widely for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
It is usually clear or pale yellow. Black Castor oil can also be found and its darker colour is due to production processes which consists in roasting and boiling.
Castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid at 90% and omega-6 fattic acids. The Fatty acids supply proteins and essential nutrients to hair follicles and prevent their inflammation. The Ricinoleic acid helps lock in moisture. A perfect combination for hair Growth!
It also has antimicrobial properties, making it a great ally against irritated scalps and dandruffs.
Usage of castor oil has also been praised for increasing shine and gloss of the hair.
A Natural emollient, Castor oil makes a perfect addition to masks and conditioners
It is also rich in vitamin E and minerals.
Vitamin E is popular amongst users and cosmetics makers for its antioxidant properties which is known to provide a good protection against free radical damage. It reinforces the skin protection against aging, sun damage and inflammation. What is good for the skin is also good for the scalp and in the case of Vitamin E, it is true too!
A study has demonstrated that Vitamin E is a good complement in the treatment against hair loss. It does so by helping to reduce oxidative stress in the scalp which is one of the cause to the hair loss. Vitamin E also increases the blood flow supporting a healthy scalp and promoting the hair growth.
Damaged hair look dull and frizzy. The reason for that is the lack of protective lipid layer on the outside of the hair cuticle. It results in lost of shine and render the hair difficult to manage and style. Vitamin E oil can act as that protective layer and revive the shine. The oil reduces breakage, protects the hair from damage as well as locks in the moisture.
A study shows that coconut oil was better at prevening hair protein loss that other oils.
Coconut oil main components is the lauric acid which is a medium-chain fatty accid. This allows the hair shaft to deeply absorb it. This oil moisturises the hair (even more important during dry and winter seasons) and preserves against protein loss.
Coconut oil can prevent hair breakage and split ends by protecting the hair strands against damages.
Coconut oil is a natural treatment for Dandruff thanks to its antimicrobial properties but also by nourishing the scalp with its Vitamins E and K, to reduce the dryness that causes dandruffs to appear in most cases.
The nutrient rich oil, when applied with a massage on the scalp, improves the blood circulation. In doing so, all the good nutrients can make their way to the roots allowing the hair to be healthy looking and delay the appearance of gray hairs.
Ideal remedy to damaged hair, Olive oil can help treat and smooth burned and broken end of you hair strands. It helps soften the hair, reduces frizz, seals moisture in the hair
Olive oil has also an anti-inflammatory property which can help calm down some of the inflammation of the scalp.
A study indicates its potential to help with hair growth. Olive oil contains oleuropein which has an active role in the growth cycle. However, more research needs to be done as this was tested on mice and not on human
Due to its composition, Olive oil is more suitable for dry and thick hair than thinner hair. So, adjust the dosage according to your hair texture. At the end of the day, this is a mask that is made to be washed off so it should be fine.
Lavender Essential oil
This essential oil is our all-time favorites, and we have another blog post on it, here. Lavender oil serves so many purposes, has powerful properties and on top of that has a divine scent.
This Essential oil is also known to help in case of migraine, stress and to be a pain relief. It has a calming effect on the nervous system as reviewed in this experiment.
Lavender essential oil has antimicrobial propreties and helps prevent fungi and bacteria.
It is a natural remedy for burns and skin inflammations so it can be good in case of dry and inflamed scalp.
Lavender oil added in a weekly hair mask will operate as a serum and spread benefits such as moisturizing and preventing breakage.
Use it with a carrier oil and do a test to make sure you are not allergic. If you experience rash, or irritation stop the use immediately, rinse it off and speak to a doctor.
Divine weekly hair mask you can do yourself – Instructions
- Vitamine E
- Castor oil – 1TBSP
- Extra Virgin Coconut oil – 2 TBSP – melt before adding
- Extra virgin unrefined Olive oil – 3 TBSP
- Lavender Essential oils – 20 drops
This DYI hair masks is perfect as a weekly routine before you wash your hair. Besides all the amazing properties of the ingredients used, applying oil to your hair before washing them helps reduce potential damage that occurs when they are wet. The process of water absorption by the hair create a slight change to its structure, making the hair more vulnerable to damage.
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