High Heels and Training Wheels: DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

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3.15.2013

DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask





Coconut oil can be used for a whole array of things. It can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, remove eye makeup, moisturize your skin, be used as shaving cream, it can prevent stretch marks and much much more. So, if you're trying to stay on a budget and save some mullah, you can kill like 18 birds with this one coconut stone. Seriously. And I got it at the grocery for only 6 bucks! Think about how money you spend on all of the different products coconut oil can replace for only $6! Wow, I'm starting to sound like I'm a salesman...


Anyway, you can read all about the full benefits here but today, I'm using it as a hair mask. I've tried olive oil because I had heard it was really good but it just made my hair greasy and it strips your hair color. We don't want that! The coconut oil conditions but it is weightless and it will not alter the color of your hair. So DO NOT get olive oil. 


Coconut Oil Hair Mask



Uses: condition, de-frizz and improve your hair's overall health

My hair was in dire need of some help. I haven't had my hair cut in 3 years; not even a trim. Yes, you read that right; 3 years! Plus I have terrible grey hair (yeah, I'm real lucky like that) and I color it every 4-6 weeks. So my hair was definitely in trouble and this mask alone brought my hair back from the dead! For this mask you really only need the coconut oil.  I also use:


a microwave safe container of some sort 
a large clip (or ponytail holder) 
a wide tooth comb 
and a shower cap (optional)
**BONUS for added shine, mix 1 tbsp of honey with your coconut oil


1.)   Coconut oil isn't a liquid like other oils. 76ยบ and below, it is a solid so you have to put it in the microwave. There is no scientific measurements here, I just use a heaping spoonful like in the picture above. I throw it in the microwave in a reusable plastic container for 10 seconds and stir. It won't be perfectly smooth; it will have some chunks in it and that's ok. 


2.)   I divide my hair into 2 sections and literally just start slathering (that's a technical term) it onto my dry hair. DO NOT PUT IT ALL THE WAY TO YOUR ROOTS! I made this mistake the first time and when I blow dried my hair, it was gorgeous and gleaming but the next morning (I shower at night) it looked as if I hadn't showered in a week! Now, I always start at the mid-line and work my way down to my ends. 



3.)   Next, I run a wide tooth comb through my hair just to distribute the oil evenly and then I clip it up on top of my head to set.


Here's where the optional shower cap comes in:
You can use heat to speed up the process. If you don't want to use heat, you're done. Just leave it to set for 30 minutes. If you're feeling impatient or are in a hurry, you can use a shower cap and blow dryer to speed your wait time to only 15 minutes. This step will open your hair follicles for the oil to absorb more quickly. I personally don't like to use the heat because heat damages your hair and it just seems counter productive to me but that's up to you.


 4.)   Once you're time is up, wet your hair and lather with your shampoo. Heard the phrase "like oil and water"? You will have to use shampoo to efficiently break up the oil. Whether you finish with conditioner, however, is your choice. Others say they follow with shampoo only but I still use my conditioner after I've washed because my shampoo in itself can be drying. Again, it's up you. 


That's it! Stand back and admire your gorgeous hair! This really does help the condition of your hair. Yes, it moisturizes But, it really does improve your hair's overall health so the benefits are long term. I used this mask before every shower for about a week to get my hair's health back to where it should be but now I just use as needed when I think my hair could use a boost.



Give it a try! You have nothing to lose! If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I'll be happy to answer. And if you try it out, let me know how it goes!


17 comments :

  1. I'm a going to try this today! I've been looking for something to help with my frizziness hair! I have pretty long hair so I'll do a little more! Thanks for this post!
    xo jess
    www.stmurrie.blogspot.com

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  2. This is a wonderful treatment for my hair, I do it all the time.

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  3. I love this hair treatment and I do this about twice a week!

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  4. I do this allll the time and i love it!! One tip is to rub the shampoo into your hair before you even get it wet. Because as we all know oil and water arent really friends. And you will get most if not all of the oil out if you start by putting the shampoo in your hair before you get it wet with water.


    I sometimes actually sleep with it in my hair and i use a plastic bag instead of a shower cap. But overnight works wonders as well!

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  5. I love this treatment!!!

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  7. Does it matter if its virgin coconut oil or refined?

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  8. Do you use normal shampoo or the "o shampoo" recipe you have posted on this site?

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  9. When I posted this mask, I was still using shampoo, The coconut oil helped replace the moisture I was losing, I haven't used it since I've started using the no 'poo method. Honestly, I really haven't needed to. I'm not sure how the 2 would work together,

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  10. Do you put the coconut oil in dry hair or damp hair?

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  11. Okay thanks! :) just making sure

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  12. I put it in dry hair. It seems to absorb better that way. Good luck!

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  13. Getting ready to try this right now!!!

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  14. How long should I wait to color after treatment?

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  15. i tried this and i couldn't wash the coconut oil out of my hair! please help! :/

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  16. Oh no! Let's see if I can help you out! First, I have to ask the obvious question, did you follow your rinse with shampoo? That might sound silly but you'd be surprised! Without knowing or seeing exactly what your working with or what kind of shampoo you're using, I would say to just repeat with your shampoo. I have never had a problem with it not rinsing out so my guess would be not enough shampoo to cut through the oil. Did you use the blow dryer method or just leave it to set? I would try combing through it with a fine tooth comb to get as much out as you can before you wet it and then wash with shampoo and repeat if necessary.

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  17. Thanks so much :) i was just letting it air dry after the shower, oh i reread the blog and noticed that i was also putting the oil into my roots .. opps. I will try it again! :D

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