31 August 2013

DIY - Hair Mask

I've had the worst hair ever in my life after spending stupid money bayalaging my hair (and the hairdresser didn't do the best job either - I wanted a gradient, but my hair looks like it's got massive regrowth instead). My hair was completely wrecked. It felt like hay, was extremely frizzy, and was so easily tangled. It also snapped really easily, especially trying to brush the tangles out. I've tried using my good ole' Kerastase Nectar Thermique, but even that couldn't save my hair (although it did help smoothen the frizz out until I washed my hair).

After hearing the magical wonders of coconut oil, I decided to give it a go. I was so amazed at how much my hair transformed, that I HAD to blog about it. I've used this recipe three times now, but I've made slight variations to the recipe each time, which I'll tell you as we go through the steps to making this amazing hair mask.

Step 1: Scoop out a tablespoon of Coconut Oil into a bowl.
I actually used some leftover coconut oil in a label-less glass container, I'm not entirely sure where that coconut oil came from, but I thought I'd show you the coconut oil that I plan on using next when I finish the one in the label-less glass jar. I purchased the bottle of coconut oil in the picture below from iherb.com. (Use code CEW675 to get $10.00 off your first iHerb purchase).

Step 2 (optional): Microwave for 20 seconds.
I did not microwave the coconut oil when I tried this recipe out the first time. I found it less messy when it wasn't microwaved, as the mixture ended up being a paste instead of a watery solution, which ended up all over my table.

Step 3: Squeeze in a dollop of honey and mix. I didn't quite measure how much honey I put in, but I think it'd be about half a tablespoon.
I found that it was quite hard to mix the honey in with melted coconut oil, compared to the first time using this recipe, when the coconut oil was more solid. I also had to mix in a bit of water, if you choose not to microwave it.

The second time I used this recipe, I also added a bit of coconut cream in. I don't think it made a difference in the end result, but feel free to give it a go if you like.

Step 4: Massage the mixture into your hair.
I sectioned off the top half of my hair and clipped it up with the hair-claw-clippy-thing. I worked the mixture into the bottom half of my hair, concentrating on the ends, where it was brittle and really damaged. I also used a wide-toothed comb to comb the mixture through my hair. I then released the top half of my hair, and worked the mixture through that section.

Step 5: Leave on for at least 45 minutes before washing off.
I did not have any trouble washing off the oil. In fact, there was practically nothing to wash off (especially the first time I used this mask - without microwaving), as it felt like my hair had completely absorbed the mixture.

This is such an amazing hair mask recipe that doesn't break the bank. It has left my hair feeling so much stronger, silkier, and less tangley! I can't imagine how amazing your hair will feel if you already have pretty healthy hair.

If you do try this hair mask out, please let me know how you go!


  1. I love your DIY hair mask idea. It's so much cheaper than buying hair masks and I'd imagine that it smelled yummy. It's a shame about the balayage though! Have you gotten them to fix it?

    1. When I walked out, it looked ok from the front. They didn't show me the back. It wasn't until I had a good look at it the next day, that I wasn't entirely happy with how it looked.

  2. Wow!! It is great idea to mask your hair. It is very good for hair health. I will try it. Thank you for share this nice tip.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! :) Sorry to hear your balayage did not work out. :( I resisted getting one done for the very same reason. I had a feeling that it'd look like a massive regrowth on me.

  4. very interesting :) I'll have to try and get my hands on some oil and try it myself