It may surprise many readers, being the crunchy lady I am, but I love to dye my hair. Yes I admit it, in the last year, I have purple tips, red all over, pink all over and now I am mostly blonde. While I space these kind of hair treatments out and try not to damage my hair, it has been getting pretty ravaged around the ends. I also have had shorter hair most of my life as well. I have learned that dying your hair and keeping it long do not go together well!
I set about doing my research on how I can give my hair some extra moisture, strength and fullness and this is what I came up with! It all started when I was talking to my hair dresser and she said a lot of clients were DIY conditioning with MAYO! Can you believe it? I knew right away I could do something similar myself!
I am really enjoying sharing some DIY personal and beauty products. Please let me know in the comments if you are enjoying them as well!
The Recipe – Time: about 5 min
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup coconut oil- fractionated oil works best since it stays liquid. I am using this one which is nice because it has a pump
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/ tablespoon gelatin –> What I am using
- 3-5 drops Cedarwood -I only use and recommend one brand on essential oils learn more here
- 3-5 drops lavender oils
- 3 drops tea tree oil- also know as melaleuca oil
- In a jar or bowl mix all the ingredients but the essential oils and gelatin together. I used a mason jars and shook them.
- Add in the gelatin slowly while stirring
- Add in the essential oils.
How to apply the hair mask:
I use about 1/3 of this recipe on my hair at least twice a week. My hair is fairly damaged from bleaching and this treatment really helps! I need less products and styling tools to make my hair look nice! To apply, simple pour some on dry or slightly damp hair and comb though the ends. I apply from the middle down to the ends of my long hair. Apply in a similar way to a store bought deep conditioning treatment. I leave this on my hair for 10-20 min before rinsing out. I usually do this before a shower and then wash my hair with a gentle shampoo.
Why These Ingredients?
Eggs are great for you hair. The mix of protein from the white and fat from the yoke helps plump the hair shaft and lay the cuticle down. How it works is, your hair is made of protein and the protein in the egg helps fill in the shaft of the hair where it is weak and brittle, which gives you a lot of fullness to what may be limp damaged hair.
Coconut oil has been shown to actually penetrate the hair shaft, unlike most conditioners which just lay on top of your hair. Since the coconut oils can actually get into your hair it improves strength and flexibility of your hair. In tandem with the egg, one helps the outside and one helps the inside, a beautiful combination when it comes to hair.
Gelatin is pure protein and can help just like the eggs, in filling in the gaps in your hair’s shaft to promote a fuller mane!
Cedarwood and lavender essential oils are both known to be great oils for hair! Try them and you will soon find out! Tea tree oil is great for occasional flaky scalp and I would add it if you needed support in that area. What’s amazing is that cedarwood and lavender are both known to help calm the mind and promote relaxation to this treatment is amazing to do in the evening!
I hope you give this simple DIY beauty recipe a try, you hair will love the treatment!
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