I have mentioned several times in the past month or so that the frigid, dry air here in Utah is wreaking havoc on my body. So if I sound like a broken record, I apologize. But as my daughter would say, “the struggle is real!” Not only am I slathering moisturizers and lotions onto my skin by the handful, but my hair is starting to suffer too. So I’m breaking out my secret weapon: a homemade deep conditioning hair treatment made with coconut oil. But before we get down to making it, let’s review a bit about coconut oil, and why it is a saving grace for dry hair.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has all sorts of qualities that make it an amazing tool in your health and beauty arsenal, especially for your hair. The fatty acids in coconut oil can penetrate into the hair shaft, infusing moisture back into your hair and leaving it soft and shiny. Coconut oil also contains proteins that can strengthen your hair and prevent damage.
The oil also reduces friction between individual hair strands, meaning smoother hair and fewer tangles.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Your Hair
There are countless ways you can use coconut oil in your hair. You can add a bit of it into your regular shampoo or conditioner, for an added boost of hydration…you can use a little dab on your fingers to smooth down flyaways and split ends….but my favorite way to use coconut oil on my hair is to make a homemade deep conditioning treatment.
Here’s how to make it.
Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp jojoba oil
- 3-5 drops essential oil of your choice
- A small bowl
Use coconut oil that is in its solid state. If you live in a warm climate or your coconut oil has been sitting out somewhere warm, just stick it in the fridge for a few minutes until it solidifies.
Measure the coconut oil into a small bowl and stir well. Stirring will heat it up just enough to create a smooth, creamy texture.
Add the jojoba oil and continue stirring until the mixture is even and well-combined.
Add 3-5 drops of your preferred essential oil. Many essential oils can help promote hair and scalp health, including lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and geranium. Stir well.
Apply the mixture to your hair from roots to ends, paying particular attention to any dry areas.
Then cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and use a hair dryer to warm the hair a bit. Leave the mixture on your hair for 15-30 minutes.
Finally, wash and condition your hair as usual. Use this deep conditioner once a week for the fullest benefits.
But wait, there’s more! (I hope you read that like an infomercial host.)
This deep conditioner can do double duty, because you can also use it to make a hair detangler spray! I wish I had known about this when my kids were little, because we probably could have avoided a lot of hair-combing meltdowns. But of course, adults get tangles too, so this is a good thing to keep in the bathroom cabinet for just about anyone!
Coconut Oil Detangler Spray
- 1 part Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner (see recipe above)
- 10 parts water
- A spray bottle
Combine 1 part Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner with 10 parts water in a large spray bottle. Shake bottle well before using.
After washing and rinsing your hair, spray it lightly with the detangler spray as you comb to help work through tangles. Remember to use a wide-tooth comb when working with wet hair, to avoid causing further damage.
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