Author: Holly J Coley
I like a good DIY beauty treatment. It’s a luxurious way to take care of yourself. Plus, it’s affordable.
One of my favorite DIY treatments are hair masks. I have naturally curly hair which means I also have dry hair. Plus I blow dry and flat iron the crap out of it. A lot. If I can, I like to put a hair mask on early in the afternoon and keep it in for a few hours. And if it’s a homemade one I’ll even leave the house with it while I run errands, because oil based masks are amazing like that. They absorb into strands and scalp, and if you’re cool with having a slicked back bun or top knot you can totally wear it while you’re at the health food store or yoga.
The coconut vanilla hair mask is what I make to fight an itchy scalp and weathered ends. The oil is hydrating and locks moisture in. It also smell incredible, sort of like sugar cookies.
I recommend using unrefined, organic coconut oil. It is sometimes referred to as virgin or pure coconut oil. It’s created by extracting the oil from fresh coconut meat and maintains its delicious tropical smell.
Another benefit of the coconut oil is that it contains lauric and caprylic acid which fight yeast. When you have a itchy dandruff filled scalp it’s because of the big Y. Coconut oil is a great way to remedy that. So is tea tree oil. It’s antibacterial and anti-fungal and if you’re having problems with hair loss adding it to your hair routine can help. If you don’t have avocado oil, you can use extra virgin olive oil but I’d suggest using only 1 Tbsp instead of two. Olive oil tends to have a slightly savory scent which I doubt you want in your hair. You don’t need to add vanilla since the coconut oil is so sweet but I strongly suggest it. It elevates the treatment with its intoxicating aroma. I use this essential oil which is diluted in jojoba, a carrier oil that’s good for your skin and hair.
2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil + 2 Tbsp of avocado oil + 10 drops of vanilla essential oil + 5 drops of tea tree oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then add to hair, massaging into the scalp, as well as ends. Make sure hair is coated well before placing into a bun and allowing mask to absorbed. Keep in hair for 10 minutes to several hours. Rinse and then shampoo and condition as usual.