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Are you struggling to revive your dry and dull looking tresses?
Many of us suffer from dry and damaged hair, whether it’s due to chemical colouring, heat styling, or the elements.
There are hundreds of products on the market promising to nourish and condition your hair, but very few actually work.
And why pay a hefty price tag for a small amount of active ingredients hidden in a mix of unnecessary chemicals?
The solution could be in your kitchen cupboard: Coconut Oil used as a hair mask.
Coconut oil has many health benefits when ingested, but you can also use it topically on hair and skin.
The better the quality of the oil, the better its nutrient profile and its nourishing effects on hair, so make sure it is organic and
Though coconut oil is thick and rich, it will not leave your hair oily; it rinses well and leaves hair soft and manageable.
We recommend coconut oil specifically because its main fatty acid, Lauric acid, has a high affinity for hair proteins
and because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft unlike other oils.
Hair dryness is caused by protein damage and loss, which can happen from bleaching or over processing your hair.
Hair strands can become brittle, dry and rough, which is why putting protein back into your hair and preventing
further protein loss is necessary to restore texture and shine.
One study compared the effects of coconut oil, sunflower oil and mineral oil on human hair, and found that coconut oil
was the only oil that was successfully able to reduce protein loss in both damaged and healthy hair (Rele AS, Mohile RB.
Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. J Cosmet Sci. 2003;54:175–92. [PubMed]).
These findings suggest coconut oil has a protective effect and may help prevent damage and breakage from treatments such as
Coconut oil on its own makes a great hair mask. There are many hair mask recipes out there which combine coconut oil with
other nutritious ingredients such as avocado or apple cider vinegar. These DIY masks are a great way to nourish and repair hair
at least once a week.
Below is our recipe for a protein packed mask recipe which includes eggs. This can be used all year, but we think it's the perfect
solution for frazzled summer hair that has been over-exposed to the sun, sweat, chlorine, salt water and sand.
Summer Saviour Hair Mask:
2 T organic coconut oil, melted
1 egg, whisked
(For longer, fuller hair, you may need to increase the ingredient amounts)
Add coconut oil and egg in a bowl. Mix.
Apply evenly to damp or dry hair (in sections) and leave on for at least 15min and up to an hour before rinsing out.
Shampoo and condition as normal.
This will help restore protein into the hair shaft and moisturise it, which means softer, shinier, healthier looking hair.
Have you tried making your own coconut oil hair mask? Or have you tried our added egg version above? We’d love to hear how it went! Just comment below :)