November 19, 2010

DIY Hair Mask for Dry Winter Hair

Wine Colored Forest on a Winter Night by MollysMuses

In the winter, my hair gets dried out from the lack of humidity. Okay, so maybe my hair gets dried out and frizzy even when it's not winter, but it seems to get worse with the cold weather and strong winds. Since I have semi-long hair, sometimes I need a little help from moisturizing oils to keep it looking smooth and soft, which is why I made a simple hair mask that keeps for up to a year or longer (if kept in a cool, dry place away from sunlight). I use sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and jojoba oil, which are all rich in vitamin E and have great moisturizing and nourishing properties and can be used on the skin as well (recipes for another time!). Just combine, massage into your hair and scalp, put on a plastic shower cap, and go about your usual activities for 30 minutes or longer. If you have time, wrap a towel around your head (over the shower cap), and lounge for a few hours. The heat from your head is insulated by the towel, giving your hair a nice, warm treatment. When you're ready, wash out your hair with shampoo and smile!

Jojoba oil and other carrier oils by kessil2000

Ingredients for hair mask
  • 2 part jojoba oil
  • 3 parts apricot oil
  • 5 parts sweet almond oil
  • about 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) for fragrance - tea tree oil is a common favorite due to its antibacterial properties

Mix the proportions to your liking, there is no set rule for the ratios of each oil. Jojoba oil is very stable and will increase the shelf life when mixed with other oils. It's also very rich so you don't need much in proportion to the other oils. If you're allergic to nuts, you may want to leave out the sweet almond oil and use 9 parts of apricot oil instead or substitute with olive oil (which is thicker so you can use less). I keep my mix in a bottle with a nozzle cap so it's easy to squeeze onto my hair.

Other great handmade natural products

Natural Peppermint Lip Butter by obellanaturals

Seaweed N Rum Soap by TCsoApCo

Maiko Facial Soap by cedarcreeksoap

All Natural Balancing Shampoo by soapieskyes


Molly O'Bryon-Welpott said...

THANKS FOR FEATURING my wine colored forest image on your blog:)