Coconut oil hair masks have risen in popularity given their ability to penetrate the hair shaft (thanks to lauric acid) to moisturize and repair from within. They’ll also leave your strands shiny while repairing damage. Plus, coconut oil is really good for your tresses due to antioxidants and its antibacterial/antifungal nature.

For Hair Growth- If you’re sticking with straight coconut oil, you should slather it on dry hair at night, warming it up first for maximum benefits. Apply more to your ends while going lighter on your roots. If you have an oily scalp, avoid adding the oil to the area — you don’t want to cause breakouts. Comb it through your strands to make sure it gets distributed evenly.

Here are five easy to make homemade hair mask recipes:

1. Anti-breakage

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil (restores protein in hair)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (strengthens hair)

 Procedure:

  1. In a mixing bowl, place 2 tablespoons of melted organic coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix well.
  2. Apply the mixture to damp or dry hair. Leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse. Shampoo and condition hair.

 

2. Deep Conditioning

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil (nourishes and hydrates hair)
  • 2 tbsp local honey (retains moisture and strengthens hair follicles)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (strengthens hair)

Procedure: 

  1. In a microwave, melt 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil and heat 2 tablespoons of local honey for a few minutes.
  2. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Section hair into four equal parts.
  6. In each of these, section hair further into half-inch bundles.
  7. Apply the hair mask with the use of a brush. Start from the roots and make your way into the tips.
  8. Massage hair using fingertips upon finishing one section. This ensures that the mask is absorbed more efficiently.
  9. Tie hair into a bun.
  10. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Wash using a mild and natural shampoo.

For very dry hair, wear a shower cap or towel and leave the mask on for an hour or so. Rinse afterwards.

3. Nourishment and Repair

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized avocado (strengthens hair against breakage, revitalizes, and lubricates dry strands)
  • 2 to 4 tbsp coconut oil (promotes hair growth and nourishment)

Procedure: 

  1. Cut 1 medium-sized avocado into chunks.
  2. Puree using a blender.
  3. Add a tablespoon spoon of water to adjust its consistency.
  4. Transfer this to a bowl.
  5. Liquefy coconut oil by immersing its container in a bowl of hot water.
  6. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons to the avocado puree.
  7. Mix well with a spoon.
  8. Apply into dry or damp hair (more prone to breakage).
  9. Using your fingers, massage the mask into your scalp and cover hair strands.
  10. Tie hair up or use a shower cap.
  11. Leave it on for about 10 to 25 minutes.
  12. Rinse thoroughly under tepid running water and wash with natural sulphate-free shampoo.
  13. Remove excess water.
  14. Dry hair with towel.

4. Hair Growth

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil (nourishes and hydrates hair)
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera gel (for hair growth, has antimicrobial properties)
  • 5 to 7 drops of rosemary essential oil (keeps hair follicles healthy and improves blood circulation)

Procedure:

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:

    • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil,
    • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel,
    • 5 to 7 drops of rosemary essential oil.
    • Whisk thoroughly until homogenous.
  •  Using a clean hair dye brush, apply the mask on the scalp. Make sure to target the roots.
  • Apply mask to hair.
  • Tie hair up or use a shower cap.
  • Leave mask on for about 15 minutes.
  • Rinse under lukewarm water and wash with mild shampoo.
  • Do this one a week for better results.

Apply to damp hair to get that smooth feeling. In addition, coconut oil offers amazing shine and softness to your hair.

5. Treatment of Dandruff

Ingredients:

  • 1 part coconut oil (nourishes and hydrates hair)
  • 1 part of jojoba oil (dissolves excess sebum in scalp and treats dandruff)

Procedure:

  1. Depending on hair length, estimate amounts of coconut oil and jojoba oil.
  2. Mix in a bowl.
  3. Apply to scalp and hair.
  4. Massage the oil into the scalp to dissolve excess sebum. Do this for a few minutes.
  5. Cover hair with shower cap or towel.
  6. Leave for about 30 minutes.
  7. Wash mask off with shampoo.
  8. Condition hair with conditioner, but skip using if you have an oily scalp.

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