Growing up in sunny San Diego, one of the hardest things to do was to keep my hair healthy. In San Diego, I had to deal with frizzy hair. Every day was my bad hair day! When I moved to Michigan for university, it was a whole other story in the Winter! In the winter time, the dry air can really be harsh on your hair. In general, dealing with oil imbalances, dandruff, and infections are a pain. And to add to that, there’s a large variety of products and brands to choose from.
When I moved, I turned to making my own hair masks to cope with my dry hair. Caring for your hair takes time and effort, but it’s definitely rewarding!
Benefits of a Hair Mask
Hair masks are treatments that help your hair to recover from damage. Unlike conditioners which sit on your hair, hair masks go deep within the cuticles to repair damaged hair, moisturize dry hair, stimulate hair growth, prevent dandruff, and treat infections.
The problem with Store-bought Hair Masks
This past Easter I was over at my in-law’s home. While I was there, my mother in-law gave me a compliment about my hair.
“How do you keep your hair so healthy?”
I gave her this simple recipe (see below) which boasts more health-benefits than store bought hair masks AND without the chemicals too. A few days ago she gave me a call to thank me for the recipe! She had tried all of the popular haircare products, but nothing worked. I could see why! Many of the popular products contain chemicals that are harsh on your hair and scalp.
One of the more recently popular hair masks are the Organix Moroccan argan oil line. I must admit that I was initially drawn to it when I first heard about it. But a simple dig through the ingredients reveals that very little about it can be called organic or simple (their tagline is “Beauty pure and simple”).
The Organix Moroccan argan oil intensive treatment contains notorious dyes Red 40 and Yellow 5 and a number of chemicals. Two of these chemicals, DMDM Hydantoin and Diazolidinyl Urea are derivatives of formaldehyde which is used to preserve bodies. Yikes! According to Dr. Frank Lipman these two ingredients are “linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and trigger asthma.”
It’s hard to trust your store-bought products to be organic! Instead, try this simple recipe with these two organic ingredients you may already have at home.
What does the Hair Mask Contain?
If you’ve been following Healthy Holistic Living, you’ll know we’re big fans of coconut oil. Well it’s great for your hair too! You may have seen coconut oil as an ingredient in some of your hair care products. Coconut oil is great for dry and brittle hair! Coconut oil is also known for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that compared to mineral and sunflower oils, coconut oil is exceptional in its ability to reduce protein loss in hair. Hair low in proteins is more prone to being dry and breaking. As a result, coconut oil is great at strengthening and moisturizing hair. Coconut oil’s hair benefits don’t stop there. As a result of strengthening the hair, coconut oil is great for promoting hair growth. Likewise, moisturizing hair with coconut oil is great for fighting dandruff which is often caused by fungus and dryness of the scalp.
With its surge in popularity, you can find coconut oil in most chain stores, and health food stores. When shopping for coconut oil, look for “virgin” or “extra-virgin” labeling. Luckily, you can’t go wrong with most coconut products – there’s very little need for coconuts to be treated with pesticides or genetically modified.
Castor oil is a widely used ingredient in beauty products. For good reason too! It’s rich in protein, minerals and vitamin E. When it comes to your hair, castor oil promotes hair growth, prevents scalp infections, reduces split ends, and moisturizes the hair. Similar to coconut oil, castor oil has antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
Castor oil is widely available. You can find castor oil at your local health food store, Walmart, Whole Foods and more!
When shopping for castor oil, look for cold-pressed and processed, 100% pure and, ideally, organic labels. There aren’t any established labeling conventions with castor oil, so make sure to look through the ingredients to be sure there aren’t any additives. I recommend doing this for any products you use on your skin or hair.
And voila! Just two simple ingredients for this DIY hair mask that is guaranteed to rescue dry, brittle hair and keep it healthy.
Organic Hair Rescue Mask
- ½ cup Organic Castor Oil
- ½ cup Organic Coconut Oil
Note: You can adjust the amounts equally and prepare according to your hair
- Pour the oils into a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat the oils for about 30 seconds or leave in direct sunlight for the day.
- Mix and apply to the roots of your hair. Optionally apply to the tips for moisture.