The most effective hair masks lining beauty aisles tend to be expensive, but one thing manufacturers don’t want you to know is that they’re easy to whip up at home. Save cash while keeping chemicals out of your hair by turning to your kitchen the next time your hair needs some TLC. One of your best DIY bets? A coconut oil hair mask.
What are the benefits of coconut oil hair masks?
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 from all those aggressors like salt and chlorine. Plus, coconut oil is really good for your tresses due to antioxidants and its antibacterial/antifungal nature.
And you can actually do more than just mask with the versatile oil. Use it as a pre-shampoo treatment (leave on for 15 to 30 minutes before you shower) if your locks are super parched, to top off your conditioner to bolster the product’s power, as a frizz tamer or as an all-natural detangler.
How do you apply coconut oil to your hair?
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. Wrap up your hair in a fabric shower cap to prevent stains on your pillowcase. In the morning, wash the oil out. If your hair is on the finer side, you may want to go longer between masking sessions.
If you’re combining coconut oil with other good-for-your-locks ingredients for a DIY hair mask, simply follow the recipe. Some hair masks involve mixing the components together and applying for a short span, while others are a bit more involved. (You may have to heat the ingredients or combine them in a blender.)
Here’s a look at nine of the best DIY coconut oil hair masks to give your hair a much-needed seasonal refreshing.