This winter has been brutal on my hair. One cold snap and my hair went from fab to frazzled. If you’re also struggling to tame your tresses, this Conditioning Hair Mask recipe will have your hair back under control and looking great in no time flat.
Tackle Dry Hair with a Natural Conditioning Hair Mask
My rich conditioning hair mask recipe is wonderful at tackling your hair care needs. Whether your hair is a mountain of frizz, or if it simply lacks some normal moisture and luster, you’ll find that this natural hair mask treatment is the perfect solution. Made using traditional hair nourishing ingredients, like shea and cocoa butters, this conditioning hair mask recipe also contains aloe vera oil and baobab oil.
You may remember me using baobab oil previously in my dry skin salve recipe for it’s moisturizing and nourishing skin care benefits. However, baobab oil is equally beneficial in hair care products. When used in hair care applications, baobab oil not only moisturizes dry, thirsty hair, it also increases hair’s elasticity, protects hair from UV rays and pollution, offers intense hair repair, and gives hair a gorgeous gloss and shine.
Baobab oil does great things for scalp health as well. When massaged onto your scalp, baobab oil actually encourages hair growth and also fights dandruff and itching.
In addition to baobab oil, I also really wanted to use aloe vera in this hair mask formulation. However, I wanted to keep this hair care product completely natural without having to use an emulsifying wax or a preservative. So rather than using aloe vera gel in my recipe, I chose to use aloe vera oil instead. In doing so the shelf life of my conditioning hair mask recipe is significantly increased.
You can also make your own aloe vera oil if you choose to do so. Without an additional preservative, however, your aloe oil will have a much shorter shelf life of around two weeks when stored in a cool dry location. To make your own aloe vera oil, combine equal parts macerated aloe (from the leaf) and coconut oil. Next, heat over low heat on the stovetop for ten minutes. Allow to cool, then apply as desired to skin or hair or in your own skin and hair care recipes.
Aloe vera is rich in both amino acids and vitamins and, like baobab oil, it’s wonderful for your scalp or dry skin. In addition to conditioning hair, aloe also adds shine, promotes hair growth, and reduces both dandruff and scalp itching.
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BAOBAB & ALOE CONDITIONING HAIR MASK RECIPE
Using a digital scale, weigh out the cocoa butter, shea butter and baobab oil. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted.
Remove the melted butters and oil from heat, then weigh out and stir in the aloe vera oil.
Next, add the essential oils using a dropper or a fresh graduated pipette for each essential oil and stir into your conditioning hair mask.
Pour your hair mask into a 2 oz. container of your choice, then place in the refrigerator until your hair mask solidifies. (This can take up to a two days depending on your climate.)
Once your hair mask has solidified, remove from the the refrigerator and bring it back to room temperature prior to use.
To use your natural conditioning hair mask, apply to dry hair as desired. Leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo out and wash hair as usual.
You can also use this hair conditioning mask recipe to smooth frizz and add extra shine. Simply massage a small amount of the mask onto your hands then smooth over hair and scrunch into hair ends.
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