Recently, I have been using this homemade hair mask recipe for healthy, shiny hair. It is a perfect way to nourish your hair, especially if your hair is dull and dry.
My hair has been really taking some abuse lately, especially in the summer. I have naturally curly hair, which means that it’s already dry. I have two colors of dyed and bleached highlights, then I use a flat iron a few times a week. As if that’s not enough, I swim a few times a week.
All of this means that my hair is dry, dull, and in desperate need of some extra love! I use a homemade face mask once a week, so why not use a hair mask once a week as well?
HAIR MASK RECIPE FOR SHINY HAIR: INGREDIENTS
This hair mask recipe takes about half an hour to make, but you can store it on the shelf for months. I’ve tried a lot of hair masks that need to be made just before you use it, but I really prefer ones that I only have to make once every few months for convenience.
This hair mask recipe only has a few ingredients, and I carefully selected each one for its properties for the hair. The base of this hair mask recipe is made with coconut oil because it is semi-solid at room temperature. It is mostly made of smaller medium-chain fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft deeper than other oils.
Shea butter also hardens the hair mask recipe, giving it some bulk. Shea butter has vitamins and fats that nourish your hair for softer, smoother hair. It works like an oil does on your hair, but it does not leave your hair oily. Since the other ingredients are oils, this helps cut the oily feel so your hair doesn’t get too greasy.
The star of this hair mask recipe is the parsley infused flax oil. I chose parsley because it has vitamins and minerals that help soften your hair and make it shiny. It is also high in copper to protect your hair color.
I chose flax oil because it is high in omega-3s that nourish your hair and help close the follicle for shiny hair. It’s also high in vitamin E for your hair and scalp.
To infuse the oil, I filled a glass jar with organic parsley and covered it with flax oil. Then I set it in my pantry and let it infuse for two weeks, shaking it every day. (Infusing the oil with an herb gives the properties of the herb to the oil without making a messy recipe with small bits of herb floating in it.)
HAIR MASK RECIPE FOR SHINY HAIR
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 teaspoons parsley infused flax oil (see notes above)
- 3-5 drops chamomile essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat.
Add the parsley infused flax oil and chamomile essential oil.
Put in a 4-ounce mason jar and store up to 3 months.
To use this hair mask for shiny hair, scoop out 1-2 tablespoons and spread all over your dry hair and scalp. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it throughout your hair.
Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse. Shampoo well.
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Cari Dunn is homesteading on an 11.5 acre farm with her husband, three kids, 5 goats, and flock of chickens. She currently blogs at Everything Pretty where she features health and beauty tips along with DIY beauty recipes.