I’m on a mission to grow out my hair! I want it long and strong and I want it to be all mine (aka no extensions). I aim to do this hot oil mask once a week, or at least once a fortnight.
Hot Oil Mask
I use a combination of coconut, peppermint and almond oil. You can honestly use any oil you want such as olive, jojoba or avocado oil and in any any ratio you prefer.
- Melt the coconut oil by placing the bottle in a bowl of hot (not boiling water) and waiting till it liquifies (I use coconut oil as the base of my treatment)
- Add a few teaspoons almond oil and a couple of drops of peppermint oil into a bowl. (I usually just eyeball it. With practice, you’ll learn what quantities work for you depending on the length, thickness and texture/type of your hair)
- Divide your hair from ear to ear and clip away the top half.
- Start massaging the oil into your scalp and then work down the length of your hair. You want to focus your attention at the scalp of the hair to increase stimulation of blood circulation and hair follicles and at the ends of hair to help keep the dryer portions of your hair moisturised.If you use peppermint oil, you will notice that your scalp suddenly feels cool and has tingling sensation which is really refreshing.
- Optional: after you finish applying the oil, you can choose to spray your hair with a few sprays of lavender oil mixed with water
- Wrap your hair into a high bun and place a shower cap over it. This traps the heat from your head and heats the oil (hence “hot oil treatment”)
- Microwave a small towel or turbie tie for a few seconds and then wrap over the shower cap. Leave for as long as you can. (I leave it in overnight, I recommend covering your pillow with a towel as the shower cap/towel combination may slip off during the night)
Here are the benefits of the oils I reccommend:
Coconut Oil: the major factors of hair breakage and hair loss is the loss of protein and when coconut is applied to the hair, it moisturises the scalp and keeps the hair shaft strong. Massaging the scalp stimulates the hair follicles and allows it to absorb nutrients required for hair growth.
Peppermint Oil: balances the pH level of your scalp which is beneficial for those for have oily hair or a dry/flaky scalp. The astringent properties normalises the oil production of your hair which means less oil secretion. The pH balancing properties neutralises dryness and reduces itching of a flaky scalp. It also helps to stimulate the hair follicles.
Almond Oil: hair follicles are strengthened as they absorb proteins from the almond oil. It also moisturises the scalp and the length of the hair, adding a (oil-free) shine to the hair. Also helps to cure dandruff.
Lavender Oil: helps to effectively control hair loss
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse
In the morning,apply an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
- Fill a small spray bottle with warm water and about 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and shake to mix
- Spray liberally through the length of your hair as well as on your scalp
- Spend a few moments massaging your scalp
- Let this sit for an hour and hop into the shower
- Shampoo and condition as normal
ACV helps to balance the pH level, seals the cuticle and detangles the hair follicle. It cleans without stripping your hair of its natural oil. The rinse helps to breakdown the oil, making it easier to shampoo out. Your scalp will feel totally refreshed and free from product build up, your hair is voluminous, silky and very very shiny. I recommend you try this once a week for a few months and you will certainly notice a difference.
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Happy hair growth!