Hello again, savvy savers! As it is is Sunday I wanted to start a new weekly blog series on unwinding and finding beauty, and balance, on a budget! I’m calling it, Relaxation and Rejuvenation Sundays!
This week, in going to share with you my favorite overnight moisturizer and weekend hair mask, coconut oil! I love coconut oil. I use it for after sun care, to help remove splinters, as cuticle oil, to remove makeup, and to pamper myself on the weekends. I would say my favorite use, as I will explain below, is for a hair mask! This mask is a life-saver for curls, but will help hair of all types, ethnicities, textures, lengths, and conditions.
In starting I have very thick naturally curly hair; my curl pattern is a very tight curl as well. I would also say that I have combination-hair, as my ends are dry and my scalp seems a bit oily at times, and overwashing never seems to help matters! As any curly-girl should know, over washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner is horrible for your hair, for conditioner, in many cases has just as much if not more alcohols that that of shampoo! Several years ago, while on a missions trip, a local woman turned me on to conditioning my hair with coconut oil, and my hair has been changed forever! As well, coconut oil can be purchased at Sam’s Club for under $8.00!
Here’s what you’ll need for a weekend hair mask:
– 1 cup Coconut Oil
– 2 teaspoons Honey
– Microwaveable Bowl
– 1 Gallon Filtered Water
– Six Drops Tea Tree Oil
– Shower cap/ Clingfilm/ Plastic bag
1. Take your coconut oil and put the desired amount into a microwaveable bowl. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
2. Melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds until melted; the oil should not be hot, but warm.
3. Add the honey.
4. Whisk all the ingredients together.
5. Grab a towel round your shoulders.
6. Part and quarter hair into four sections, and start working the mixture into the hair, working from the tips to scalp.
7. As each section is finished, twist-up your hair and secure it with a bobby pin.
8. Wrap hair with either a shower cap, cling wrap, or grocery store sac.
9. Leave on for 30-40 mins and keep it wrapped up and covered
10. Remove your plastic cap and massage your scalp, with mixture still in for five minutes, in order to loosen any residue on the scalp.
11. Wash out mixture by pouring filter water over your hair, that has been mixed with essential oils of your choice, and work the mixture out of your hair, starting from the scalp to ends. Any residual oil will not damage your hair, and in my case, acts as a natural detangler and leave-in conditioner!
12. I then wrap my hair in a tee-shirt, and allow it to air dry, and then scrunch-hold to style!
Also, for hair that is extra damaged, dry, or unkept, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to your mixture. This treatment, is similar to what is used in salons, without the $60.00 price tag attached. As you can see, its done wonders for my curls!