I can’t even remember when I last posted in my Hairy Blog Series. But oh well – better taking your time than talking more than rubbish, eh!
This time we will be talking about natural hair oil products, so just about the complete opposite to the last post in the series, which was about conventional hair oils.
So, this post is supposed to point out the advantages of rummaging through your kitchen cupboards to be exact. Homemade hair oils and treatments are the subject today since I already wrote about dry oils which are suitable for hair care in this post: Natural hair oils
Most of the time the following “recipes” are pure oil mixtures, some contain other natural ingredients, like honey or lemon juice. I found those quite interesting to try out myself which is why I added them to the list 🙂
But no, I admit, I didn’t try all of them myself, but to be honest with you: Since it’s all natural ingredients and natural only I am feeling less guilty posting untested masks, if you know what I mean!
a) Single oil treatments
Although olive oil may be to heavy to leave on the hair, it is a great deep conditioning element. Allowing this treatment to sit for 15-30 minutes will allow your hair to absorb the nutrient before rinsing. You can easily purchase high quality olive oil in every supermarket nowadays.
Massage about one teaspoon of oil into the scalp, according to your hair volume. Scrunch down into the ends (personally, I’d need way more than a teaspoonful!). Leave in for about 15 minutes and rinse with cool water and shampoo. The number of applications depends on the overall condition of your hair. Use weekly for nourishment or twice a week for dry or damaged hair. Works well to battle dandruff as well: Leave on for about 30 minutes for that purpose. Almond oil also helps cure infantile eczema. You can buy almond oil in most food stores but also on amazon.
To be fair, this oil is quite well known for its benefits for hair and skin. The ricinoleic acid in the oil also works towards fungal infections. Castor oil is moisturising but also well known for promoting hair growth in general – I can recommend using it on sparse eyebrows and lashes as well. Best usage in wet hair: Massage it into the scalp and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse and style as usual. Castor oil is available in all pharmacies and through amazon.
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b) Homemade Recipes
Vitamin E oil
If you want strengthen your hair, Vitamin E is your friend. For best results mix about 60ml vitamin E oil with the same amount of jojoba oil and 15 drops of peppermint, respectively rosemary essential oils. Shake well and gently massage this treatment into your scalp every night (plastic bath cap!) for the best results. Rinse with cool water and mild shampoo as usual.
If you have oily hair use the mixture only about once a week. You can get vitamin E oil easily on amazon.
Egg Yolk And Olive Oil Mask
Rich in proteins, vitamins, and super-nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier, and healthier, they help you to grow it long as well. An abundance of vitamins A, D, and E will help prevent any hair loss and thicken thinning hair.
Mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then dilute the mixture with about half a cup of water. Slowly, thoroughly massage the resulting mask into your scalp. After letting it set for 15-20 minutes, rinse it out as usual. You can shampoo afterward if you want to but it’s not necessary. Use it once or twice a month, I guess you know where to find eggs and olive oil 😉
Coconut oil and avocado
Coconut oil and avocado make a great hair treatment for several reasons. The mixture adds luster to your hair if it’s dry, it gets rid of flaking and dandruff, and it keeps your hair safe from the sun, which can be just as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin.
Gently heat the coconut oil for about 10 seconds (on the stove or with an essential oil burner, not in the microwave!), then massage one tablespoon of it into your hair from the roots to the tips. While it sets in, mash up an avocado, by hand or using the food processor; you want to end up with a smooth paste – the smoother the easier to rinse out! Once it reaches the right consistency, massage the avocado into just the tips of your hair. Let the mixture set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual. Try this treatment once a week for maximum results. You can get coconut oil in most drugstores but also on amazon.
Coconut oil and lemon juice
In addition to strengthening your hair so it will grow faster, this treatment gets rid of dandruff quite quickly. If you’re looking to naturally lighten your hair, it’s a great treatment to use in the summertime! However, if you don’t want to change your hair color at all, just make sure to stay out of the sun immediately after using this treatment.
Mix one part lemon juice with two parts coconut oil and massage it into your scalp. Leave it in your hair anywhere from 4 hours to overnight, then gently rinse it out with cool water. Remember when heating up your coconut oil to use the stove or an essential oil burner rather than the microwave – that kills all the nutrients! Use this treatment at least once a week for maximum results.
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Olive oil and lemon juice
If you experience dandruff, you can whip up this super easy hair mask to hydrate your scalp and help get rid of flakes. Even if you get the occasional bout of flakes from the weather or stress, this is the perfect treat for your tresses.
Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp to stimulate. Wrap in a warm, damp towel and let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Try massaging this treatment into your hair about once a week.
Olive oil and honey
These two emollient ingredients work great together. Honey is thick and the olive oil is quite thin so they balance out each other perfectly and enhance the benefit of each ingredient.
Pour about 5 tbsp. olive oil into a small bowl.Add small drops of honey, whisking constantly and continuing to add honey until the consistency of the mask is smooth, not overly sticky and manageable.Massage the mask into damp hair until evenly distributed and fully saturated. Cover hair with a shower cap, plastic wrap or a plastic grocery bag. Allow the mask to soak in for 90 minutes. Rinse the mask completely out of the hair and thoroughly shampoo.
Use this deep conditioning treatment weekly or even twice weekly for dry hair. You can also adjust the amount of olive oil and honey according to your hair’s needs.
Macadamia nut oil and lavender mask
This oil is so beneficial for hair due to the fact that its effect is very similar to natural sebum. It contains palmitoleic acid which is basically the main part of sebum. If you suffer from a dry scalp you should definitely give macadamia oil a try. It can moisturise and strengthen skin and hair without leaving an oily film.
Mix one egg yolk and one Tbsp of macadamia nut oil in a processor to produce some sort of mayonnaise, add the essential oils – 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rose geranium oil. Massage this mixture on dry hair and leave on for up to 60 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water and shampoo, use this mask about once a week. You can buy the ingredients on amazon as well: Macadamia nut oil, lavender oil oder rose geranium oil.
Wheatgerm oil and lavender mask
Wheatgerm oil is rich in nutrients, like long-chain fatty acids, long-chain fatty alcohols (e.g. octacosane) and many vitamins and minerals like vitamin E.
Mix 50ml wheatgerm oil with 7 drops of lavender and 7 drops of rose geranium oil for this mask. Drench a cotton pad in the oil and apply it to small strands of hair. Leave it soaking in for about two hours, then rinse and wash with mild shampoo. This mask can also be used once a week.
Wheatgerm oil is available rather cheap, especially looking at its benefits.
Regarding using hot oil treatments I found this video really interesting – makes me wish we had fresh coconuts here as well!
For curly haired people leave ins are a great addition to the hair care routine and sometimes even a saviour. Our hair gets dry more easily, and also looks like it on second or third day mostly.
Rosenwasser und Glycerin Hair Spritz
Mix about 50ml of destilled water with 2 Tbsp of glycerine, 5-10 drops of essential rosehip oil and some fresh rose petals (you can use dried ones too). Pour in a spray bottle and shake up well. Use whenever your curls feel dry or frizzy – it’s like hair care and perfume in one!
Lavender prides itself with skincalming ingredients and serves this purpose as well as a scent in this spritz as well.
Add about 5 to 10 drops of essential lavender oil in 50ml of destilled water and shake thoroughly. Pour in a small spray bottle to keep in your purse on the go!
As a matter of fact – just pick an oils that match your hairy needs and try mixing with essential oils that you like. Experimenting doesn’t hurt using natural ingredients! 🙂
…and these are just a handful of treatments, packs, conditioners you can whip up with oils and produce! Even though I feel I missed something essential, ha.
Do you finde conventional oil products easier to use, because…ready to use and not going off? Or are you rather the experimental type going through your cupboards? Do you have secrect mixtures for hair and skin you want to share? I do admit I am tempted to only use almond oil & co from now on!
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