Y’all, my hair has been through it. I’ve been flat ironing and pressing my hair since it was cool to wear Phat Farm sneakers, and I’ve been dyeing it every shade under the sun for almost 10 years now.
I recently dyed my hair black and straightened it but you see, the way my edges are set up I had to keep hitting them with the iron. I noticed about 2 weeks later my hair was feeling so crispy, my scalp was super itchy and overall my hair looked dull and lifeless. I needed a miracle.
I have a pretty good idea of what my hair wants and needs, but I am usually too lazy to treat it right, so the damage is 100% my fault. I decided to whip up a hair masque and give my hair a break for a few weeks.
Purpose of the Masque
To soothe my dry and itchy scalp
To add shine, strength and softness to my hair
To repair the dry/split ends
The Miracle Masque
Honey: honey is one of my favorite things on Earth and I love to use it in my hair and skincare. I added it to this mask because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and I believed it would help with the itchiness of my scalp. I also love the texture of honey as the base of this masque.
Olive Oil: I can’t explain it but my hair *loves* olive oil. Olive oil is full of vitamins A and E which are essential to hair health. I knew that it would help strengthen my weak ends and thicken my hair.
Coconut Oil: I don’t even need to explain it because by now you all know that coconut oil is the answer to anything. Olive oil is richer and fattier than coconut so it does wonders for my hair, but coconut oil sets to a butter and that is great for thickening this masque.
Sandalwood Essential Oil: I love the smoky smell of sandalwood so I would have probably added it to this DIY anyway but I found out that it stimulates hair growth which is an added bonus.
Cedarwood Essential Oil: not only does this essential oil smell so warm and soothing, it also helps with dandruff and hair loss. I thought it would go nicely with the sandalwood.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: I mainly chose this oil because I thought it would play well with the other fragrances in this masque however it does help soothe dry, itchy scalp.
Neroli Oil: Neroli oil is always in my pantry because it has great toning properties and helps to reduce scarring, uneven skin tone and stretch marks. I added it to this masque purely for it’s uplifting properties and to make the scent more vibrant. It does have the added bonus of increasing hair elasticity which is great for my curls.
Overall I wanted this to smell like my favorite Lush perfume and feel like if you melted Nick Jonas down and rubbed him all over my hair.
If the essential oils I used aren’t your cup of tea I have listed a few below that are great for the hair as well.
Rosemary: a very stimulating oil that improves circulation and hair growth.
Lavender: soothing for the scalp this oil also promotes hair growth and circulation.
Ginger: soothes dry and itchy scalp issues.
Lemongrass: strengthens hair follicles for overall healthier hair.
Thyme: stimulates hair growth and decreases dandruff.
Peppermint: stimulates hair growth, thickens hair and soothes scalp.
I don’t have exact measurements of anything but just blend and add things until you feel satisfied with the consistency. I would say that I added 3 parts coconut oil, 2 parts olive oil and 1 part honey. I would advise not adding more than 3-4 drops of each essential oil just because they are very concentrated.
There are a couple different uses for this masque.
Use as a hot oil treatment on washed hair. Simply wash as normal and towel dry to 75%. Apply a generous amount of the miracle masque to the hair working upwards from the tips. Do not oversaturate, just coat each strand. Massage the scalp for 2-5 minutes, then cover with a hair cap. Apply heat with a hooded dryer or blow dryer for 15 minutes or until the oil is well absorbed. Dry completely or style as normal.
To use as a hot oil treatment on dry hair, first comb through the entire head of hair until it is tangle free. Starting from the nape of the neck, part the hair horizontally from ear to ear. Apply a generous amount of oil to the ends, working up the shaft, and then massage into the scalp. Repeat these steps to the front of the hairline. Give the scalp a gentle massage for 2-5 minutes. At this point you can braid the hair and cover in plastic and apply heat or you can forgo the heat all together. Because we are working with dry hair in this case, it absorbs the oils easier. I like to apply this oil blend, braid my hair in two French braids, cover my head in plastic and then sleep like this. Sometimes I also apply 2-3 minutes of hot heat with the blow dryer before bed. At the end of your processing time, wash and style as normal.
This can also be used as a deep conditioner or hair treatment. When washing the hair mix this product in your hands with your conditioner or co-wash. Leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing out with lukewarm water. Apply this as a treatment just to the scalp or to the ends of the hair for protection against split ends.
The first time I used this I noticed immediate results. My hair felt softer, looked shinier and I noticed the ends looked less haggard. With many products I see immediate results but not lasting or long term results, however I noticed after not washing my hair for 3-4 days that I had hardly scratched my scalp. I did notice less hair shedding when I would brush it as well. The main thing I noticed was more bounce and shine to my curls.
I am planning on utilizing this mask once every 4 days, so about 7-8 times a month. I can also see this working well on the skin! It smells great and feels rich; use it as a feet and hand cream or as a bath oil.
I wish I had some before and after photos, but I am going to be adding an updated hair care routine soon. Until then–thanks for reading!