Nobody has perfect hair, especially in the winter. Our hair gets, course, dry, thin, and frizzy. Our daily conditioner helps, but it is not always enough. With all the product that we put in our hair each day combined with the heating tools we use it can wreak our hair. Deep conditioning allows the hair to really soak so it is much more effective than a simple in shower condition. There are thousands of different deep conditioning products ranging inexpensive to extremely pricey. Often, these products contain many chemicals that we don’t necessarily want, or more importantly, need, in our hair. In my opinion, if you can go natural, do it. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use to deep condition your hair. Coconut oil contains many proteins not found in other hair oils. Its low molecular weight helps it to seal the hair, which helps it retain its natural moisture, and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger. There are also helpful E and K vitamins that boost hair and scalp health. The antibacterial and moisture properties in the coconut oil protect the scalp against itchiness and infections, helping hair stay healthy and dandruff free. So, let’s get started!
You will need about two hours (give or take how long it takes your hair to dry), organic coconut oil, one bowl, a blow dryer, shower cap, and (optionally) rosemary and lavender essential oil.
Rosemary oil is good for avoiding dandruff, encourages hair growth, and strengthens and nourishes the hair follicles.
Lavender oil is slightly antibacterial but also helps improve penetration for the oils.
– Wash your hair with shampoo and let it air dry
– Scoop out your coconut oil in the smaller bowl, I recommend about ½ cup
Bonus: add 4 drops each of rosemary and lavender
– Massage oil into your dry hair starting at the bottom where it is most dry, use less getting closer to the roots
– Once you’ve finished applying the oil to all of your hair, put a shower cap over it
– Leave the shower cap on for at least 30-40 minutes
Bonus: Blow dry your hair over the shower cap for about 10 minutes to increase effectiveness
– Once the time is over, shampoo your hair to remove the oil (you might need to shampoo twice) and condition using your regular conditioner
Bonus: I recommend applying a small dime sized amount of oil to the very tips of your hair afterwards
I recommend deep conditioning your hair every other week during the colder months, or at least once a month.