DIY | Hydrating Hair Mask #1

As you know, my hair is very dry considering that it’s kinky with tight coils that form my signature afro hairstyle. Add on hair coloring and occasional bleaching and you have hair that requires special care and a lot of TLC.

On the bright side, I’m a huge fan of DIY projects and learning how to take ingredients and combine them together to create products that fit perfectly with a minimalist, healthy lifestyle (one that I’m trying to somewhat achieve). So I decided to ransack my cabinet for my stash of raw ingredients to create something to help my parched, colored afro.

After several attempts, I came up with at least three treatments I use to help repair and moisturize my hair! This will be the recipe to my first treatment that I use every other wash day as a pre-treatment. Don’t worry; all of the ingredients are natural/organic and have special properties that are beneficial for your hair!

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Hydrating Treatment #1

  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil

  • Jojoba Oil

  • Avocado Oil (Extra Virgin)

  • Argan Oil

  • Shea Nut Oil

  • Coconut Oil (Virgin)

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Combine the first five oils in a small bottle or container. Measure out each oil depending on the thickness and length of your hair. Place this oil blend off to the side for now.

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Measure out at least 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil and place in a small bowl or jar.

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Add 3 tablespoons of your oil blend to the coconut oil and stir with a wooden stick or butter knife. The stirring motion will cause the coconut oil to liquefy somewhat and turn the mixture into a gel-like solution.

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That’s it! All that’s left is to section your hair and get down and dirty smoothing it into your strands, ends and scalp! Sectioning my hair is a must since it’s thick and I didn’t want to risk missing a few spots.

Sectioning and Application

After leaving it in for 20 minutes, I rinse with warm water and proceed with the rest of my wash day. Sometimes, I’ve been able to skip deep conditioning because of this and once my hair dries, I’m left with soft, healthy hair!

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I love this treatment and I prefer it to a typical hydrating treatment that can cost a bit of a fortune. Try it out for yourself; you can even decide what ingredients you want to use depending on your hair issues!

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