I’ve been using this treatment for a while now and I love it so much! It makes my hair lovely and soft and thick feeling – but it also washes out fairly easily which is a bonus as sometimes natural hair masks can take a few washes and leave an unpleasant residual stickiness behind. It also smells AMAZING!
People ask me a lot about hair loss so I wanted to post this recipe for everyone to try. It’s dead simple to do and absolutely worth doing, especially if you’re re-growing your hair. It’s made up of three simple ingredients:
- Castor Oil – If you’ve read my post on Castor Oil you’ll know I absolutely love it – I was always dubious about putting oil on my hair because it’s naturally very sleek and straight and I always want more body in it – but I have always been more than ecstatic with the way Castor Oil makes my hair look and feel.
- Coconut Oil – Coconut is an all-round superstar in my book – I eat a HELL of a lot of it, but I also use it for my hair. An increasing number of people use coconut oil for lots of different beauty uses – from make-up cleanser to body cream – but it’s been shown to be really good for hair growth too. That’s because it penetrates deep into the scalp and hair follicles to stimulate growth – maintains a healthy scalp and moisturises the hair to prevent breakage. If you can, source a cold-pressed, virgin organic coconut oil – Tesco do one now which is very reasonably priced too!
- Pure Rosemary Essential Oil – Rosemary oil is renowned for its hair-loving properties. It has antibacterial qualities which stop hair follicles from becoming clogged, can help prevent a flaky scalp – plus it has also been shown to stimulate the scalp (like peppermint and caffeine), bringing blood flow to hair follicles which can help with hair loss. It helps maintain natural shine and bounce and has been used for years in Ayurvedic medicine and Mediterranean and Indian cultures.
- Almond Oil – Almond Oil is absorbed really well by the hair and contains high amounts of Vitamin E. It moisturises any broken or split ends, helping to repair them and prevent breakage.
- Combine 2 tsp Castor Oil and 2 tsp Almond Oil with 2 tsp Coconut Oil (Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature in the UK so you’ll need to scoop it out and measure as best you can) in a microwaveable container.
- Pop the mixture in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds – this should warm it up enough but not too much. Make sure you test it with your finger before slopping it on your head!!
- Add 4-6 drops pure Rosemary essential oil (plus any others!). Mix and then dip your fingers into the mixture. Keep dipping and massaging in all over your scalp.
- I pile my hair up on top of my head and leave the oil on for 2-3 hours if I can, half an hour at the very least. Some people like to wear a warm towel to further seal in the oil but I find it works well without this hassle!
- Rinse out well with shampoo – you may need two washes and make sure you have covered all the hair with oil on it in shampoo to ensure you don’t get any greasy strands left.
I use this every week or every two weeks if I’m feeling lazy and I really rate it. I’d love to hear about your experiences – if you try the mix let me know how you get on!
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