If your hair is in need of some extra care, try using this DIY olive oil coconut oil hair mask.
You only need two ingredients for this deeply moisturizing and restoring hair treatment: extra virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a very nourishing, protecting oil that is great for most hair types, but particularly for damaged hair.
It contains MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides fatty acids), antioxidants and minerals which your hair loves.
MCT’s have a small molecular structure which is why coconut oil manages to penetrate deeper into the hair than other oils.
Using coconut oil for your hair doesn’t just make it look good from the outside, but it truly works from the inside out.
Some of the benefits of coconut oil for your hair:
→ Helps restore protein loss.
→ Deeply nourishes and helps retain moisture on the inside of the hair shaft.
→ Strengthens the hair fibre from the inside out.
→ Helps reduce hair loss and stimulates new hair growth.
→ The antimicrobial properties in MCT’s help keep your scalp healthy.
They protect it from itching, infections and prevent dry skin build-up, which can lead to dandruff.
→ Gives your hair volume, healthy shine and body to curls.
→ Protects from damage caused by dryers, irons and rollers, as well as climate influences.
Olive oil has been used for hair care throughout history for nourishment, softness, shine and protection.
It’s a rich source of emollients such as oleic acid, palmitic acid and squalene, which soften hair.
Use room temperature coconut oil in a soft, creamy consistency. This will help with easy application.
Mix 1 cup of coconut oil in a bowl with 1/2 cup olive oil. Depending on your hair length, it can last you for more than one treatment.
Store any left-over in a container and use it as a pre-shampoo treatment.
Apply a little bit of the hair mask to clean, dry hair, gently massaging the mask in.
Start from your scalp, working your way to the roots.
Make sure to use a hair cap or towel to avoid dripping. Leave your DIY olive oil coconut oil hair mask on for 30 minutes or longer if your hair is damaged.
You can also leave it on overnight, just make sure to protect your bed linen because oil can leave stains.
Rinse well afterwards and wash as usual.
Read about more coconut oil uses for hair, skin, nails & oral health in this article.