Although drugstore beauty products provide the instant gratification of a quick fix, many are focused more on covering things up rather than real change. For example, silicones in hair products coat hair and provide the illusion of shine and moisture. With prolonged usage, they even have a drying effect. Instead of silicones, why not make your own deep conditioning treatment with natural ingredients that have also been proven by science?
Virgin coconut oil is one of my favorite multi-tasking ingredients and one of its most exciting uses is for keeping hair strong, glossy and soft. A study from the Journal of Cosmetic Science shows that coconut oil prevents protein loss in hair: “Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft” (Rele, RB, and AS Mohile. "Effect of Mineral Oil, Sunflower oil, and Coconut oil on Prevention of hair damage." Journal of Cosmetic Science 54 (2003): 175-92. Web. 14 Mar. 2015.) While many popular hair products simply sit on top of hair, coconut oil actually penetrates into the hair shaft when used as a pre-wash treatment.
A deep conditioning treatment would not be complete without a special blend of essential oils that promote hair growth. A study from the Archives of Dermatology shows that a hair growth treatment with cedarwood, lavender, thyme, and rosemary essential oils “was significantly more effective than treatment with the carrier oil alone” (Hay, Isabelle C., Margaret Jamieson, and Anthony D. Ormerod. "Randomized Trial of Aromatherapy." JAMA Network. Archives of Dermatology, 1998. Web. 14 Mar. 2015.) Besides doing wonders for your hair, the natural scent of these essential oils have mood-enhancing properties.
Making your own beauty products is empowering. Not only is it fulfilling to create something beautiful and functional from start to finish, but you also get to enjoy the sensory experience of the ingredients and really take in their scents and textures.
Let’s put it together:
• Add 8 oz. of virgin coconut oil to a glass mixing bowl.
• Add 8-12 drops each of cedarwood, lavender, thyme and rosemary essential oils.
Mix well and pour into a clean glass jar. Label accordingly.
How to Use:
Massage into hair and scalp before shampooing. Leave on hair for an hour. Cleanse hair with a gentle herbal shampoo and condition.