Last year, I had a client who gave me a recipe for a homemade nourishing hair mask, and I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. I’d heard of putting mayonnaise and avocado on your hair, but never this combination of ingredients. However, feeling like my limp locks needed a boost, I waited for a weekend when I had some free time and I gave it a try, since my client promised me up and down that it did great things for her hair.
To my delight, it was well worth the effort. The smell wasn’t the greatest, and it looked pretty nasty as I applied it, but in the end my hair felt great! The key is to make sure you have the time to be home and let the mask sit, since it’s optimal to leave in the hair for 2 hours. (I only made in to 1 hour though the two times that I did it.)
Are you ready to try? Here it is:
Nourishing Scalp and Hair Mask
2 T. olive oil
2 T. milk
2 T. castor oil
5-10 drops of tea tree oil
Vitamin E oil (few drops) *optional
I already mentioned the smell. It may seem a bit weird at first, but you can get past that once you see what it does for your hair.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before applying the mask you must water your hair down. The hair must be damp (not soaking wet) for it to work well.
To apply, I use a color applicating brush (you can buy them at Sally’s for cheap) and start applying all over my roots. I love the way the tea tree oil makes my scalp feel tingly. I then apply it thru my ends. The first time I did it, I used gloves just because the “eggy” texture sort of weirded me out and I didn’t want raw eggs on my hands J. However, by the second time I did the mask, I got quicker and it wasn’t a big deal.
After applying, cover with a plastic hair cap and apply a low-medium heat with your hair dryer for a few minutes. You want to make sure that it stays fairly warm so it can open up the cuticle and nourish your hair. I usually just apply heat, then do stuff around my house until I feel like it is cooling off.
The goal is to make it to 2 hours, but even after just leaving mine on for an hour I felt a significant improvement. You can wash and condition as normal.