The summer's all about fun, sun... and frizz. To keep your tresses shiny and frizz-free during all of that hot weather you're going to be enjoying, consider this lavender-infused coconut oil DIY hair mask to be your partner-in-crime.
"Applied topically, coconut oil nourishes the hair shaft to create a vibrant sheen," says Wendy Rose Gould, beauty expert for hair tutorial and advice site Latest-Hairstyles.com. "Also, when applied to the scalp, it can help reduce dandruff and sooth sensitive or itchy skin."
Meanwhile, the lavender "is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff. It also helps to soften the hair." And let's not forget it smells incredible.
Once you try Gould's ah-mazing DIY hair mask below, you'll never go back to those pricey salon treatments (trust):
What You'll Need
- Small bowl
- Measuring spoons
- 2 tablespoons unrefined, virgin coconut oil
- Fresh or dried lavender sprigs (or 2 drops essential oil)
1. Add oil to your bowl
Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. (This measurement's based on medium-to-long hair, so you may need to adjust based on your hair length.)
2. Add lavender
Remove the greens from your lavender and toss them into the bowl with your coconut oil. Feel free to add as little or as much fragrance as you see fit.
3. Infuse lavender
Place your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium, allowing the coconut oil to melt down. Stir periodically. Heat for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.
4. Cool and strain
Let your infused coconut oil set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly warm. Remove the lavender pieces if you prefer.
5. Apply to hair
Focusing on your ends, thoroughly work the DIY hair mask through your hair. (Feel free to also focus on your scalp if you're prone to dandruff or dryness.) Let it set for 15 to 45 minutes—though the longer it sets, the better. Afterward, simply shampoo and style as you normally would.
6. Enjoy luscious locks
You know you want to.
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Images: Wendy Rose Gould