DIY: Hair Mask on Over-Processed Hair

The Task

Luxy Hair’s 30 Day Self Care Challenge, Day 6: Do something new with your hair.

Read more about this journey by checking out my previous acts of self-love.

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What To Do?!?!?!?

Today was one of those days at work. It was slow as hell, I was trying failing at not looking at my watch every 10 minutes, and it seemed like I’d done everything on my To Do List twice over. If you’ve ever worked in a customer service job, you know the kind of days I’m talking about. They’re brutal.

To top it off, the entire time I’m putzing around, I get to think about the fact that I’m going to be there at 6 am tomorrow morning to open the store.

As you can imagine, when I got home, playing beauty salon was pretty low on my list of things I wanted to do. Alas, part of this self-care challenge is doing things that are good for me, even if I don’t want to do them. So, I hit up Pinterest and found what new thing I was going to do with my hair.

Before

I’d like to thank my dad’s side of the family, the humidity, and hella over processing for this frizzy disaster. (It’s mostly the humidity. It’s not usually this bad).

The Mask

Elements of Ellis has a hair mask that I actually have all (2) of the ingredients for.

coconut-oil-hair-mask
Click the picture to be taken to their post and get more info.

You’ll notice, there are no measurements. How much coconut oil? How much water?

I browsed around and checked out other hair masks with similar ingredients, and estimated from there. I used 3tbs of coconut oil, 2 eggs, and 0.5 cups of water.

I use Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I have it around for the rare occasions I wear makeup and sometimes I sleep with it in my hair. It has soooooo many uses and it’s pretty cheap. I recommend picking some up. It can’t hurt. You don’t have to use Viva, I just wanted to let y’all know.

To get a hot towel, I wet a hand towel and threw it in the microwave for one minute. I know you could figure that out for yourselves, but I didn’t want you to think I had some kind of special towel for warming or something. I’m broke, remember?

Post Shower

I just got out of the shower. My shower is tiny and I didn’t have a surface to properly rest my egg water, so I ended up just slowly trickling it over my head instead of doing little sections at a time.

Since the site didn’t tell me if I should condition or not, I decided to go ahead and do it. Part of the reason is that I love the smell of my conditioner. The other is because I didn’t care for the way my hair felt with just the egg wash.

I’ve tried other DIY hair masks in the past and many of them left me with the same feeling. I can only describe it as my hair feels “sticky.” Almost like I just went swimming in a pond–not dirty but it’s very obvious that there’s a foreign substance in my hair.

After conditioning, my hair still feels a little bit of that stickiness, but it also feels really soft. I don’t do any sort of heat on my hair (except having it blow dried at the salon) so I have to wait for it to dry naturally to see results. I will definitely edit this post with the picture when my hair is ready!!

The Takeaway

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of this mask. There are other DIY masks that I’ve tried in the past that I liked much better. My favorite is,

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • The juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

I stick that in a blender and use it as shampoo. No waiting or heat step included. While I feel like the treatment I tried today will work for some people, I am not feeling it. I think I’ll still to the mix I just described.

Update

The stickiness did not carry through. Now that it’s dry, it feels really soft and, obviously it’s not as frizzy.

Important Reminder

Try to drink 64oz of water per day my loves!

Question of the Day

Comment Down Below

Q: Have you ever used coconut oil for hair and skin care?

A: Yes, obviously.

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