Exfoliating the scalp; it’s an underrated step in the haircare world, and after trying every trick in the book to boost hair health, but still not seeing results, it may be time to take a crack at this homemade exfoliating hair mask.
And if you’re not looking for thick healthy hair, because you already have it, this mask has something else for you. Softness... Ah, that silky smooth softness! At the end of your rinse, your hair will feel exceptionally hydrated, and after conditioning it lightly you will be amazed.
Coconut Cream + Castor Oil:
This is the dynamic duo of the hair mask. The cream and castor oil together creates an incredibly hydrating combination of rich fatty acids and nutrients. If you have dry, damaged or uncontrollably frizzy hair, this combo is a big help to revamp and tame your hair.
It’s another one of those liquid gold ingredients that just doesn’t let up in the beauty benefits area. Loaded to the brim with antioxidants, nutrients and so on, it’s been around for millions of years, and keeps on giving. Softness, shine, hydration, cleanliness, honey is a huge help in all of these areas.
Yes, we know it as a food ingredient, and clearly as the exfoliant in this mask. But what’s in the unknown is what we like even more about it! This pleasing ingredient is both a natural humectant, bringing moisture to the skin, and is also a natural source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid, to put it simply, is a naturally occurring chemical which breaks down the unwavering dead skin cells and gluey gook in the pores. It’s used in skin care products as an age-preventing agent, among other things. And although we don’t see the skin on top of our heads really, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be well kept! The pros to using sugar as the exfoliant in the mask are surprisingly large. It’s a win, win, win, and your hair will love it.
So! In conclusion, when you add all of the above ingredients together, you get a hair mask so rich in nutrients, antioxidants, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, emollients, humectants, fatty acids, glycolic acid, and the list really does go on. It’s a dense mask with so many great assets to the hair, it can’t be ignored.
To make the mask, you will need:
- Cream of 1 can of coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp of honey
- 7 pumps of castor oil
- 1/4 cup of muscovado or plain brown sugar
- Refrigerate your can of coconut milk overnight. In the morning the cream will have risen to the top of the can. Open it and scoop the cream into a medium sized bowl.
- Add the honey and castor oil to the coconut cream and then whip lightly for about a minute until combined.
- Now, fold the sugar into the mixture a tablespoon at a time.
- Apply heavily to the scalp and lightly down to the ends of your hair. Massage the sugar into your scalp for 2 - 5 minutes. Let the mask sit on your hair for 20 minutes (You can saran wrap your hair if you’d like). Take a shower as usual, rinse, shampoo and condition.
- Let us know how you liked it and if you have any recipes to make a castor oil hair mask, please share it below.