At least once a month, I like to treat my damaged/tangle prone hair to a super deep conditioning treatment to get it back to feeling smooth and healthy. Especially after weekends away like this past one (I really put my hair through the ringer with swimming & heat styling), I always feel the need to give a little R&R to my hair. The one treatment that I turn to whenever my hair is feel extra-dry and damaged is my DIY hair conditioner made of only two ingredients: coconut oil and peppermint essential oil.
I discovered this treatment a few years ago after a devastating visit to the salon that left my hair bleach blonde, fragile, and so damaged that it felt like gum when wet and straw when dry. After that fiasco I was on a mad hunt for anything that would fix my hair. After chopping off about 3 inches and investing a lot of money in hair care products, I finally discovered a easy & inexpensive DIY treatment that left my hair feeling stronger & smoother. If you’re looking give your hair a treat than be sure to click through to learn more on my DIY Mint Coconut Treatment!
I love gorgeous healthy hair. I mean, who doesn’t – right? But, it seems no matter how much I adore how beautiful healthy hair looks – I just couldn’t seem to maintain it for myself. Whenever I got my hair to a point of looking healthy or feeling softer, I would then take the plunge and do something drastic to my hair – hence the bleach disaster of 2011.
But that bleach disaster changed everything. My hair went from being strong, brunette, shiny, and healthy to white blonde, damaged, dry, and gummy. It was devastating. And it was even more devastating because for once I was trying to do a lesser-drastic hair change, I simply wanted a few highlights to brighten up my [then] brunette hair for summer.
The hairdresser thought by “brighten up” that I meant I wanted to be blonde as can be, and so she left me with bleach on my head and went for her lunch hour – allowing the bleach to sit for far too long. After what felt like forever, I finally caught the attention of one of the other hairdressers who couldn’t believe that A) I still had bleach on my hair, and B) that the stylist who was supposed to be doing my hair was nowhere to be found.
Quite frankly, it’s taken years to remedy the damage of that hair experience. It was a disaster on every level, and I was heartbroken. I had to cut off far more hair than I wanted (goodbye long hair!) and began my search for products and DIY treatments that would save my now broken and damaged tresses.
While it felt like it took forever for me to really discover which products and DIY recipes really worked for me, when I finally did my hair was officially saved. Along with these 7 BEST Hair Masks, I also discovered that coconut oil did wonders for my hair. I began to use it as a serum and for overnight conditioning treatments. And then, I discovered Essential Oils.
Essential Oils have really altered the way I look at products. If I want to make my own conditioner, a natural perfume, or a simply want to diffuse a relaxing scent throughout my home, I now turn to essential oils (mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil) before anything else.
DIY Hair Conditioner Recipe
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Two bowls
- coconut oil
- peppermint and/or lavender essential oil (if you’re not a peppermint fan than just substitute for a different essential oil!). I personally love how the peppermint makes my scalp feel somewhat cool/tingly but if you’re lookign for something more soothing than go with the lavender oil. Only use a few drops.
- a scrunchy or shower cap
WHAT TO DO:
- With a large spoon, scoop out three spoonfuls of coconut oil. Put two of the spoonfuls in one bowl (let’s call it bowl 1), and one spoonful in the other (bowl 2).
- In bowl 2 add in 5-8 drops of peppermint extract.
- Heat bowl two in the microwave for a few seconds just to melt the coconut oil. Ensure the oil isn’t too hot, you don’t want to burn yourself! Apply this oil onto your scalp and massage it into the roots. Make sure you only apply the peppermint mixture to your roots as peppermint can be drying, and you don’t want to dry out your ends!
- Now heat bowl 1 and again, test the temperature to ensure you don’t burn yourself & your hair. Apply this oil now to your hairs ends.
- Take your hair and spiral it up into a bun. I use a scrunchy to hold my hair up as its non-damaging, unlike most hair ties. You can also use a shower cap to keep the oily ends off your face and clothing.
- Keep the oil in your hair for as long as possible, even overnight if you can. Typically I keep this treatment in for two hours.
- Rinse out with hot water at first to melt the oil out of your hair and then wash twice with shampoo. I find rinsing it twice with the shampoo rather than once helps to ensure you aren’t left with greasy oily hair.
- For some added health, let your hair air dry!