Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe with Essential Oils for Dry or Damaged Hair
Learn how to make a natural moisturizing hair mask recipe for winter hair care. Formulated with hydrating cocoa butter, a blend of winter mint essential oils and sea buckthorn oil, this homemade mask is the perfect remedy for dry, dull hair. Indulge your hair care routine with this easy, DIY moisturizing product for healthy looking, smooth, shiny hair!
Treat Dry Hair with A DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask this Winter
Winter can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of hair leaving you struggling to find new shampoos and conditioners to alleviate your dry tresses. Instead of switching up shampoo and conditioners this time around I decided instead to create a winter mint homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe to help counteract the effects of winter. Made using natural ingredients, this homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe with sea buckthorn oil delivers intense moisture to hair ravaged by winter’s elements along with the fresh scent of spearmint and peppermint.
I was inspired to formulate this homemade moisturizing hair mask recipe by one of this month’s Birchbox samples of Amika’s Nourishing Mask For The Hair. This product conditions hair with the power of sea buckthorn berry and jojoba oil and provides intense conditioning for all hair types. I adapted their ingredients in my own recipe to provide more intense moisture by using less liquid and in lieu of the water – the first ingredient in their product – I used a smaller amount of aloe vera instead. I also made cocoa butter and argan oils the primary ingredients. Per your preference however, you can either use jojoba or argan oil or a combination of both when making this for yourself. Or even substitute the cocoa butter with shea butter or even mango butter.
Winter Mint Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
.75 oz. cocoa butter
.5 oz. jojoba oil or argan oil
.5 oz. aloe vera gel
.25 oz. emulsifying wax
3 ml dimethicone (or Crafters Choice™ LuxGlide N350, a natural alternative)
1.5 ml sea buckthorn oil
.02 oz.Optiphen Plus (paraben free preservative)
12 drops spearmint essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops vitamin E oil
Using a digital kitchen scale begin by weighing out the cocoa butter and the emulsifying wax into a 2 cup or larger glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt at 60% power in the microwave until melted fully. (Alternately you can also use a double boiler.) Now weigh out the jojoba oil (or argan oil) and sea buckthorn oil and stir into the mixture.
Allow the mixture to cool to around 160°F then weigh out the preservative and stir into the mixture.
Using graduated transfer pipettes measure out and add the Dimethicone, vitamin E, and the essential oils. Stir to combine.
Now weigh out the aloe vera gel in a separate container and heat at reduced power in the microwave to the same temperature as the melted oils and cocoa butter. (You can also try coconut water in place of the aloe!) Add to the hair mask ingredients and mix using a stick blender until the mixture starts to thicken and become creamy.
Pour into a 2 oz. container and allow to thicken fully. The final product will be pliable and similar to the texture of play dough.
To use scoop out desired amount based on hair length and massage into hair until fully covered. (It will melt into your hair as you massage it in.) Leave on anywhere from 5 minutes to overnight then wash out as usual. For extremely damaged or “fried” hair use once or twice a week as a normal conditioner or massage a small amount into ends of hair as a leave in product.
DIY Beauty Hair Care Tips
I like to use this as a regular conditioner when needed and rinse then follow with Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray after towel drying. I then massage in the sea salt spray into my and towel dry a second time. This adds volume while still leaving hair looking healthy and shiny and prevents the extra conditioning from weighing my fine hair down. I then air dry and then turn my head upside down and finger comb through.
Alternately, you can also allow your hair to air dry, then scrunch with AG Hair Tousled Texture to add waves and volume.
To help keep your healthier on a regular basis without stripping it I also recommend using a cleansing conditioner instead of a regular shampoo. I’m currently crushing on Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner.
If you can’t get enough of how good this hair mask smells, I also found that my moisturizing hair mask recipe also doubles as a wonderful hand cream for dry hands!
Also be sure to try my natural hair mask recipe for hair growth!
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