DIY Coconut & Aloe Vera Hair Treatment Mask | Why It Works So Well
Hi loves, today I am going to be sharing with you my favourite DIY hair treatment mask. This mask helps grow longer, stronger, shiny, healthy hair and if used regularly can help thicken hair too.
The reason I love this mask is three fold. The first reason is because it is so simple to prepare, and there are only 2 ingredients! Secondly, even if you don’t leave it on for a long period of time (6-8 hours/over night) you still see results. The third and final reason is that taking care of your hair is essential for healthy hair.
Ofcourse, I must add that this is NOT a one time fix, and with one use it will magically repair all your hair damage. No such products exist. If you want to see lasting results, you have to put in the work, girl!
Also, it should be noted that a test patch should be performed in case of allergic reactions.
Ingredients and why they are used:
Aloe Vera Gel (£5.59, 200ml) –
This slimy substance is known for it’s healing properties. It was seen as a “plant of immortality” by the ancient Egyptian’s, and it is clearly understandable why.
Aloe vera has what are known as “proteolytic enzymes”, these help to repair dead skin cells on the scalp. When your scalp is healthy, this leads to hair growth and hair strength. Aloe also has great antifungal properties, meaning it will reduce dandruff or scalp conditions. Lastly, it helps restore the pH level of your hair, which can also help your hair health and speed up growth.
Coconut Oil (£14.98, 848g) –
Now, this nutty oil is one of the best known oils, that can help with almost anything! Everyone has heard that coconut oil is a godsend and can be used in the most bizarre ways. I have to admit, I buy coconut oil in BULK, as I swear by it.
The four main reasons coconut oil is so amazing, in regard to hair health are as follows. The fatty acids (which make coconut oil so great btw!) help strengthen hair by filling in the gaps in the hair follicles.
As water is found in coconuts, when the oil is made, it retains some of that hydration from water and can therefore moisturise the scalp and reduce dandruff.
Thirdly, lauric acid and other antibacterial agents that are found in the oil are beneficial for cleaning the scalp deeply and ensuring a healthy scalp.
Last but certainly not least, it can help strengthen and grow hair to it’s strongest.
Take equal amounts of both Aloe Vera Gel and Coconut oil, e.g. 1 tablespoon if each. Depending on the amount of hair you have, this will vary. As my hair is between hip length and tailbone length (as mentioned in my previous post here). I use about 2-3 tablespoons of each, to saturate my whole hair, root to tip in the mixture.
Once mixed, apply to roots first, ensuring you have covered the whole scalp. You can skip the mid-section of your hair if you like and focus on the roots and ends of hair.
N.B: Definitely NEVER skip your ends! Your ends are the oldest hair you have, so you have to care for them well.
Leave on anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. Some days I leave it in for an hour, and I still see a difference but I prefer leaving it for at least 2 hours.
When in the shower, you can do an ACV rinse. This is apple cider vinegar, diluted in water and sprayed/poured over hair.
The benefits of an ACV rinse are to break down the oils in your hair and to remove product buildup. I love this method, as it basically acts as a all-natural clarifying shampoo, but 100 times more powerful and beneficial.
After this, you just shampoo and condition as normal. Some suggest conditioning hair root to tip twice to remove all traces of oil, though I find this unnecessary for me.
When hair is dried, you may see immediate results, I always do tbh. I always notice my hair is silky smooth, tangle-free, shiny and strands feel a lot stronger than they were before.
Overall I think this is by far, the most simple and most effective hair treatment diy I have done to date. It gives great, lasting results if done with continued use and the impact is noticed immediately in most cases. What is better than that?
I hope you enjoyed this very informative (and long overdue), DIY hair treatment. If you have tried it out, let me know your thoughts below. Or if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me below or by email and I will answer quiries as best as I can.
Much love, S 💋 xo