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I didn’t know how to start this post, mainly because I really don’t like to spend time doing my hair. I know some people that can sit and do their hair for hours and that’s just not me. But I can tell you, this mask has worked wonders for my hair.
I’ve had many people ask what I use in my hair. They say it looks shiny, soft, and bouncy and its grown quickly. To tell you the truth its not because I spend hours on it, I don’t relax my hair, and I don’t get it professionally done.
Want to know my secret weapon?
Peppermint Essential Oil and Coconut Oil
That’s right, good ole peppermint essential oil and coconut oil. Many of you have already been doing this, but some of you may not which is why I wanted to share.
I add the peppermint for the tingly feeling. The tingly feeling you get is from menthol which is what gives the peppermint its smell, taste and that cooling feeling. That tingly feeling is also stimulating your blood flow, so its a win in the hair growth department!
Is all peppermint oil created equal?
The answer is no, some of course are going to be stronger than others. I always get essential oils either from Whole Foods or even GNC. I’m sure we will each have our preferences on what is going to be better, so pick something that feels good for you. This is the oil I use for my hair mask and I enjoy it! Its affordable and it has a ton of positive reviews! I have used both organic and non-organic. I personally am not picky, I only tried the organic one because I grabbed the wrong one and I honestly couldn’t tell the difference.
*What you should know before using?*
Undiluted peppermint essential oils can cause a burning feeling on the scalp, which can cause you to feel uncomfortable, believe me I tried it! Learn from my discomfort and dilute it with coconut oil, you’ll thank me later!
Now what about the coconut oil?
Like peppermint oil, coconut oil isn’t going to be created equal. You’ll more than likely run into two different types 1. Refined 2. Unrefined.
Think of this as the one that is not going to be in its most natural form. It goes through a more extensive process is bleached and deodorized. It’s going to have a more neutral smell and taste. Also, it is made from dried coconut meat.
Think of this one as the more pure one that is closer to its natural form. This oil is from fresh coconut meat instead of dried coconut meat.
For hair masks, I use what I have in my home. I use coconut oil for many things at my house, so for me I lean towards the unrefined organic coconut oil. I picked this one up recently because I love their coconut milk and I found it at Walgreens when I wasn’t searching for it. Of course that’s how it always happens!
At the end of the day, go with what is going to agree with your wallet. The reason I say this is because there isn’t any studies that prove for one to be better over the other. I just use what I have on hand.
Now to the Mask!
This is super easy to make and I only use the two ingredients. I use this mask at least twice a week. When I put this in my hair, I let it set for some time. When I say some time, I mean for a day.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 4 drops of peppermint
Scoop out your coconut oil and put it in a microwave safe bowl. You don’t need much, a little goes along way. I use 2 tablespoons and four drops of peppermint essential oil.
Put in the Microwave for 15 seconds
Warm up your mixture, I put mine in for 15 seconds. Please be careful not to burn your head. I have used it both ways, heated and not. I personally enjoy both, but the heated one is very relaxing for me and I must say I just love the feel of warm anything on my head.
While your warming up the coconut and essential oil, bush your hair. This will ensure you can just run the product smoothly though your hair from root to tip.
Brush the oil through your hair
Starting from the root, lather the oil all over your hair. I tend to focus on the tips of my hair since that’s where the most damage is. Once you have emptied all of the oil into your hair, brush it to make sure its evenly distributed.
When I’m feeling extra lazy I will just dump the bowl on the top of my head and let the oil work its way down.
Let your hair set
I like to give my hair at least a day with the mixture. The weekends are a perfect time to wear a ponytail. If you’re worried about having greasy hair I can understand that. I can sit here and tell you all day that its not that bad, but the truth is you have to try it for yourself to get the true feel for it.
Time to wash it out
Grab your favorite shampoo and wash your hair. I wash my hair twice to make sure all of the oil is out of my hair. We all have our favorite shampoo, I always reach for my Head and Shoulders. This works wonders for me personally. It’s cheap, keeps the dandruff under control, and it leaves my hair feeling clean!
Style as usual and enjoy your soft, shiny and bouncy hair!
Until Next time,