When it comes to hair and cutting corners, I’m all about what I can do for cheap. I’m the kind of person who goes to a cosmetology school for a price break on the fancy conditioning treatments, I bleach and dye my own hair, and I make my own hair mask.
There are a lot of really great products out there, and when it comes to buying the right shampoo and conditioner, I will totally shell out $20 a bottle for the good stuff. But the best conditioning mask for your hair is probably in your kitchen pantry, and is only two ingredients.
This 2 Ingredient Hair Mask Will Change The Way You Treat Your Hair!
A lot of you were probably nodding right along with me on the coconut oil. I mean, a lot of us probably use coconut oil for just about everything. But honey?
Honey is a natural humectant that attracts, keeps and helps your hair retain moisture and increase the shine as a bonus. Coconut oil, once absorbed into your hair, seals the strands from the inside and keeps your internal moisture locked in. It’s also a great treatment for dandruff and irritated scalp.
Before you think, “This is awesome! I’ll do this every week!”
Too much of a good thing is bad.
You really only want to do a mask like this once every four to six weeks or you risk putting too much of that coconut oil protein in your hair, which will in turn make your hair brittle and breakable. Moderation is key!
You’re probably asking, “How does this work?”
Step One, make your mix!
Making the mask is super easy. I believe in a one part honey to one part coconut oil ratio. My hair is thick and hits just at my natural waist. I’m usually looking at anywhere from a quarter to a half a cup of each ingredient.
Optional, you can toss in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I find that peppermint and lavender together is pretty nice.
I mix the ingredients together in a microwavable safe dish, heating it for about 15 seconds at a time until it’s completely mixed, then I set it aside to let it cool a bit. I made the mistake of plopping it on my head after I’d microwaved it for a total of two minutes once and OhMyGod never again! Pretty sure I burned my scalp… Don’t be me.
Step Two, coat the hair!
There’s a few different ways to do this. You can use plastic gloves if you have them on hand to keep things a bit more under control.
First, you can put the mix on dry hair. Or, you can dampen your hair a bit and slick the mix on your hair. Wet or dry, it’s still going to be messy.
You can also only moisturize the ends, or your whole head. You know your hair best and what you need.
Step Three, wait!
How long you keep the mask on is totally up to you. I recommend trying to keep it on for around an hour. Stick it up, do something around the house, watch an episode of your favorite show, try to ignore your hair. And touching it. Most of the time I put this on an hour or so before I go to bed and sleep in it, but I’m a masochist.
Step Four, wash it out!
Probably my favorite part, because let’s face it, honey is sticky and too much coconut oil can be a little icky. But–it does magic, and I’m all for magic when it comes to my hair.
Typically I shampoo about twice before I get it all out, but again, I have crazy thick hair. Your mileage may vary!
Now… I think I need to go make a hair mask…
Oh and if you want to add some essential oils to this mask, here’s the best place to get them: