Essential Hair Mask Recipe:
- 1 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup cacao butter (cocoa butter and cacao butter are close to the same thing. The difference is that cacao comes from the raw cocoa bean. Cocoa comes from the roasted cocoa bean. There are certain health benefits that are derived from the raw cocoa bean that are lost when it’s roasted)
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp grape seed oil
- 1 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil
- 10 drops essential oil (I use 10 drops of 3 different kinds of essential oils, making the total 30 drops). What essential oils may help with hair problems?
Place shea butter, cacao butter, and coconut oil in a microwaveable/freezer-safe dish. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between, just until melted. Add remaining ingredients. Blend well. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until cloudy around edges. Whip mixture on high until it resembles cake batter. Place in a container. Does not need to be refrigerated.
Apply hair mask to hair in small sections. Start at the root and apply a light/medium amount of cream from root to tip. (In my experience, the amount I have to use varies according to how dry my hair is that day. Sometimes it soaks up the moisture quite quickly, necessitating adding more.) When entire scalp/hair is covered, leave on for 20-30 minutes. Shampoo, condition as usual. You may need to shampoo twice to get all of the mask out of the hair. If you find your hair is greasy or heavy, too much mask has been left in the hair. A very effective agent to get the mask out is apple cider vinegar. Not only does it get all the mask out, it also conditions the hair naturally and helps the hair to grow.
I am a swimmer as part of my exercise routine. I use this mask to help protect my hair when I swim.