For this week’s Home Spa Saturday, it’s time to talk hair. If you’ve enjoyed a summer in the sun, your hair is probably feeling the effects. Even if you’re diligent about pool hair care, the chlorine and salt will still draw out moisture, leaving your hair dry and brittle. Even if you don’t go in the ocean or pool, there is plenty of UV damage from the summer and chlorine in tap water so freshening up your hair regularly will do everyone some good.
Now that we’re heading into fall and back-to-school, it’s time to repair those damaged tresses with a DIY deep hair conditioner using some of our favorite beauty oils and butters.
DIY Deep Hair Conditioner
I found this recipe from the folks at doTerra and adapted it a bit for my family’s hair. I like the combination of shea butter with coconut oil, rather than using olive oil. And of course, you can massage coconut oil directly onto the ends of your hair for a fast leave-in conditioner. (I find that works especially well when you can’t even get a comb through your kid’s tangled mass of hair.)
For a more intense conditioner, this hair mask adds a ton of moisture, and it’s worth the extra few minutes to melt the oils together and whip it into a creamy texture. The thicker consistency makes the conditioner easier to control when applying it to your hair. You don’t want to glop on all of the oil in one place!
By now you probably already know that coconut oil can pretty much do anything. Argan oil is great for controlling frizz and adding shine to dull hair. Shea butter not only adds moisture and shine, but it can also help remedy dandruff and a dry scalp. This mask is serious conditioning!
Adding a few drops of an essential oil for your hair is the icing on the deep conditioning cake. Rosemary, lavender, peppermint—all are great essential oils for strengthening your hair as well as making your strands smell like you just left the spa.
You can turn your hair mask into a hot oil treatment by warming the oils a bit or just stepping outside in the sun for a few minutes. The sun’s warmth opens up the hair cuticle so the moisturizing oils can better penetrate your strands. For even more conditioning, wear an overnight hair mask.
Deep Hair Conditioner
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter together in microwave or double broiler (I find a Pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan of hot water works well.)
- Let mixture cool until almost solidified then add the argan oil.
- Whip together for 3-5 minutes. You'll get a creamy texture that's much easier to apply than melted oil
- Comb through clean, dry hair and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair and shampoo as normal.