Remember back in March when I started swimming to train for my triathlon? Well I quickly learned that the rec center pools have a hefty amount of chlorine in them – and my hair and skin aren’t really a fan of it.
There was no way I was going to spend the entire summer with funky dried out hair from all my lap swimming – so I got to work in the kitchen to make my own miracle serum to help defend my hair against all that awful chlorine.
And since I’ve had a love affair with coconut oil for the past year or so, I knew that was the best way to start
I have always loved those little hot oil treatment tubes that you can pick up at hair places, so this is my DIY version – only it smells better and is all natural!
You start with just two ingredients – coconut oil and a little bit of honey, then warm them in the microwave and massage into your hair. Simple enough right? Lately I’ve been loving this organic one.
I like to pour the mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle to apply it. Over the past few months of using this mask I have found that to be the easiest way to get it evenly applied – and I can get the mixture a little warmer since I don’t have to touch it directly.
I don’t have any fancy shower caps or anything, so I just use a plastic grocery bag to wrap around my head It does the trick. I would also advise keeping a towel close by or draping one around your shoulders to wipe your hands and protect your clothes – it can make an oily mess in the bathroom if you aren’t careful.
Be sure to wash out all the oil thoroughly when you shampoo – a few weeks ago I missed a spot above my ear and it looked a little greasy.
And on a random side note, my hair dresser told me that my hair look beautiful and healthy the last time I saw her and was shocked when I told her I had been swimming multiple times a week too – win!
Depending on how dry my hair is, I like to use this treatment once every couple weeks (up to once per week, if needed).
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon honey (organic, if available)
- Plastic squeeze bottle
- shower cap or plastic grocery bag
In a small microwave safe bowl, combine coconut oil and honey. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, until coconut oil is liquid and mixture is warm. Stir together until well incorporated (there will still be some separation between the honey and oil). If desired, pour coconut oil mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle.
Over a sink, massage oil mixture into hair, starting at the ends and working up towards the scalp. After hair is evenly coated, wrap hair on top of your head and secure with a clip or hair tie, then cover with shower cap or plastic grocery bag. Let the mask sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes.
Thoroughly rinse out oil and shampoo as usual, taking extra care to wash out all remaining oil.