In a perfect world, every day would be a good hair day. Our hair would be shiny and strong without a forty minute haircare routine or biweekly trips to the salon. No matter the weather, it'd be frizz-free; no matter the season, it'd stay supple and moisturized.
Alas, effortless hair is pure fantasy for now. The closest we've come to overnight salon quality is with the power of a coconut oil hair mask. Coconut oil is the holy grail of haircare: it contains lauric acid, a type of fatty acid that permeates the hair shaft to support growth and moisturize dry areas. It's also known to replenish proteins that are lost to color treatments and bleaching.
In hair masks, coconut oil is a key ingredient for nourished, healthy hair—without the cost of salon-grade products. A thirty-minute hair mask can restore moisture; an overnight hair mask can protect hair for weeks to come. And in the case of coconut oil hair masks, there's not much of a price tag. The ingredients for a do-it-yourself hair mask can be found in most grocery stores.
Don't be intimidated by the extra elbow grease "DIY" can imply. We've found coconut oil hair masks that use less than five ingredients and can be whipped up in as many minutes. Whether your hair's color has dulled or your ends are breaking, the right coconut oil hair mask can restore it to perfect hair day glory.
TO MOISTURIZE DRY HAIR
A no-frills coconut oil hair mask will infuse dry, brittle hair with moisture. To whip up this simples recipe, you'll need:
- 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Egg
First, melt the coconut oil on a stovetop or in the microwave. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl; then combine the egg with the heated coconut oil. Add the honey and whisk again until the mixture is consistent.
Now comes the application. After separating clean, damp hair into sections, gently massage the hair mask into each section from root to tip. Make sure each section is evenly covered. Then, wrap your hair in a shower cap, t-shirt, or towel for thirty minutes.
Finish up by rinsing out the hair mask with water and your favorite shampoo. You may need two or three rinses to entirely wash out the mask.
100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
TO PREVENT HAIR BREAKAGE
Alone, coconut oil hair masks are a fountain of moisture. Add in apple cider vinegar, and it's an express route to stronger hair. For this double-benefit hair mask, you'll need:
- 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Heat the coconut oil until it's melted. Then combine it with the apple cider vinegar in a bowl, mixing well. Apply the mask to dry or damp hair in sections, evenly covering each section from root to tip. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse out. Follow with your routine shampoo and conditioner.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
TO RESTORE ULTRA-DAMAGED HAIR
Hair that's thirsty for TLC will require a slightly different recipe. Instead of mixing several ingredients for a coconut oil hair mask, you'll instead use two tablespoons of coconut oil alone.
After heating the coconut oil, apply it to damp or dry hair as-is. Then, wrap it in a towel or shower cap and wear it overnight. (We recommend keeping it on for at least seven hours.) In the morning, rinse out the mask with your preferred shampoo and blow it dry. We'd suggest this route for hair that's been color-treated several times.
Organic, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil
From Harper's Bazaar U.S.