This all natural / herbal hair serum / mask is packed full of beneficial ingredients to promote hair growth, thicken and strengthen your locks as well as heal any scalp or dry/ damage issues.
I’ve been meaning to put up some posts on hair care for a while, but seeing as most of my hair is in dreadlocks, it’s hard for me to test these products before posting. What I’ve done is unlocked more of my bangs so I can truly test out this wonderfully nourishing recipe, before sharing it here with you.
(I will also post some hair treatments for dreadlocks soon as well – if that’s of interest to anyone?)
I’ve included a list at the bottom of this post as to which ingredients contain what benefits.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tsp –Vitamin e oil
- 75 ml / 5 tbsp Jojoba oil
- 100 ml Rosemary infused oil ( Infusing your own oil )
- 10 drops Lavender oil
- 5 drops Peppermint oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 60 ml / 4 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 cup (250 ml) Coconut oil
- 3 tbsp Vegetable glycerin
- 2 tbsp Honey (Agave Nectar can be used as a vegan alternative)
- 2 tbsp Argan Oil
- Melting pot / pan on stove or double boiler
- Big Mixing Bowl (I actually used a big metal bowl on the stove for melting and mixing)
- Measuring Cup / Stir Stick or Spoon,
- Stand or Hand Mixer (If you don’t have one, these are pretty nice and affordable)
- Airtight Container for storage. (MRH has some options)
In your pot, melt coconut oil first, on LOW heat.
Add in all other ingredients except essential oils. Stirring well.
Once everything is combined remove from heat, allow to cool down and then add in your essential oil. Stir again & then put the mixture in the fridge until it solidifies. (Mine took about 3 hours.)
Once your mixture has solidified, start whipping it with your hand mixer or stand mixer until it’s nice, light and frothy.
That’s It! – Scoop it into your container(s) & enjoy!
Dampen hair with warm water, gently massage into scalp first and pull through to the ends of your hair. You can wrap your head in a towel and leave on for at least 20 or more minutes and then wash normally.
→Why Vitamin e oil?
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue. When you apply vitamin E to your scalp, it helps reduce inflammation and repair damage to the follicles, and healthy follicles encourage hair growth. – Livestrong.com
→Why Jojoba oil?
Jojoba oil is great for root follicles allowing oxygen in and thereby encouraging new growth. It also makes a great scalp cleanser for the hair, and is equally wonderful for the skin because it has absorption properties that are similar to our skins own sebum. – Mountain Rose Herbs
→Why Rosemary? –
Rosemary is known to promote hair growth & strength. It’s an excellent treatment for dry / damaged hair. (Just use sparingly if you’re blond, as directly it can darken the hair colour.)
→Why Lavender Oil? –
Lavender is naturally stimulating to the hair follicles. It’s naturally healing for severe conditions of hair loss as well as alopecia. It works wonderfully to strengthen hair and prevents hair loss as well.
→Why Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint naturally stimulates the hair follicles and increases circulation to encourage new hair growth. Peppermint also helps regulate oil production, providing hydration and adds a bit of shine to your hair while taming frizz. (It can tingle so only a very little bit is needed)
→Why Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree oil is an all around useful oil when it comes to treating hair. It antifungal properties treat any scalp condition. It prevents hair loss, heals split ends, promotes hair growth, and helps to unclog follicles.
→Why Aloe Vera Gel?
Aloe soothes your scalp and regenerates the hair cells, it is known to stop hair loss and help your hair grow thicker and more healthy.
→Why Coconut oil?
Coconut oil is naturally conditioning and nourishing to our hair. It’s amazing at repairing damage, locking in moisture and sealing split ends. It improves blood circulation, hair cuticles and scalp health making it very beneficial for helping thicken up your hair. Coconut oil is high in vitamins and fatty acids, helping to protect the strands from breakage while strengthening your locks in the long run.
The natural antioxidants and nutrients found in coconut oil will deliver critical resources to improve your hair’s softness and luster. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron and effectively eliminates dandruff while boosting hair growth. – newhealthguide.org
→Why Vegetable glycerin?
Glycerin is the type of chemical compound that’s able to attract moisture from the air.
The potential problem with glycerin is that it can have a drying effect on hair if the atmosphere is too dry/cold. Glycerin will draw water into your hair from the air if it’s humid enough. However, it will draw water out of your hair if there’s little to moisture in the air. That can cause or worsen dryness issues if you’re not careful.
Still, glycerin is great for improving natural hair’s moisture content and elasticity which helps prevent breakage, especially while detangling or manipulating it when wet.
Some excerpts from- Pros & Cons of Glycerin for Natural Hair Care Products
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and holds moisture, it’s full of beneficial antioxidants and nutrients helping to heal dry or damaged hair, to stimulate hair follicles, & to encourage new hair growth. It naturally adds shine and softens hair.
→Why Argan Oil?
Argan delivers deep hydration, helping to strengthen dry or brittle hair.
Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier. It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair. – Argan Oil World
Here’s an extensive article from Always Healthy Living, outlining the benefits of Argan Oil and it’s uses.
If you truly want natural, healthy and strong hair you should be focused on ‘no poo’ treatments only. Chemicals in regular shampoo strip our hair of the natural oils it needs to grow healthily. Washing with a baking soda mix is amazing for getting rid of build up and regulating pH balance. Be cautious of this though, I read an interesting article outlining the fact that it does not dilute easily. (Causing the alkaline state to be much higher than necessary – Looking into this.) Rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar is just as beneficial for shiny, strong and healthy hair.
Here is an extensive article to help determine hair type and proper care. As with all new routines, your hair may look a little different until your body gets used to ‘no poo’ but you (& your hair) will thank you in the long run.