One of my children’s favorite books is Gingerbread Baby. It’s about a boy who is baking a gingerbread man. The directions in his cookbook read: “Bake for 8 minutes. DO NOT OPEN the oven before 8 minutes are up.” Of course, the boy opens the oven too early and out pops a crazy gingerbread baby who takes the town on a wild goose chase.
Part of the beauty of Gingerbread Baby is that it teaches children the importance of remembering key instructions.
My favorite homemade hair mask, made of coconut oil and a banana, is so basic and effective, but there is one key instruction you would be very sorry to not heed: DO NOT USE MORE coconut oil than the recommended amount.
If you get a little overzealous and apply too much, your hair will turn out looking like this:
My hair is not wet in this picture, as one of my well-meaning friends assumed. It is greasy. I used WAY too much coconut oil in my first attempt at a homemade hair mask, and since I was also trying a no-poo recipe at the same time, I could not rinse the mask out.
Now that the cautionary tale is out of the way, I can tell you how AMAZING this hair mask actually is. I’ve been using it (according to the directions below) once a week for the past month, and I have almost eliminated the use of the dimethicone-based product I normally use on my long, thick, coarse hair. My hair is soft, manageable, and shiny.
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Here’s how to make your own Coconut Oil Homemade Hair Mask. You’ll need:
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (use even less if you have fine or short hair)
- 1 tbsp coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana
Mix the coconut oil and banana together in a glass container. I used my stick blender and it worked great. Add the coconut milk and stir the whole mixture together.
Apply the mixture onto dry hair, focusing on the ends. I did this in the shower because I got banana bits everywhere. When the hair is fully saturated with the mask, wrap it up in a towel and leave on for up to 30 minutes. Rinse out well with your normal shampoo and an apple cider vinegar rinse if you choose. Style as usual.
You can see my hair a couple of days after applying the mask in this video:
I love using this hair mask once a week. What about you? What is your natural beauty routine?