I’m all about non-toxic beauty. I use nothing but oils on my skin, and when buying shampoo’s and other beauty products I try to buy products that are as clean as possible. Toxins and chemicals in beauty products can penetrate the skin. Studies have demonstrated that they can end up in our system, affecting us as much as the toxins in our food do.
Making your own hair treatment is an easy, cheap and clean way to add nutrients, moisture and antioxidants to your hair.
For this DIY hair mask I mixed:
- 1 tbs of coconut oil
- 1 tbs of olive oil
- 1 tbs of castor oil (Find here)
- 15 drops of tea tree oil (Find here)
These oils have AMAZING properties that benefit the hair and scalp. Apply it on the scalp (I use cotton balls to apply), then cover with a plastic hat and leave for at least an hour.
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids that strengthen hair, condition the scalp, and help to regrow hair.
A study comparing mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil concluded:
“The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair.”
Remember, keratin treatments try to replenish the hair with protein, and it is this, what makes the hair shaft look healthy and shiny. Our hair loses its naturally produced proteins with so many dying, ironing and other procedures we do to it. Coconut is the only oil which prevents this loss.
Coconut oil can penetrate the hair much easier than other oils, making it the best at moisturizing.
We all know how healthy olive oil is. It has loads of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant. These remove harmful free radicals from the surface of your hair and scalp. Free radicals contribute to premature aging, so protecting the hair follicle with antioxidants may help with hair loss.
Speaking from experience, because I didn’t find much studies on olive oil and hair. Olive oil, compared to coconut oil which I use more frequently, makes my hair feel more thicker and stronger. I can’t say specifically why, but after using olive oil I can feel a huge difference. It just feels more full.
Castor oil is the one best known for hair growth. In fact, it can be used in your eyebrows as well. A large percentage of castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid, an essential amino acid. It’s an Omega-9 fatty acid that penetrates the pores of the scalp and hair follicles. This amino acid is believed to enable the hair follicles to restore normal hair growth.
Tea tree oil
Another oil that I ALWAYS use is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an incredibly powerful antibacterial and antifungal oil. I suffer from rashes and eczema and tea tree oil has helped tremendously. I rarely get any rashes anymore (well, good nutrition has helped too). It’s also very effective with itchiness and dandruff, due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Dandruff and any type of scalp infection can retard hair growth, so treating this problem first, can improve hair growth as well.
A 2002 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that when a group of male and female participants used a shampoo with a 5% concentration of tea tree oil over a four-week period, nearly half experienced a significant decline in dandruff. Just 11% of participants in another group treated with a placebo, reported improvement.
Another thing that tea tree oil does, it helps with excessive oil production, which can cause blockage of the hair follicle and prevent hair growth. When you resolve the excess oil production of the scalp, the hair will grow more prominently.
Remember, tea tree oil work effectively in skin as well. It’s great for eczema, psoriasis, fungus, lice and even athletes foot.