The very first beauty DIY I remember doing was a hair mask in 6th grade. After enthusiastically slathering a rather slimy combo of mayo and egg all over my head, I spent a week washing the grease out of my hair.
Hair masks have made me nervous ever since. I’m pretty adventurous with cutting and coloring my hair, but covering my head in oil, banana or even avocado is a whole other story. My hair might feel great, but I’ll for sure be the person shampooing out bits of banana for days.
Enter the hair serum. Your hair can soak in the rich, nourishing oils, and you’ll be able to control where it goes. If your hair is long, thick or coarse and can handle oil on the roots, go for it. For short, fine hair like mine, a drop or two on the ends might be all you need to add moisture and tame fly-aways.
Here’s what you need to make it:
Jojoba oil is not a true oil. It’s actually a liquid plant wax with a structure similar to the sebum our scalp produces. Because the nourishing oil won’t clog hair follicles, jojoba is an excellent conditioner for dry hair and is said to stimulate hair growth.
Argan oil is a ‘dry’ oil, meaning that it’s light and absorbs quickly. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E, argan oil conditions and moisturizes dry or damaged hair.
Rosemary essential oil is an invigorating oil that can stimulate hair growth and help treat dandruff when massaged into the scalp.
Lavender essential oil helps combat oily hair and dandruff. Used in a weekly scalp massage, lavender can also improve hair growth.
A little oil goes a long way so use a bottle with a dropper cap to make dispensing easy. Put a couple drops onto your palm and then use your fingers to apply the oil to the ends of the hair. You can smooth the oil to about halfway up the length of your hair, but avoid the roots unless your hair is super dry.
Once a week you can use a couple of drops of oil to give yourself a scalp massage. This feels heavenly. I do this at night so my hair can soak in the benefits overnight and then wash it out in the morning. If you have a really hard time getting the oils out of your hair, combine a bit of gentle dish soap with shampoo in your hand to cut the grease.
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 6 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon argan oil
- 1 ounce bottle with dropper
- Use a funnel to pour oils and essential oils into glass bottle with dropper top. Replace the lid and shake gently to combine the oils.
- To apply, put a couple of drops onto your palm and use your fingertips to smooth the oil from the middle to ends of wet or dry hair.
- You can also use the oil to give yourself a weekly scalp massage. Rub a few drops between your fingertips and massage into the roots of your hair. Leave on overnight if you have dry hair.
Thank you to HG’s new social media manager Jessica To’oto’o for being today’s hair model!