DIY Nourishing Hair Mask and Oil For Long Hair
Your long summer hair needs love. Try our DIY Nourishing Hair Mask and Stimulating Scalp Oil to maintain and grow your hair even longer. Trust us, babe.
It's been awhile now that I've been growing my hair out after a disastrous bob cut four years ago. I realized with that cut, thanks to my super wavy hair, that a bob looks terrible on me unless I want to straighten and style my hair every day. I'm more of a air dry/beachy waves kinda girl. However definitely I’m not too lazy to use this DIY hair mask and oil to grow my hair longer. The goal always being longer mermaid hair.
The main reason I got my hair chopped off was my long hair was fried at the time. Some of you that have been following me for years now might remember me blaming my extremely dry ends on the heat during hot yoga. I don't know for sure what the culprit was, but after chopping it off, I've finally been able to grow it long again thanks to some easy natural tactics. I've got my beachy waves back and now I'm working on mermaid hair, yay.
Tips and Tactics for Growing Your Hair Long
How was I able to do it?
First off, the key to healthy hair is treating it with the same consistency as your skin. I take care of my skin every day. Wash it honey, scrub it smooth with my homemade Bare Babe Facial Scrub and nurture it with homemade oil blends. However, back in the day I wasn’t taking the same time and consideration with my hair. After my hair completely went dry as I mentioned above, I began to seriously use a DIY hair mask and oil (more about that below) on a regular basis.
But there are some other essential tactics as well.
Never, ever let salty sweat dry in your hair.
I always wash my hair as soon as I get out of hot yoga now. I'm pretty sure the salt and heat from yoga fried my hair because I didn't wash it as soon as I got out of class. So very hippie of me at the time, right?
I stopped using a regular conditioner.
Second, I know it sounds counterintuitive, but I stopped using conditioner in my hair every time I wash it as well. Instead I'll do a deep conditioner every once in awhile (like the recipe we'll be sharing below) before washing my hair (known as reverse hair washing). And I will apply just a teeny-tiny bit of argan oil to my ends after washing as a leave in conditioner. That's it.
I've heard rumors that over conditioning can actually make your hair drier. I don't know if there is any truth to this. All I can tell you is that my hair is now the longest it's ever been after doing these things.
I also stopped getting my hair cut regularly.
My hair grows really slow. I don't get any traction with growing my hair long when I get regular cuts. So after about a year and half of not cutting my hair at all, I finally trimmed my own hair.
For the longest time I just assumed that I would end up going to get my hair professionally cut like I always have. But I kept putting it off. The thing is they always end up cutting more off than I want. No fault of theirs by any means. I got a bit scissor happy when I cut my own hair, seeing all those dead ends.
But, if you want to grow your hair long and it grows slow, you need to cut off the least amount possible. I don't recommend going a full year and half without cutting your hair because it will start to thin out on the ends. When I did finally give it a trim, it did get some life back.
However, if you are up for the challenge of trimming your own hair, I would do it once your ends start looking just a tiny bit ragged. Let it grow for as long as possible, babe. Then trim as least as possible. Check out youtube for videos on how to trim your own hair. There are a ton! I mostly went off of this video by Sheetal.
What about DIY Shampoo?
I get asked all the time if I have any good DIY recipes for a homemade shampoo. If you’re new to Salt & Ritual, you may want to check out these two articles that I wrote about my experience going “no poo” for a month and how it turned out.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me.
That’s not to say it can’t work for you. I currently live in San Diego and the water down here is really bad. It’s “hard” water and has a really high mineral content. Which means it really weighs down your hair when you rinse.
That coupled with the fact that I have fine hair with an already oily scalp is not a good combo for going “no poo”. I’ve tried different vinegar rinses to no avail.
Here’s the thing. I love DIY beauty and try to do whatever recipes I can at home. But I also love having clean hair! Trust me, if I could find a homemade shampoo that works under the conditions I have, I would totally do it. It just has to work for hard water, an oily scalp and fine hair.
If you have any recipe recommendations, I’d love to hear them.
Now for you. You may live in a place with soft water that leaves your hair totally soft after you wash it. Lucky you! I would say you would have a good chance that a DIY shampoo recipe could work for you. Unfortunately I can’t recommend any, because I haven’t found a good one that has worked for me and I only recommend recipes that I’ve tried and use. I would recommend going on Pinterest to get some ideas if you haven’t already.
Stimulating Your Scalp with Oil for Longer Hair + Reverse Shampooing
In this article we’re going to go over recipes for two different tactics to grow and nourish your hair. Basically, how to stimulate your scalp for hair growth and deep conditioning your hair with a nourishing hair mask to maintain its length.
Using an Essential Oil Blend for Longer Hair
There are a lot of claims that rosemary essential oil does wonders for hair by not only stimulating hair growth, but also thickening hair, reducing gray hairs and hair loss. Its main benefit for hair is its ability to increase cellular metabolism to stimulate hair growth. This is a very potent oil. A little goes a long way. Besides any hair care benefits, this is an all around great essential oil to have on hand to reducing flu and viral infections as well.
If you’re a regular reader of Salt & Ritual, you’ve probably noticed that we use a lot of lavender essential oil. It’s one of the most versatile essential oils out there for skincare and also hair care. Not just because of it’s lovely sleepy scent, but also because of its healing abilities. Lavender is known to increase hair growth, prevent any bacterial or fungal scalp infections and reduce stress (a plus for healing or stimulating your skin and hair).
Peppermint essential oil is ideal for stimulating circulation. If you’ve ever used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap, you know what we’re talking about! That’s why we’re adding it to our Stimulating Scalp Oil recipe. Plus because of it’s antiseptic properties, it’s known for reducing oily scalps. This is something I plan on looking into further since I’ve always suffered from an oily scalp. Oh, how I envy those who only have to wash their hair a couple of times a week.
Which carrier oil is best?
Since we don’t want a heavy carrier oil applied to the scalp, we’re going to go with jojoba oil. This oil is ideal since it easily absorbs into skin without leaving an oily residue.
Massage for Hair Growth
One of the keys to hair growth (besides a good diet and healthy lifestyle) is stimulating your scalp. When you get a scalp massage, you can almost feel your hair growing, right? It’s like after you shave your legs in the shower and it seems like they’ve already grown back a bit from the cold air before you even leave the shower. Super frustrating when you’re shaving your legs, but great for hair growth on your head.
The trick is to massage your head on a daily basis. Just a quick massage in the morning will do the trick. You can also do this through the day (without the oil). Using this blended oil in the morning acts as an additional stimulation for your scalp. The combo of the massage and oil is ideal.
I like do use this oil in the morning before washing my hair or on the days that I’m not washing my hair, I just put my hair up in a bun.
How to Make the Stimulating Scalp Oil for Longer Hair
- 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 1 oz of jojoba carrier oil
Fill a 1 oz glass dropper bottle with jojoba oil and essential oils, secure top and roll between hands to mix.
On a daily basis for two weeks, apply a couple drops of this Stimulating Scalp Oil to your scalp in the morning before washing. Turn your head upside down and give yourself a good head massage with a 3-5 drops of the oil. Use for two weeks, then take two weeks off between using.
We’re only using a dilution of 1% for this oil, but since the very potent rosemary and peppermint essential oils are being applied directly to our scalp, it’s best to give our body a little break for safety reasons. In the off weeks, continue to massage your scalp on a daily basis for hair growth.
Note: I always sterilize my DIY beauty containers first by placing them in boiling water for about five minutes and then letting them air dry and cool down before using them.
How to Maintain Long Hair and Keep it Nourished
Growing your hair is only half the battle when it comes to getting your hair to a pretty mermaid length. Maintaining the length is key.
After about two and half years of not getting any color put on my hair, I decided to get highlights just last week. Mainly because there a couple of grays popping up here and there. Ugh I guess at age 37, I shouldn’t be surprised, right? But a babe's gotta do what babe's gotta do. And since they really stood out because of my naturally dark hair so I decided to splurge and get some highlights.
My hairstylist (love her by the way, Shannon at The Parlour 101 in Encinitas) asked me what I use for conditioner. I laughed and sheepishly told her I don’t use conditioner. That I only apply a tiny bit argan oil to my ends after washing my hair and do a deep conditioning treatment every once in a while. She said now that I have these highlights, my hair will be a little drier so I should consider using a conditioner.
So I’m a bit torn. I really love the idea of reverse shampooing (conditioning first, then shampooing). Once a week using a homemade deep conditioning treatment and then just using argan oil as a leave in conditioner (instead of a regular conditioner). My hair has literally never felt better since I stopped using conditioner every time I wash it (and that’s even with my highlights I got over two years ago).
My plan is to continue doing this method and see how it works. This Nourishing Hair Mask is an even more naturally luxurious alternative to our super simple, yet super effective, Avocado and Coconut Hydrating Hair Mask. The main difference is that I’ve decided to use avocado oil instead of an avocado itself. Plus we’re adding a couple of other ingredients.
How to Make the Nourishing Hair Mask
- 1 teaspoon of avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon of argan oil
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- Mix ingredients in a bowl until it has a creamy consistency.
- Dampen hair slightly and then apply hair mask to your ends or any dry parts of your hair (best to skip applying to your scalp, unless you suffer from a dry scalp).
- Leave on for 20 minutes up to 1 hour.
- Wash out with shampoo twice to avoid having oily ends (this will depend on how fine your hair is and if your ends are extremely dry).
Use once 1 to 2 times a week.
Recap on Why These Tactics May Help Your Hair Grow Longer
Here at Salt & Ritual, we’re big believers in keeping things as simple as possible, while still being effective. Honestly, I’ve gotten the best results in my skin when I stopped making things so complicated and just blended a handful of simple ingredients. I’ve noticed the same thing with my hair.
So to wrap things up, if you want to grow your hair longer and keep it long, this is what I’ve found works for me.
How to Grow and Maintain Long Hair
- The simpler the better. I use John Masters shampoo (I tend to switch out their different shampoos) to wash my hair. For the last year and half I have not used a regular conditioner after shampooing. Just argan oil on the ends as a leave on conditioner. Now that I have quite a bit of highlights, I’m going to see if this tactic still works well.
- Since I’ve started growing my hair out again, I don’t get regular cuts. I tried trimming my own hair recently and it worked pretty good. My tactic is to let it grow until it gets a bit ragged, and then trim just a tiny bit off. There’s no time frame for this, I just keep an eye on my hair.
- Doing regular scalp massages with my Stimulating Scalp Oil for Longer Hair. Use this for two weeks and then go two weeks with a dry massage, then back to the oil.
- Lastly, doing regular deep conditionings (on a weekly basis) and then a reverse shampoo. You can try the recipe in this article, the DIY Nourishing Hair Mask, or my other recipe, Avocado and Coconut Hydrating Hair Mask.
Bottom line babe? Keep your scalp stimulated and your hair nourished for the best chances of growing your hair out in long mermaid waves.
Kate – Founder of Salt & Ritual
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