You can mix and match your own blends to get just the right amount of hydration, silkiness and fortification for dry, damaged and stressed-out hair from the five oils I share below.
Getting The Kids Involved Is A Great Idea
One of the great things about being a kid, is the propensity to learn—and every place is a classroom. The same is true, even if you are all grown up (with or without children); learning new ways of doing things keeps your mind agile and life just a bit more exciting.
DIY hair treatments are a great opportunity to open a discussion with your children about bath products—why we use them and where they come from.
Talk with them about healthy bodies and how healthy bodies need to be maintained with healthy eating and clean products.
Examine the different types of ingredients would be in your ideal hair treatment—then make it a fun, family affair by concocting your own blend.
Now, get them (or you and a friend) excited to start mixing!
How to make a hair treatment with natural oils
First, you’ll need a container to keep it in—I still get excited about eyedropper bottles—but anything that gives you some amount of control over the distribution of the final product will pretty much work.
Here are a few ingredients to get you started — right now, we’ll talk about bases, read the follow up article Scent-sational DIY Essential Oil Hair Treatments where I give you the lowdown on essential oils to add extra benefits to your hair treatment.
Even without the essential oils, there are plenty of bases to mix and match, or you can savor just one at a time!
5 DIY Natural Hair Treatment Oil Bases That Nourish Dry Hair
* Avocado Oil: Plump with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, D and E, l’huile d’avocat comes fully-loaded and ready to fatten up your hair.
* Almond Oil: Packed with protein and sweet-smelling like the spring breeze, almond oil will caress your locks into a silky sheen.
* Coconut Oil: Happy with a variety of EFAs (essential fatty acids), polyphenols, chlorides, iron and vitamins E and K, coconut oil heals, soothes inflammation and repairs tired hair. Fijians even used to make brushes from coconut husks. This plant is working over-time for your hair!
* Jojoba Oil: Jojoba mimics the body’s natural sebum, is light weight, absorbs quickly, and helps regulate oil production.
* Olive Oil: Omega-3, Omega-6, oleic and linoleic fatty acids and loads of vitamin E soak into hair and coat it like the golden serum it is. Along with coconut, olive oil is one of the heavier, richer oils.
Next, with your child (or a friend), take turns massaging about a spoonful of any of the oils listed above into each other’s hair and scalp, adding more according to your hair’s needs and your personal preference.
Finally, wrap your heads in warm towels, let the oils work their magic for about 20 minutes and enjoy silkier hair!
Final Rinse Suggestion
* Chamomile Tea: Noted for its anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile can soothe in a rinse—but not if you’re allergic to its cousin, ragweed.[You could also try Kristen’s Rosemary Clarifying Hair Rinse.]
Did you have fun trying any of these in your house, or are you excited to try a new oil in your hair? We’d love to know the results! So leave a comment below to tell us.
These should all be safe for children and pregnant and nursing women in small amounts, but always speak to your practitioner before taking anything out of the ordinary when you are pregnant or nursing or if you have heart problems. Avoid any allergens and stop using anything that causes irritation. Please refer to the Green Beauty Team disclaimer.
This article was originally Published on: March 16, 2011 and was updated April 27, 2016. Graphic design by Emily Blue.