This week for Makeup Wars, we’ve decided to show case our favorite masks. And while usually that means face masks, I’m feeling a bit tapped out on face masks this week. Truly, I think I’ve discussed them a bit much lately (I’m sure I’ll be over this sentiment next week).
So, here are a few of my favorites:
First Aid Beauty Instant Oatmeal Mask: Super soothing and hydrating
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Mud Mask: Pulls stuff out of your pores like other masks, but is gentle on your skin
Gelatin Face Mask: Yes, you can pore strip your entire face for when you really want to clean out those pores!
I thought I’d share something that I’ve been trying to find the way to write up for about… 9 or 10 months now. Really.
Surely you’ve seen the Pinterest Coconut Oil Hair Mask pins? The ones where girls have their amazingly long and healthy hair and claim that a little coconut oil cured their damaged areas, let their hair grow a few inches overnight and smelled like an Almond Joy? Yeah, me too.
I could not stop repinning the coconut oil hair pins over and over and over last summer. Especially after I fried my hair and damaged it so badly it felt like a brillo pad. I was pretty desperate. But, my husband hates coconut, and given how often he has to put up with nail polish fumes I was not going to make him suffer through coconut oil treatments too.
Luckily, I was going out of town for work, so I decided to take advantage of some alone time in a hotel room. Yes, I packed a bag full of beauty treatments, and each night was masking away!
To do a coconut oil hair mask, there are a few things you will need. Obviously, coconut oil. I bought a jar of it from Whole Foods, and inside it was a milky-white transparent goo. I’ve seen pictures of coconut oil as an opaque white waxy substance that is most definitely solid, so this is likely related to the low melting point. I took that really blurry cell phone picture in my (air conditioned) hotel room.
Taking a handful of coconut oil, you simply slather it through your hair. I started at mid-shaft and worked my way down at first, but then since I was targeting damage that started about an inch from my roots in some areas, I went back up and covered those areas as well. I stayed away from my roots since I was concerned the oil with weigh my hair down and I’d have no volume left! I used enough coconut oil to cover my hair, each treatment took about 1/4 of the very big jar. I then combed it through with a long tooth comb and twisted my hair up and secured it with the clip. I covered my hair with the shower cap and then blasted it with a warm blow dryer for a few minutes to heat everything up. To hold the heat in, I twisted a towel around my head.
Once you have the towel in place, it is really up to you how long to leave it on. I read varying times from 30 minutes to overnight. Really?? I had no desire to leave the oily mess on my head while trying to sleep, so I left it on about 2-3 hours, I did 3 treatments total (every other night, I was out of town for 5 days). I then showered and washed my hair before going to sleep. I had to wash 2-3 times each night to ensure that all of the oil was out of my hair.
Did it work? Well…. not so much. It was kind of messy and I did have less volume in my hair for a little while. It helped a bit with the fried hair, but no where near as much as these conditioners, and then later on I discovered DermOrganic’s Hair Masque and the new L’Oreal hair mask, both of which made a huge difference in the damaged areas of my hair in a much shorter period of time.
Did I do something wrong? I wonder if the coconut oil was better for healthier hair, and wouldn’t really work for the damaged areas that I was trying to treat. Have you tried coconut oil on your hair? Did it work?