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Stop Everything and Make this DIY Hair Mask

It's debatably embarrassing how much time I spend thinking of ways to make my hair grow quicker. I went through a brief 12 hours of wanting to cut my hair back into a bob last week, but now we're back in action. 

For some reason, watching Cameron Diaz in "The Holiday" really makes me want to chop my hair and go blonder.

While I love my go-to deep conditioners, sometimes it's nice to use things that I have in my pantry. In the past, I've used coconut oil and castor oil in my hair for a little overnight replenishment, but up until now I haven't been too adventurous with my DIY hair masks. 

I've played around, and I think I found the perfect recipe for a nutrient restoring, moisturizing, hair growth stimulating hair mask. You can leave it in for one hour or overnight (I tend to do overnight), and it's so easy to make.

The recipe includes:

2 tbsp Castor Oil
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Honey
1 Egg

All the ingredients individually are great for hair repair, but all mixed together are some type of holy grail for healthy hair. I still have around four to five inches left of my hair to grow (I say this like I can actively make my hair grow), so any little extra health that I can add to my strands is ideal. 

So, here's a rundown of the ingredients and their superpowers benefits.

Castor Oil is known for being the "hair growth oil." It improves circulation in you scalp, which in turn improves your scalp health and reduces hair loss. Castor oil provides a protective coat around the hair shaft which increases shine and moisture, as well as reduces breakage. Lastly, it's rich in fatty acids to make hair appear thicker.

Coconut Oil is something I've written about in the past, but in a nutshell it's one of the only oils that can penetrate the hair shaft to improve the internal condition of hair.

Eggs are great for providing protein to your strands, which increases shine and reduces breakage. They're full of fatty acids, vitamin A, E, D, B, and Biotin. Lord.

Honey was a surprise for me, since I've never actually used honey in a hair mask before. It actually has a lot of benefits, including its ability to strengthen hair and seal in moisture. Honey has antioxidant properties that reduce damage, and it also cleans hair follicles to reduce scalp buildup. Healthy scalp = healthy, longer, stronger hair.

Olive Oil is the last ingredient in this hair mask recipe, but it's definitely not the least. It is a natural conditioner, with vitamins A, E and antioxidants. Olive oil helps protect the keratin in your hair and seals in moisture, as well as removes scalp buildup (like honey).

Making the mask isn't very hard. Basically, pour two tablespoons of castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and honey into a bowl and mix in one egg. If your hair is shorter, only use one tablespoon. I've found that I really need just one and half tablespoons since I have a grown out lob.

Play around, figure out what amount is right for you.

After it's completely mixed, scoop the mask onto your hair and massage in. Your hair should be completely drenched.

Sidenote: it smells so good. With the coconut oil and honey, it literally smells like dessert. Huge plus.

Like I said before, you can leave it on as long as you like. but I tend to put this in before I go to bed and wake up and rinse it out.

May y'alls hair be long and healthy. Have a great week!

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