The cat is out of the bag. I have sewn in hair extensions, and they were so worth the money. However, because they were expensive, I want to ensure that I am extending the life of my extensions which turns out to be more complicated than I could have imagined. So whether you have sewn in, tied in, tape, or clip in real hair extensions, this blog post is for you.
A little knowledge before we get started of course. Real hair hair extensions need more TLC than your regular hair. Your real hair is nourished naturally from the oils that are produced from your scalp. Your hair is also nourished from the nutrients that you get from your hair follicles, that are obviously still attached to you, which gives them nourishment based on what you are putting into your body in regards to vitamins and nutrients (see long term hair and skin goals to learn how to nourish your hair from the inside out).
Well, extensions do not get these nutrients, so it is prone to be dry, brittle, and can damage easily especially with the amount of hot tools we put on our hair. What needs to be done is to properly nourish these locks several times per week. That means you need to do a hair mask at least twice per week to ensure the longevity of your hair extensions.
But for me, I generally prefer to know what is in my products that I use, and hair masks contain a lot of what I would call “junk”. All these ingredients that you cannot interpret, they make me nervous about how impactful they really are to my hair, so I try to make my own hair masks to use a few times per week out of natural, organic products. I am happy to share three of my favorite DIY hair recipes. Enjoy!
Coconut oil and aloe deep conditioning mask
This one is fantastic for nourishing your hair and scalp. Even if you do not have extensions, it is great for your natural hair and has benefits for your scalp. Coconut oil is also very hydrating for your hair and scalp, and it also smells really good. For both, you need organic products. Raw organic coconut oil is very easy to find, and I always reach for the one you can also cook with so you can use it outside of just your hair and skin moisturization. You should also find aloe vera that does not have anything like dyes or other additive properties.
To create this wonder, it is so simple. Simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and aloe vera into a bowl. I personally do not melt the coconut oil because once it touches your skin, it will melt very quickly. Once it is all mixed together, use your hands to add the mixture all over your hair and rub it into your scalp. I put my hair into a bun and sit in the bath while reading a book. Typically, I leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse it out then shampoo and condition as usual.
It will leave your hair with a fantastic shine, smell, and wonderfully smooth!
Avocado and tea tree oil
Well, this one is also beneficial for nutrients, but it also helps with prevention. Avocado consumption is great nutrients for your hair as it contains natural biotin, but not enough from a single avocado to make a great impact. I would suggest taking Biotin supplements outside of hair, skin, and nail gummies to ensure you are intaking the appropriate amount of the nutrient.
Avocado can give you prevention of damage benefits when put on the hair. It contains nutrients such as potassium and magnesium that can prevent breakage of the hair. Oddly enough, it creates a kind of natural seal on your hair that prevents the hair from getting too damaged. Tea tree oil is greatly beneficial for your scalp; much like aloe vera. It helps soothe your skin and reduce irritation. The natural oils also help with shine and vibrance. Again, regardless of whether your hair is natural or an extension, it is beneficial all around.
For this mixture, you need to use it right away after creating it as avocado goes bad very quickly once it touches oxygen. Take a whole avocado and mash it into a fine paste. Then add in about 4 drops or so of tea tree oil. Mix it together and thoroughly apply it all over your hair and scalp. I usually will put this on and then get in the shower about 20 minutes after it has set. Shampoo and condition as usual once you wash out the mixture.
Coconut oil and honey re-energizer
Honey is like a miracle remedy for so many things, and not just your hair, but today we are talking about its benefits to your hair and scalp. Honey re-energizes your hair by restoring its ability to absorb water so your hair is more moisturized, and it also re-energizes the shine back into your hair. Coconut oil is again great for your hair, and primarily for your scalp. Interestingly enough, coconut oil can naturally prevent the loss of hair.
For this mixture, it is fairly sticky because of the honey. I do recommend that you use about ¼ cup coconut oil and about 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix this together thoroughly, and for this one, warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then mix it together again. This will make the honey easier to handle. Coat your hair and scalp in this mixture and leave it in for about 20 minutes. Wash and condition your hair normally after rinsing the mixture out. It will leave your hair re-energized and vibrant.
These are all natural and effective ways to bring health, vibrance, and moisture back into your natural hair or your extensions. All of them also have fabulous benefits for your scalp which include moisture, repair, shine, and the best of all, they all reduce the itch and production of dandruff naturally. Enjoy Dolls!