Battering hair is one subject where I truly excel. I haven’t seen my natural hair colour since I was 12; my teen years were spent rocking the colour spectrum with everything from white to pink to black (and back again). Now that I am an actual real live grown up it’s mostly just blonde, but I can never make my mind up whether highlights or a full head block colour is the way forward. I also sport a natural wave which makes me look like I’ve stuck my finger in a light socket if I don’t do anything with it, so I hammer it with GHD’s daily. This campaign of abuse has naturally taken its toll on my once ultra thick hair and it can now only be described as well and truly destroyed.
Over the years I’ve spent an obscene money on various high-end conditioners to combat this (for the record, I think Kerastase is the best). There’s some fabulous products out there, but it can be a really expensive game, so I started researching and began to make my own.
There are loads of great DIY hair recipes out there, and I’ve pretty much experimented with them all. One day I will write a post for all my favourites, but for now I just want to share what I consider to be the very best DIY treatment for the most truly savaged of hair. You’ll want to bear in mind that this is pretty heavy, so I’d only recommend it for thick haired gals in need of some serious hair respite.
COCONUT AVOCADO HAIR RESCUE
- 1 egg yolk (this adds protein to the hair to help with breakage)
- 2 tablespoons cold pressed organic Coconut Oil (don’t be tight about it, if it isn’t the cold pressed stuff it’s not going to have all the lovely goodness that makes coconut oil such a brilliant beauty product. Even Aldi sell it these days!)
- 1 tablespoon cold pressed organic Avocado Oil (this stuff is incredible and you all need to go out and buy it immediately. I use it as a serum, a full body moisturiser and even mix it into my everyday conditioners. It’s full of amazing anti ageing stuff, and is great for your hair. Try cooking with it too! Waitrose sell it, and I’ve seen it in Sainsburys recently too. Failing that, there’s always Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
You’ll also need a clean container to store it in (it can keep in the fridge for around a week), some cling film, and an old towel.
There’s no big method to this really, just mix it all together. If you heat the Coconut Oil very gently (not too much! it’ll lose its fabulousness!) it will melt enough for you to mix it by hand, but I usually just do it all with a hand blender so it’s a thicker cream and easier to apply.
Shampoo your hair with hot water; towel dry it really well, apply the conditioner and wrap your hair in cling film. Leave it for at least 45 minutes, longer if you can be bothered. I like to wrap the towel over my head and blow dry it for a bit of heat to help it penetrate. The caveat here is that as the conditioner heats, the oil melts and it can be more than a little messy. This is a pain, but so worth it for the end result.
Shampoo twice to get the oil out, and condition as normal. I promise it will be worth the faff!