Introduction: Combat Dry Hair!
Alright, it's officially hot weather season. How many of you are planning on doing any of the following:
Swim in the pool?
Swim in the ocean?
Bake in the sun?
Maybe try smokey silver or vivid purple hair?
If you answered yes to any of the above you MUST read on! Even if you have an inkling or just aren't sure, read on!
Let's face it people, hair will make us or break us. No matter how cool the hair color is or how beachy the curls look, we all know, if the hair is healthy, shiny and beautiful on top of that style, the glamour and style points go up and we all know you're rockin' it, and not killin' it...literally.
Dry hair: the "What" and "Why". To generalize, there are two categories for why hair can be dry - genetics and the environment. Genetics can play a huge role in whether or not one has dry hair. Typically, the curlier the hair is, the drier it is. I'm sure all you curly folks out there know exactly what I'm talking about. The best way to combat this if you're in this boat is to use a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner on a daily basis as well as a conditioning treatment once a week. Environmental dry hair is what you do to your hair on a daily basis that dries it out. I'm talking about if you use thermal tools every day, chemical processes (perms, color, blonding), swimming in pools, going in out and out of the salty ocean on a nice hot summer day. I know, I just listed a bunch of fun things that we all have done or are considering. I'm definitely not trying to deter anyone from having the time of their lives or discourage from trying out different styles. If that's what you want to do I say - go for it!
I'm pretty sure every single salon you walk in to will have some sort of conditioning hair treatment. Sometimes it can be hard to go into the salon and spend money on yourself especially if you just spent all your cash on next year's Coachella tickets. Yes, we all have priorities, BUT that doesn't mean our hair should suffer just because our wallets are!
There are a tons of really great products out there on the market that deliver amazing results at all sorts of price points. There are some great professional products such as Paul Mitchell's Super Charged Moisturizer which is only sold in salons. Not to mention a ton of products sold at drugstores. Shop around and see what you like.
My focus today is on a DIY hair treatment that's so easy and versatile that you'll want to do it all the time. The oil and honey hair mask. Let's begin!
Step 1: Things You'll Need
1. 1 TBS Avocado Oil / Avocado: I like to buy avocado oil in a bottle because where I live, avocados are expensive and don't grow well. In other words, if you grow avocados in your garden, I'm envious of you. This can be easily substituted for coconut oil or olive oil.
2. 1 TBS Honey: any old honey will do, but I prefer to use organic.
3. Shower cap
4. Hair clips
5. Wide Tooth Comb
Step 2: Wash Hair
Hair should be cleansed before the treatment. Depending on your hobbies you may need to clarify your hair. What I mean by this is if for example you swim a lot or use a lot of hair product, you'll have a lot of build up on your hair. A clarifying shampoo will easily take care of that for you so the treatment can penetrate the hair shaft.
No need to use conditioner yet. Just shampoo and towel dry your hair. Make sure it's not sopping wet.
If you're a swimmer or need an extra boost of clarifying, try Paul Mitchell's Shampoo Three.
Step 3: Apply Treatment
Mix up your oil and honey until well blended and start applying to your hair starting at the ends and working your way up the strand. The ends of your hair have been on your head the longest, so they will require the most attention. I would say that in general you don't need to bring the concoction all the way up to the roots, so ending in the mid-shaft or high-mid-shaft would be a good stopping point.
A little goes a long way, so no need to over saturate the hair with this. If you have leftovers, that's ok - there's a plan for it!
Step 4: Wrap It Up!
At this point, we're going to help the product penetrate the hair.
Using a hair clip, clip up the hair so it's nicely rolled up on your head. Put on the shower cap and wrap your head in a towel. Because it's 90 degrees out, our body heat will create heat and the towel/shower cap duo will insulate!
Step 5: Waiting Period
Now it's time to wait. I like to keep this on for as long as I can stand, but at minimum, keep it on for 15-20 minutes.
At this point to distract myself from looking at the clock, if I have leftover product, I like to add in some granulated sugar to make a sugar scrub and give my hands or feet some love. To learn how to do this, please visit my previous instructable: How to Soften Your Hands.
But really, if you feel like staring at the clock, tv or computer, go ahead and save the product for next time. This is another reason why I love to use avocado oil instead of an actual avocado - it keeps so much longer!
Step 6: Final Wash and Finish!
After your time is up, it's time to wash out the treatment. A light shampoo may be necessary to get it all out. I must stress that we aren't looking for a 5 minute scrubbing. Literally lather it up, rinse, seal it in with conditioner and rinse again.
Now that our hair is nicely moisturized and feeling fantastically silky smooth, it's time to talk about prevention and styling. At this point, style your hair as your heart desires but you must must MUST use a heat protectant. Heat Seal from Paul Mitchell is an excellent product for this. Quickly mist your hair with Heat Seal or a similar product and begin blow drying. If you're thinking of using a thermal styling tool, a thermal heat protectant such as Hot Off the Press (also from Paul Mitchell) will literally be your saving grace.
I hope you've found this instructable fun and worth trying! Do this once a week with maybe a visit to your favorite salon once in a while this summer and you'll look fantastic all summer long!