We have all heard of how awesome coconut oil is for... well, everything, including our hair. But there’s even more to love about the humble coconut. Coconut milk is rich in potassium, iron, and natural fats. These are essential nutrients for hair growth. The largest natural fat in coconut milk is called lauric acid, and this is a natural antiseptic that can treat dandruff and scalp issues when applied to our hair. Coconut milk is also a natural conditioner, leaving your hair soft and manageable.
A great way to get these nutrients into your hair is by making a coconut milk mask. There are several natural thickening agents you can use for easier application and to boost the effects. Some staples in my DIY beauty arsenal include bentonite clay, avocado, and yogurt. Each of these have some amazing hair-care properties on their own, so you can supercharge your mask by mixing them based on your needs. Bentonite clay cleanses your hair, avocado has healthy fats for moisture, and yogurt strengthens your strands. You can get really creative with this, adding your favorite oils and essential oils! That’s part of the beauty of homemade hair care, you tailor it to your needs, and you know exactly what’s in it.
The fun thing about this hair mask/deep conditioner recipe, is that you don’t have to measure anything. You’ll want to end up with enough of the mask to cover your hair, depending on length. You just mix coconut milk with a thickener, add a little oil, maybe some scents, and mix it to your desired consistency. Feel free to warm up your ingredients for an even more soothing experience. Once your hair mask is mixed, apply it to freshly washed hair, massaging it into your strands. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes or up to an hour, then rinse. Enjoy your silky, soft hair!
There are a few other ways you can add coconut milk to your hair care routine. If I find that a shampoo strips my hair of too much moisture, I’ll take another container, fill it with the shampoo and coconut milk, about 50/50. This helps add moisture back into my hair while cleansing at the same time. You can even use coconut milk as a leave-in conditioner! Pour a little bit into your hands, apply to your hair, then style. This gives your hair volume and moisture without leaving it greasy.
I hope you give coconut milk a chance in your hair care routine! Let me know the results. -N