The weather this time of year can reap havoc on your hair, not to mention the endless taking on and off of endless layers messing up your do as you transition from the outdoors, in. This luscious hair mask is ideal to give your scalp and hair follicles some deep nutrition, keep hair super manageable and shiny and even help it to grow.
1 jar coconut oil
1 bowl of freshly picked nettle leaves (dried will also work.)
2 tablespoons of fresh Aloe Vera
2 tablespoons of Argan oil
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary
This recipe is quite easy to do. Start by melting the Coconut Oil over a warm heat in a pan. Add the Rosemary- (de-sprigged) and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Next wash the Nettles in a colander with a dash of apple cider vinegar to help make it squeaky clean (try not to sting yourself in the process of course.) Once washed, remove the leaves from the stem and add to the pan too. Again leave to simmer for a few minutes on a low heat, stirring ever now and then.
Once ready, sieve the ingredients into a bowl. Be sure to smush (the technical term) as much of Rosemary and Nettle juice out as possible with a spoon.
While the ingredients in the bowl are still warm, take a couple of leaves of Aloe Vera and cut along one side with scissors to open up. Then using a spoon scrape all the Aloe-ey goodness out and also add to the bowl.
Add the Argan oil at this point too. Stir continuously for a few minutes to make sure everything is melted and mixed well.
Add all the mixture to a jar with a tightly sealed lid. I also add a little sprig of Rosemary at this point to help with more infusion, and also because it looks nice. Leave to solidify, preferably by a window where it can soak up the sun.
Because of the fresh ingredients in this mask it will only last about a week or so. But if you wish to swap the Nettles for dried ones and forgo the Aloe, this will last much longer. It would also then make a great gift for someone else who also dreams of long, luscious hair.
I find one jar of this will give me about two full hair masks as I love to cake it on, and my hair is now fairly long (dreams really do come true folks!) Obviously this will differ from person to person though.
To use warm up the jar by popping it on the radiator for a minute or so, or rub between your hands. Then separate your hair into sections and apply a handful to the roots first. Be sure to get really stuck in to the scalp with a good massage all over for a few minutes to really give it a deep nourishing. Then add to the rest of the lengths.
Once fully covered, I tend to wrap in a turban and sleep in it before washing as normal in the morning. You will see, the shininess speaks for itself!