When you're getting prepped for your wedding day, you want your hair to look its best. However, after a summer in the sun, your hair can be a little on the dry side — not the most romantic texture! Coconut oil is a natural ingredient that can do wonders for your hair when applied topically. As beauty expert Wendy Rose Gould of Latest-Hairstyles.com explains, "First, it nourishes the hair shaft to create a vibrant sheen. It also conditions the hair to restore moisture and repair damage. When applied at the scalp, it can help reduce dandruff and soothe sensitive or itchy skin, too."
But before you go applying pure coconut oil to your head, you can DIY a beauty product that is both more beneficial to your hair, and is nicer to use, by adding lavender. "Lavender also has numerous benefits," Wendy adds. "It's no secret that it smells amazing, and many simply use aromatic lavender for its calming effects. Topically, lavender, like coconut oil, is antibacterial and therefore helps with dandruff. It also helps to soften the hair." To bring these two natural ingredients together, Wendy offers the following recipe:
WHAT YOU NEED
STEP 1: PLACE OIL INTO YOUR BOWL
Measure out 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to your bowl. Depending on your hair length, you may want to add more or less oil to the bowl. For medium-to-long hair, two tablespoons should suffice. If your coconut oil has turned to liquid, just measure it out like normal.
STEP 2: ADD LAVENDER
Remove the greens and/or buds from your lavender and place it in the bowl with your coconut oil. If you want to add a little more for fragrance, that's okay. A few pinches is plenty.
STEP 3: INFUSE YOUR OIL WITH LAVENDER
Next, we're going to infuse the lavender into the coconut oil. To do this, create a bain-marie by placing your bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Turn your heat to low-medium and allow the coconut oil to melt down, stirring periodically. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you still want to do this, as the warmth from the water bath will expedite the lavender oil extraction. Keep your bain-marie going for 45 minutes to one hour, then remove from the heat.
STEP 4: COOL AND STRAIN
Allow your infused coconut oil to set for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is slightly warm (not hot). Remove the lavender pieces if desired.
STEP 5: APPLY TO HAIR
Work the oil through your hair, focusing on the ends where hair gets dry. You can also focus on the scalp if you're dealing with itchy, dry skin or dandruff. Let the oil set for 15 to 45 minutes. The longer it sets, the better. Shampoo and style as normal.
STEP 6: REVEL IN SOFTER, PRETTIER HAIR
Enjoy your softer, more luxurious locks as you walk down the aisle to say, "I do!"
More about Wendy: Wendy Rose Gould is a beauty expert who offers tutorials and advice on her website latest-hairstyles.com.