Having hair treatments in a salon was one of my favorite self-care things to do back in the Philippines. Getting pampered every once in a while is nice treat, especially after months of working so hard. Unfortunately, professional hair treatments in New Zealand can get very expensive and has become quite a luxury 😢 So after doing a bit of research, I decided to do a DIY treatment and do a coconut oil hair bun instead.
I first heard about coconut hair masks from Lee from America, but I follow a much shorter process. Aside from being readily available and cheap, coconut oil is known to soften hair and help it grow thicker, faster. It’s also nice to use natural products instead of hair treatments that may be full of chemicals. I do a coconut hair bun once to twice a month, but you can do it weekly if you want to 😊 Below are the steps that I followed:
- Put 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small bowl. This is enough for medium-length to long hair. Warm it in a microwave for 20 seconds if it has already solidified.
- Optional: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil in the coconut oil and mix. Lavender is known to help moisturize the scalp, plus it smells amazing. You can also use other essential oils such as cedar, tea tree, or peppermint oil.
- Spread the coconut oil evenly on your dry hair. You may or may not use it on your scalp as well, as it may not be suitable for some scalp types. Try a small amount first and see if it causes any irritation. I personally apply it directly on my scalp.
- Put your hair in a bun and leave it for at least an hour. If you have more time, you can leave it up to 24 hours.
- When you shower, shampoo and condition as you normally would.
Disclaimer: Coconut oil hair masks are not for everyone. It you have coarse hair, or if you are allergic to coconut oil, then this hair treatment may not be for you. You may opt for other oils such as jojoba or argan oil.