Deep Conditioning Using Natural Oils
When I started using deep conditioners, I noticed a huge difference in the life of my hair. Even after the first time, it started feeling stronger and looking healthier. Before I used castor oil, coconut oil was my primary choice. I would leave it in for around 3-8 hours, before washing it out and try to do this process once every two weeks. At first, I felt like all my hair was falling out. Not literally, but I did notice a huge increase in hair loss. I don't attribute this to the oil itself, but removing it requires a lot of scrubbing, combined with the loads of stress I was feeling at the time (or all the time). I would find myself pulling small clumps out and it was so stressful that I stopped deep conditioning for a while. After some time, I went back to it and noticed much less hair loss, which could be because I've alleviated a ton of stress since then, or because the oil actually did the trick. I've now changed up the routine to once every month because I feel this amount is appropriate for the health of my hair (I would increase this amount if I heat-styled more frequently.)
There are other factors that contribute to the strengthening of my strands, which I will get to at another time, but deep conditioning has definitely been a huge factor. Bringing these natural oils into my life has proven beneficial, both physically and financially.
Using a combination of Vitamin E and fatty acids, castor oil is able to stimulate hair growth. Because of its thick consistency, it needs to be supplemented with a thinner oil, such as coconut, almond or olive oil. Just make sure it is cold pressed, otherwise it may not provide the same benefits.
Coconut oil is great for moisturizing the hair and giving life to weaker strands. Many friends of mine who grew up in Asia tell me how it is typical to incorporate coconut oil in the daily hair care routine, even for kids.
Peppermint essential oil also has a moisturizing effect, like the oils mentioned above. When applied directly to the scalp, it promotes hair growth and can also prevent dandruff.
These are just a few of the many benefits of these oils. After they are mixed, dampen the hair and start from the scalp, working your way down the shaft. It is important to stimulate the scalp by gently massaging it. Don't forget to saturate the strands! Any leftover oil can be added to the scalp or stored for later use. I recommend wrapping your hair, to prevent the oil from getting all over. Once it's left on for a few hours, gently wash the oil out, which may take time. I've often had to wash it more than once, to ensure my hair doesn't look too oily after the treatment.
Here's my preferred recipe:
2 Tbs. Cold Pressed Castor Oil (30 grams)
1 Tbs. Pure Coconut Oil (15 grams)
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
These oils are usually sold at Whole Foods or any local grocery store. They are all reasonably priced and last me a while!
Peppermint Essential Oil