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February 01, 2020 3 min read

So, you want your hair to grow to ultimate lengths. And you think you’re doing all the right things, but you’re not quite happy with the amount of growth you’ve achieved, thus far. Maybe you suffer from your scalp being extra sensitive when you go to detangle your hair. Or you are annoyed by those single strand knots that seem to appear out of nowhere. Maybe you even suffer from brittle ends that seem impossible to moisturize. Whatever issues you may be experiencing, here is a hair retention moisturizing mask DIY recipe that will nourish your hair strands from, root to tip!

Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash - long natural hair

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of mango or shea butter
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Jamaican black castor oil or castor oil
  • 2 teaspoons MSM powder
  • 3-4 drops of an essential oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Emulsion Blender
  • Whisk, spoon, or fork

First start by taking a medium size mixing bowl and adding a quarter cup of mango or Shea butter. You want to mount the mango or Shea butter by either slowly microwaving into the butter melts but does not boil or by melting the butter using the double boiler method. Once you have your butter melted, you will need to add a quarter cup of extra-virgin coconut oil, as well as a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil. You will then want to add a tablespoon of either Jamaican black castor oil or regular castor oil to your bowl, and 2 teaspoons of MSM powder. Mix the ingredients in the bowl for 20 seconds, and then put aside to begin to cool. You can also place the mixture in the refrigerator for 20-30 mins to help speed up the cooling process. 

After 20-30 minutes, add 3-4 drops of an essential oil to the mixture. Some of my favorites are cedarwood, rosemary, and peppermint oil, as they all help to stimulate hair growth and also make the scalp feel so refreshed by promoting blood circulation. In a study published by JAMADermatology, cedarwood, rosemary, lavendar, and thyme essential oils were suggested to help with alopecia and hair thinning, slowing down hair loss, and promoting hair growth.

Take your emulsion blender, and slowly start to blend the oil mixture until it resembles a fluffy texture.

Hair Application:

You can apply the conditioning mask one of two ways. First you can use as a prepoo, by sectioning your hair into four parts, and then spraying your hair with water to dampen it. Then apply the mask throughout your hair and scalp and let it sit for 30 mins to an hour with a plastic cap. You would then wash, condition, and style your hair.

The second way is by washing your hair first, then applying the conditioning mask to your hair. Sit with a plastic cap for 30 mins to an hour. Then proceed to wash hair once, to remove some of the excess oil before styling. Either way works great, and your hair and scalp will love you for it!

Depending on the condition of your hair, I would recommend applying this mask 1-2 times a month.

Comment and Share

Do you have a DIY conditioning hair mask that you like to use? Have you noticed any change in the condition of your hair? I would love to know what you have to share. Feel free to leave your thoughts, concerns or questions in the comments below!


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