Once a week I make time for self-care by doing a home treatment for my hair and my face. After shampooing my hair with a shampoo bar from Yin’s Ecobars, I do an apple cider vinegar (ACV) clarifying wash then a hot oil treatment using a mixture of castor, sweet almond, and argan oils. I then wrap my hair with a very hot towel before wrapping it again with a microfiber towel to keep the heat in. I leave the oil in for at least three hours. While my hair is wrapped, I make a mixture of Aztec Healing clay and Bragg’s ACV and apply it to my face. After doing this for a couple of weeks, my hair has never been softer, smoother, and healthier and my face is soft, supple, and glowing! The hair treatment leaves my hair looking like I have had a salon Brazilian Keratin treatment and my face looks like I went in for a clinic facial. It takes some time and effort but it is worth it. I usually find the time on a Sunday and I am always left feeling beautiful and ready to face the next week.
If you want to do it, here’s how:
- Wash hair normally. I use shampoo bars in line with my quest for a plastic-free lifestyle and I highly recommend the plant-based, handmade, and locally-made bars from Yin’s Ecobars.
- Mix 2-4 tablespoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with 16oz (473ml) of cool water. Add a drop of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, or any nice smelling essential oil, if the vinegar smell bothers you. This is optional. Pour the mixture onto hair and massage scalp.
- Wash hair thoroughly after then air dry.
- Mix 3 parts castor oil, 1 part sweet almond oil, and 1 part argan oil together in a small glass bottle. It can be 45ml castor oil, 15 ml sweet almond oil (or any other oil like coconut), and 15ml argan oil. Mix the oils together thoroughly by shaking the bottle while the cap is on. I also put a drop of lavender or peppermint oil in the mixture to make it smell nice. I have been using castor oil from Sky Organics and I bought it specifically for trying to grow my fading eyebrows back but since the oil is very thick and I use very little of it every time, I have plenty enough of oil for other purposes.
- Warm the oil by immersing the bottle in very hot water. Make sure that the water is as high as the oil inside the bottle and that water does not get inside. You can also use a small ceramic bowl, cup, or mug.
- Ensure your hair is only slightly damp and not dripping wet. Oil absorption is optimal when the hair is not overly wet. Dry it if needed. Start applying the oil mixture to hair beginning from the roots and going through the entire length until the ends.
- Wet a large hand towel thoroughly with very hot water then wrap your hair with it. Cover your wrapped hair with a shower cap or a microfiber towel to keep the heat in.
- Leave on for 30 minutes to 3 hours or even overnight if your hair is very dry.
- With your hair securely wrapped in place, make a mixture of 1 part ACV and 1 part Aztec Healing clay. Use a glass bowl. If not, a plastic bowl is fine.
- Using a brush, apply the mixture to your face evenly. Apply a thin layer first all over your face then do a second layer afterward.
- Leave the mask on until the mask dries and you feel a tingling sensation.
- Wash off thoroughly with warm water.
- Apply toner after completing washing off the mask. I use Thayer’s witch hazel toner because after trying on so many other high-end brands, I find that I am fine with an inexpensive one such as Thayer’s.
- Wash off the oil from your hair, thoroughly massaging your scalp for about 5 minutes. You may or may not use conditioner after depending on how dry or damaged your hair is. I thoroughly wash the oil off with water so my hair does not become too heavy then I use my conditioner bar.). It is better not to use shampoo.
- Blow-dry your hair as usual. I like to use a wooden wide paddle brush and it helps dry my thick hair faster.
Now you have shiny, frizz-free, super soft hair that looks like a few thousand pesos salon-treated hair! With that, you are sure to be eager to go to school or work on Monday feeling beautiful and ready to face the rigors of the week!
For the recipe, directions, and very helpful information on ACV rinse as well as the benefits of ACV, this was my reference: Coconuts and Kettle Bells
For more detailed instructions on the hair oil treatment, visit this page.
For the benefits of the use of castor oil for hair growth and health, this site is full of information! I am not using castor oil to thicken my hair as my hair is thick enough. I do not have thick hair strands though. My hair strands are thin but I have a lot of it! When I go to a salon, I almost always get a complaint from the person who has to blow dry my hair because it takes a lot of time. My hair wasn’t this thick before I used Mane N Tail years ago and so if you ask me how I got thick mane, that is how.
That’s that! I hope you find this post helpful and if you have any other tips and/or hacks for getting salon-beautiful hair for a fraction of a cost, please share in the comments section below! Thanks and have a great hair day!