"Your hair is your crown". I will never forget this statement that my A Level English Literature teacher made. It's true, our hair is our crown. We wear it with pride, we style it to suit our personality, when it's not doing as it's told we feel like crap, when it falls out we feel anxious and panicked, it's actually quite incredible how much of an impact our hair has on us. A couple of years ago my brother and I went through a phase of trying every different hair mask (or potions - as we liked to refer to them) that we could find. Until we came across the one that I am about to share with you below. This particular hair mask actually worked. Not only did it make our hair look shiny and healthy, but our hair grew longer faster.
Just before the new year, I had my mid-length hair cut into a bob (I had actually asked for a long bob but my lovely hairdresser used her creative license). Whilst I was slightly taken aback when I realised how short it was, I felt that it suited me and I was determined to make it work, if not, I thought, 'it will grow back'. It has been a month and I still don't love it. I have spent a lot of time trying to style it in different ways but I am just not feeling it. For me, my hair very much needs to match my outfit and the look that I'm going for and I feel like my bob just isn't versatile enough. So, although my hair does tend to grow fairly quickly, it's not happening fast enough for my liking, so this weekend I thought 'let's get the potion out' and speed things up.
Now, I'm not 100% sure of all of the benefits and/or science behind this hair mask but the ingredients are widely known for being good for your hair. My research suggests that all of the ingredients promote hair growth, apart from sweet almond and jojoba oil, which work to protect and moisterise hair which I suppose, in preventing dry hair, naturally limits hair loss.
What you will need:
Sweet Almond oil
How to make and apply the mask:
Add one teaspoon of each of the following oils to a small bowl: coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.
Add 2-4 drops of lavender oil to the same bowl.
Hover the bowl over a heat source to allow the coconut oil to melt, stir to help the process. Be sure not to make the bowl so hot that it burns your hands.
Once the coconut oil has melted, turn the heat source off safely.
Whilst still warm, begin to apply the mask by dipping your fingers into the mask and rubbing it into your scalp. A little goes a long way so don't be tempted to pour the mask on your head.
Continue to rub the mask into your scalp until you have done so to the entire area.
With any left over mask, you can pour it into your hand and apply it to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.
Tie your hair up to avoid the oils rubbing onto your skin and leave the mask in for up to 24 hours.
Wash your hair as normal (I usually use a stronger shampoo like Head and Shoulders to make sure all traces of oil are gone but you could stick to your normal shampoo and see how it goes).
Repeat the mask weekly for optimum results.
NEVER double the ingredients unless you already have Rapunzel-like hair. Feel free to halve them but never double - it will be much more difficult to get out.
Ensure that you really massage the shampoo into the roots to get the oil out.
It's worth having a go at shampooing twice.
You might consider missing out on the conditioner.
If there is still some residue after you've washed it, don't panic, the oil will come out the next time you wash it.
If you're leaving it in over night, ensure you use an old pillow case or a soft towel to cover your pillow.
All ingredients can be found in your local Holland & Barrett, however, you can make a massive saving by going to independent grocery stores.
The ingredients last for a while, a little goes a long way and their use by dates are quite long so see the products as an investment.
A lot of these oils can be used for more than just your hair, many have been known to help with skin problems as well as having other health benefits.
Unfortunately, you won't instantly have hair as long as that of Rapunzel, but you should see a difference after about a month. It might not work for everyone but it's definitely worth trying, it has worked for me twice when I've wanted/needed my hair to grow faster than usual.