Wednesday, November 3, 2010

fresh from your kitchen: coco~banana deep conditioner

This moisturizing, nourishing pre-shampoo deep conditioning hair treatment is great for dry, damaged hair. I try to do it every couple of weeks to combat the salt and sun my hair is exposed to by surfing.

deep conditioner
1/2 a ripe banana
1/4-1/3 cup coconut oil
(depending on hair length- go 1/3c if your hair is super long & thick)
1T shea butter
12-20 drops Essential Oil (EO) or scent of your choice

Essential Oil Recommendations
Rosemary EO:
Lemon EO:
brightening for blonds
Lavender & Geranium EOs:
just give it a tropical, yummy scent with phthalate free coconut creme fragrance oil

Mash the banana or puree in a blender or food processor.
Gently melt the coconut oil in the microwave in 45 sec bursts. When it's almost all liquid, remove and stir in the shea butter.
Add to pureed banana and whip.
Let cool for 10-15 min before applying to dry hair.
When mixture is warm to touch but still liquid, apply to your hair from scalp to ends of strands.
Wrap hair in shower cap or plastic wrap for up to 20 min.
Wash and rinse thoroughly.

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  1. Hi Kristin,

    Here's a home spa treatment your readers might enjoy.

    This refreshing facial treatment makes a great gift, or an easy way to pamper yourself.
    This mask is particularly good for oily skin.

    An oatmeal-based face mask cleans and tones skin, while the added lavender provides a therapeutic aroma.

    This mixture is easy to whip up for someone special, or just package the ingredients and instructions, and let her make it herself.
    What You Need:

    * 2 tablespoons of dried lavender (available at floral shops or personal product stores)
    * 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
    * Oatmeal, finely chopped or ground


    1. In a bowl, combine the lavender and yogurt, then stir in oatmeal until mix has the consistency of a spreadable paste. If the mixture will not be used immediately, store -- covered -- in a refrigerator for up to a day and bring to room temperature before using.

    2. Include these directions when giving the face mask mixture:

    Pull back your hair. Wash your face and pat dry. Spread the mixture over your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Lie down and relax for about 10 minutes, during which time the mask will tighten. Remove the mask by rinsing with tepid water.