You never know what you will come up with when you combine poking around on the internet and playing around with the things in your kitchen.
I have been using unrefined virgin coconut oil as a mask in my hair for a few years now, and I swear by it. It’s so moisturizing. It also smells amazing, like seriously so good you will have a hard time not eating it.
One day while creeping around on the internet I read that maple syrup is also good for your hair. I had a really hard time imagining myself pouring syrup on my head like some sort of human-waffle hybrid who is somehow vain enough to put a treatment on it’s hair. So I decided I needed to mix it with something and make it more of a mask. In a moment of genius as if the stars were aligning (whatever that means) I had the brilliant idea to mix it in with my coconut oil. I’m sure someone else out there has already done this, but who knows I may have invented it. I certainly never heard it anywhere else before.
When I mixed the syrup with the oil, which was room temperature and therefore a strange, halfway between solid and liquid consistency, it made a goopy, jelly-ish concoction and it smelled GLORIOUS! I eagerly slathered it all over my hair, tied it up and read a book for a while.
The nice thing was that it sort of dried to a bendable plastic texture that was easy to get out of the ponytail but also didn’t mush itself all over the couch as I was reading. And it smelled like an oatmeal raisin cookie, which is weird because it has neither oatmeal nor raisins in it. The downside was that my dog kept trying to eat my head.
After about an hour I washed and dried my hair normally and it was so soft and shiny! Am I a genius?!? Well it just took me about three tries to spell the word genius so I’m guessing probably not, but I made a nice mask thats for sure.
Here is my exact recipe:
Mix equal parts Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil and Maple Syrup. Both items I used in my example are USDA organic, but you don’t need to go out of your way to get organic items, this just happens to be what I had on hand. However, you do need to get real maple syrup, not maple “FLAVORED” syrup like Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth. If the bottle is shaped like an old time-y fat lady you most likely have the wrong thing.
It might take some vigorous mixing to get it smooth, but try your best to get the lumps out.
(Side Note: Coconut oil is a funny substance, the temperature difference between having it fully solid and fully liquid is like .000000001º. Obviously I’m speaking in hyperbole but, somewhere in the middle is best for this mask because too cold will make it hard to scoop out and mix, but too warm will make it messy to apply, room temperature should be just about right.)
Make enough that you can cover your whole head in it pretty liberally. Get a good coat on there. Don’t be shy, get in there with it. Obviously more hair means more mask, but you could always mix some more if you need it.
Now just slather it on, live your life for an hour and wash and style your hair as usual.
I like to do this once every few weeks, or whenever I feel like my hair needs some extra help. It usually brings my hair from a B right back to an A+