The Best Nourishing Mask for Hair Growth



Why I Need Hair Masks

As many of you know, I have alopecia which means that my immune system is attacking my own hair follicles. Because of this, I have a very complex and elaborate hair regiment geared toward the overall health of my immune system and the development of hair growth. Comment below if you have any questions about my specific hair regiment. I find that my hair grows best when I focus on the health of my entire system, not just my hair, scalp, and follicles. However, it is super important to maintain health in those areas--hence, this mask.

My Favorite Mask

Today I am going to discuss the hair mask that I have been using recently. I really have been loving what it does for my hair! My hair has never been so strong and hydrated. I will admit, it is too soon to tell if it is helping to grow my hair, but I will keep you all posted. At the very least it is reducing what I lose! The ingredients are eggs, olive oil, honey, coconut cream and essential oils. The first time I tried this mask, I was very weirded out putting eggs in my hair…but now I am hooked! Each of these ingredients are carefully chosen because of their positive effects on hair health. 

How Eggs Benefit Hair

Eggs are filled with good proteins that will strengthen hair and contains vitamins A and E, biotin, iron and folate which are all important ingredients linked to hair growth. Additionally, eggs are a great moisturizer meaning they will make hair shiny and soft. Application of eggs onto the scalp will infuse the hair follicles with all of these strengthening ingredients. I will admit, it was very odd putting eggs into my hair. It feels gooey and slimy. My boyfriend tried it with me for laughs and he said that it feels like hair gel a little bit...so, if you use hair gel, you might feel right at home with this mask :)
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Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is great for so many reasons: it contains a healthy monosaturated fat, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. All of these are great nutrients for hair growth. And like eggs, olive oil is a great moisturizer which will make the hair much softer and shinier. This will also prevent dry, flakey skin clogging pores and causing hair loss. Finally, it has antioxidant properties which solve any hair loss problems caused by bacteria or fungus. I have been using olive oil a lot more in my diet. The philosophy that my doctor instilled upon me is that what we take in to our bodies will express itself externally over time. Instead of harsh, unhealthy oils like butter. Try using olive oil or coconut oil in your cooking; this will improve your health which will also improve your hair. I also have friends who use olive oil as an organic, chemical free lotion and have experienced great results. I prefer coconut oil as a lotion as I feel it soaks into the skin a lot quicker.

Honey's Healing Properties

Honey is popularly known as a powerful antioxidant, meaning it will eliminate any bacterial or fungal issues when applied to the scalp. It is also a great moisturizer and emollient, so hair will be soft from roots to ends with regular treatments! It strengthens the hair which will prevent breakage as well allowing for longer strands. One disclaimer on this ingredient: I have read that it can lighten your hair color. I have yet to notice lightening, but have not used this mask for that long, so I cannot say for sure. I will definitely update this post in a few months with my experience. So, if any hair lightening will break your heart, maybe avoid this ingredient! However, I have yet to notice any actual lightening. I thought that adding honey to the mask would make it stickier, but this mask is actually quite liquidy and easy to wash out. 
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Coconut Cream vs. Coconut Milk

I prefer coconut cream (commonly found in the Asian food aisle) because it acts as a thickener, but coconut milk has all the same health benefits. It contains proteins and lauric acid which helps protein deficient locks gain strength, It contains Vitamin E and Iron which penetrates the hair follicle and nourishes the hair resulting in softer strands, and it contains other beneficial vitamins like magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and copper. All of these make it a great ingredient in my hair masks. I added this ingredient in initially to thicken the mixture. I swear, most of the product I was putting into my hair was simply dripping down my face and neck which was so messy! I tried this mask again later with my friend who has beautiful, thick hair and she experienced zero drippage….very annoying! So, if you are experiencing hair loss, this will be a drippy mask for you until your hair grows back. I put a towel around my shoulders to catch the drips and it is fine. Honestly, it is a small price to pay for the great results that I see in using this mask.

The Benefits of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Finally, essential oils. I love using essential oils in my hair because they smell great and they have so many benefits! The best oils for hair growth are: Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, Sage, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, and Peppermint. I mainly use Lavender, Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Peppermint though. Chamomile and Sage I use in the form of a tea rinse. In that way, I feel I can pack the ultimate punch against my alopecia, attacking from all angles. I like to switch off because I enjoy variety and it allows me to reap the other benefits of all the oils. Sometimes I like to use a blend of some of the oils. This is the part where you can really get creative! Remember to research the benefits through aroma therapy of the oils you are considering using too! Sometimes I choose an oil based on what their therapeutic properties are and what I need that day. To learn more about aromatherapy, check out this article from Organic Facts. In my opinion, the essential oils are the best part. You can just close your eyes and enjoy being immersed in a relaxing scent.
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Mask Preparation

Now to the preparation of my mask! I put in 1 egg, 1 tbsp of olive oil, coconut cream, and honey, and then 1 or 2 drops of my essential oil of choice. Then, I wet my hair and rub the mask on my scalp to the ends of my hair. Next, I put on a random face mask for fun and watch a show. If you want to go all the way and enjoy the spa day, enjoy a detox bath at the same time! I also use this as a way to control the drippage. Although, it can be annoying being unable to lean your head back against your tub because it is covered in hair mask goop. To avoid this, I throw on a shower cap! My recipe for detox baths can be found here. When my hair is dry if I did not detox bath simultaneously, I get in the shower and wash it all out. Over time you will notice softer and stronger hair! One more disclaimer, sometimes the olive oil likes to stick around. I like to leave it on overnight and then wash it out the next day. I feel that it conditions it further when given that extra time to soak in. In a pinch, use a gentle, organic shampoo and conditioner to wash it all out. 

Comment below your favorite hair masks! I always love finding new ones to try :)

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