A little while ago I tried to be a witch doctor and create my own shampoo. It was not a massive success.
But! The same site gave me some ideas, and I have not been deterred. Here is my second attempt at a homemade hair product- some rather lovely coconut and lavender hair oil. I love whacking a bit of coconut oil onto my hair's ends, and by switching it up with some extra beneficial ingredients, it's become a hair product staple.
I got the coconut oil from Tesco for about £2.50. It is not organic or anything fancy, and doesn't smell like coconut, which is a shame. You'd probably be better off spending a couple of quid extra and getting the good stuff, but this is fine for experimenting. The other oils were no more than a few pounds apiece, all from Ebay.
Recipe for Catherine's coconut and lavender hair oil
(Yes, this is me, and I don't measure things. Here are my best guesses...)
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tsp of vitamin E oil
half a tsp of jojoba oil
A few drops of lavender oil (to your preference!)
I mixed it all together with in a jam far. You'll need the coconut oil to be fairly soft, so leave it in a warm place (apparently you shouldn't microwave it because it kills all the... things... health things... I don't know).
The best thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it however you like. Try different essential oils- lemon, mint... whatever is best to help your hair (they all have different benefits). If you have other healthsome oils to add in, do it.
As for applying it, I use about half a tsp. Warm it between your hands, and slather it on the ends. Then I leave it overnight, or for an hour or two, and shampoo and condition as usual. I can definitely feel the benefits after I use this. And the lavender is lovely and relaxing to use at night (I smooth the leftovers onto my arms and legs, and sometimes a smidgen on my face).
It doesn't cost too much to make either, and it's always fun to have a play around. I'm going to research different smells and other good hair oils, and pimp up my next batch!
Do you like using coconut oil? (Check out some other coconut faves here)
What's your favourite smell?