When I first started dying my hair blonde, I noticed that the ends would dry out a lot faster than when I was colouring it darker colours. The last thing I wanted was to have my hair feel dry and look like straw, so I took some serious steps and started giving my hair all the moisture that it could possibly need.

Hair masks weren’t top of my hair care priority, and if I applied them once a month it would be a lot. But I have upped my game now and I can definitely see and feel the results.

I have 3 hair masks that I really enjoy using, one is a professional mask, another a drugstore mask, and coconut oil. Of the 3, my favourite one is the Schwarzkopf BlondMe Keratin Restore Blonde Mask. I started using this mask, from the advice of my hairstylist, when my hair was at its worst and it helped restore my hair and bring it back to a healthy stage.

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Keratin Restore Blonde Mask; Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Soothing Mask; Coconut Oil

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Keratin Restore Blonde Mask

Not only does this mask smell amazing, it has amazing hair repair abilities. This professional mask is designed to help repair hair that has been bleached by strengthening the hair fibers from within. It leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny.

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Soothing Mask

Along with the iconic Tresemme frangrance, this hair mask nourishes my hair and leaves it feeling soft, supple, and shiny.

Hair masks have now become a part of my weekly hair care routine, and as much I would love to use professional hair masks every time I apply a mask, the cost is just not viable. So when I discovered that I could apply coconut oil to my hair and it would have a similar affect to the professional and drugstore hair masks, I jumped at the chance to try it out.

There are a number of properties that professional hair masks offer that coconut oil doesn’t offer so I haven’t cut out the professional hair masks entirely. I now simply alternate between a professional mask and the coconut oil each week.

How to use coconut oil as a hair mask:

  • Heat up a tablespoon of coconut oil in the microwave, for 6-10 seconds.
  • Apply it thoroughly to your hair from root to end.
  • Leave it in for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it out with shampoo.
  • Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair and let soak in for a few minutes.
  • Rinse.

You might have to shampoo your hair twice in order to get all the oil out of your hair. I still find it tricky to get all the coconut oil residue out of my hair, but washing twice with shampoo seems to work very well.

I also don’t recommend bathing when trying to get the coconut oil out because it is insoluble and will sit in a layer on the top of the water. Every time you dip your head into the water you will get more oil in it.

Tyla van Til

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