Green tea, rice bran, cocoa butter, walnut butter, shea butter, rice bran, macadamia, black seed, andiroba, baobab…
…I call this a hair ‘drench’ because it’s so rich (in plant-derived nutrients), your locks can’t help but submit to its powerful hydration. It’s specially designed for those times at which your hair is screaming out for repair or pampering due to dryness, damage or over-use of chemicals and heat. It’s also lovely for the scalp, soothing irritation and stimulating circulation with gentle but powerful, specially-chosen essential oils.
Talking of which, I loved the blend of rosemary, lavender and peppermint in my Tea & Olive Lip & Wonderbalm so much (it is refreshing, cooling, minty, faintly medicinal, floral and relaxing all at once) that I knew it would be perfect for this hair treatment. Such a dreamy way to fall asleep (if you so choose to leave it on overnight).
There are few different ways to use this mask – from leaving it in for 3 minutes before shampooing or for 60 minutes while you relax in the bath, to (if you are really in need of some proper follicular restoration) leaving it on to work its magic while you sleep. I’m clearly a big fan of things happening overnight (I’m sure I should write some kind of book on ‘the 4 hour work week’ but for beauty, and, er, an 8-hour version) and, really, I don’t see why my hair should miss out on the fun. However, this stuff is a perfect moisture injection however you prefer to use it.
P.S. I have been known to use the smallest, most tiniest smear of this as a defining & hydrating curl cream and it is wonderful to use like this (but I wouldn’t recommend this for fine/limp/greasy hair).
Uses & Directions:
For dry, damaged or brittle hair. Dip your fingers in the pot and massage a small amount (about a tablespoon or less depending on your hair length) into the scalp and through the ends of towel-dried hair. Leave for 3 minutes in the shower before washing away, or as a longer treatment.
If using as an overnight intensive mask, remember to wrap your hair in a towel or T-shirt to protect your pillow cases and keep the natural oils away from your face.
To remove hair oil masks, shampoo once or twice with lots of lather to make sure your hair is thoroughly cleansed. No need to use conditioner afterwards.
Green Tea Seed Oil: Packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals, caffeine, magnesium, this moisturises and restores the hair and adds shine. The oil from the seeds of green tea is a traditional beauty (not-so)-secret in much of Asia.
Organic Unrefined Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter is a pure, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cacao bean (it’s a by product of chocolate; both are full of antioxidants), and works well against frizz and dryness; perfect for a deep treatment.
Walnut butter: Intensely rich in omega-3 and excellent at hydrating dry hair. The Oleic acid content, good for cell-regeneration, effectively smooths and calms damaged hair.
Organic Unrefined Shea butter: Highly hydrating and nourishing, shea butter adds shine and restores health to fragile hair and scalp. It’s high in linoleic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid, absorbs well and helps detangle chaotic strands.
Rice Bran: Rich in natural plant sterols and antioxidant gamma oryzanol, rice bran is another way of applying rich plant nutrition to your hair, and much loved by Japanese women, who apply it directly for smoothness and shine.
Macadamia Oil: cold pressed from the nuts of the Macadamia nut tree, non-greasy and one of the highest sources of fatty acids; excellent for nourishment and repair.
Baobab Oil: this little gem adds shine and penetrates the hair strands beautifully, adding suppleness and reducing the effects of environmental damage.
Black Seed Oil: a natural hair tonic traditionally used to promote hair growth. It’s naturally anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial; perfect prevention/help for scalp conditions. A snippet of plant-knowledge wisdom if ever there was one: ‘Use the Black Seed for indeed, it is a cure for all diseases except death.’
Andiroba: highly emolliant, anti-inflammatory, full of omega-3 fatty acids; wonderful conditioning for all and especially for curly/black/Afro-Caribbean hair types, moisturising without greasiness.
Lavender, Rosemary & Peppermint Essential Oils: Rosemary oil helps to stimulate follicles, making hair grow longer and stronger, and is good for dry or flaky scalps, as is peppermint, which can control the secretion of sebum (balancing both dryness and greasiness) and cool the scalp. Lavender is antibacterial, calming, helps control dandruff, conditions the hair and adds shine.
Oryza sativa (rice) Bran Oil, Decyl oleate (coconut origin), Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Juglans regina (Walnut) Kernel Oil & Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Carapa guianensis (Andiroba) Seed Oil, Nigella sativa (Black Seed) Seed Oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Camellia sinensis (Camellia) Seed Oil (tea plant), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Linalool*, Limonene* (*Natural constituents of essential oils).