It’s pretty funny, life. Last year I could barely find time to blog because I was so busy taking care of sick kids (and a sick me!) all winter long. Fast forward a year, and I’m still finding it hard to find that precious blogging time– not because we’re sick, but because we AREN’T! Or if the kids do get sick, they speed through it, and everyone wants to know how. This epiphany has led to teaching essential oil classes and helping others find wellness over the past few months, so balancing two ‘jobs’ has been interesting. But I love helping others and wouldn’t have it any other way! In other words, I’m still here and I still love this blog, but every time I pick up a glue gun or camera the phone rings with another great offer I can’t refuse. I’ll find balance, someday. Maybe. After all, my glue gun (and paintbrush) await!
Which is a really roundabout way to tell you the story of my hair. SOUNDS FASCINATING, RIGHT? “Oh DO TELL us about your HAIR, Carrie!”
No really, this is good. Last summer & fall, I noticed something alarming: my hair was breaking off in chunks. And it was thinning. YIKES! I *may* overprocess my hair just a tad, which is the root cause (har har) of the damage. But so was the pool, and sun, and indoor heating, and hair drying, and flat-ironing— (jeez, those poor locks!) After the third time my hair broke off in the front right at bang level, and near tears, I started researching essential oils and carrier oils that support healthy hair.
BOOM. Epiphany! I started making my own DIY essential mask and my hair was rocked. My hairdresser went from stressing over my dry tresses to asking WHAT had I done because my hair was so soft (in just 6 weeks time). I could actually feel a substantial difference after the first application, but after 6 weeks there was a complete 180 in terms of hair health. My hair was stronger, shinier, and stopped breaking! You can seriously feel the difference. It also looks fuller in the front where it had been thinning.
*** WARNING: totally awkward hair selfie alert! ***
Here’s the recipe so you can make this ‘practically magic’ hair serum at home too! I only trust Young Living essential oils near my body because they are 100% pure.
Please note this is enough for one application; you’ll use less for shorter hair and more for longer hair:
3-5 drops each of the following:
YOUNG LIVING Rosemary oil
YOUNG LIVING Lavender oil
YOUNG LIVING Melaleauca A (Tea Tree Oil)
YOUNG LIVING Copaiba oil (optional, but this amazing oil really boosts the others!)
1. Mix together, and apply to dry hair. Rub into the areas that need it the most, this is also a great serum for a dry scalp. I rub mine into the scalp, most damaged areas, and then the ends if I have enough on hand.
2. Let sit for an hour under a shower cap. Do the laundry or scare the kids while making breakfast. If the doorbell rings, RUN AWAY. <—– that actually happened once, I still have no idea who it was but they were NOT going to see me with oily hair and a shower cap, ha!
3. Rinse with warm water, and shampoo and condition as normal. You may need two rinses of shampoo, make sure the oil is out! Note that drying your hair may take a few extra minutes because your hair is now hydrated!
Unfortunately I’m still growing out the damaged ends (no essential oil can magically replace hair that’s broken off) so my hair isn’t exactly Covergirl worthy but it’s getting there. In other words, if you see me out and about don’t judge the serum on my current hair situation. But feel free to touch it so you can feel the softness! Just don’t be a creeper, warn me before you grab it, ‘mkay?
Anyone else singing the ‘Overprocessed, Dry, Dull Hair’ Blues? Go on and rock your hair masks, ladies!