I’ve covered moringa oil in a previous article, which discusses improving the appearance of and preventing split ends with moringa oil. There’s also a soft and shiny hair recipe at the end of the article.
This article will look at how you can use moringa oil as a detangler as well in addition to deep conditioning. I tested it with two of my favorite conditioners and they both turned out great.
Moringa oil has a high content of palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic acids, fatty acids, vitamin A & vitamin C. It has excellent emollient properties and is also quite moisturizing.
For this recipe, I tried out my top 5 oils for detangling combined with my favorite conditioners for detangling.
I ended up with a rich moisturizing cocktail, which softens hair and melts my tangles all the way down. It also helps me work out knots in my hair.
Moringa Oil Hair Mask Recipe for Dry Hair
Moringa oil is derived from the seeds of the moringa tree. The moringa leaves are highly nutritious. In addition to being an emollient oil, it contains antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the shea tree. It’s a nonsaponifiable complex fat containing oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid and arachidic acid. It’s a great butter to use on hair for softening and sealing in moisture.
Castor oil is very popular and hair and skin care, and has been covered in several articles on this site. Castor oil is very effective for treating dry, brittle and or damaged hair.
When added to damp hair, it also makes it softer and more manageable. For this mask, clear castor oil was used.
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner is a salon quality conditioner containing certified botanical ingredients such as nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, vitamin e and grape seed. It also contains peppermint and eucalyptus. It is thick and creamy and provides unbelievable slip.
Jessicurl Deep Treatment is super thick and creamy with a divine smell. It contains the goodness of horsetail, rosemary, bay leaf, burdock root, marshmallow root, lemongrass, nettle, aloe vera juice, shea butter, avocado oil and cocoa butter in addition to several other excellent ingredients.
Vitamin E oil is used in a lot of recipes on this website. It falls under the family of tocopherols (TCP) and tocotrienols and is a great softening agent. It increases circulation to the scalp and enhances the quality and texture of hair.
Grapeseed oil is one of my favorite oils of all time. It is light, easily absorbed, makes hair shiny and smoothes cuticles.
It also contains procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs), which gives it its antioxidant properties and binds to hair to protect it from destructive elements.
Every lady into her hair and skin care out there has at least one tub of coconut oil in their arsenal. Coconut oil promotes thick and luscious hair, reduces protein loss from hair and is one of the three oils that has been shown to penetrate the hair shaft. If you don’t like coconut oil, you can replace it with almond oil in this recipe.
I have broken down each ingredient so readers can see what makes all of them interact together to make a kick-ass detangling recipe. Though it can also soften and condition hair, the main aim here is detangling hair and melting knots.
Moringa Oil Softening, Conditioning & Detangling Hair Mask Recipe
- Mix 5 – 7 heaped tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner or Jessicurl Deep Treatment with 3 tablespoons of moringa oil. Whisk well with a fork.
- Add 1 tablespoon each of wheatgerm oil, grapeseed oil, and coconut or almond oil. Whisk again.
- Melt enough shea butter for 1 tablespoon and add it in.
- Add 2 teaspoons of vitamin E oil.
- Whisk for up to 5 minutes until the mixture is frothy and creamy. Your mask is ready.
You can reduce the oil if it’s too much for you but my hair is thirsty and loved the combination. Adjust for your hair length and make enough for 1 use only.
How to Use Moringa Oil Softening, Conditioning & Detangling Hair Mask Recipe
- Section hair into several parts then dampen with water.
- Take down each section and generously apply the mask then redo the section again.
- After the entire head is covered with the mask, pin up the twists, put on a shower cap and wait for up to 3 hours. You can also choose to sit under a steamer for 30 minutes.
- Afterward, undo each section and work your fingers through the ends and knots, if any. Then finger comb or detangle with a jumbo bone comb gently. The comb should glide through smoothly.
- Rinse out the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can also co-wash before rinsing out.
- Style as usual.
If your hair feels oily or gummy, you can shampoo with a very mild shampoo which has been diluted with water. However, if you do this right, your hair shouldn’t feel oily or gummy.
Repeating this treatment once a week will lead to fewer tangles and knots over time. Feel free to also add a few drops of essential oils like ylang-ylang and lavender to the recipe. I haven’t tried JBCO for this recipe but feel free to interchange it if you’re keen on experimenting.
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