‘Tis the Season for Peppermint: Natural DIY Hair Mask Tips

It’s that season again! As you rush about looking for the perfect present for the special people in your life, don’t forget to take that necessary time to relax and rejuvenate yourself. One of our favorite ways to do a self care pampering session is by relaxing with a face mask, but did you know you can make an easy DIY peppermint hair mask at home too? Consider rounding out your self care ritual with an at-home hair mask.

Why Peppermint?

Not only is peppermint festive, but did you know that peppermint oil is really beneficial for your hair and scalp? Although our hair is technically “dead”, the health of your scalp is necessary for the continued growth and health of your hair. A scalp that is stressed, itchy, dry or flaky is not the best for growing healthy, lustrous hair. Peppermint essential oil is a great way to help clean your scalp, and offers the following qualities:

  • Peppermint is antifungal and antibacterial leading to a healthy scalp
  • Peppermint stimulates the blood supply to the hair follicle
  • Peppermint is anti-inflammatory, soothing overstressed or a flaky scalp
  • Peppermint has been shown to be an effective help in relieving an itchy scalp
  • The menthol in peppermint stimulates hair growth, and is naturally invigorating

Simple DIY Avocado and Peppermint Hair Mask

We’re actually embarrassed to tell you how easy it is to introduce peppermint essential oil into your hair routine. Our suggestion is to start with using this once a week, or until you feel your scalp is feeling good. This gives you the natural, moisturizing oils that avocado contains, plus the scalp cleansing perk of castor oil. If you use jojoba it will work similarly. Olive oil will be a thinner and oilier feel, which may be better for curly hair. You will mix together:

  • ½ of a ripe avocado, very well mashed (if no avocado, you can substitute yogurt or coconut yogurt for a vegan version… both are naturally nourishing!)
  • 1 Teaspoon of castor, jojoba, marula or olive oil
  • 6 drops of peppermint essential oil

That’s it! Mix them together, and apply to either freshly cleaned hair, or to dry hair. Cover in a shower cap, or plastic wrap and a towel, and go about your business. Keep the natural hair mask on for a minimum of 15 minutes and up to an hour or so. Remove by rinsing your hair with gentle shampoo in warm water.

Simple DIY Peppermint Hair Treatment

There is another way to use peppermint essential oil for the same benefits. Although the moisture of the avocado above is wonderful, another way to use oil for the scalp is a simple overnight hair treatment. This involves brushing and adding oil, which may take about ten minutes, and sleeping with your hair in a scarf, towel or shower cap. You will mix:

  • 5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of castor or coconut oil. If you do not have either of these, any good quality oil is fine.

How to apply the oil: Mix the two ingredients into a small bowl and stir well. Part your hair down the middle. Taking 1” sections, brush the scalp lightly to loosen any dry skin, and rub some of the oil into your scalp. Move on to the next section.

Continue until you have brushed and rubbed your entire scalp with the oil. Your head should be covered in oil, but not dripping. 

Note: If you don’t want to sleep with this, you might do this treatment in the morning and leave it in all day if you know you’ll be staying at home for most of the day. (Treat yourself to an at-home spa day!) If you can use a warmed towel, it is even better! To remove, simply wash your hair.

We hope you take a minute during the holiday season to nurture yourself with a DIY natural hair mask. Taking care of your hair, and your face, is important. Drink plenty of fluids, and use your Ayr Skin Care Tranquility Dry Body Oil on your skin after showering. Complete your home spa routine with our hand cream and moisturizers on your face for rich, nourished winter skin!

If you have any questions or comments, we would be happy to answer you personally! Please contact us at info@ayrskincare.com.