My scalp had recently been feeling a little more dry (and itchy!) than usual, my hair a bit too dull so I decided I needed some emergency TLC. I looked through my cabinets to see what I already had and I decided to try my luck with an oil and hair mask combo.

I first went straight for my bottle of Global Goddess Beauty Coconut-Amla Revitalizing Hair Treatment which has lasted me a good year already. It’s a powerful combination – not only does it infuse moisturizing coconut oil which has molecules small enough to be easily absorbed to strengthen hair, and amla oil which is said to prevent hair loss and delays the appearance of grays, this concoction also contains avocado oil which is full of nutrients like folic acid and vitamins A, D, E, and B6 to prevent hair thinning as well as henna and neem extract for shine. The resulting oil is a little thicker than raw oil. And it seems to good to be true? Well, there is a downside to the product: they tag on a few parabens at the end like butylparaben and isopropylparaben. Plus with a price tag of $45, I would normally go straight for pure oils but in an emergency situation, you just use whatever’s around!

I applied some to roots and a thin coat to ends. Left it in for an hour and washed it out with shampoo. For some extra conditioning, I decided to bust out my Yes to Carrots Mud Mask ($12.99) which I’ve only used a handful of times. It also has conditioning olive oil and soothing chamomile. I left it on in the shower for a little over five minutes, then washed it out and let my hair air dry. My hair ended up feeling incredibly soft, full of shine and the dryness was gone! But maybe I went a little overboard, because the next day I felt like my hair was a little weighed down and maybe too soft (I think there is such a thing!), robbing me of some volume that I was hoping for.

I read TIA’s reader review on her experience with Yes to Carrot’s mask and saw she ended up with frizzy hair, which I can’t say was the case for me, though I concluded that if your hair is extra damaged (or color-treated), the oil/mask combo could help; but for those drier-than-usual instances, I would pick up hair oil for a shine boost OR a mask for a deep conditioning one!

Global Goddess Beauty Coconut-Amla Oil Ingredients

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Fragrance (Parfum), Prunus Domestica Seed Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit (Amla) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf (Neem) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, D-Limonene, Linalool

Yes to Carrots Hair Mud Mask Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Silt (Maris Limus), Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Oil, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacin, Dimethicone, Algae Extracts (Rhodella, Dunaliella, Spirulina), Ipomoera Batatas (Sweet Potato) Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Juice, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Organic Extracts, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Juice, Panthenol, Chamomila Recutita (Chamomile) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Juice, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance (Parfum), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Oil, Apple Vinegar (Acetum), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Peel Extract.

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