Monday, May 16, 2016

Rosemary Infused Ghee Hair Mask

I have just about the thinnest hair in the world. Seriously! When I fashion my hair into a ponytail, I have to wrap the elastic thingy about five times around my hair to get it to hold.  My daughter on the other hand, has super thick and gorgeous hair that she flat irons almost daily! Needless to say, her hair gets damaged and stripped of its natural oils and moisture quite quickly.

I have a ton of recipes for hair masks that call for exotic ingredients like Shea butter, Kukui nut oil, Argan oil and other speciality items that can make your hair supple, soft and manageable. I realize that not everyone has these expensive ingredients in their pantry just waiting to be whipped up into a beauty product.  Did you know that you can use simple butter and olive oil to make an incredible hair saving mask?

Say Hello to my Rosemary Infused Ghee Hair Mask.  This is the emergency recipe to make when you are at your wit's end with your unruly dried out hair that needs some type of intensive treatment before you decide to just shave your head and start over (I have been there!!!!!).

My recipe will add softening oils back into your hair to keep it soft and supple and super smooth!
You need three simple ingredients! One stick of UNSALTED butter (not margarine), 1/4 cup olive oil and one large sprig of fresh rosemary.

First, make the ghee which takes about 15 minutes. Add in the stick of unsalted butter to a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Once the butter starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium. The butter is going to start foaming and then turn mostly clear. Keep cooking it until it starts to foam again and the butter takes on a light golden color. The milk solids will start to turn darker brown on the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and strain the butter through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof container. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and add the ghee back in along with the olive oil and rosemary. Turn the heat to the lowest setting possible and place a tight fitting lid over the top of the sauce pan.  Allow the rosemary to infuse for about 15 minutes. Try to keep the temperature of the ingredients to just under 140 degrees so you don't fry the rosemary. You can turn the stove on and off if you need to adjust the temperature so you don't overcook the rosemary.

Remove the rosemary sprig and any bits that may have separated. Return the hot mixture to a heatproof container to cool completely. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid.

To use: comb through dry hair and apply two tablespoons (or more for longer hair) working from the crown to the ends of the hair. Put a hair cap on and wear the mask for at least three hours (great time to binge watch some television!). Take a few paper towels and gently remove as much hair mask as you can from your hair. Shampoo and condition as usual. Store the product in the refrigerator for best results. Use once a week if needed.

This is a great recipe for taming your unruly beard and facial hair too! Guys love the herbaceous rosemary aroma of this recipe.

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