You might not think about limes as a fruit designed to bring out the best in your hair, but they can. In particular, this zingy fruit pairs well with coconut milk for an unexpected DIY hair mask that has major benefits. Limes are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for controlling dandruff and even balancing oil production for people who struggle with oily scalps.
Meanwhile, we know that coconut is perfect for moisturizing and coconut milk can even pull double duty as a detangler. In some cases, people have claimed that this powerful combo can soften their hair’s texture and mimic the benefits of a relaxer—but it doesn’t. Most likely they’re simply experiencing the conditioning benefits, which can translate as hair that feels softer or curls that “pop” because they’re properly hydrated.
To make this mask, you’re going to need to spend some time in the kitchen. Combine 1 can of coconut milk with 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 4 tablespoons of lime juice, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Start by combining the coconut oil and EVOO in a saucepan and whisking over medium heat until the mixture is smooth.
Add the lime juice and cornstarch while you continue to stir the concoction. Don’t fully cook the mixture, but watch for it to thicken from the added cornstarch. You want it to get to a conditioner texture. Remove from heat and cool before applying it to your hair. Once cool, thoroughly apply it to your hair and cover with a shower or processing cap for up to 30 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly, and any excess mixture can be frozen for future use.