Mix aloe vera gel with melted coconut oil and essential oils, if using.
Apply to your hair, starting at the roots and massaging it down all the way to the tips. The mask seperates easily as you might see on the picture. Just stir it again before applying it.
Cover your hair in a damp (old) towel or shower cap and leave in for 15min, up to an hour. You can leave it for several hours, if you wish. I left mine in over night and had no problems with it. However, some people say the aloe vera gel becomes rancid quickly.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and style as usual.
This mask may be applied every time before you wash your hair or 1-2 times per week.
It's best to use fresh aloe vera gel extracted from its leaves. You can buy the leaves in some whole food and organic shops or online.
Store-bought gels (in bottles) often contain harmful chemicals and additives (preservatives). Just read through the ingredients list before buying! Your best choice are organic brands which use very little additives (like this one).
I prefer coconut oil, but sweet almond, jojoba, argan, grapeseed or olive oil will work as well (as mentioned in this post).
I love using lavender and rosemary essential oils. But there are many more you can use (as mentioned in this post).