So…who thinks it’s crazy that I’m posting just a few days after the last time I posted? Yeah…me too…I must be feeling frisky!
Anyway, I just wanted to tell y’all about how wonderful I think Coconut Oil has been for my hair!
You might remember when I cut all of my hair off and donated it back in the summer, right before getting pregnant, right? Well, I have learned my lesson (for now) and I just don’t like myself with short hair. It’s convenient and all that jazz but I’d much rather keep my hair long, so I’ve been growing it since that cut and we’re getting there.
Ever since I started growing it back out I wanted to take better care of it, I am HORRIBLE at getting my hair trimmed and usually just shampoo it and throw it in a pony tail on days we’re not going anywhere so I needed something that was easy and cheap to keep up with it. So, it was off to Pinterest…
What did I find?
Coconut oil is GREAT for your hair (among LOTS of other things)…seriously? I already keep coconut oil around because we cook with it instead of other oils because of the nutritional benefits and all that jazz so I thought I’d try it.
**Coconut Oil is the shiz-niz!**
Everything I found on the subject said to use it as an overnight mask or leave it on for an hour so I experimented with both and found that I am too much of a mover and shaker in my sleep to use it that way so, about once a week (or every two weeks) I put it on my hair about an hour before I have to take a shower, let it sit (sometimes I put a walmart bag on my head, lol, and sometimes I just tie it in a pony tail – either way is fine) and then wash it out in the shower…and then…my hair is SUPER SUPER soft and light and lovely!
I know a few questions I’ve been asked in the past about this so I thought I’d answer those below too.
How much do you need to use? Well, I have SUPER thick hair and at the point it’s at right now (hits my collar bone), I use about 3 tablespoons to work through my hair BUT, most of the blogs I found and such said it only took them one tablespoon or so, so I think it really depends on your hair texture and length.
Apply Dry or Wet? Dry! You just work it through your hair until it’s completely saturated and really oily looking. The first bit you put on feels weird and like it’ll take forever but just keep working it through. If you’re not sure what I mean or you’ve never “worked with” coconut oil before, it is a solid when you buy it and turns into a liquid above a certain temperature. Just the heat from my hands melts it, so I just rub it between my hands with my head hung over the bathtub and then go to work.
Do I just wash my hair like normal? Yes AND no. Wash it like normal but wash it like 4,000 times, haha. I usually have to wash my hair a total of 4 times during my shower to get all of the oil out completely. What I do is really thoroughly scrub my hair with my normal shampoo the first time, then REALLY go at it a second time, washing much more vigorously than I would normally; I then do everything else I need to do (wash, shave, exfoliate, etc) and then wash it normally two more times at the end of my shower and that’s usually sufficient. The first time I did this, I washed it twice but I didn’t REALLY scrub it like it obviously needed and when I got out it felt like I might not have gotten all of the oil out but I ignored it, within about 30 minutes my hair was stiff – it was sexy. LOL.
Well, I guess that’s it – it’s really very very easy and I think has been a key to my hair growth and health this time (that and keeping up with my trims) and you won’t believe how SOFT your hair feels after this. I normally do this treatment, like I said, once a week or so, maybe once every two weeks but you can do it as often as you’d like but I would imagine if you have oil-prone hair that you’d want to do it less often…just experiment and have fun! Oh and rub some on your belly if you’re pregnant, it’s amazing (although if you’re already prone to stretch marks, it won’t help you much there – stupid genetics).
My hair right before I found out I was pregnant, just a few days after I cut it (on the left) and then now, about 8 months later – not a great picture but I can’t find any of just my hair :/ (on right).