On Saturday morning, I decided to act on a little idea floating around in my head. An at home hair experiment if you will. I was a little wary, since my last home remedy was a major fail.
Growing up, my mom would apply baby oil to our hair all the time. So when I read that coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, I figured it would work well in my hair as well.
Jar on the left – Swanson Vitamins & jar on the right – Costco
So after breakfast, I opened up my jar of coconut oil and scooped out a couple of spoonfuls into a small bowl. I then microwaved the oil for 20 seconds. I took the mixture into the bathroom and got to work. Using my hands, I applied the oil to my roots, eventually moving to my ends. When every last strand was coated, I tied my hair into a bun and continued on with my Saturday morning routine (clean, vacuum, blah, blah, blah).
A few things to note:
- I have semi-thick, naturally wavy, coarse hair.
- I washed my hair the night before and let it air-dry, so it was nice and clean.
- Coconut oil hair will make you smell like one big Samoa cookie!
Ok, so 1.5 hours later, I showered and washed my hair. I had to lather, rinse, and repeat before I felt comfortable that all of the oil was completely gone. I also applied a small amount of conditioner to my ends for extra protection.
Y’all, after drying and straightening per usual, I was so impressed with how soft, smooth, and shiny my hair was. Not only that, but it felt fuller too. I couldn’t stop running my hands through it! The true test came when I stepped outside to run errands. AND…my hair was frizz free after being exposed to two hours of Miami humidity. Trust me, that is something! Even the next day, as I was styling my hair, it just felt so soft and smooth.
This picture does my experiment no justice, but you get the picture.
Finally – a natural, cheap and successful at home beauty experiment! And because it worked way better than I expected, I plan to coconut’ify’ my hair once a week from now on. I’m growing out my hair (a few more inches at the very least), and I think this will help keep it manageable…hopefully!
Have you ever applied coconut oil to your hair? If you know of any other simple home beauty remedies, please share!