So I have quietly been on the coconut oil band wagon but I am ready to shout it from the top of a mountain (spoken in a Ron Burgundy voice). Now there are a ton of uses for this much touted oil but I am going to stick to my major love which is hair of course. My husband and I and a few clients have been experimenting with its uses. He has curly hair, I have super straight hair that I tend to change the color frequently and sometimes put through the ringer. For those that know me this is not a shocker!
My husband started using it first because he could never find a hair product that wasn't too sticky, too oily or didn't flake. After much coaxing he agreed to go natural and embrace his curls which I love. In a crunchy moment we jumped in and he started using it and boy is it amazing. A few tips on application...
1. Too much is going to do exactly what you think it will, make it way too oily! If you are a male with short hair I suggest starting out with the smallest amount. Sometimes I just touch the oil in the jar to start with. You can always add more but too much means shampooing to get it out. For a female with longer hair start with a pea sized and really work it through your hands first to the point of it not glistening on your hands then run it through.
2. Coconut oil has a pretty low melting point because for those that haven't used coconut oil before it is at a solid state until it reaches 76 degrees. Which means unless you are freezing upon skin contact it will melt. The temperature rate can go up depending on the quality of oil. Organic virgin oil has the lowest melting point and it's recommended as it is a higher quality and less processed. An important temperature note is the smoking point which is 351 degrees which means for the flat iron users I would suggest using a lower temp setting on your iron to prevent this.
3. Do not be shocked on colder days when you go outside and suddenly your hair feels firmer than upon application, my husband found this out on a winter day when he ventured outside only to find suddenly it had solidified again and to his surprise his hair had gone from soft to more defined.
4. If using the oil as a styling aid keep it a bit off the scalp because it can tend to make your hair look oily which is not usually desired. For men with very fine hair I would probably not recommend this but have honestly not had a tester for it yet so if you try it I would love to know your results.
4. If you need a good conditioning treatment the oil is also great for that purpose! For this process you will obviously need more and it can be slathered root to ends. For optimal results I suggest putting a plastic grocery sack or plastic wrap around your hair and let it sit for 20 mins to overnite. The heat alone from your scalp will help the saturation into the cuticle. In the salon I put people under the hair dryer to speed up the process. I will put it on my daughters super curly hair and have her sleep in it and it's great that way too. Take note though that you will probably need to shampoo twice to remove the oil but it will still leave behind the conditioning benefits.
6. I am starting to offer scalp treatments in the salon using coconut oil and essential oils. I just feel like it is an amazing relaxing experience that when researching many of the stylists in the area are not offering. I went to a beauty school that was super old school where we learned shampoo sets, finger waves, perms and taught the art of a good scalp treatment that includes a scalp massage as well. The stimulation of the scalp has been said to help hair grow faster and aid in regrowth. At the same time it is great for dry scalp, dandruff, and itchy scalp. And come on who doesn't want to have their scalp massaged? I'm often told the shampooing is people's favorite part of their haircut so why not get some extra time of it.
7. One of the amazing qualities of coconut oil is that naturally has antibacterial qualities and when essential oils like tea tree are added into the mix it just adds to that benefit as tea tree also has the same antibacterial properties. I will be mixing essential oils with my scalp treatments tailored to my clients needs or desires.
There is always more uses for this amazing oil and I would love your comments below or on my Facebook page about any ways you use it. I am always up for learning new things!
Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped or given you some new natural treatments to try out! As always I'd love to see you in my salon and you can book 24/7 on my online site by going to www.jessicasoper.com and it is totally mobile friendly!
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