The Best Natural Hair Treatment You Never Heard About

January 15, 2010

Do this.  To your hair.  Now!

I'm not kidding, you'll thank me!  You may already have this product in your pantry, but if not, you can easily pick up a jar.  You don't need to go to the beauty supply or the salon though.  And you don't need to take out a loan to buy it!

What is it?  Coconut oil!  You can get it at Whole Foods, Sprouts, or any health food/natural foods store.  You can order it online from Swanson Vitamins or Vitacost and probably tons of other sites.  You may even be able to find it at a well-stocked grocery store.  I get mine at my favorite hippie health food store called Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage.  For a 16 ounce jar, you can expect to pay only around $10.

I have coconut oil in my pantry because I put it in my smoothie each morning.  I never thought about smearing it on my hair though until I was reading on Beauty Brains about an expensive hair treatment called Ojon ($55).  Ojon is made of palm oil from the rainforest, plus fragrance and some extracts. The Beauty Brains said that coconut oil and palm oil are essentially the same thing, and each will actually penetrate the hair's cortex.  Most conditioners only coat the surface of the hair shaft, and don't get into the hair itself.

Penetrating the hair's cortex can help replace the natural oil that we lose simply by washing our hair.  When you replace that oil, you're “refatting” the hair.  The Beauty Brains suggested that using a coconut oil based conditioner could be as effective as Ojon.  I've since seen online that lots of girls are just using plain ol' coconut oil, and getting good results so I had to try it.

Coconut oil is solid in my house right now since it's 60-something degrees, but it will be liquid when the inside temp is in the 70s.  Since it's solid I took a blob and warmed it in my hands a bit til it softened.  Then I just started rubbing it into my hair.  My hair's almost shoulder length and is a little thin now (dang hormones), and I used three walnut-sized blobs of coconut oil.  I combed it through, and let it sit for about an hour.  Ojon recommends leaving their treatment on overnight when possible, so I may try that with the coconut oil when I can.

After an hour, I rinsed really well with pretty warm water, and then had to shampoo twice before the oil was out of my hair.  I did use my regular dab of Pureology conditioner afterward, since the coconut oil is supposed to work inside the hair and not outside.

What were the results?  My hair was softer, shinier, fuller and had more body.  It even had less frizz before flat-ironing.  After the next shampoo two days later, the results are still there.

I'm planning to give my hair this little tropical treat once a week.  It's easy, it smells fabulous, I can do it myself, and it makes my hair happy.  What more could I want?  Give it a try and let me know how you like it!


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