Girls, let’s be honest. Most of us don’t like our hair. I was reading an article in Elle magazine (It’s entitled “The Mane Event”. You should really read it if you have the chance, it’s VERY informative!) that says only 22% of American women are happy with their hair. How sad is that? So many of us aren’t happy with our luscious locks, but I’d bet that most of us work and work to try to achieve hair satisfaction.
If you read the article, it will give you a nice list of things to avoid that will ruin your hair and make it more fragile over time. I won’t write them all here now,-though I did list a few in my first post, Eager to Share (8 Hair Tips)-because there’s an entirely different purpose to this blog post.
I was SO excited when I read in this article that coconut oil based products are great for one’s hair. I’m a huge fan of coconut oil treatments, and it’s really great to see other people using them, too.
I’ve talked to a few people who want help doing this treatment, and I figured now would be a GREAT time to make a step-by-step post about it! It’s my favorite thing to do for my hair. Coconut oil strengthens hair, prevents future damage, and makes it noticeably softer. I’ve noticed increase shine and healthy appearance over time, if the weather cooperates. We all know there’s no help for our hair’s appearance on a humid day… even coconut oil can’t overcome that. But anyway, let’s begin.
Step 1: Buy Coconut Oil
I find mine in two places: in the cooking section of a grocery store, or in the organic health food section.
I buy 14 oz jars of it that look like:
This is my third jar of coconut oil that I’ve ever purchased, and I’ve been using this stuff in my hair for about 2.5 years now. So the jars themselves may look expensive, but seriously, it’s WORTH IT.
Step 2: Warm up your Coconut Oil
Coconut oil melts very easily. I don’t know the exact temperature it melts into a liquid at, but it’s somewhere just above room temperature. It’s easier to put the oil in your hair at a liquid, so if it’s a solid, you’ll need to melt it. The best technique I’ve found is filling a pot with water and bringing it to a boil, then putting your jar of coconut oil straight into the water. Let it sit in the warm water for a few minutes, and it will have melted into a liquid.
Step 3: Prepare the Scene
Once you start putting oil in your hair, your hands will be pretty oily, so just prepare for that. What I mean is…don’t start anything that you’ll NEED to finish immediately. Don’t put some food in the oven, or plan to do something with your friends. I like apply my oil when I’m ready to turn in for the night.
Comb your hair through so that there are no knots, and grab a couple of ponytail holders to secure your hair once you’re finished.
Have you done that? Okay, now get the jar and set it down next to you. I used to dip my hands straight in the jar repeatedly and just go straight from the jar to my hair with my hands. However, that got a little gross, because strands of my hair would end up back in the jar when I dipped my hands in again.
What I started doing was unscrewing the top of the jar, and pouring some of the oil into the lid. I fill the lid about halfway full, and that’s usually all the oil I need.
If you have short hair, you don’t need NEARLY that much. Fill the lid about 1/4 full, and if you find yourself needing more, feel free to use it. The more, the better!
Step 4: Apply the oil
Like I said, you should have a lid half-full of liquid oil by now. This is the fun part!
Dip your fingers straight into the oil-filled lid, then just apply it to your hair! It may be weird if you’ve never done anything like this before, but you’ll get used to it, I promise. I begin by applying to my ends. I go from the middle of my hair down to the ends. When those are pretty well saturated, I start applying it to my roots and my scalp. I’ve learned that the oil is very good for your scalp, not just your hair. It moisturizes the skin, keeping it healthy. Not only do I apply the oil to my roots, lately I’ve begun massaging it straight into the scalp, as well. It feels great, and it does wonders for my hair!
Just keep applying more oil until you’ve used up all that you have in your lid and your hair looks thoroughly soaked. As I mentioned before, if you feel that your hair is still a little dry, go ahead and use some more. I keep applying it until my hair looks so wet that a stranger might think I’d just gone for a swim.
That’s all oil, baby.
Step 5: Now we wait…
I braid my hair in french braid to secure my bangs and keep my oily hair out of my face. If there’s one thing that I cannot stress enough, it’s that you MUST keep the oil in your hair for at least an hour. I’ve talked to people who’ve only left it in for about 15 minutes, and they saw no results. The oil needs time to really soak into your hair, so please give it that time.
You can leave it on for an hour or two while you bum around your house, but I prefer to sleep on it. The only problem is that it makes your pillow smell like coconut oil, but if that really bothers you, you can put a plastic bag over your hair, or cover your pillow with a towel.
Step 6: The big reveal!
You’ll need to use shampoo to get all the coconut oil of your hair. Since I only wash my hair every three days, I only use coconut oil every three days. (Which is just fine with me, using it more often would get expensive.) Wash your hair twice to get all the oil out, and really scrub your scalp and your hair. You don’t want any of that oil left behind, or you would look greasy when you go out. Once you’ve washed your hair, do the rest of your haircare routine as usual, including any conditioners you may use.
I would suggest using coconut oil every other day at the most. I’ve experienced stimulated hair growth when using it this frequently, but I don’t recommend doing it for an extended period of time. Like mentioned before, if you use it too much, it just becomes a very expensive habit. To achieve optimum results, use it anywhere from every 3 days to once a week.
I’ve talked to many people who have tried coconut oil before, and I’ve seen a variety of results. Some people saw an immediate difference in their hair in both appearance and feel. I was not so lucky. It took me a month or two before I noticed my hair getting stronger, and almost a year before I noticed my hair looking any shinier at all. What I’m trying to say is just be patient. Know that even if you don’t notice any difference, you really are helping your hair by keeping it moist and conditioned.
If you want to try this new treatment and you know me personally, I’d be more than happy to do it with you the first time. I’ll even let you use my coconut oil so you can see if you like it before you spend any of your own money!
With Love ❤