Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Coconut Oil

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

I started using Coconut Oil at the beginning of my hair journey back in August 2010. I barely used it and I knew so little about oils then that when winter rolled around and the Coconut Oil solidified, I threw it out because I thought something was wrong with it (FYI Coconut Oil is solid when kept at temperatures less than 75°F/24ºC)

Fast forward 3 years and I finally decided to buy it again. I now I can't imagine my hair regimen without Coconut Oil and feel so stupid for ever throwing this precious stuff in the bin. It has so many uses, for the hair, skin and body, but this post concentrates entirely on it's benefits on those tresses.


The Good Stuff
Coconut Oil is packed with vitamins which help keep the scalp and hair nourished. Coconut oil is one of the few oils which can actually penetrate the outer layer of the hair strand. It effectively holds in moisture and prevents protein loss. Coconut oil greatly benefits damaged or high porosity high, as these types absorb the oil when wet more readily than healthy hair. It is also claimed to help with hair growth and slow hair loss. I especially love that this oil provides all these benefits whilst being very lightweight and leaves the hair with a gorgeous shine.

Cold Pressed, Virgin, Unrefined?
You'll often see these terms to describe oils. The Coconut Oil I use is Virgin Coconut Oil which is unrefined and has been extracted using a cold pressing technique. Essentially what this means is nothing has been added to the oil - it's pure and totally natural. Cold pressing allows the oil to be extracted without any of the goodness being lost. Generally, if you want to get the most from your oil, I'd say go for something that is as close to it's natural form as possible by having the above qualities.

How I use it
I like to apply Coconut oil to damp hair before shampooing to protect my hair from the process. I love to scoop about a teaspoons worth into the palm of my hands and rub it together to warm it up. After it's melted, which usually takes a few seconds, I apply it to my hair. I start by generously saturating my ends with it and then move up to rest of my hair before giving my scalp a quick massage. I leave this on for 10 minutes or so, often with a plastic cap on to warm up the oil with the heat from my head.  

I love to use Coconut Oil pre shampoo as it prevents the hair strand from taking up too much moisture. When the hair is washed it swells to take in water and it contracts as it dries. I always emphasise the need for moisture in the hair but this repeated swelling and contracting of the hair strand during the washing process can cause damage over time. Coconut Oil therefore protects the hair from overswelling making it an effective pre shampoo treatment.

Where to buy?
Coconut Oil can be found in supermarkets or health food stores. I'm currently using The Groovy Food Company Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (£6/260ml) which I purchased from Tesco

Do you use Coconut Oil?
Lesley x

26 comments :

  1. Yes and I love it! When I first tried it over 5years ago, I didnt like it at all. Turns out I was using "fake" coconut oil (the ktc brand) which made my hair hard. Ever since I use organic coconut oil my hair feels very strong yet soft. I also use it on my face at night.

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  2. Yes and I love it! When I first tried it over 5years ago, I didnt like it at all. Turns out I was using "fake" coconut oil (the ktc brand) which made my hair hard. Ever since I use organic coconut oil my hair feels very strong yet soft. I also use it on my face at night.

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  3. I love coconut oil for my hair as well as my skin!

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  4. I also like to melt the coconut oil and then mix it with my conditioner, you can also add a teaspoon the hot water as you are running a bath

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  5. This is my preferred prepoo oil.

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  6. I use it too; either for prepoo or mixed with other oils for sealing.

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  7. I love coconut oil and have used it along my hair journey.

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  8. I love coconut oil, I've never seen it in Tesco though. I've actually stopped using it because I've gone off the smell.
    Mixed Hair

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  9. I need to start using it again too.

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  10. Love coconut oil! Ue it in my face for the same reasons as above. Keeps the elastacy and keeps the skin Young and smooth.

    I use it after washing my hair, to get shine. I read somewhere that the most useful agents in the oil are water souble and rinsed away when in water.

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  11. Thank you all for commenting. It seems I'm not the only one that loves Coconut Oil
    @Lee-Anne, I never thought of putting it in my bath, sounds awesome!

    x

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  12. Great post, I too use coconut oil before I wash my hair I usually leave it in for 15 to 30 minutes. Usually however long it take me to check my emails in the morning and grad a glass on milk or water lol. I also started using it for my skin after I shower that or almond oil it great too :)

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  13. i also use coconut oil for everything,i love the smell too ,i use it to massage on my scalp, and also for sealing my hair. Mine is always the same because i live in a very hot region it never solidifies. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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  14. Yes, I love coconut oil ( I use the Vatika Oil blend). I've been considering using this oil exclusively in my regimen. It's just a thought for right now, but I'm giving it serious consideration.

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  15. I love coconut oil every which way till Sunday. Not only for hair and skin. I also use a tsp in my hot choclate, cream of wheat and oatmeal. I scramble my eggs with it, put it on my toast and have started using it in some recipes that call for butter/Margarine.
    I LOVE COCONUT OIL.

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  16. Coconut Oil is one of my best oil ever now although I hated it before! But I reaaally like it on my hair, specially for my ends which may be splitted because it is a very penetrating oil !

    xx

    www.thepeppymay.blogspot.com

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  17. I love coconut oil...I use it to cook as well as a hot oil treatment. http://hardworkingncmomma.blogspot.com/

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  18. I just but some coconut oil.Cant wait to try it once I take out my single braids!

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  19. Oh my adore coconut oil; I use it all the time as an oil treatment; love your blog just found it and I promptly followed; hope you can check out mine and do the same :)
    Afeeyah xo

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  20. Coconut oil is my savior, i can't get enough of it!

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  21. I can't get enough of coconut oil!! xx

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  22. I love coconut oil. If I use it, its typically to seal my ends or as a butter/margarine replacement for cooking as well as a cooking oil. I've been meaning to try a hot oil treatment though...

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  23. I've heard this stuff is amazing for when you're bleaching your hair :) and your hair is super amazing so I may well have to trust it!

    Rags of Love-Alternative London Fashion and Beauty Blog

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