Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY | Coconut Oil Hair Care

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I've had a few people ask me how I keep my thick hair so long, and split-end free, so I thought I would share my hair care regiment. Every few weeks I apply a coconut oil treatment to my hair. This leaves my hair feeling so soft & silky, and it looks
nice and shiny as well. I'm going to show you the easy steps to living a life with healthier hair!



needoilWhat you need:

Unrefined Coconut Oil
Table Spoon
Microwavable Safe Container
Hair Cover/Wrap
Old Shirt



When choosing what kind of coconut oil to use, make sure that it is "unrefined" rather than refined. Refined oil has additives that remove the natural components of the oil, which we don't want. I chose to use the 12oz Spring Valley Coconut Oil because it was the only one I could find at the store without ordering it online. If you want to order online, you could get an assortment of sizes all the way up to 54 oz jars! It is such a bargain, I will probably do that next time, considering I use coconut oil for many different things as well. You can find other brands online here.

Your spoon doesn't necessarily need to be a table spoon measurement. Just as long as it isn't a giant spoon, you will be fine.

For your hair covering, you could use anything from a t-shirt to a shower cap. If you are planning to keep the oil in your hair overnight, choose something that will cover your hair securely so your pillow doesn't get drenched in oil. I hate spending money on unnecessary things, so I keep all of my vegetable bags from the super market and use that instead of purchasing a shower cap. They're free, and sometimes biodegradable! ☺

So now that you have everything you need, let's move onto the how-to.
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How to:

First steps first, figure out what kind of hair you have. And when I say what kind, I mean the thickness. The thickness of your hair will tell you how much coconut oil you will need to use for each treatment. I would say that I have medium-thick hair, so I use about 3 table spoons of coconut oil in my treatment. Here is what I recommend to go by for your hair thickness:



Very Thin Hair ➵ 1 Spoon
Thin - Average Hair ➵ 2 Spoons
Medium - Thick Hair ➵ 3 Spoons
Thick Hair ➵ 4 Spoons
Very Thick Hair ➵ 5 Spoons

After you figure out how much oil you need, put the appropriate amount into your microwavable safe container. Pop it into the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until you see it starts to melt for the most part. Stir it up a bit, then stick it in for another 15-30 seconds. However much you need until it is fully melted. Then the fun part begins.

diyGo into a room where you can pour the oil into your hair, that does not have a floor that you will cry over if it gets some oil in it. If you don't have such a place, just stand in your bathtub while you pour it on your head. While you pour the oil in your hair, make sure to get down into your roots, massaging them gently. Also, get those pesky split ends. After your hair is drenched, and you look like you haven't showered in a month, you are ready for your hair cover to go on. (if your hair still feels dry in some places, warm up some more oil to put in.) I usually twist my hair up, clip it with a hair clip, and put my vegetable bag on my head, securing it with a hair tie to make sure it stays on.

For my routine coconut oil treatments a few times a month, I leave the oil in my hair for about an hour or so. But, you can leave it in your hair as long as you like, the longer the better. Some people even leave it in overnight to get the maximum treatment, but I wouldn't trust my makeshift shower cap, so purchase an actual cap if you decide to leave it in overnight.

When you decide your treatment is over, wash your hair through a couple of times with shampoo to make sure the oil comes out. I use Dove Moisturizing Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair because it is SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) free. This is a chemical found in many shampoos and it is also found in industrial cleaners. So when choosing your shampoo, it's good to make sure it is SLS free.

And now, you're done!

You can decide the frequency of using this treatment, and like I said, the longer you leave it in, the better. As well, the more often you do it, the better.

I hope you found this DIY helpful! If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below, and I'll be sure to get around to answering them.

3 comments :

  1. I love coconut oil and its many uses. I will have to tell my daughter to try your method. =0)
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Me too, I'm always surprised by all of the good this oil can do! :)
    And thank you, have a wonderful weekend as well!

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