Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I'm In Love With the Coco


Along with a majority of the natural hair community, as of late I have recently become a coconut oil enthusiast.  Not only is it great for cooking and for the skin, but it is also great for natural hair care. While it may be disguised as a cooking oil in your local grocery store in reality this stuff is magic in a jar that can work wonders on kinky textured hair!

One of coconut oil's unique characteristics is the fact that it is a penetrative oil. Because of its fatty acid and small molecular structures (yeah, I did some research) coconut oil is good for the hair because it penetrates the hair unlike like most oils which sit on top of the hair shaft. Many naturals use coconut oil as a pre-poo treatment (I know, the word sounds very inappropriate, but for those of you who are not familiar with the term  pre-pooing it simply means to apply product to you hair before washing to prevent shampoo from stripping your hair of its natural oils). Using coconut oil prior to shampooing will help protect  your hair from breakage all while making your hair significantly softer, easier to detangle, and moisturized.

While coconut oil is most effective when used on wet hair, it can also be used as sealant on dry hair. When used on dry hair the oil will not penetrate the hair, but don't let this stop you form using it! Apply your favorite water based leave in conditioner then apply coconut oil to prevent the water from the leave in conditioner from evaporating from you hair. The result? Hair that will be able to remain moisturized for longer.

This is just a glimpse of what coconut oil can do. After discovering coconut oil about a year ago I have not been disappointed. Whether it is being used to help your hair flourish or to give your skin a smooth silky feeling, coconut oil has slowly made its way into my hair and skin care regimens.

xoxo,
Akilah


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