An easy and inexpensive way to have the softest hair imaginable? Yep. And coconut oil is the answer.
If you’re a long-time reader, you know I will go to great lengths to have awesomely soft hair.
To wit, I’ve done an avocado hair mask.
Verdict: Exceptionally messy, but worth it.
And a banana treatment.
Verdict: Also exceptionally messy, but worth it.
And even the great mayonnaise experiment.
Verdict: Exceptionally messy *and* gross, but worth it. I mean, a boy even noticed the difference, without even a touch test first.
So this time? Coconut oil.
Coconut oil is all the rage these days. For a variety of uses. And considering I have a giant 54 oz vat of it from Costco, well, this pleases me to no end.
So far, I have just been using it for softer skin, which has been particularly important after this rather punishing Winter we’ve had in the Northeast.
I would love to start “oil pulling,” but I’m currently working myself up for that one. Because the feedback is that while it is wonderful, it’s also gross. A friend gagged after her first attempt, and I know it’s definitely mind over matter, so I fully intend to conquer that one.
But coconut oil as a conditioning treatment?
I’m totally down with that.
A friend had used it to great success, and she said just shampoo and then add coconut oil as a conditioner, and leave it on overnight, and rinse out.
All of which is wonderful. Except she left out the part of re-shampooing the next morning. Because otherwise? Coconut oil does not just rinse out. I assure you. And I was silently cursing myself for trying this the night before a date, since I was then left with washing and styling my hair twice in a six hour period.
You don’t need to leave it on overnight to reap the rewards. Just shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Then apply the coconut oil all over and use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the oil throughout every strand. Then shampoo your hair again and dry and/or style as you normally would.
It could not be easier, you just need to make sure to shampoo again *after* the coconut oil goes in your hair.
And the result?
Even just after one use.
Your hair could not be softer. More manageable. More awesome. It’s like how it is right after you leave a salon. Without having to make the trip to the salon. I extolled the virtues of it and a co-worker used it and it instantly made her usually-frizzy hair manageable.
And it’s been amazing for Madeline’s hair texture, which is prone to knotting if we don’t spend an hour on it every day.
Whether you buy a small jar or jump in with both feet first, using coconut oil as a conditioning treatment for your hair is an inexpensive beauty tip with massive results. And with so many other uses for coconut oil beyond that, that super size jar from Costco for $12 is worth every penny.
*And if you need more uses for your giant tub of coconut oil, this is a great list to check out.