When I first started my healthy hair journey almost 5 years ago, coconut oil was a godsend. Whether I used it as a pre-poo, an aid to my roller setting lotion, or a sealant, it always gave me good results. Since I've been natural, coconut oil hasn't been very agreeable to my hair. I still try it once in a while, but haven't been impressed with the results.
This weekend we had a holiday party, and probably 90% of the women there were natural or transitioning to natural. Of course, many of the female conversations were about hair! One of my friends who went natural about a year ago, and has beautiful, healthy, color-treated hair, told me that coconut oil has really helped. I complained that I still haven't found a product that my hair absorbs, and she told me that coconut oil is the only thing her hair really drinks in. For her, it's best as a pre-poo before she shampoos her hair. I knew I needed to wash my hair the next day, so I decided to give the coconut oil another try. I applied a generous amount from root to tip, put on a plastic cap and a satin scarf and went to bed. I planned to wash my hair in the morning, but our water heater died, and I didn't get to wash my hair until later in the afternoon. So the coconut oil was in my hair for over 12 hours. When I took the plastic cap off, my hair definitely looked moist, but it also looked like it had some weight, which I wanted- to me, that meant that the oil was penetrating into my hair. I co-washed my hair and deep conditioned with Aubrey Organics GPB. After I rinsed, I applied a dime-sized amount of Curly Kinky Knot Today Leave-In and sprayed aloe vera juice all over. I twisted my hair with Ecostyler gel. When I took the twists out this morning, my hair was moist and shiny:
I definitely think the shine came from the coconut oil and aloe vera gel. I'm going to continue to pre-poo with the coconut oil. When it worked for me before, after a couple of months my hair got to a state where I didn't have to use it every week. I'm hoping this will happen again.
I'm really happy about my growth. Can you see my black tips from the color I had put in in May? I can't wait to get rid of them. That part is so much frizzier and hard to manage than the rest of my hair!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Nutrient rich vegetable butters condition hair, restoring moisture, body and shine. Enhances curls, minimizes frizz and provides curl control. For thick, curly hair. Sulfate-free and color-safe.
- Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
- Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness and silkiness
- Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine
- No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, or animal ingredients
Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Vegetable Glycerin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein , Ammonium Salt , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Sorbitol Esters , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) , Caprylyl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
There are no directions on the jar
The first time I used this product, I used it on my wash and go. I didn't like it at all. It was sticky, left a film on my hair and didn't enhance any curls! It also left my hair feeling dry. Last night, I used it to twist my hair on a 2 day old twistout. I dampened my hair with a water/oil/leave-in mix, applied a little shea butter to my hair, and then the curl enhancing smoothie before I did about 8 flat twists. I love the smell of this! While I twisted, I felt like the product made my hair more moist and smooth. When I woke up and took out my twists, my hair felt really soft and moist. The unfortunate part was that my curls were not defined...not even close to what I wanted. There also was no clumping, which is important to me and my fine strands. I'll definitely have to re-twist again tonight with a product with stronger hold.
Since I love how much this moisturized my hair, AND I love the smell, I'm not going to give up on it. Next time I use it, I'll have to also use some gel. I would also use it on an already defined twistout as a moisturizer.
12/13/12 Update: I don't think this is the product for me right now. Last night, I co-washed and twisted my hair using the smoothie and ecostyler gel. My curls were still not defined, and although my hair feels moist, it looks a little dull. I'll stick to what I know for now, and re-visit this product in a few months when I have a little more length.