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!