The other day I was having a drink with a friend and we started discussing Purim, as one does this time of year. We laughed at how cute the pictures of our friend’s children were in our instagram feed. Naturally, the discussion moved to a more general discussion of Judaism which included the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt, this only led to the the modern, social implications tied to the splitting of the Red Sea when – just kidding, we were talking about my hair. Obviously, what else would we be talking about.
It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a full head of “dry and damaged” hair. While I am still getting used to the new texture of my recently bleached locks, there are some crispy ends I wanted to rid myself of… Another obvious notion is that everyone who can read, hear, or see knows about coconut oil and how “GREAT” it is supposed to be for any and all beauty purposes. I myself, never really tried it before. Something about it always seemed fishy. But drastic times call for drastic measures, and in this case… not so drastic times call for not so drastic measures since all I did was walk a block and buy some coconut oil.
First thing first. You need to buy unrefined, organic coconut oil.
Refined coconut oil has additives and is put through processes that remove some of the natural compounds that make it so healthy for your hair and skin. Unrefined coconut oil is complete in its natural, healthy state.
Now, almost everything I read on the internet suggested to use about 4 to 5 tablespoons for thick hair. As we learned from a professional here, I have extremely thick hair. However, I knew better than to use 4 to 5 tablespoons. I’ve read one to many sob stories online about girls spending weeks getting this concoction out of their hair. Listen, I am by no means the the coconut oil police, so do what you want, but I strongly suggest, at most, using 3 tablespoons.
Next, after heating the coconut oil in the microwave for about a minute, I painted my hair with the oil, pretty heavily. I absolutely did not paint my scalp. The scalp has plenty of natural oils, plus those new baby hairs should be pretty healthy compared to their older brothers and sisters down near my shoulders. Again, do whatever you want, but for realz don’t put coconut oil on your scalp.
Finally, I wrapped it up in a towel and let it sit for the next several hours or what was actually half of American Hustle and most of some Louis C.K. stand up show on HBO. Washed twice and conditioned. Went to bed, and woke up with what I would consider to be much softer, much shinier, and overall much more healthy hair.Pros: 1.) softness 2.) shine 3.) a healthy look 4.) easy enough to do 5.) smelled nice
The coconut oil hair mask did exactly what I hoped it would: smoothed out all the crispy edges. I realize there are more pros than cons and I do recommend you give this a try. However, the thing is, I now know that I quite like my “damaged and dry” look. The hair reinvention was always supposed to be more Kurt Cobain, and not so much Linda Fargo.
What are your experiences with coconut oil? Good or Bad? Pros and Cons please…***beauty always comes from within, photos taken by Amanda Teague, xoxo behind the mirror***