Coconut oil is my favorite deep conditioner for my hair. Most oils just coat your hair providing minimal moisturizing and repair. But not coconut oil. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize from within, repair damaged hair, and protect your hair from future damage from hair products & heat.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
- Moisturizes your hair and scalp
- Is anti-fungal and gets rid of dandruff
- Penetrates the hair shaft
- Protects your hair from losing protein when washing which results in thicker hair
- Contains vitamin E and lauric acid, both are essential for strong, healthy hair and prevent hair loss
- Contains fatty acids that strengthen your hair resulting in less split ends
- Gives your hair a healthy shine
For an added boost, you can add essential oils to your coconut oil. This is optional. Essential oils good for your hair are:
- Cedarwood (dry scalp and dandruff)
- Peppermint (oily scalp and hair loss)
- Rosemary (dandruff and hair loss)
- Clary Sage
- Ylang ylang
- Sandalwood (hair loss)
- Melaleuca (dandruff)
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
- *Rosemary and ylang ylang are my favorite
- **The more hair you have, the more coconut oil you will need.
- ***Your scalp produces sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that moisturizes your scalp. If you are oily (skin and/or hair), you probably produce a lot of sebum & do not need extra moisture directly on your scalp. I am oily.
How To Wash Coconut Oil Out of Your Hair
How easy it is to get this magical deep conditioner out of your hair depends on your hair type and your shampoo. I’ve heard some people say it washes right out without a problem. Others say it takes several washes to get it out. It is difficult for me to get it out of my hair. I use the no poo method (shampoo with baking soda and condition with apple cider vinegar). The baking soda just doesn’t get all the oil out of my hair, but neither did shampoo when I used commercial shampoo (I used this one before I transitioned to no poo).
But what does work is an egg wash followed by a very small amount of castile soap.
- I mix one egg with about 2 tablespoons of water, massage into my hair and scalp, leave for 5-10 minutes, rinse.
- Be sure to rinse with luke warm water, as cool as you can stand for rinsing your hair. If you use hot water, you will cook the egg and end up with scrambled eggs in your hair.
- I follow with about a teaspoon of castile soap, massage into my hair and scalp, rinse.
Why an Egg Wash?
Here are the reasons an egg wash removes the coconut oil hair mask:
- Eggs clarify your hair removing buildup
- Eggs cut through oil & grease
- Eggs have lots of protein to strengthen and thicken your hair
- Eggs have vitamins A, D, & E which add shine to your hair
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