It's no secret that I'm in love with about five single-ingredient products: coconut oil, chia seeds, bee pollen, witch hazel, and coffee.
Anyway, back to coconut oil. I literally use coconut oil for everything. EVERYTHING. Frying, baking, spreading, facial moisturizer, body lotion, after-sun care, nutritional supplement, hand cream. One of my favorite coconut oil uses, though, is as a hair mask. I have really fine hair. When it's healthy, it shines like crazy. But, when it's dried out, it's crunchy and frizzy. Not pretty wavy and textured, but crunchy (I know you know what I mean...).
Here's how it works:
- Start with an unrefined coconut oil. It'll be a solid in the tub, but will quickly melt in your hand.
- After your shower at night, take between a teaspoon and a tablespoon-sized glob in your fingers, depending on the length of your hair.
- Work quickly to massage it through your hair. You'll want to make sure you've covered all the way from your roots to your ends. Use extra oil, if needed.
- Find a way to pull your hair up and back so it's not flopping around.
- Sleep with your hair this way (use a shower cap, if you are worried about greasing up your pillowcase).
- In the morning, wash and condition your hair as usual. When your hair dries, it'll be super silky, shiny, and soft! For me, it lasts about a week in turbo hair mode and then starts to wear off.
- Depending on your particular hair type, repeat every week to two weeks, as needed.