Nothing says you’ve given up on yourself like having brittle, dry hair, but you shouldn’t go overboard and spend beaucoup bucks on it to steer clear of unsightly frizz or dandruff either. Frequent trips to the salon and constantly hauling in hair care products are bound to cause irreparable damage to your scalp and follicles sooner rather than later.
Transitioning from artificial hair care treatments to organic conditioners shouldn’t have a high barrier of entry. However, the sheer number of essential oils out on the market is a potential source of confusion for the newly converted. Coconut oil may not be an essential oil, but its benefits set it apart from other types of essential oil in a positive light—choosing it over everything else for the meantime is a good start.
If homemade beauty products aren’t your thing, there are a lot of readymade hair care treatments that are still plenty organic, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Coconut oil’s restorative properties aren’t limited to external applications though: putting a spoonful of coconut oil down the hatch daily will provide the necessary nutrients required to regain your ‘do’s natural strength.
Coconut oil stands works fine by itself, but you can reward your creative and potentially entrepreneurial side (if you ever decide to sell whatever you make) by mixing it with other kinds of organic substances. A conditioning treatment—made of a single banana and avocado, two spoonfuls of mayo, and three tablespoons of coconut oil—for instance, will keep your hair healthy and lustrous. All you need to do is mash each fruit and blend them until they’re smooth, stirring in the coconut oil and mayo shortly afterward. Cover dry strands for thirty to forty-five minutes with the finished mixture for best results. Another distinct hair treatment which highlights the versatility of coconut oil-based recipes requires 2 tablespoons of shea butter and a spoonful each of jojoba oil and unrefined virgin coconut oil. Mix shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler until liquefied first. Stir in jojoba oil after it’s been removed from heat and leave it to solidify in the fridge afterwards. Whipping it with any kind of hand mixer until it reaches a creamy consistency will be necessary before you apply it to your hair. Make the most of it by applying the finished product for 20 minutes or more to freshly shampooed hair.
Hair care experts recommend wearing a shower cap to fully retain the benefits of mixtures infused with virgin coconut oil extracts.