You know what? Even professional hairstylists can have the same issues as our clients.
Dryness, dull and lifeless hair, split ends, etc. And even though we know about all the best deep conditioners, leave-in treatments and other products to spruce up our locks, sometimes it helps to just get back to basics, nature style.
I was mentioning my dry hair woes to my colorist Kelli, and she told me to try coconut oil.
"One of my clients came in and her hair was the softest it has ever been. I asked her what she's been using, and she said coconut oil. Like, 'on the shelf in the grocery store next to the olive oil' coconut oil."
So I ran out that evening and picked up a jar of coconut oil to deep condition my locks.
The oil comes in solid form, but as soon as it warms up, either from the warmth of your hand or the warm steam in the shower, it liquifies and becomes spreadable.
My greatest fear in trying this natural conditioner is that it would make my hair greasy and heavy.
Childhood memories began to surface, and I recalled a time when my mom did a hot oil treatment on my hair.
It was soft, yes, but it was also extremely oily. YES I KNOW. Oily hair from an oil treatment---surprising. At this point you may be thinking,"so Kate. Are hot oil treatments good for your hair?"
I'd answer with a simple "meh." Hot oil treatments aren't bad for your hair, but they don't add much other than, that's right, oil and weight. Instead, consider coconut oil since it's lighter, and just as conditioning.
Anyway, back to reality: I tried the coconut oil by scooping out about 1 tablespoon, emulsifying it in my hands, and rubbing it from mid-shaft to ends on my wet, freshly shampoo'd hair. I let it sit for about 6 minutes. Then I rinsed, and followed up with my normal conditioner.
And man was I impressed. It filled in all the holes of dryness and left me with stronger-feeling, softer hair. And absolutely no oily residue. And since then, my hair has been in fantastic shape.
It's a subtle deep conditioner. You may not feel an extreme difference between the before and after, but I noticed the integrity of my hair was restored especially as I styled it.
Join me in the coconut oil tree hugging, would you? Maybe split a can with your neighbor since it seems you can only buy it in one size. Or, maybe you could begin cooking with it as well, who knows.
I've found a few other articles on the many wonderful uses of coconut oil too:
The Glitter Guide / Adding Coconut Oil to your Beauty Routine
101 Uses for Coconut Oil