Along with everyone else in the world, we have already trumpeted the many beauty benefits of coconut oil. Applied topically, it helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance all skin types, and according to Rose-Marie Swift, founder of rms beauty, it’s the “best makeup remover ever.” Not surprisingly, coconut oil is also great for hair. It’s a superstar moisturizer, and according to one study done in India, penetrates the hair shaft well because of its molecular structure. Not to mention, it smells amazing.
This easy treatment works on all hair types, and is especially good for thick and coarse hair.
• 1–2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil (for really short hair, do half a teaspoon)
• 1 teaspoon honey
Fine hair: pomegranate seed oil
Wavy hair: sweet almond oil
Coarse hair: avocado oil
Thick hair: olive oil
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste. Apply to damp hair, concentrating especially on the ends. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then shampoo it out and condition per usual. For extra moisturizing or very coarse hair, you can wear it overnight: after applying the mixture, wrap locks well with plastic wrap and/or a towel, and shampoo and condition in the morning. That’s it!
Note: some people find coconut oil difficult to rinse out, but it will all depend on your hair type. If you feel like you overdid it, use a clarifying shampoo, or make your own by mixing a palmful of baking soda into your regular shampoo. That should do the trick!
We know there are a million ways to use coconut oil in your grooming routine. Tell us how you use it in the comments!
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