Hey there, citizens of PrimalGirl!
Tara’s assistant Donyel here. I’m going to talk to you all a little bit about how coconut oil can make your outside look just as great as it makes your insides feel.
To be honest, when I first heard about using coconut oil on your hair and skin, I was more than just a little bit apprehensive. It just didn’t make sense to me. Although I used coconut oil in my smoothies, coffee, and stirfrys all the time, I couldn’t bring myself to slather it on my skin, let alone my hair? Could something that I was ingesting on a regular basis be used topically too?
The more I kept hearing my friends gush about the numerous cosmetic benefits, the less apprehensive I became. I finally mustered up the guts to try it on my skin. I rubbed the oil so that it melted between the warmth of my fingers and then rubbed it into my face before going to sleep. When I woke up in the morning, my skin was soft, supple, and totally moisturized (Note: This causes acne and breakouts for some people depending on your skin type, so my results may not be typical).
Buoyed by my success, I decided to try it on my hair too. Since going Paleo, I no longer shampoo my hair (you can read more about Tara’s experience with that here). And as a result, while the health of my hair improved immensely, I was having trouble controlling the frizz and errant curls without the use of hair products. After reading about the smoothing and shining affects of coconut oil, I knew I had to give this a try.
And to be honest, it kind of surprised me. I knew that coconut oil was great for your insides. Weight loss, lower cholesterol, improved metabolism…the benefits are numerous. But who knew that it could make your outside feel so wonderful too??!?
Things You Will Need:
1. Coconut oil (organic and unrefined — refined coconut oil will not penetrate the hair follicles)
2. A Comb
3. A towel or soft t-shirt (that you don’t mind ruining)
Step #1: Take 1 tablespoon (or 2 if you have longer hair like mine) of coconut oil, and rub it in your hands so that the oil melts. Keep rubbing until your hands are coated with the oil.
Step #2: Use both of your hands to saturate your hair with the oil. Focus on the ends more than your scalp, as your scalp produces natural oils and is in less need of moisturizing.
Step #3: Comb your hair to ensure that the oil is distributed evenly, and that your mane is free of all knots and tangles.
Step #4: Wrap your hair in a soft towel or t-shirt and secure it. If possible, do this at night and leave it in overnight (making sure that you put an additional towel down over your pillow so that you don’t ruin your pillowcase). If time crunched, leave your hair wrapped for 2-3 hours.
Step #5: After the time has elapsed, hop in the shower and shampoo as your normally would. It might take 2-3 shampoo washes to completely rid your hair of all traces of the oil, so be prepared to shampoo more than once, if necessary. Then, hop out, dry your hair, style as you normally would, and be prepared to be amazed at how smooth and silky your hair feels!
Above, you can see my before and after pictures. Can you see the difference?
(Author’s Note: If you suspect that you have a sensitivity or intolerance to coconut oil, you will probably experience a negative reaction if you try this coconut oil hair mask.)