Good Hair Day- Coconut Oil
October 27, 2014 § 9 Comments
Hello gorgeous people,
I know it’s been eons since my last post. So much has been going on in my life- juggling too many things at the same time. The juggling ends when November begins *fingers crossed*. I’ll get to the point already;
I am a natural hair carrier/ enthusiast and I decided to do a series of posts on what works for my hair since I get asked a lot about what I do to/for my hair. Click here to view my previous post. I have met some natural ‘sistas’ that have agreed to also give you their tips as well. I will state that I am not a Biochemist/ Chemist/Pharmacist or Microbiologist, I simply try products on my formerly ‘Tough Nigerian hair’ and see how/if they work for me.
I have been using coconut oil for years; I could not find pure coconut oil in Nigeria until recently. I usually buy/bought the coconut hair oil by Indian hair brand ‘PARACHUTE’…this is mostly due to the fact that I couldn’t find pure coconut oil anywhere, parachute oil also tends to have other amazing ingredients such as almond oil and hibiscus. Dabur Vatika also has coconut oil that has added ingredients such as Henna, Lemon and Amla (amazing oil, for another day) PARACHUTE Coconut oil, Dabur Vatika Coconut oil and Pure Coconut oil are all available at REENE MALL on Cameron Road, Ikoyi. Grand Square, opposite 1004 Estate, Victoria Island should have a couple.
The Price Range:
NGN 500 – NGN900
PURE COCONUT OIL (bottle; PRIDE brand ) 250ML for NGN500
VATIKA COCONUT OIL- SMALL-150ml for NGN500
PARACHUTE OIL- SMALL –NG 400 (about 150ml), MEDIUM 450NGN, BIG 900NGN (about 300ml)
Facts about Coconut oil:
-Coconut oil penetrates up to 3 times more than most other oils
-Coconut oil helps to repair damaged hair; it contains Lauric acid that improves hair health and fatty acids that bind to the protein in hair and prevents both root and strand from breakage
-Coconut oil has a strong/potent smell
-Coconut oil makes hair thick, strong and healthy. ‘Thick’ and ‘strong’ are not to be confused with ‘Tough’, it just means the hair strands are not brittle/weak
-Coconut oil tends to solidify at room temperature; it can be dissolved by heating the oil up in a microwave or placing the bottle of oil in a bowl of hot water. Alternatively, you can melt the coconut oil with your hands by rubbing it between your palms.
-It is best to apply the coconut oil while it is still warm as it penetrates the hair shaft deeper and faster.
– The amount of coconut oil you use depends on the length and thickness of your hair, the longer and thicker your hair, the more oil you should use. If you end up using more than required, don’t worry, it will all be washed out at the end of the day.
MODE OF APPLICATION:
Coconut oil tends to get a little drippy when applied, so it is best to have old clothes on, do the conditioning treatment in the bathroom and have a hair covering that will stay in place all through the night, if you are planning to do an overnight treatment. Plastic shower cap, food wraps and so on can be used to keep the hair and oil in place- A roll of plastic food wraps is available for NGN250- NGN350 at malls such as REENE, Park ‘n’ Shop, Ebeano, SHOPRITE).
Massage warm oil into hair making sure to coat the hair tips. Some prefer to apply oil to damp hair. Comb through hair with a wide tooth comb to ensure even distribution of oil. Cover hair overnight or for 2-3hours. The longer you keep the oil in your hair, the more conditioned it will be.
Shampoo/wash hair till it no longer has an oily feel then apply conditioner to hair as usual. It is vital to always condition your hair after washing/shampooing.
OTHER USES OF COCONUT OIL:
- Cuticle oil
- Eye cream
- Body moisturizer (if you like the smell)