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Virgin Coconut Oil
Member Name: beautyfreak
Virgin Coconut Oil
Date: 28/08/12, updated on 28/08/12 (114 review reads)
Advantages: Natural skin and hair softener, naturally fragranced
Disadvantages: Can be a little greasy on the skin
I've always been a beauty bargain hunter and am never afraid to try out new things. One of my favourite hair care products will always be natural oils. I've tried a number of deep conditioning, reconstructing hair conditioners, treatments and masks but using natures own has always given me the best results.
Also, I never understand why people fork out up to £50.00 for hair oils that are advertised as containing coconut or argan oils when you can buy those oils in their pure state for much, much less!
I first came across the use of coconut oil when I was about 7 years old and my mother had a massive tub of it which she used to melt in her hands (coconut oil is a solid white substance at room temperature but melts into a light oil on contact with skin) before rubbing into her scalp and leaving it there over night. She has done this weekly for as long as I can remember to moisture and relieve dryness and itching of the psoriasis she suffers from on her scalp. She has found much relief through using natural oils for skin problems and many people actually swear by coconut oil, as well as olive oil, castor oil and argan oil etc as a natural moisturiser and to relieve skin problem such as eczema without harsh chemicals.
Personally, I've always used coconut oil, along with other oils mentioned above, as natural hair products. My favourite use, and the most effective, is most likely using coconut oil for a hot oil hair treatment. I usually warm up a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil, maybe with a little almond or olive oil, and smear this over damp or dry hair. Generally, I try to keep the hair mask on for as long as possible. Coconut oil is one of the best oils for penetrating the hair shaft, not just coating the outside of the hair. Providing that I am using coconut oil alone (with no other added oils), it is light enough to rub into and massage the scalp without leaving the roots oily after washing. This scalp massaging will help to stimulate hair growth as well as moisturise tight or dry scalps. One of the main reasons I prefer coconut oil over other oils for a hair mask is the fact that it washes out extremely easy in comparison to thicker oils such as olive oil.
Another hair use for coconut oil is to use it as a shine serum, smoothing serum or leave in conditioner. Depending on how fine or greasy your hair naturally is, coconut oil can really nourish the hair when used after washing when hair is wet to seal the cuticle and hold in moisture which is easily lost from damaged and porous hair. It is great for keeping ends of the hair hydrated and temporarily seal split ends. It can be used in small quantities as a detangler to stop hair from ripping when brushing, or even as a glossing serum after styling rubbed between palms and smoothed over the finished style.
I have also used coconut oil as a sort of shaving aid in the place of foam which really protects the skin while shaving and locks in the moisture from the bath/shower. I like using it as a body moisturiser though it can be a little greasy for a few hours until it all sinks in, for this reason I tend to avoid using coconut oil on my face though I sometimes use it as a natural lip balm which works great. Some people use coconut oil to remove make up and for oil cleansing but I have never tried this. It is great to use on dry elbows and knees also.
I know there are other methods in regards to natural oil use including massages and oral consumption. I haven't tried any of these methods in benefiting from coconut oils so I cannot comment on them.
Another thing that I think is important to mention is the importance of buying pure natual oils, usually described as 100% pure, food grade and cold pressed. Many oils have added petroleum or paraffin to bulk out the product and increase sales profit. Most oils are cheaper to buy pure than through a company which adds them to their cosmetics so nobody has an excuse not to give them a go! My 500ml pot of coconut oil cost me about a fiver on Ebay INCLUDING postage and packaging. You can't say no! :)
Summary: Overall, a natural, cheap way to maintain healthy hair and skin