Thursday, January 31, 2013

Using Coconut Oil as a Hair Conditioner

Coconut Oil
Those of you that know me know that I have tons (yes, literally tons) of hair on my head. It's long and thick and not in the beautiful Hollywood or Real Housewives of (fill in the blank) kind of way. And, as an added bonus to my double crown (go ahead click the link, I'll wait), natural wave (only in one weird spot), cowlick (who named it that anyway?), I have hair that gets really dry in the winter. So while 'wasting time' on Pinterest I came across a pin from How Does She? using coconut oil as a natural hair conditioner. Hmmm...intriguing.

Now, this wasn't the first time I had heard someone singing the praises of coconut oil. I've heard of it used for cooking, face and skin moisturizers, baby needs (diaper rash), and then here as a hair conditioner. Subconsciously I had been keeping an eye out for a good deal so that I could give it a go, for one of the methods mentioned above.  So when I strolled past an endcap at Costco and spotted a 54oz jar of it for under $20 bucks I decided to give it a whirl.

I brought it home and sat it on the kitchen counter. And it sat. And it sat. And it sat, until today. I posted this morning on our Facebook page that I was going to test a Pinterest tip so that I would be held accountable to actually do it! This afternoon I grabbed a ziplock bag and used a spoon to scoop out a handful of the coconut oil and headed upstairs to give it a go. If you've never seen coconut oil it's actually a solid that melts to an oil at body temperature.

Once upstairs I followed How Does She?'s instructions exactly.

Let's me just say that this stuff smells SO good. Like you're bathing in a giant pina colada. 

Click the picture above to pin it!

First I brushed out my hair then I put a small amount of the gunk in my hand and rubbed them together to create an oil. Then I rubbed the oil into my hair. I started at the ends and worked up to my roots covering every.single.strand. Once my hair was coated I wrapped it up, held it in place with hair clips and put on a shower cap (courtesy of some hotel). At that point I sat down and watched a cartoon with my daughter as she looked at me funny and sniffed me. After about 30 minutes I jumped in the shower and let the steam do it's job for a few minutes before washing my hair two times. I always use conditioner when I wash my hair but didn't this time as I wanted to see what it could do it on it's own.

So my review?

It works. It totally, works. I do believe that I'll repeat this each time I wash my hair for a few times and then just do it every so often. But, after just one time I can definitely tell a difference.

I will say that while you are waiting have a hand towel handy as I did notice it 'melting' a bit down my face. Not a ton but enough to wipe away. And, as an added hands are super soft!

If you have a membership to Costco and would like to try it out it's the cheapest price I have found. If not, they do sell it on Amazon and I'm including a link for you to check it out.


  1. I'm so glad you posted this! I'm definitely trying it! I have a double crown too and so does my son that is so funny most people have no idea what it even is. I've heard it works very well as facial moisturizing treatment too.

    1. I'd love to hear how it works for you. BTW, I *double*heart* love that you have a double crown too! :)

  2. My mum loves any kind of hair oil and I would run away from her as a in my 30s I do sit there with it in my hair for about half an hour every so often and then have a bath - its really good for it :)

    (Discovered you via Bloggymoms!)

    1. I'm with your mom! It's wonderful! Isn't it funny when we grow up and realize that our moms actually know what they're talking about! :) So glad you're here!


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