Winter got you down? How about your HAIR? My hair is so dry right now I’m almost afraid to WASH it! When I do, it is a flyaway mess for days until I get enough hairspray in it to weigh it down. Even using a generous amount of conditioner hasn’t been helping.
So I decided to go in search of a more INTENSIVE treatment for my bone dry winter hair and wouldn’t you know it….my search led me right to my bathroom cabinet and my bucket of coconut oil! I really should have known. Coconut oil is pretty much a miracle cure as far as I’m concerned. Here is just one of many posts I have done about the benefits of coconut oil: 39 Coconut Oil Cures.
Turns out that coconut oil is BEST type of oil for hair!
- It contains proteins not found in other hair oils and its’ low molecular weight helps it to seal the hair. This helps the hair retain its natural moisture and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger.
- This moisturizing effect prevents build-up of dry skin on the scalp which causes dandruff.
- The antibacterial properties of coconut oil protects the scalp against itchy and infections, helping hair stay healthy and dandruff free.
- Vitamins found in coconut oil (E and K) also boost hair and scalp health.
COCONUT OIL DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT
What you’ll need:
- Organic virgin coconut oil (I like Tropical Traditions Gold Label)
- Rosemary and/or Lavender essential oil (optional)
- A shower cap
- Hair dryer (optional)
Scoop out a generous amount of coconut oil into a small bowl (approximately 1/2 cup depending on how much hair you have) and (if desired) add a total of 8 drops Rosemary and/or Lavender essential oil.
Rosemary: Cleanses, strengthens and nourishes hair follicles and encourages growth.
Lavender: Antibacterial but also enhances the properties of Rosemary for improved cell regeneration and better penetration. Beneficial for dandruff too!
Scoop up a handful of the coconut oil and begin to massage into your hair, beginning at the ends. No need to heat the oil, it will melt as you massage it into your hair. Use more oil where your hair is the driest and most damaged (typically on the ends) and less where your hair is healthiest (mid-shaft and scalp area).
Cover your hair with a shower cap.
Now you have two options:
Allow the oil to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes after application (for very dry or porous hair you can leave the oil on longer).
To increase the effectiveness of the treatment, cover with a shower cap and apply heat with a hair dryer for 15 minutes.
Here’s a handy way to turn your hand-held hairdryer into a salon hairdryer, demonstrated by my daughter Britta who is modeling the latest in pink polka dot shower cap fashion! :-)
She’s such a good sport! :-)
Special thanks to my son Kell for donating his Size 13 shoe to the cause!
Once your time is up, wash and condition your hair as you normally would. Because coconut oil is so heavy, you may need to wash your hair twice to rinse it all out.
For hair that is seriously dry, repeat this deep conditioning treatment about once a week. If the coconut oil leaves your hair feeling weighed down or greasy, try using less or shampooing more after the treatment.
Style your hair as usual and be amazed at the difference a little coconut oil can make!
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