Thursday, 7 March 2013

Coconut oil hair and scalp treatment



As the weekend approaches I will be indulging in one of my favourite treatments for my hair and scalp: Coconut oil. For years I have been plagued with a problematic scalp that is extremely dry, itchy, flaky and sensitive. I have up until the last few years of my life been utterly reliant on strong coal tar shampoos to keep it under control.
My problematic scalp was the one thing that sparked my interest in natural beauty, I will never forget the moment that I paid really good money for an expensive shampoo raved about in the beauty community, only to find it irritated my scalp so much that my scalp bled.

Through the joys of the Internet I discovered forums of people that had similar problems to mine and the two suggestions that came up again and again were 1) Use an SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) free shampoo 2) Use coconut oil as a hair and scalp mask.

Using both of these tips have helped a huge amount and they are both tips I will follow for life. If you have never used coconut oil on your hair before this is how I use it:


It is important to choose good quality coconut oil, there are lot's of brands available and many in your local supermarket. Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil in it's liquid form and is particularly easily absorbed by the hair and scalp. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, making it a perfect choice for a problematic scalp. Coconut oil seals the hair shaft leaving it silky and smooth, great if you are using silicone free haircare and especially useful in the transition to more natural products.

I apply the Coconut oil to both my hair and scalp because my scalp is so dry, but if you have greasy roots you can still use coconut oil on the lengths of your hair. You need to apply to dry hair and then cover your hair with a towel. If you are in a cold climate like Britain be aware that in the cold weather if you don't cover your head and keep the warmth in, your hair will go hard as the coconut oil solidifies. It will wash out easily though so don't worry of this does happen.

I take a small amount and work my way round the hair and scalp taking sections of the hair, I like to be really generous but again you can use the amount that you feel works well for you.

The next thing to know is that in my experience for best results you need to keep the coconut oil on your hair for about twelve hours, I know some people apply for less time, but for me the longer I leave it on the better my results. You can do this overnight and wash out in the morning. Just make sure you cover your pillow because some oil will transfer onto the pillowcase.

Coconut oil really penetrates the hair and helps to reduce damage from heat styling repairing the hair, I really notice the difference in the condition of my hair with this method. Unlike Lot's of other hair masks and treatments Coconut oil is completely natural for me it is also the best in terms of performance. coconut oil works well for cradle cap for babies too.

With regular use this treatment keeps my scalp moisturised and soothed, it is not a magic cure, I know I will have to keep doing this for the rest of my life to keep my scalp from becoming problematic again but I am so happy to have found this method.

Another thing to point out is that coconut oil smells amazing. I love it for cooking too and I also remove my makeup with it, making it the ultimate multi-tasking product.

When you want to remove the coconut oil simply wash your hair with your regular shampoo, I rinse and repeat twice and find that as long as the coconut oil has had enough time to absorb into the hair no residue is left at all.

Coconut oil recommendations, brands I use:
Lucy Bee coconut oil - Extra virgin, organic and fair trade.
RMS Beauty Raw coconut cream - Raw organic coconut oil, great for cleansing and make up removal for dry skin too.


    Have you tried the Coconut oil? What are your thoughts? 

Ana x

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24 comments

  1. I've always had an awful time washing coconut oil out of my hair when I bring it all the way up to my scalp, so these days I tend to use it only on the ends.

    But, I've also never left it on for more than a couple hours, so maybe that was the problem? I think this calls for more testing :)

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    1. For me the length of time it is on is the key, but like I said my scalp can take it because it is so dry. I found that the first few times I only left it on for a few hours I struggled to get clean hair and got frustrated, leaving it on for longer has totally converted me. Let me know how you get on, I am curious to see if it works well for other people too.

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  2. Great tip :) I absolutely love coconut oil and do this myself too! Love how delicious the raw unrefined ones smell, it's so great to use in cooking too! x

    www.bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The smell is lovely, one of my favourite things. x

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  3. Ana cariño mio no entiendo muy bien lo que dices. Es una crema para el pelo????? Cyn

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    1. no es una crema para el pelo es un aceite, aceite de coco puro y biologico, te respondo yo que se espanol :)

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    2. Hola amor, Es aceite biologico de coco, si tienes el pelo seco o danado de tenir esto te repara el pelo. Te manadare un frasco con instrucciones de uso. Besos. x

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    3. Y gracias a Bambi organics por contestar en Espanol tambien :)

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    4. Hi there Ana
      In Italy there is a nice range ofproducts but the ingredients and actives that are inside of creams or other products are not so efective. I can say that 2,3 brands are worth, the rest for me is far away to be like products that are sold in Uk or Germany or even Sweden (i've tried the best brands from this country).
      In australia i can buy anything and the prices are really good. It's a pity that now i can't go.

      Viridian is amazing. I bought the Clear skin program, i'm gonna test it soon. let's see if it help me with my dry and sensitive skin.

      kissess

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  4. Love love the cocconut oil. here in italy i can buy this one but im my original country (australia) i find a lot of brands and all organic :)
    However this is great for all. I buy the viridian nutrition one for eating with toast in the morning

    hugs from Milan
    xx

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    1. I love viridian supplements but haven't tried their coconut oil, we are spoilt for choice in the UK. Is there a large natural product market in Italy? Australia has lot's of great natural brands, I know. x

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  5. I love coconut oil, I usually buy the huge pot from Holland&Barrett, it lasts forever.
    xo

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    1. PS - I agree about leaving it on for over 12 hours. If I have nothing planned some weekends I leave it on from Friday night untill Sunday.
      xo

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    2. It's wonderful stuff, gives amazing shine to the hair. x

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  6. I love Akamuti products that I've tried so far - I currently use the tiana coconut oil (writing a review on it at the moment) - but I've not had huge success with it on my hair. Since doing it my hair seems more static than usual. Plus I have dry scalp with greasy roots - my hair doesn't make it easy for me! Glad you're loving it. I love having that fresh coconut smell to hand. :)

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    1. It's tricky getting the right balance for your hair and scalp, look forward to your review of the Tiana it's always nice to have alternatives :)

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  7. Hi Ana, I have the exact same issue as you - dry, itchy, flaky scalp. Psoriasis, in fact, and it's all over my scalp. Dandruff shampoos didn't work; psoriasis shampoos didn't work. In the spring I switched to Dr. Bronner's castile soap to wash my hair, which is going very well; and in the last few weeks I've started trying the coconut oil on my scalp. I, too, don't see any point in leaving it on for an hour and then washing it out. I put it on my fingertips and massage it into my scalp while my hair is still wet after a wash. I don't use tons, just enough to moisturize the scalp. It's not a magic bullet, but I'm hoping as I continue, the improvement will too.

    Just to clarify your process - do you do the coconut oil on weekends only? How often do you typically wash your hair through the week?
    Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Katie thanks for your comment, my routine has changed a little since this review so I will share what I am doing now as it seems to be working well for me, I use Barefoot Botanicals shampoo and conditioner (I will post a review as they are great) every 2/3 days, I use coconut oil once a week as a deep treatment (on dry hair leave it on for 12/14 hours then wash out) but I use Yarok feed your youth serum mixed with avocado oil before every wash, I leave it in for a few hours and then wash out but it works quicker than the coconut oil and helps with hydration. My scalp is clear for the first time in years, I hope you find a routine that helps you too. I find Dr Bronner's quite drying on my skin but I will admit I haven't tried it on my hair yet. I hope you find a routine that works for you :) x

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  8. Hi. I've been using coconut oil on my hair and scalp for years and can honestly say that it is magic! My hair is instantly smoother, softer and my scalp no longer itchy/ flaky or oily.
    Recently I stumbled on yet another natural miracle cure: apple cider vinegar- organic with the "mother" ie strands of naturally produced yeast strands. I put 1 tablespoon of the stuff in a bucket to water (about 2 litters) and rinse my hair with it after shampooing. My hair is incredibly soft and shiny afterwards. And it really helps with the scalp too.

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  9. I love the coconut oil scalp treatment! My hair feels so nourished and I agree that it smells amazing. I never cover my hair with a towel though so I might try it next time.

    Ewelina xx
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  10. Cocovit literally just saved my hair! It's a staple beauty regime for me now- great share Ana :) Pinning it!

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  11. I grew up in a part of India that's famous for its fresh coconuts and people have such luxuriously thick hair there! I find that coconut oil can be too cooling for my scalp in winter (it's the beginning of winter here in Melbourne), so I add a few whole black peppercorns to my bottle of oil and let it infuse. This is a trick that my aunts in India use to add a bit of warmth and extra nourishment to your hair, and I've been doing the same! I feel that this makes coconut oil extra effective if you have a flaky scalp! Just thought I'd share it here. :) www.justaskarjun.wordpress.com/

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  12. After having tried most all haircare products I tried a Shampoo and Conditioner made in Australia made in Byron Bay (Byron Bay Skincare). It was given to me as a present from a friend who recently returned from there. I tell you what it truly amazed me. Not sure it is available in the UK, that contained Coconut and Argan Oil, felt so pure and good. Lisa

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