Put lots of coconut oil in your hair on a day or evening when you don't have to be somewhere the next day, as it is difficult to rinse out and may appear greasy. Cover your head with a dollar store shower cap (throw away). You will have very bouncy hair the 2nd time your wash it! I have even left it in all night and put a towel on my pillow (just in case). It's AWESOME!
I hope this will help me. My hair comes out in combs full. It is thin and has broken out very short on the right side. The left side grows out very long.
I too have damaged hair so I started making my own coconut oil; however, I'm not sure if the boiling process has the same benefits as the process without heating the coconut oil. So I'd like to know from the professionals if the boiling the coconut milk to get the coconut oil is still a good remedy for hair treatment. Does it have the same vitamins as the coconut oil that hasn't been exposed to boiling heat?
01/16/2009: Leelo writes again: "Sorry but I left out the part that I do not drink the coconut oil, I massage it on my hair and skin, so I was wondering if using the boiling process to get the coconut oil from coconut milk is a good process for hair treatment. Will it have the same vitamins as those that has been processed without heating? Will the coconut oil still be good to use for massaging onto scalp and moisturizing the skin even when it's been boiled?
(San Jose, CA, USA)
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
I don't boil it. I just melt it in my hand and massage it in. I work in/near refineries and that coupled with cleaners I use at home, damage my hair. I like to leave it in for at least an hour, then when I shower, I first rinse it out with ACV (which also clears the scalp to reduce/eliminate dandruff). If possible, try to reduce the number of times a week you wash your hair. (my stylist-a good one says every 4 days to allow natural oils to protect the hair- she practises what she preaches) When in an operating refinery I have to wash every other day, and oil/vinegar once a week, otherwise I can get away with every 4, sometimes 5 days between shampoo. Use good quality shampoo as well. the stuff advertised is largely recycled deep-fryer fat and only gums up your pores.
I use cocunut oil for many ailments, however I just tried it this week as a mask for my very dry hair, I dyed, bleach, and ironed my hair for years, so its incredibly coarse and frizzy all the time, I've tried EVERYTHING available in stores and salons, with little to no results. So I scooped out a few handfuls of coconut oil (enough to cover all my hair) and I work it in really well (as if your coating all your hair with gel) then I put a shower cap on, and in about 20 minutes I showered as normal, and my hair in SO FREAKING SMOOTH, and shiny and soft, I still iron my hair, but this is the first time I never had to use some kind of smoothing gel, its amazing, I'm going to do it all the time now!!!
You can use it on dry or wet hair.. I do on dry hair. leave it 2 or 3 hours or overnight is even better! Than rinse with shampoo!
I wrote in the past that I used coconut oil to treat my cats Rhino Virus and ringworm. For myself I take 1 Tbs orally. I have used in on my hair before I wash it. My hair is so soft afterwards.It's great for dandruff. As for my cats I treated the ringworm topically and the rhino virus was treated orally. My cats seem to really like it. They get about a tsp orally. They like it liquid so I run it under hot water. My dogs get about 1 Teaspoon and they love it too. It has helped Yeast on the skin and allergies. I work as a groomer so I try it for several skin problems.
(Ny, New York)
Coconut oil is absolutely wonderful for a natural conditioner. I use unrefined, raw, pure coconut oil. I use it all day, for touch ups (moisture), and for night after I conditioner wash my hair, even in the morning after I was my hair and spritz it, I apply coconut oil. And then I wrap my hair with a scarf. It smells so yummy.
Of all of the remedies/cures I've tried on this board my ALL-TIME favorite is Coconut Oil, prefer Barlean's but also have used Garden of Life's version. Why? Because ever since I started using it on my hair it's become silky smooth without being greasy. It has made my once dry, unruly curly hair extremely manageable. Nothing has worked on my hair like coconut oil and I've tried every brand of conditioner known to man to make my hair manageable. Also, it's a great moisturizer on your face, especially if you live in a harsh climate like I do in the Midwest. I use it in the morning and at night. Also, I use it on my legs. It has reduced the dermatitis and itching I get in the winter. So definitely go to the health food store and buy this product, it's definitely worth it!
Please advise when to use coconut oil for hair conditioner. Before shampooing, after while still wet, after dry? BTW, best moisturizer (face and body) ever used.
Also great for oil pulling (added 2-3 drops peppermint, tea tree or Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil) and taking internally. Day 3 and so far fantastic results.
I am a black woman with fine hair. I have never been able to have the shiny beautiful hair I wanted so I wore weaves and braids for many years because my "real" hair was sooo hard to take care of and it always seemed to break off. recently I took my weave out, and I was worried because my hair is down my back and I thought it would break off, but I discovered VCO and have been using it, my hair that was once dull is now shiny, it doesn't tangle, it doesn't come out in huge amounts when I comb it like it did before, and the ends look wonderful. I don't have to use any of the expensive products for my hair anymore. I only need the shampoos. It works great and even protects your hair from heat of blowdrying and flat ironing. I will use this for the rest of my life and I am going to start using it on my body and eventually eating it to see what it does for my entire body. It smells good, and it is really lightweight on your hair. I love it!!!! You will too.
I have been also been heating up virgin coconut oil and putting it in my hair as a hot oil treatment. It washes out easily. Leaves my hair shiny and I don't use expensive hair products anymore. Since doing this my hair has stopped coming out in huge amounts anymore. I have a low thyroid and have suffered hair loss. But now my hair is coming back thicker and Im not losing it anymore at a high rate. Plus its cured me of a dry itchy flaky scalp also.
I bought coconut oil originally for my hair, which makes the hair very shiny and silky. I used the end of a paint brush to apply it, worked it through, and left it on overnight with a wrap over it. Wash thoroughly the next morning, but do not use conditioner or any other additive, you won't need to for a few days, hair looks and feels great. I couldn't figure out how to "eat" it, which didn't seem desireable, but I added it to tea (black currant) and it was quite good, not very greasy, goes down very nicely!
I used Coconut oil as a hair conditioner to treat dry damaged hair. I use all natural hair care products from a wellness company I work for and the shampoo really dries my hair out pretty bad and the conditioner doesn't work at all, so I needed a natural hair conditioner and this worked awesome.
EC: Read more about coconut oil here.
Dishwashing Liquid for Hair Growth in Toddler
I am a big fan of Earth Clinic and I not only use it to my benefit, but I also recommend remedies to friends and loved ones. My cousins lamented that her 2 yr. old daughter's hair was not growing as fast as it ought to. So, low and behold, I looked for a remedy which would suit a 2yr old. My cousin started using Original Dawn dishwashing liquid and saw immediate results. It's been over 2 months and there hasn't been any negative side effects. My sister cut her hair early this year and she expect that it would grow back quickly, but to her surprise, no. I spoke about the results my cousin noticed with her daughter and my sister decided to try Dawn. Well, it has been almost 2 weeks since she started and guess what, her hair is growing at an unexpectedly speedy rate.
(Near St. Paul, Mn)
I read the article about Dawn and decided to try it. I had very thick, fine hair as a younger person but the past few years it seems that my hair just wasn't growing or as thick. I had some original Dawn and tried it....... I've used it for about a month now and my hair is growing and feels thicker. I do use a conditioner but my hair is not stripped or dry like one would expect. I filled an old shampoo bottle with Dawn and keep it in the shower. No more expensive salon shampoos for me!!
Egg Yolk, Olive Oil
To Francisca.... My grand-mother would mix and egg yolk with a few drops of Olive oil, apply to dry hair, wrap the head so you maintain your own body heat for a couple of hours, then rinse with cold water. Depending how dry your hair is, reduce or increase the Olive oil. The protein in the egg will rejuvenate the hair. Can be used for natural or dyed hair.
(New Haven, Connecticut)
When my daughter was younger I would put homemade mayonaisse in her hair to deeply condition it as she had hair down to her waist.
As it contained egg & oil it was a natural conditioner. I left it on her for an hour or so as Clarity did and it did wonders for her hair. Smooth, shiney & incrediably strong.
I've not thought about it in years & think I'll treat myself to a mayonaisse conditioning this weekend!
Thanks Clarity and Linda. Actually my hair is not dry, as a rule. It got very dry because I had a too light perm, as it was almost my daughter's wedding the hairdresser insisted on redoing it and it dried my hair out big time. That was a few months ago. Now it was getting better but I decided to try washing with baking soda and that was the reason why it was looking so dry and lifeless. I dyed it a few days ago, so I had to use their cream but today I washed it only using my fingers and water, like someone suggested here. It is till drying to I don't know what it will look like. Right now I always wash my hair in the pool, so putting something in and waiting for a few hours isn't an option but when we move, at the end of May I might try. Do you first wash the hair before applying the mayonnaise or the egg yolk and olive oil? At home I wash my hair in the bath so a bit annoying to have to wait a long time but I might try it, leave it on for less time and then rinse before I get out of my bath. Right now I go to the sauna before showering so I might just take a tube of mayonnaise with me and if there isn't anybody around rub it in my hair and sit in the sauna for a bit.
By the way, the fact that someone does something and has lovely hair doesn't always mean the world as you can just have good genes. Too bad I don't have them.... So maybe these methods will help me!
(New Haven, Connecticut)
Francisca, I always shampooed lightly, rinsed well, towel dried & then added the mayonaisse to my daughter's hair, gently rubbing it in throughout the hair end-to-end.
Then I just put a shower cap on her so she could run around the house & play without getting the mayonaisse on the furniture, etc.
After an hour or so I would use a small bit of baby shampoo to wash out the extra mayonaisse that hadn't absorbed into the hair shaft.
Did mine today and it feels great. This deep conditioning lasts quite a while. I seem to remember doing it only every month or so on my daughter's waist length hair.
By the way, if you are going to use a store bought mayonaisse be sure to check the ingredients to be sure there is nothing artificial in there. You don't want to absorb (or eat, for that matter) anything unhealthy.
I used to just make my own mayonaisse so I knew what was in it. Tasty too!
Hi Linda, thanks for all the explanations! Anyway, in a few months we will be in our house and then I can do whatever I feel like more easily! For the time being I am going to try it for a shorter time and see what happens.
You are right saying that one shouldn't use anything on our body that one wouldn't eat, meaning, wherever you use it it should be of good quality and free of preservatives! I have discovered two health food shops here in Zug, not big ones but I suppose they must have mayonnaise! The mayonnaise I have at home right now, Thomy, doesn't seem to have anything too suspect anyway! And maybe when I am at home I try just with the egg yolk and the olive oil which right now are a bit difficult to take to the pool! Although.... I could because I can mix them and take in a small jar! The trouble with this system at home is that one showers or takes a bath and then has to shower again but well, if it gives me beautiful hair..... Worth trying! Thanks!
Faster Hair Growth
I am no expert, however, we did a wild harvest of horsetail last summer and gave it away to the women at the goddess temple with the disclaimer that it was NOT for internal consumption... if anyone knows it to be safe internally I would like to know...THANKS!!!
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)
(Tauranga, New Zealand)
Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: Hi Lisa, yes you're right, Horsetail can be used in all those ways but since I now have a huge bag of it to make tea, I've read where horsetail shouldn't be used on a long term basis internally. I'm thinking maybe a cup a day for a month then a month off etc. However, I've made a tea with it, put it in a spray bottle and each time I wash my hair, I just spray that in on the final rinse and leave it to dry. It gives my hair much more body and it did seem to grow quicker when I started doing that. Since it's notoriously slow, anything that helps is a godsend!