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 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!!!
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.
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)
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)
(New Haven, Connecticut)
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)