During winter here in South Africa, I think blow dried my hair every single time I washed it because I was too cold to let it air dry when I came out of the shower … what this means is over the last four months (it’s been a long winter here in Cape Town!), my hair has accumulated quite a bit of damage! As I was trying to decide whether I should go to the salon to get a deep conditioning treatment done or read the latest reviews on the best deep conditioners right now, I remembered a tried and tested treatment that my mother used to use on me since I was a child that worked amazingly!
Ever since I was a child, my mother would massage coconut oil into my hair at least once a month or once every couple of months and I grew up having very thick, shiny and smooth hair that people always seemed to notice! I never even had to blow dry my hair to make it look smooth until I was in my late teens! Unfortunately, as I grew older and relied less and less on my mother to do things like this for me, I stopped using it as often until I eventually stopped using it at all. Coincidentally over the years my hair has gotten much more dry and frizzy, which has caused me to need more heat styling more often, which in return causes more damage and has created a vicious cycle!
So as I was trying to decide what I should do to reverse some of the damage that I’ve caused to my hair this winter, I thought why not use what has worked so well for me in the past! So I went to the local health food store and got myself a tub of coconut oil to try on my hair again!
It’s the same coconut oil that you would use for cooking. I used it the same way mother always used it on me; by massaging it into my scalp and working it through to the ends of my hair, basically coating the hair from root to tip. I did it at night before bedtime, slept with it, and then washed it off in the morning. This is how I’ve always done it since I was a child, but if you prefer not to sleep with it you can just leave it in your hair for a few hours during the day. NOTE: if you do decide to sleep with it, I suggest tying you hair up to prevent breaking out on your face. I also suggest to use a pillowcase that you don’t mind washing the next day for the same reason.
After washing it out, I used the products I usually use to tame my frizzy mane (which you can read about here), and I did feel like my hair was a bit smoother, softer and the damage was not as noticeable. I also really like the fact that it’s a natural product that’s been known to have benefits for the hair and skin! I’ve decided I’m going to be using this every couple of weeks for the next few months to really get my hair back to a healthy state again!
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