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Coconut oil?

I heard so many things about coconut oil (mostly good things) but I still want to hear about some experiences with it. I have extremely dry hair so it would be nice to hear from girls with dry hair. Thanks you in advance to anyone that helps.
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  • TheCurlyOneTheCurlyOne Posts: 52Registered Users
    I think coconut oil is one of the more basic oils. It kind of just sits on my hair. I think avocado oil, soybean oil, argan oil, and DEF broccoli see oil are better. Its not bad its just that I prefer other oils over it. Coconut Oil is AMAZING for hair treatments though. I usually mix it with a cheapie conditioner and some honey for deep conditioning and its amazing.....for moisture aloe vera juice and coconut oil were my staples for when I was transitioning as a daily moisturizer. Im just saying alone...its mehh...with other ingredients its nice
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    i really like coconut oil, its great my hair loves it. gives nice shine, not greasy at all i can use as much as i like and it doesnt build up or anything, smells nice. great moistureiser. i use it for everything, sealer, help with fizz, as a DC....

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
    :hello1:
  • FronomenalFronomenal Posts: 712Registered Users
    I use coconut oil for finger-detangling and deep conditioning. It makes my hair super soft.
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    Conditioner: As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner &
    Tresemme Botanique Nourish and Replenish Conditioner
    Leave-In Conditioner: As I Am Leave-In Conditioner & Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
    Moisturizer: As I Am DoubleButter Cream Rich Daily Moisturizer
    Oils/Butters: Coconut Oil & Castor Oil
    Gels: Eco Styler Krystal Gel


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  • LibrijenneLibrijenne Posts: 16Registered Users
    I have dry, high-porosity hair. I use coconut oil on my ends at night if I remember and I smooth what's left on my hands over the top part of my hair for a nice shine. I also use it when I'm making braids to try to control the frizz a little. I love it.
    2b/c, coarse, highly porous, low elasticity
    Classic-length, henna gloss over natural red

    Clean: Deva Low-Poo
    Condition: Deva One Condition, Suave Naturals
    Oil: Camellia oil, Coconut Oil, or Castor Oil
    Style: FSG

    CG-ish since Fall 2012, Getting serious Feb 2013
  • DsotomayorDsotomayor Posts: 173Registered Users
    I use it as a pre-poo to deep condition and it makes my hair so soft. I also use it on my ends when i straighten my hair. Its great on dry skin too!
  • bosanbobosanbo Posts: 180Registered Users
    I have oilier at the scalp/drier at the ends 2C hair, with low porosity. I sleep with coconut oil on once a week, and when I wash it out (I wash bi-weekly right now) I feel like some beautiful girl in a commercial. I have noticed that leaving the oil on for less time, like half an hour or an hour, doesn't produce the same results. It doesn't make my scalp oily, either - it's one of two oils, along with argan oil, that don't make this oily gal oilier. I use it on my face, too.

    I tried shea butter, because another natural hair gal told me she liked it more than coconut for soothing scalp/etc., but it didn't work at all for me. So experiment, every head is different!
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    I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

    Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
    Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
    RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
    LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
    Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
    1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
    Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
  • SweetVintageCurlsSweetVintageCurls Posts: 10Registered Users
    I tried it a couple weeks ago. I melted some in my hands and worked it through my dry hair (a minimal amount, just enough to coat strands - I read that suggestion in someone else's thread, I forget who). I wrapped my head in plastic and sat in the sun. Then I water washed my hair in the shower, then detangled with conditioner. I partially rinsed (I often do that) and air dried.

    My hair had body and softness, although it was not as shiny as I'd hoped. But a friend of mine gets shiny hair when she coconut oil pre-poos. I still loved the effect; shine can be added in other ways, the overall - it's hard to describe - lushness of my hair is what I liked.

    The main thing I took from the experience is that my conditioner emulsified into an extra creamy, slippy, wonderful texture in my hands when it touched my coconutty hair. Detangling was so much better.

    I deal with acne issues and am currently managing a breakout that may or may not be due to contact with the coconut oil; this is the only reason I'm delaying using it again. Otherwise I'd be converted to using it all the time.
    Tresemme Naturals Radiant Care is my boring but trustworthy fallback :glasses1:
    Acid rinse (Dr Bronner's Shikakai) stripped my over-a-year-old indigo, and gave me split ends I haven't had since I gave up brushing :pukeright:
    Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts :-?
    Trying to balance babying my hair with my newfound PJism. Melbourne curly, CG since 2006
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I've been using cno several nights per week, for years. My hair is very dry. I apply it to length most heavily and what's left on my hands I apply to top/crown. It definitely helped to keep my ends healthy; they didn't break off as easily from the dryness and I was able to retain length with regular use. I loved how it would seep in overnight while I was sleeping and to we out well regardless of whether I conditioner-washed or just rinsed with water.

    Unfortunately, lately I've been waking up with a red bumpy itchy rash at my temples and hairline and sometimes on my cheeks. I'm wondering if my I've developed a sensitity to cno, or maybe my batch has turned bad at room temp; my jar in storage is in the fridge and it may be past expiration date.

    I am looking into other oils to use that won't irritate me. But probably the first thing I need to do is get a new jar of cno and see how that goes. I love this stuff for helping my very dry hair.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • SweetVintageCurlsSweetVintageCurls Posts: 10Registered Users
    Spiralli wrote: »
    Unfortunately, lately I've been waking up with a red bumpy itchy rash at my temples and hairline and sometimes on my cheeks.

    I have ordered a sleeping cap in the hope that I can keep my hair products off my face at night. I hope it works. My hair likes such different things to my face!
    Tresemme Naturals Radiant Care is my boring but trustworthy fallback :glasses1:
    Acid rinse (Dr Bronner's Shikakai) stripped my over-a-year-old indigo, and gave me split ends I haven't had since I gave up brushing :pukeright:
    Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts :-?
    Trying to balance babying my hair with my newfound PJism. Melbourne curly, CG since 2006
  • marethamaretha Posts: 1Registered Users
    Fronomenal wrote: »
    I use coconut oil for finger-detangling and deep conditioning. It makes my hair super soft.
    Can you leave the coconut oil in your hair?
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I leave it in my hair for hours overnight and just rinse out with water or conditioner in the morning. Sometimes I leave it in all of the following day if I'm just hanging around the house or wearing an updo of some sort. I know that I've read that some people use it as part of their styling routine.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • BeautyisMireeBeautyisMiree Posts: 202Registered Users
    Coconut oil is a great oil for sealing in moisture. There are better oils out there like argan oil, but if you don't have the money for buying argan oil then coconut oil is a great alternative.

    If your hair is dry what you can do is wash your hair and leave it some what soaking wet (kinda damp) apply a watery moisturizer and some coconut oil. Detangle your hair and put it in a protective style to ensure that the moisture will be locked in.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    Definitely a YMMV thing with cno vs. other oils as far as moisturizing effectiveness. Coconut oil seems to penetrate my strands better, really seeping in to moisturize and reduce dryness and brittleness. For me, argan oil seems to just sit on top without sinking in and doesnt improve the condition of my hair overall.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • Curls&AgapeCurls&Agape Posts: 52Registered Users
    Hi all, not sure if I posted this in another coconut oily kind of thread lol so ill ask again here:

    I got a small tub of coconut oil from my local pharmacy and its 100% coconut oil. The ingredients list is literally just coconut oil. So I thought I had purchases the correct thing. But I read somewhere here that it should smell like coconuts and that it has a hard texture that you need to warm up in your hands or its not right.

    Mine does not smell like coconuts. It doesn't really smell at all. It is also pretty runny. It's white and definately thicker than oil like evoo, but it's runny, I don't need to warm it up at all. It's almost like a thin conditioner. I'm not sure if that's coz the weather is nice at the moment, like spring weather. Is the coconut oil only hard in cold weather? Do I have a dud? It seems to make my hair pretty happy regardless but I'm curious as to weather or not it is actually what it says it is. 100% pure coconut oil.
  • KatMackKatMack Posts: 60Registered Users
    Curls&agape, you want to look for extra Virgin coconut oil if possible, it's usually at grocery stores, especially health food stores and it's usually with the olive oil and other cooking oils. The drugstores near me don't have it, but that doesn't mean yours is bad. As far as being a liquid, Coconut oil has a really low melting point, like 75-80 degrees or something (I don't know the exact temp) so if you are in a climate that is warmer than that yours could already be in a more liquid state and that's okay. If your hair likes it I wouldn't worry too much.
    KAT
    ~Curly, Runner, Self-confessed Nerd~
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    2a no product/2b-c styled
    Low Porosity, Fine
    No poo-SM
    Co wash-VO5 kiwi lime*
    Rinse out- ION EC
    Leave in - Giovanni Direct then SM smoothie (ends only)
    Stylers-SM souffle topped with BRHG*

    Hair hates: glycerin (high dews here in TX)
    Hair likes: Coconut Oil*, protein

    *=HG
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    i use to use coconut oil alot and then it started to make my hair frizzy. my hair doesnt like it alot now like it use to. So now i just use it on my scalp after i shampoo
  • NoumenonNoumenon Posts: 86Registered Users
    LOVE LOVE LOVE coconut oil! :thumright:

    I have dry hair and dry skin - I use coconut oil on my hair, face, body, eyelashes and in cooking!

    For my hair I use it as a pre-poo, DC and to seal my ends. If I am using it as a DC I usually add honey and what ever else in my my pantry (egg, oil, yogurt), but truth be told it works just as well on its own.

    Two tips to keep in mind:

    1.) It takes time. Time and heat if you have it, the longer you leave it the better the results. You wont see results if you don't give you hair long enough.

    2.) Apply it to dry hair. I made this mistake the first few times, if you hair is swollen with water it just wont take.

    Good luck! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!
    Modified CG since 8/12
    Hair: BSL, Thick, Low Porosity, Dense, 3A
    HG's: Moogoo, Ultraorganics Intense Camomile Conditioner and Clear Henna Hair Wax, Sukin Conditioners, CO, Spray Bottle, Henna
    Low-Poo: Moogoo Shampoo
    Co-Wash: Sukin Nourishing Conditioner
    DT: CHHW, ICC, CO
    LI: Sukin Moisture Restoring
    Colour: Henna
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Coconut oil will absorb into damp hair but it does work best if the hair is permitted to partially dry out. The benefit of applying to damp hair is the cuticle is open and the hair is clean not loaded with conditioner or product. I just use cheap coconut oil from an Asian store, lauric acid is lauric acid. I would use higher quality on my skin or in cooking tho.

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    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • KrullenbolKrullenbol Posts: 114Registered Users
    I use coconut oil as a deep conditioner. I section my hair at night and finger detangling with the oil and then I braid my hair or something and I sleep a night with it. Next day, I will wash it out. I don't have that much dry hair so the oil is very greasy on my hair so I believe it will work good on dry hair, it gives a nice shine and it feels very soft
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    My scalp & hair love coconut oil. I have dry scalp so it really helps my itchy scalp.
  • Coconut4cCoconut4c Posts: 3Registered Users
    I love Coconut oil. It's a great oil and helps the hair retain its protein. It also smells nice, and gives my hair shine. I usually use it on top my my leave-in on wash days.
    I also apply it the night before wash day, as I've read that coconut oil helps the hair against the hygral fatigue that occurs with washing.

    Usually in the colder months though, coconut oil can cause my hair to feel straw-like. It's like, because coconut oil hardens in colder temperatures, it seems to do the same in my hair. But in warmer months it's my favorite thing.
    Shaven Big Chop: August 21, 2012
    No Regrets and Never Looked Back...:color:

    Hair Type: 4c... Very small/tight coils mixed with wooly wiryness and mega shrinkage. Some 4a/b at the nape of my neck.
    Porosity: Low or Normal Porosity....not rlly sure which yet.
    Density: Normal.
    Thickness of Strands: Fine to normal.
    Hair Length Goals: To reach MBL one day. It WILL happen!!
  • DollyCurlsDollyCurls Posts: 4Registered Users
    I tried it a couple weeks ago. I melted some in my hands and worked it through my dry hair (a minimal amount, just enough to coat strands - I read that suggestion in someone else's thread, I forget who). I wrapped my head in plastic and sat in the sun. Then I water washed my hair in the shower, then detangled with conditioner. I partially rinsed (I often do that) and air dried.

    My hair had body and softness, although it was not as shiny as I'd hoped. But a friend of mine gets shiny hair when she coconut oil pre-poos. I still loved the effect; shine can be added in other ways, the overall - it's hard to describe - lushness of my hair is what I liked.

    The main thing I took from the experience is that my conditioner emulsified into an extra creamy, slippy, wonderful texture in my hands when it touched my coconutty hair. Detangling was so much better.

    I deal with acne issues and am currently managing a breakout that may or may not be due to contact with the coconut oil; this is the only reason I'm delaying using it again. Otherwise I'd be converted to using it all the time.


    I used to have the EXACT same problem. I'm a coconut oil fiend now and use it for everything from a deep conditioner, shaving, body lotion, and believe it or not as a face wash. While I never had awful acne, enlarged pores and blackheads more than made up for it. For the last year, I only wash my face with coconut oil and baking soda, and my pores are small and clear and I haven't broken out once during that year.

    I remember reading that Coconut Oil has antibacterial properties and is apparently a very gentle treatment for acne.

    It really is amazing as a deep conditioner, and worth exploring. I hope this might help you out, I use it for practically everything now and my skin and hair never looked better :-)
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    Coconut oil can pull double duty? Nice... I'll have to use it on my face too.
  • WeathercurlWeathercurl Posts: 228Registered Users
    Coconut oil to DT is the best. I have used it once or twice a week for several months now. I add some rosemary EO, apply to dry hair at night and sleep w a cap on, then co wash in am with TN. Sometimes I low poo after but a co wash seems to be enough to remove it. It makes my hair shiny and improves the curl pattern. I was hesitant to try it as my hair goes limp easily but no problems with this at all. I am growing out hair that had a keratin treatment a year ago, so when I began CG, I had very straight ends and 2c to 3a curls on the top. A horrible look. Now the ends have some curl and my hair will spiral from roots to end on a good day. I had frizzy strands that were damaged from highlights and the coconut oil made a HUGH improvement in my over all hair texture. I have to balance with protein occasionally and alternate co washing w low poo, etc. but coconut oil is a major factor in getting my hair healthier.
    2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
    Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

    Current rotation:
    cowash= TN
    AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
    DT = Coconut oil (love)
  • AlessandrraaaaAlessandrraaaa Posts: 23Registered Users
    I used to have very very dry hair. Now after about 6 months of regular coconut deep conditions it is actually overly conditioned
  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    i cant use it outside in the winter at all but summer I can use it to seal and whatever else. I like putting it in my hair dry before I go to bed.
  • naturallyjaznaturallyjaz Posts: 63Registered Users
    I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?
    Last relaxer: May or June 2007
    BC: May 10, 2013
    Type: 3b/3c
    Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

    Current Loves:
    Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
    Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
    Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?

    The published research on penetration and reduced damage for hair uses cheap refined coconut oil, all the forum stuff about virgin/ unrefined/ organic for hair is just snobbery.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • naturallyjaznaturallyjaz Posts: 63Registered Users
    I use Carol's Daughter Hair Balm Pomade that has coconut oil in it, and I find that it works better on my wet hair since it seals in better. I want to use coconut oil alone though since I've heard such great things about it, especially for fine hair like mine.
    Last relaxer: May or June 2007
    BC: May 10, 2013
    Type: 3b/3c
    Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

    Current Loves:
    Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
    Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
    Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
  • anonymous_150263anonymous_150263 Posts: 773Registered Users
    I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?

    The published research on penetration and reduced damage for hair uses cheap refined coconut oil, all the forum stuff about virgin/ unrefined/ organic for hair is just snobbery.


    While both may have similar benefits tou admit the published research only used refined. So how would anyone know a comparison between the preformance of refined vs organic cold expellar pressed? Cold pressed and organic does have higher amounts of vitamines and lower amounts of cancer causing chemicals though.
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