No poo and Coconut oil buildup?

kymikakymika Registered Users Posts: 2
So I'm starting on the no poo method yet again, and this time trying to stick with it. I'm using no silicones at all, but I hear awesome things about coconut oil and really want to use it. My only issue is I'm unable to figure out if it's water dissolvable. I've googled endlessly, but I have no idea whether or not it will build up on my hair .... Thoughts?


  • kathymackkathymack Registered Users Posts: 9,999 Curl Neophyte
    It really depends on your hair. It really helps to know your hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Properties are the best way to choose ingredients/products.

    My hair is fine/low porosity. I can't use straight oil/butter, but can use them in well formulated products. I cowashed for six months and my hair wasn't anything special. I started using the natural soap (shampoo) bars when they were really popular almost five years ago. I find that they are just enough to remove any residual ingredients that don't get absorbed by my hair. Using the soap bars really made my curls pop!
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    Coconut oil is not water soluble. However the cationic surfactants are AKA emulsifiers, they help oil mix with water which is how they clean the sebum off. CO-washing cleans coconut oil away without stripping IME.
    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
  • NoumenonNoumenon Registered Users Posts: 86
    I use a lot of coconut oil, every day (DC, LI, sealant, styler - not to mention on my face, eyelashes and body... oh and I use it in cooking)... a lot of coconut oil.

    I have always been able to wash it out using just my co-wash. When I do get build up (which is really not often), I just use a bicarb and conditioner mix and my hair is left super clean.


    ... just please think about wear you are getting it from. Coconut oil is a product that can be of enormous economic and environmental benefit to some places (PNG and the Fijji are 2 examples), there are other places wear the production of coconut oil results is massive environmental degradation.
    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
    LI: Sukin Moisture Restoring
    Colour: Henna

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