Anyone have issues with coconut oil?

Hi ladies! So, I've been using coconut oil on my hair along with mousse as a styler so that it moisturizes my hair and helps to define the curls minus the crunch. However, I've noticed that when I go out in the cold, my curls almost "harden" and get stiff, but when I'm back in a warmer place, it feels like nothing is in my hair again. Has anyone else had this happen to them with coconut oil? Am I using too much or the wrong kind or something?
Curl Type: mix of 3B and 3C
Porosity: Low
Texture: Coarse (medium)
Kinking Present
Length: bra strap length or a bit longer

Shampoo: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

Conditioner: RO Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner; or sometimes Aussie Moist

Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Gel: As I Am Curling Jelly

Comments

  • ZeldahimeZeldahime Posts: 223Registered Users
    Coconut oil does become a solid under 76F (24C). Despite this I've been using coconut oil all winter and haven't noticed this effect in my hair.

    Although, I hate the cold so my time spent outside is usually what's just long enough to go from the door to my car and vice versa.

    Also I do use conditioner as a LI so maybe the conditioner is preventing that from happening as well.
    Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,157Registered Users Curl Novice
    Like Zeldahime said, the average coconut oil hardens at 76 degrees. How much are you using? You don't need a whole lot.. If I used it on my hair with my styler, I'd use no more than 1/4 of a dime size amount (really, just enough to make your hands shiny). Do you put it all over your hair? You could try just putting it on the ends while the temps are colder.

    There was a post a while ago about someone who was using Darcy's Pumpkin Seed conditioner (has coconut oil), and she was having the same problem. Although, depending on the temps, your hair in general could get hard if it's still damp from water or product. My hair got hard all the time when temps were below freezing if my hair was the least bit damp.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I didn't notice that happening when I was using it either. However, I also used a leave in and then the coconut oil on top. I love the coconut oil, but decided it was better as a DT than leaving it in.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    3B, fine, normal porosity, high density, medium width and length
    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
    Air Dry

    Looking for new products and methods to try!



  • flowerpowflowerpow Posts: 81Registered Users Curl Neophyte
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  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,157Registered Users Curl Novice
    I don't think she said her hair was dry, I believe she said it was hard in the cold, then returned to normal in warmer temperatures.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • flowerpowflowerpow Posts: 81Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    my mistake. I was going off the thread title, "Does anyone have issues with Coconut oil" these are one of the issues I have experienced and heard about from other people, so I thought It made sense to post that information for people it may apply to in this thread.
  • flowerpowflowerpow Posts: 81Registered Users Curl Neophyte
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  • ZeldahimeZeldahime Posts: 223Registered Users
    Actually capric/caprylic triglycerides is the portion of coconut oil that remains a liquid at lower temperatures.
    Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.
  • BluebloodBlueblood Posts: 1,748Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If coconut oil goes hard because it's very cold where you are then you could just use another penetrating oil sweet almond oil which is liquid at a lower temperature.
  • MedusaWarriorMedusaWarrior Posts: 66Registered Users
    Yep this happened to me this winter. As soon as I went outside the cold air just froze the oil making it into a kinda hard cast. It irritated me so much, it prompted me to try and find another thing to style my hair with.
    This is my prayer. That I'll die living just as free as my hair.
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've noticed what the original poster described when I use glycerin & coconut based products in the summer time. Last summer, I used the Shea moisture curl enhancing shampoo & after getting out the shower my hair was hard from the humidity in the bathroom. This line has vege glycerin & coconut in it high on the ingredient list. But using the as I am coconut cowash in the winter time didn't bother my hair.

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