Coconut Milk=Shine

masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
I went out and bought some canned coconut milk (goya) this morning and mixed in a little olive oil and OMG, my hair is really shiny. You should try this. I didn't rinse the coconut milk out completely. I left some on to coat the hair. I can feel the moisture and not the grease/residue that usually results from too much oil.

I used the top layer of the coconut milk (don't shake the can) and I poured in about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mixed that together. I was impressed!

I'm curious to see if other 4as have tried coconut milk...
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  • BelleCoilyBelleCoily Posts: 13Registered Users
    only as an ingredient in a deep treatment, but I've never heard of anyone using cocnut milk as a leave-in, but it might be something to investigate... :wink:
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  • lalapixielalapixie Posts: 242Registered Users
    i'm curious too cause it's the main ingredient in my favorite conditioner which aubrey organics island naturals and also in the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Curls-Milkshake-p-884.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Curls-Milkshake]curls milkshake[/buylink] everyone is raving about that i wanna try
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  • masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
    I recommend you try it. Let me know what you think. I am going to purchase some coconut oil too. I love the way this stuff smells. My hair still smells the same as earlier. I got this idea from other forums. The others mostly had different hair types, but they all talked about noticing shine, so I wanted to see if that worked for me.

    Also, the thinner section of the milk was an amazing body rinse. I am definitely going to get some for the winter. I'll rinse it over my body before I get out of the shower and before applying lotion. It's the new baby oil, possibly without the drying effect.

    Happy experimenting...
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  • mariposamariposa Posts: 177Registered Users
    i might have been the one who posted in the other forums

    yes it's GREAT

    i skim off the creamy top and use it for (yummy) leave-ins
    i didn't find mixing it w- oil to be necessary though i have been mixing it w- other stuff

    and yes it is the main ingredient in the [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Curls-Milkshake-p-884.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Curls-Milkshake]curls milkshake[/buylink]
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  • masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
    mariposa,

    What else have you been mixing in the coconut milk...sounds like it's time to experiment some more... :D
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  • ConcernedCoilsConcernedCoils Posts: 106Registered Users
    It sounds really interesting, but does it still work as well if it's shaken or down to the middle of the can?

    I know people use it for rinseable dt's, but can you really can use the milk itself as a leave-in as well or combo leave-in? Without it being all curdly in your hair or anything?

    I just don't want to go throught the expense if I can only skin the top and the rest is no good for mixing.
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  • masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
    It sounds really interesting, but does it still work as well if it's shaken or down to the middle of the can?

    I know people use it for rinseable dt's, but can you really can use the milk itself as a leave-in as well or combo leave-in? Without it being all curdly in your hair or anything?

    I just don't want to go throught the expense if I can only skin the top and the rest is no good for mixing.

    ConcernedCoils, I only used the top for my hair and there was not curdle in my hair. Since the top is the thickest, I would say that it would be safe to use the entire can. The Goya product is only $.99, so it won't be too much of an expense. It's really inexpensive. Try it out and let us know what happened.
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  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    Wow, I've never heard of using this, but it sounds like it's time to experiment again! :D I guess I've never used coconut milk for anything so I'm kind of ignorant when it comes to coconut milk. Stupid question, but this is the stuff that comes right out of the coconut right? Had no idea this was even possible. So the top is the best for the hair. So do you just pour it on, or comb it through? Can you leave it in?
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  • masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
    mafalda wrote:
    Wow, I've never heard of using this, but it sounds like it's time to experiment again! :D I guess I've never used coconut milk for anything so I'm kind of ignorant when it comes to coconut milk. Stupid question, but this is the stuff that comes right out of the coconut right? Had no idea this was even possible. So the top is the best for the hair. So do you just pour it on, or comb it through? Can you leave it in?

    Hello,

    I learned about this from the Natural recipes forum. There were several discussions about coconut milk there. Check it out. Sorry, I can't pull down the link for you. From what I understand, the stuff that pours out of the coconut is the juice and the milk is from the meat. I would say that the top layer is thicker and could do more for out typeof hair, whereas others with less thick hair don't want the weight or thickness. Try it out and let us know what you think. I used the top on my hair and poured the thinner part into my JASON shower gel and i love how it feels on my body. It's like a moisture shield. There's still some lather, but not nearly as much as before, but my skin feels more hydrated. I don't know, just try it and see what yo ufind. I live in a cold climate area so I need all hte help i can get for hair and body.
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  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    Cool. Thanks, I'll check it out. :D
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  • susususu Posts: 767Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I had used coconut milk as a pre-poo treatment a couple of times in the past, but never thought to use it as a leave-in. I just tried it this morning (using the creamy part, mixed w/ a little olive oil and honey) and so far I'm really liking it! My hair is about 90% dry, and the curls look great - very springy, and a little shinier than usual. More importantly, my hair feels very soft (a rarity for me). The milk left a white film at first, but my hair absorbed it relatively quickly. I'm definitely going to try this again.
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    hey ladies,

    i'm a little late with this one. do you use the whole can or do you store and finish the rest of the can off another time?

    also i think someone else asked but if you shake the can then add the coconut milk to a conditioner do you get the same effect?

    any other coconut milk "discoveries"? please share!
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  • masscurlymasscurly Posts: 297Registered Users
    Hi,

    I have used the thickest part. If you don't use the remaining right away, it will go bad. I have used the liquidy part as a rinse. I work out and often my scalp gets yucky because I can't wash everyday, so the rinse comes in handy. play around with it and see what you think. that's the most fun!
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    Constantly seeking the perfect product combinations. I just want healthy and manageable hair!!!

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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    Ok... so I've recently discovered MHC's Jamaica Island Conditioner and it has coconut milk... see ingredients below:

    MHC Jamaica Island Conditioner (from Curlmart)
    Ingredients: Coconut Butter, Coconut Milk, Raw Honey, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest,Pineapple essence oil and purfied water.

    This is by far the BEST moisturizing product I've discovered since being natural! And, best of all... it DOES NOT leave a white residue on the hair!! :P Completely melts into the hair!! I use this product alone (as a leave-in) and my hair stays super soft all day long! With each day's use, I've noticed that my curls are softer and more defined. My Honey Child also sells a Coconut Hair Milk. I haven't tried it yet, but I am really impressed with the Jamaica Island Conditioner. You guys should definitely try the Island Conditioner!

    MHC Coconut Hair Milk (from Curlmart)
    Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Raw Honey, Coconut Butter, Coconut Milk, and Comfrey Root
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Ok... so I've recently discovered MHC's Jamaica Island Conditioner and it has coconut milk... see ingredients below:

    MHC Jamaica Island Conditioner (from Curlmart)
    Ingredients: Coconut Butter, Coconut Milk, Raw Honey, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest,Pineapple essence oil and purfied water.

    This is by far the BEST moisturizing product I've discovered since being natural! And, best of all... it DOES NOT leave a white residue on the hair!! :P Completely melts into the hair!! I use this product alone (as a leave-in) and my hair stays super soft all day long! With each day's use, I've noticed that my curls are softer and more defined. My Honey Child also sells a Coconut Hair Milk. I haven't tried it yet, but I am really impressed with the Jamaica Island Conditioner. You guys should definitely try the Island Conditioner!

    MHC Coconut Hair Milk (from Curlmart)
    Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Raw Honey, Coconut Butter, Coconut Milk, and Comfrey Root

    I've had my eye on MHC for a looong time. So you don't rinse it out?
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    No way!! only when its time for conditioner washes. Other than that, I just let my hair mist in the shower and apply the conditioner after I get out. The description in Curlmart describes the conditioner as 'thick', but its not so thick to me. It has a light, liquidy cream-like consistency. I actually like this. One day I decide to use as a leave-in and it is fabulous!!! :o It's the only thing I use now a days. Maybe once or twice a week I'll put Jojoba oil on top of it (just a little) and it mixes well with the oil!! The thing I love about MHC is that ALL of the ingredients are NATURAL. I've learned that my hair reacts better to natural products... if I can't spell it then it does not need to be up in my hair!!! :D

    I really want to try the curl activator... let me know how it works for you if you decide to get it! 8)
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have 3 products that I haven't even cracked open yet ! :roll: These MHC ones sound good enough to eat!
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    maybe i need to revisit the mhc [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/MyHoneyChild-Type-4-Hair-Creme-p-350.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=myhoneychild-type-4-hair-creme]type 4 hair creme[/buylink] i have but don't use. i've been using the curls hair milk. when i finish i don't think i'll repurchase. it's ok but i don't love it... and it seems like there are better things out there. denisemounie do you keep your mhc in the refrigerator? i know the conditioners i have say to refrigerate but i can't remember about the creme. i wonder if it's because of the coconut milk in it..
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    I have 3 products that I haven't even cracked open yet ! :roll: These MHC ones sound good enough to eat!


    Suburban... you have 3 MHC products that you haven't tried?!! :shock: Girl, which ones??

    I tell ya, the Jamaica Island conditioner smells soooo good! I'm tempted to lick it every time :P
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/
  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    maybe i need to revisit the mhc [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/MyHoneyChild-Type-4-Hair-Creme-p-350.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=myhoneychild-type-4-hair-creme]type 4 hair creme[/buylink] i have but don't use. i've been using the curls hair milk. when i finish i don't think i'll repurchase. it's ok but i don't love it... and it seems like there are better things out there. denisemounie do you keep your mhc in the refrigerator? i know the conditioners i have say to refrigerate but i can't remember about the creme. i wonder if it's because of the coconut milk in it..

    I think I understand you on the cream. I have not found a 'hair cream' that I love either. But, if you looking for long lasting moisture, then the Island conditioner is excellent!! :D my hair is cottony soft. I've been doing weekly deep treatments and using the Island conditioner.... the results are fantastic! Thanks again to Suburban for making me do those treatments!!! :P

    No, i don't keep in the refrigerator. I don't remember the conditioner specifying to keep refrigerated, but the Shampoo (scalp cleanser) says to keep refrigerated. I don't though. I've only used the shampoo once... its ok. I just prefer not to shampoo. But, I do keep the conditioner in a cool, dry place. I think if you keep it in your bathroom and the AC is on, then you should be fine. It has never spoiled. The coconut milk is probably why they suggest to keep refrigerated. I tell ya, I go through the Island conditioner. I doesn't have time to spoil! 8)
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    denisemounie our hair is very similar but i wouldn't say mine is cottony soft...mine feels hard and dry unless i REALLY condition it!!! thanks for sharing your hair recommendations! stay in touch... :)
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    denisemounie our hair is very similar but i wouldn't say mine is cottony soft...mine feels hard and dry unless i REALLY condition it!!! thanks for sharing your hair recommendations! stay in touch... :)

    Yes, I thought so too! My hair 'use to' be hard and very very dry (and I color so I mean ROUGH on the ends). I use to load up on 'sta-soft-fro' spray and different creams, etc. but since I've been doing those deep treatments (a little conditioner and add coconut oil and oil olive under a dry for 30min, and rinse), its been like night and day! Are you doing weekly treatments? I know you will notice a difference... even without the MHC! 8) Let me know how it turns out!
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have 3 products that I haven't even cracked open yet ! :roll: These MHC ones sound good enough to eat!


    Suburban... you have 3 MHC products that you haven't tried?!! :shock: Girl, which ones??

    I tell ya, the Jamaica Island conditioner smells soooo good! I'm tempted to lick it every time :P

    No I don't have any MHC products yet. I do have to be tried Lustrasilk Shea butter cholesterol, Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel, and Apogee treatment. Why I'm trying to hold off buying anything else.
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    I have 3 products that I haven't even cracked open yet ! :roll: These MHC ones sound good enough to eat!


    Suburban... you have 3 MHC products that you haven't tried?!! :shock: Girl, which ones??

    I tell ya, the Jamaica Island conditioner smells soooo good! I'm tempted to lick it every time :P

    No I don't have any MHC products yet. I do have to be tried Lustrasilk Shea butter cholesterol, Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel, and Apogee treatment. Why I'm trying to hold off buying anything else.


    OH... LOL :lol:

    PJ in full effect! :P
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    you know denisemounie i don't use heat when i condition. i co-wash and like once a week i condition, typically without the olive oil or coconut oil added to the conditioner. i need to do better. thanks for the recommendations!! i'm excited.

    when did you cut your hair? i cut mine the sat before christmas. obviously it's still short but i can tell it's growing.

    how often do you come your hair all the way through? i finger comb 95% of the time. i don't do a lot of twists or styles. i mostly wear a fro...
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    you know denisemounie i don't use heat when i condition. i co-wash and like once a week i condition, typically without the olive oil or coconut oil added to the conditioner. i need to do better. thanks for the recommendations!! i'm excited.

    when did you cut your hair? i cut mine the sat before christmas. obviously it's still short but i can tell it's growing.

    how often do you come your hair all the way through? i finger comb 95% of the time. i don't do a lot of twists or styles. i mostly wear a fro...


    Luvmylocs, You're welcome!

    I use to condition without heat too! But, I found that the coconut oil penetrates better with heat. After surfing this site and reading all of the rave reviews of the benefits of coconut oil, I decided to purchase some from the local whole foods store. I also invested in a soft bonnet dryer from sally's (don't like the hard dryers... cant feel the heat on the back of my hair). I think you could get a regular conditioner from sally's (watch out for the 'cones though) and add whatever you want. I've added jojoba oil and vitamin e oil.

    You know, I've cut my hair several times. Out of frustration due to dry, fried ends, etc.. But, the really short pics in my fotki were around Nov/Dec 2006. You'll also see that my hair was much longer in July '06, but again I got "trim" happy and ended up going too often. I thought I needed those trims because my ends were soo terrible. But, what I really needed was a good deep treatment!!! :lol: I've been trying to grow my hair out since 2002, but something always happens, I get color crazy :oops: or my ends get so matted/tangled in knots due to lack of care. I'm really hoping for a change now since having discovered this site. I was completely lost before...

    I comb my hair once a week while in the shower, soaking wet with conditioner on it. Any other way causes breakage. Yes, I finger comb 95% too! I use my fingers to distribute oils, leave-ins. I just pull it through. By finger combing, I think I lose a lot of curl definition... but I don't care... Frizz happens!! :lol:

    No twists for me either... back in 2002 I would do them more, they take too long. Now a days I enjoy a good ole fashion 'fro!! 8)

    P.S. Vitamin E oil is nice too. It feels like glycerin, but not so heavy. Not greasy, and has nice smoothing properties
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    great thanks!! i will have to start doing better about using heat with my conditioners. i'm pretty low maintenance on my hair. i agree w/ you on the twists taking to long. once it gets longer i hope to be able to wash and do several large plaits and then have some "texture" that way. i know i can have long hair (take a look at my locs) but there are different rules for loose natural hair. i'm learning a lot even though i've been natural since '99. thanks girl and stay in touch. our hair seems very similar so we can share product and tips and techniques.... :D
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  • denisemouniedenisemounie Posts: 255Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote:
    great thanks!! i will have to start doing better about using heat with my conditioners. i'm pretty low maintenance on my hair. i agree w/ you on the twists taking to long. once it gets longer i hope to be able to wash and do several large plaits and then have some "texture" that way. i know i can have long hair (take a look at my locs) but there are different rules for loose natural hair. i'm learning a lot even though i've been natural since '99. thanks girl and stay in touch. our hair seems very similar so we can share product and tips and techniques.... :D

    Oh yes, I saw your loc pictures... just beautiful :P

    I will definitely keep in touch! :D
    4a/4b... at this point, Henna has to be my friend, cause I've tried EVERYTHING else!!

    Henna, Afro Detangler, KBB hair cream, Vitamin E oil, Qhemet AOHC, AND no more letting my hair dry curly... darn knots are driving me crazy!!:happy7:

    http://public.fotki.com/denisemounie/

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