As of lately, I have been doing a lot of experimenting with my hair when it comes to oils, water, heat and steam. One of the current oils of focus happens to be coconut oil. Along with experimenting, I’ve been searching for reputable articles online which may help to explain my experiences. The information below presented by Audrey Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, offered a great deal of insight into my experiences with coconut oil.
” The Marico Industries researchers also found that using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment is better than using it post-wash. This is partly owing to the fact that coconut oil only seems to penetrate wet hair fibers.…
Coconut oil is an excellent hair oil for black and textured hair types. Research shows that coconut oil performs better as a pre-treatment before the hair is shampooed, but also works excellently as sealant on dry hair. Many black women suffer from hair porosity issues as a result of our styling choices. Coconut oil’s ability to prevent protein loss and reduce hair porosity makes it a valuable oil for those who chemically relax, regularly heat straighten, or permanently color their hair.“
Many complain of coconut oil leaving their hair feeling hay-like and hard. I too have had that experience, but I can now say it is as a result of what step coconut oil is used in my routine. Lately, I’ve been using coconut oil in an unconventional manner which seems to be resulting in my hair appearing more moisturized as my curl definition has improved, frizz has reduced, less single strand knots are appearing, strands are shiny, and the hair feels noticeably smoother.
The first pic was taken a few weeks ago when I reviewed Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee [+] and the second pic was taken with use of coconut oil steam treatment along with the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee this weekend.
Check out my pictorial on how I made coconut oil at home.
Do you use coconut oil in your hair routine? How?