Coconut oil for great hair!
You know who gets the shortest stick in any family? I mean like smaller than a toothpick short! You are probably thinking I mean the mom, or the middle child in a family of 11. Or the dog whose devoted owner just had a baby. Or the ants in that ant far the 11 year old boy just HAD to have for like a week and then he was bored of it. well…you would be wrong. The short stick always goes to a mom’s hair. Mom hair gets absolutely no love! It doesn’t matter if she is a working mom, a stay at home mom, or mom of the year. Things like hair cuts and dye jobs are a rare luxury, and words like “new style” and “product” literally make me laugh.
I am no different. I have always had really great hair. That might sound smug, but I am a natural blonde and have received compliments my whole life on how nice and thick my hair is. Ever since I had my son it has been nothing but lightening fast showers and living in ponytails until my scalp hurts.
There is one thing though I do to try to show my hair just a little love. It is one of my few (and I mean very few) beauty indulgences I do because I deserve it dammit! The beauty is it takes almost no time out of my day and offers really big reward for my really small effort. I want to encourage all you mammas out there to take 5 minutes and give your hair this DIY treatment because you are worth it too! You do so much for everyone else. Why not do a little something for your hair while your at it. After all, it works hard all year to keep your head warm!
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While I’m thinking of it, whenever I use coconut (for cooking or non cooking alike) I always use an organic unrefined coconut oil. It has way more nutrients and some of them are needed to tackle the specific task you are wanting. Those special characteristics are often stripped out once the oil has been refined, so I always play it safe. To see the exact kind of coconut oil I keep on hand, click here.
What can coconut oil do for your hair?
Quite a bit actually! I am going to show you how to do a super easy hair treatment that will accomplish:
Making your hair softer
Removing soap build up
Removing minerals that make bleached hair look orange
Improve scalp condition (reduces symptoms of psoriasis and dry scalp)
I do this hair treatment once a month and the list of benefits are what I have personally experienced (including clearing up some minor psoriasis I have). Follow the steps below to try it yourself!
How to do the coconut oil hair treatment
- You will need to melt the coconut oil (it hardens at room temperature) you can either put some in a bowl, and set inside a larger dish with hot water, or I usually just scoop some into my hand and use the heat of my hands to melt.
- Massage melted oil into your scalp with your fingertips. Starting at your roots, continue to work down your hair to the ends.
- Using a wide tooth comb, comb hair thoroughly to evenly distribute oil and make sure all your hair is saturated
- For long hair, wrap all hair onto your head and clip into place.
- Cover your hair with cling wrap (or a plastic bag). This is to hold the heat in for effectiveness
- Let oil sit for at least 30 minutes. I usually wind up having mine on for closer to an hour.
- Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as normal. This is really important! After you shampoo your hair it will still feel oily and you will be tempted to use more shampoo….DON’T! Just use a single shampoo then condition like you normally would. Once your hair dries it will not be oily, just trust me!
That’s all there is. Give it a try and you will be hooked! Like I said, I do this once a month, unless I have a psoriasis flare up, then I will treat my scalp to improve the inflammation.
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