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Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

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Herb Infused Oils for Hair and Skin

Herb infused oils is my next stop on the journey to healthy hair and skin.

I did some research to find oils that promotes hair growth and decided to infuse those oils with herbs that also promotes hair growth.

My hair thrives on coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil. My skin loves castor oil, rose hip oil, and ylang ylang essential oil. So why not infuse these fabulous oils with amazing herbs?

I headed to my local Fresh Thyme market and purchased dried lavender, rosemary, sage, fenugreek, and ginger. All of these herbs have been credited for sparking hair growth and healthy skin.

Keep in mind that infusing oils takes time. There are boiling methods to infusing oil, but I decided to exercise patience and allow the infusion to take its time.

Therefore, this blog post is part one. I will publish a part two and three to reveal my results through out the summer. I am a true believer that sometimes you have to allow time for even natural ingredients to work their wonders.

I found these small mason jars at my local Dollar Tree. They’re so adorable. 🙂 But any glass jar, preferably a dark color glass, should work just fine.

 

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Rosemary and Sage
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Lavender
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Ginger
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Fenugreek

There are many infused oil recipes that can be crafted. For my skin oil I choose lavender with carrier and essentials oils that I believe will work great to moisturize and heal and the skin.

For hair growth, I choose to infuse a blend of coconut oil, castor oil, and almond oil with sage, rosemary, ginger, and fenugreek. Again, these herbs are accredited for promoting hair growth and possibly preventing hair loss.

To start I am making small batches of infused oils. I will try them individually (for scalp massages, hot oil treatments, and additions to my hair conditioners) for a few weeks each to see if there is one infused oil that works best.

If all goes well, I will make larger batches of infused oils and add them to my lip balms and whipped butter recipes. Leave me a comment below if you would like me to share a few of those recipes.

The herbs will steep in a dark cool place for about six weeks. Patience is key. I am so excited to use them throughout the summer. So make sure you subscribe to my monthly newsletter and watch for updates and new infused oil recipes!

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Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

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Coconut Oil for Soft Hair

When my hair is feeling rough, dry, and brittle, I reach for my coconut oil. Now that I am growing out my naturally curly hair, I experience that feeling often. I love my curls, but I much prefer curls that are soft and silky.

There are two ways I use coconut oil for soft hair. I use coconut oil before shampooing or during deep conditioning. Sometimes I do both when I’m coconut oil happy. 😉

The Pre-poo

Before washing, I apply coconut oil to my hair first. After separating my hair into 4 to 6 sections, I apply coconut oil from my roots to the ends of my hair.

My favorite type of coconut oil for both pre-pooing and deep conditioning is unrefined organic. Since this kind of coconut oil turns solid at cooler temperatures, I melt it down to a liquid first. I would not recommend using a microwave. Setting your jar of solid coconut oil in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes should work just fine.

Adding coconut oil to my hair before shampooing not only protects my hair from excessive dryness but it also strengthens my hair. Minimal breakage is always a good thing!

I place a heating or shower cap over my hair and allow the coconut oil to sit for at least 15 minutes. If I have ample time, I leave the coconut oil in my hair over night and wash my hair in the morning. This gives me the softest results.

The Deep Condition

Since coconut oil is rich in hair nourishing vitamins, it makes a perfect complement to my favorite deep conditioner. Coconut oil also gives my deep conditioner more “slip”. This means that my deep conditioner and coconut oil mix is slippery, which helps with detangling my kinky curls! 🙂

My usual deep conditioner to coconut oil ratio is 2:1. So if I use 1/2 cup of deep conditioner, I will add about 1/4 cup organic coconut oil. This sounds like a lot of product for one deep conditioning session but I have a bit long and very thick hair. So this usually does the trick. If you have shorter hair or prefer to use less product, than customize this ratio as you like.

Similar to how I apply coconut oil during my pre-poo treatment, I apply the coconut oil deep conditioning mix. My preference is to cover my hair with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for at least 20 minutes. Again, if I have more time, I will leave it on my hair for longer (without heat).

After rinsing and styling I find that my hair is so incredibly soft. Additional benefits include hair growth, less frizz and a healthier scalp.

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Coconut oil for soft hair is my favorite way to go. However, there are other oils that will promote softness and strength. So if you are allergic to coconut oil or simply not a fan, no worries.

Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil are also great for pre-poo and deep conditioning treatments. Depending on the oil you may need to adjust your deep conditioning  ratios.

What are top tips for achieving soft hair? I’d love to hear about them and try them out myself. 🙂

 

 

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How to Store Coconut Oil

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How to Store Coconut Oil

The interest in coconut oil for health and beauty is still rising. With that in mind I wanted to share these quick tips on how to store coconut oil.

How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil that is unrefined and organic tends to have a long shelf. A good quality batch of coconut oil should last anywhere from 2 to 5 years.

If you love coconut oil and use it for everything from oral rinsing to deep conditioning, your stash of oil probably won’t be around for long.

However, if not stored properly, you can shorten the shelf life of coconut oil. And that would be quit devastating. 🙂

Quick tips on how to store coconut oil

  • Store in a cool location – One hot dreary summer I left a jar of coconut oil sitting in a storage room without air-conditioning. It is not where I normally keep it, but after using coconut oil I left it on a shelf and forgot to go back to retrieve it. It took less than a few weeks before the coconut oil went rancid. It probably would have retained some usefulness, however the odor was terrible. The best option was to purchase a new jar. So off to Trader Joe’s I went.
  • Refrigeration is great but not necessary – To prevent coconut oil from going rancid, you may assume that the best place for it would be the fridge. However, coconut oil can live out its full shelf life in a cool pantry. If your home stays warmer than room temperature, keep your coconut oil in the refrigerator. Otherwise, save the room in your refrigerator for left overs. 🙂
  • Keep your coconut oil sealed tightly – To protect the quality of your oil, seal your container well after use. Not only will this prevent leakage, but it also keeps things from getting inside. If you store your coconut near a sink or bath, you want to make sure to keep out water or anything else that may cause bacteria to form in your oil.
  • Keep a separate container of coconut oil for your hair and skin – When I purchase coconut oil, I either purchase two jars or purchase one 54 ounce jar and split the oil into two containers. One container is for cooking in the kitchen and the other is for my hair and skin. This helps to make sure that the coconut oil that you are consuming remains untainted.

If you are concerned about your coconut oil turning from a liquid to a solid or vice versa, no worries. If I have a solid jar of coconut oil, I have found that it melts down pretty quickly by sitting it in a bowl of warm water. I remove the melted coconut oil that I need, and place the jar back in its cool, dry place.

Do you have tips on how to best store coconut oil? Leave them down below!

God bless!

~Candra
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My Chemical Free Transition to Natural Hair

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My Chemical Free Transition to Natural Hair

As of November 2016 I decided to transition to natural hair. My hair is naturally curly but for decades I have used chemical perms/relaxers to straighten my hair. On top of that I colored my hair using dyes that were filled with hair damaging chemicals.

My goal for the duration of my hair journey (which shall continue for as long as I have hair on my head) is to transition to chemical free styling. I’m even researching homemade shampoo recipes for both me and hubby.

My day to day maintenance is becoming more and more chemical free. Oils and Shea butters are my new best friends for treatments, cleansing, and hair growth.

Why transition to natural hair?

Well, it’s not because I don’t like my chemically straightened hair. I was even in love with my deep purple hair back in the 90’s. 🙂

It’s not because I’ve had adverse reactions to chemical relaxers. For the last few years I was still able to grow my hair long and healthy…considering.

The bottom line is, where there is actually two bottom lines. I am turned off by the chemical processing, and I am in desperate desire for a change.

The process is expensive when performed in the salon, which for me was the safest way to have it done. And while the process is permanently changing the structure of my hair, it is damaging my hair at the same time.

Yes, there are ways to recover from the damage, but the best offense is a good defense. A more proactive approach in hair care may work best for me and help me grow my hair to longer lengths.

Avoiding perms, relaxers, and hair dyes also means that I need a new plan of attack in styling and coloring my hair. Curly hair will offer more styling options, which I am excited about. And for the last few years, I have already transitioned to coloring my hair naturally.

Does this mean living with gray hair forever?

Absolutely not.

Coloring my hair naturally was actually an easy discovery. The colors I prefer over my salt and pepper tresses are brown or black. I can achieve both colors by using henna and indigo powders. These powders are plant based and can be found free of chemicals.

The process of coloring my hair with henna and indigo takes longer than a chemical hair dye, but it is so worth the wait. Henna not only dyes the hair but acts like a protein treatment and actually strengthens the hair!

How will I achieve straight hair without a chemical relaxer?

Since I will no longer straighten my hair using relaxers or texturizers, my current plan is to alternate between naturally curly hair and flat ironed straight hair.

Heat can also be damaging to the hair, but I would prefer to err on the side of heat rather than chemical damage.

It has been five months since I chemically straightened my hair and my natural texture is growing out beautifully. I could big chop and cut off my straightened hair down to the point where it is curly, but it’s a little too soon for that. 🙂 The goal is to grow my hair (as fast as I can) for another year and then cut off any straight ends at that point.

In the mean time I plan to wear curly styles like roller sets or have my hair professionally straightened (on occasion).

Stay tuned for updates on my chemical free journey and my transition to natural hair. It should be interesting and I am certain will hold many lessons to be learned.

Blessings and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my next post. I plan on sharing one of those DIY shampoo recipes!Candra Evans

 

 

 

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How to Start a Hair Journey

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How to Start a Hair Journey

how to start a hair journeyFour years ago I stumbled on hair journey videos on YouTube. I was greatly intrigued.

My hair, at the time, was damaged and brittle. For years I dreamed of growing it beyond my shoulder, but it was never obtainable. I chalked it up to genetics. Maybe my hair was the kind that just didn’t grow long.

As I browsed “natural hair videos”, “relaxed hair videos”, and “grow 6 inches in 6 months” videos, I was hooked.

Morning, noon, and night I was watching women from around the world grow their hair healthy and long.Still with some doubt that I could do the same, I started my own hair journey.

From the start I made a few huge mistakes. The first six months was exciting but difficult. Then I finally got into my own groove. The transformation in my hair health and growth was amazing.

These tips can help anyone start a hair journey. My mistakes are now your lessons on how to start a hair journey!

#1 – Access Your Hair’s Current Condition

Sit in front of the mirror and have a long talk with your hair. I know. It sounds crazy, but what is your hair saying to you? Is your hair excessively dry? Are your ends splitting and damaged? And you can’t forget about your scalp. Do you see flaking from time to time…or all of the time? It is important to address the current needs of your hair first.

For example, you will not have much success growing waist length hair with split ends. Those ends will continue to split and break. Your journey would need to begin with a good trim. It sounds counterproductive. However, it wasn’t until I resolved to cut my hair (the damaged ends), that my hair finally began to flourish.

True counter-production is having hair grow from the scalp while simultaneously breaking off at the ends. Start a hair journey by giving your hair what it needs now.

#2 – Know That Your Hair Journey May Be Different From Everyone Else

My next big mistake was attempting to start a hair journey that looked exactly like someone else’s journey. I purchased the same products and created an identical hair regimen. So what is wrong with that you might ask. After all, I did choose to follow bloggers and you-tubers who had hair flowing down their backs.

Copying someones hair journey could work, but there are some things to consider. This kind of relates to tip #1. The women I followed did not have my same hair texture. When I started, I chemically straightened my naturally curly hair. I copied women who didn’t. My hair is more fine side and I used products that worked great for women with really thick hair.

For example, I was frustrated when a certain deep conditioner that everyone loved, never seemed to work for me. Because everyone was blogging about it, I kept using it. My hair was still dry. It never felt soft. I secretly hated this conditioner.

Then I learned that it was okay that my hair didn’t respond to it like the others. I just had to do some research and find what worked for my hair. When I found my perfect deep conditioner, I was so happy! The products I use now never fail me when I need strength and moisture for my hair.

It is good to see what products others are using and how they are using it. It may actually work. But give yourself some room for modifications. While I can’t have a hair journey without coconut oil, I just recently watched a video about a woman who had to stop using it. Her hair was becoming damaged because of it.

Everyone’s hair texture and type can vary a little bit or a lot. Do what works for you.

#3 – Avoid Hair Envy

There were several moments when I wanted to give up on my hair journey because my hair looked nothing like the hair of a beautiful Indian woman I follow on YouTube. I am African American. I know. It makes no sense.

Still, it is easy to get caught up in the gorgeous locks of others. Now I love this woman’s channel because she shares how she grows her hair with oils. However, it is important to stay focused on the content and not try to compare your hair with others.

Trying to look like someone else is brutal and exhausting. You can idolize a beauty guru to the point that you can’t appreciate your own beauty. And that is tragic.

At one point on my hair journey I took a break from watching hair videos on YouTube. I was settled with my choices of products and weekly regimen. Soon my own brand of beauty become more clear to me. Clarity is king. I noticed, and celebrated, my own hair growth and my hair texture.

There is nothing wrong with appreciating the beauty in others. It’s a good thing actually. But never forget the beauty in you.

#4 – Start a Hair Journal

Keeping a journal may sound a bit extreme. After all, we’re just talking about hair here. But you’d be surprised how overwhelming a hair journey could be.

When you start a hair journey, everything is new. I was not used to deep conditioning or styling my hair without a flat iron. I had no idea what a pre-poo was or often I should do a protein treatment.

I had three different sections in my hair journal. One section was for note taking. As I researched everything related to hair, I took notes and made sure to add references in case I needed to go back to that book or site again.

The second section was for product information. I wrote down the hair products I purchased and noted their results. This section is probably more effective for beauty product junkies like me.

The last section was for my weekly hair regimen. I wrote down my plan for the week or for the month. I recorded hairstyles I tried and noted any changes to my hair. This allows you to look back through the weeks and evaluate when your hair was at her best.

You might think you will remember all of this, but trust me. You will appreciate being able to go back six or eight months, when you saw fast growth, and recall exactly what you did.

#5 – Take a Selfie to Start Your Journey

On day one of your hair journey, take selfies. Even better, let someone else take pictures of your hair from different angles. Get a front, side, and rear shot of your hair. Not the condition of your ends, your current length, and overall health.

The progress of getting healthy hair can seem slow. Before you say that your hair is not growing or that it still looks the same to you, you can go back and look at your day one photo.

My favorite hair videos on YouTube are hair journey photo videos. A picture says so much. It can reveal your true success, when you feel like nothing has changed.

How often you take photos is up to you. However, I would avoid taking pictures of your hair every week. 😉 I like to take photos every 3 to 6 months. If you stay committed to your hair journey, you will be excited at the results!

I hope these tips are helpful for those who are going to start a hair journey soon. I will be sharing more tips on how to develop a healthy hair regimen, and how to grow your hair with natural oils!

~ Candra Evans ♥

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Peaceful Life Variety Pack Essential Oils by EvX Products

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Peaceful Life Variety Pack Essential Oils by EvX Products

This set of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils contains all you need for peace and relaxation. Blow the dust off your diffuser and get ready for serenity!

The Peaceful Life Variety Pack includes these six specially selected essential oils:

  • Rose Essential Oil
  • Bergamot Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

These oils are natural and undiluted. Each amber glass bottle contains 10 ml of essential oil. The dropper releases the oil at a perfect pace. I have no issues with too much oil coming out.

The fragrance is amazing, but that’s only the beginning. I have paired the chamomile and frankincense essential oils with my homemade, DIY skin balm. It is perfect for blemishes and scars. I love to have this skin balm on hand for minor cuts and scaring. I’m accident prone like that. 🙂

Each oil has its own aromatherapy benefits, but all will bring a sense of calm to your hectic days.

The box is simple but classic, a great way to safely store your oils. It closes tightly and looks great on a vanity or dresser.

Watch my video below for a closer look!

If you would like the recipe for this amazing skin balm, leave me a comment below! Any of these oils would pair well and offer amazing benefits for the skin.

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This set was purchased by me at a discounted rate in exchange for me honest review. However, I am not an affiliate of EvX Products.

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Inversion Method with Coconut and Lavender Oil

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Inversion Method with Coconut and Lavender Oil

One inch of hair growth in one week? The hair world on YouTube says yes, it is possible! I have watched dozens of inversion method videos on YouTube and decided I would give it a try.

I don’t know why I have delayed this long. However, with my hard fought efforts to grow my hair a little longer, I believe it is time.

This is my day one video showing how to blend the coconut oil and New York Biology’s 100% pure lavender essential oil. Video includes my starting length. One week from today I will publish a second video highlighting the final results of the inversion method.

Inversion Method Video – Day One

Why Coconut and Lavender Essential Oil?

I also use NYB lavender essential oil for soap making

There are a variety of oils to choose from, but my first thought was to pick an oil that is relaxing. Lavender essential oil is calming and the combination of lavender and coconut, smells amazing.

Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E, K, and Iron. Lavender essential oil also has nutrients that promote hair growth and thicker hair as well. This brand of oil by New York Biology is 100% pure.

What is the inversion method?

Although not scientifically proven many attest to the success of the inversion method. By tilting your head over, you can cause blood flow to increase at the scalp. This will increase hair growth…reinvigorating dormant hair follicles.

There are some who argue that the inversion method will not work for everyone. However, I hope to get positive results, especially since I have selected the creme of the crop of oils.

What are the steps of doing the inversion method?

  1. Select your oil(s) of choice
  2. Warm the oil
  3. Apply oil to scalp
  4. Massage scalp with fingers for about 4 minutes
  5. Invert your head for 4 minutes
  6. Wash out immediately or leave in (Depending upon your hair texture and type)
  7. Follow these steps once each day for seven days!

Do not try this if you are pregnant or have low or high blood pressure. Do not stay inverted for more than 4 minutes. This could raise your blood pressure.

Would you like to join me in giving the inversion method a go? Keep me posted on your results!

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Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

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Coconut Oil for Hair Growth (For all hair types)

Can coconut oil make your hair grow? The short answer is a definite, yes.

Let’s talk about why, and how to use coconut oil for hair growth. (At the bottom of this post is a special announcement too!)

Coconut oil is loaded with nutrients and essential fatty acids. These nutrients condition the hair and scalp which promotes hair growth.

Coconut oil is rich in iron, vitamin E, and vitamin K. According to Dr. Josh Axe, iron is one of the top recommended vitamins for hair growth.

Not only do I see optimum growth when treating my hair with coconut oil, but my hair is thicker, softer, and stronger.

The lauric acid found in coconut oil helps to make the hair strong. If you are like most women, you are no stranger to flat irons, blow dryers, chemical processing and such the like. These things, including simple daily styling, can weaken our hair.

Lauric acid acts as a barrier to the hair strand, preventing the hair from breakage. Coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft and repair damaged hair.

Coconut oil prevents both protein and moisture loss by acting as a sealant. We need protein for strong hair. We also need a good balance of moisture so that our hair does not become dry and brittle.Moisture and protein rich hair strands means no breakage. No breakage means length retention.

A great way to use coconut oil for hair growth is by massaging the oil into the scalp. This stimulates blood flow. When done on a regular basis, you will see an increase in hair growth.

You can also use coconut oil for the inversion method. This is a method of applying oil to the scalp and inverting the head to further increase blood flow.

Results may vary, but many women see 1 to 2 inches of hair growth in one week! It’s pretty amazing, but read more about it before trying it.

Coconut oil has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. A scalp that is dry, damaged, or flaking, is not conducive to healthy hair growth. Coconut oil fights against dandruff and other scalp conditions that stifle hair growth.

If you are looking for a boost in hair growth or perhaps you are concerned about hair loss, coconut oil is a brilliant option. It is natural, affordable and highly effective. Click here for suggestions on how to incorporate coconut oil into your wash day routine.

An important tip to remember when using coconut oil for hair growth….

Be consistent with using coconut oil to condition your hair and scalp. When I first began using coconut oil, I noticed a difference within the first week. However, after using the oil weekly for 3 months, I was amazed. My hair texture felt so different to the touch. It was so soft that I couldn’t keep my hands out of it. There was a difference in thickness and the amount of breakage and shedding.

Are there other oils that will help you grow your hair fast or prevent hair loss? Absolutely.

Read my article here for other oil options for hair growth. Because quite frankly, not everyone is a fan of coconut oil. 🙂

If you have any questions or comments please leave them down below. I would love to hear from you!

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How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil

How Can I Use Refined Coconut Oil

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There are two kinds of coconut oil – refined and unrefined. Nearly every beauty blogger and YouTuber will tell you to use unrefined coconut oil for hair and skin care.

Unrefined coconut oil has not been filtered and does not contain additives. It is coconut oil in its most natural state. Therefore, most people prefer unrefined coconut oil.  

You have probably noticed that refined coconut oil is less expensive than unrefined. This alone tempts me to purchase jugs of it, but I stick with the unrefined because…well….it seems to be the better choice.

So why would anyone ever want to use refined coconut oil?

I was curious myself. I mean, they sell the stuff so there must be a market for it. What was I missing out on? 🙂

While shopping around on Amazon I stumbled upon the Nutiva brand of refined coconut oil. I have not used this brand yet but I was excited by what I read in the product description.

  • It is an excellent source of medium chain fatty acids.

  • Has the same medium chain triglycerides and lauric acid benefits of virgin coconut oil.

  • It is non-gmo and non-hydrogenated.

  • It is USDA certified organic.

  • Great for sauteing, baking and body care.

Well of course you can’t believe everything you read, right? Yet the more research I did, the more I found that refined coconut oil can be useful and actually beneficial.

An important thing to keep in mind is that there is more than one way to refine coconut oil. There is in fact a natural way that does not involve chemicals. Yay!

So if you are going to purchase refined coconut oil, do your research. There are companies out there that take the natural approach.

According to the Nutiva brand, they gently steam refine their oil instead of using a chemical process. Refined oil is also more affordable, so this could be a win-win depending on how you want to use it.

How can I use refined coconut oil?

A preferred way to use refined coconut oil is in the kitchen. Coconut oil that has been refined is considered more hygienic and therefore safe for consumption.

You can cook with unrefined coconut oil as well but refined is an oil of choice for those with certain allergies.

Refined coconut oil can undergo higher cooking temperatures which makes it a healthier option for frying your favorite foods.

Another benefit of cooking with refined coconut oil is that it is tasteless, which is a plus for me. I love coconut oil but I avoid coconut flavored foods and candy like the plague. When cooking with unrefined coconut oil, I mask the coconut flavor with other ingredients.

Even though unrefined coconut oil is optimal for your skin, refined oil is still a good moisturizer for dry skin.

In a pinch you can use refined coconut oil for your hair. There are debates all over the hair boards as to whether it really makes a difference which oil you use. Many women use refined coconut oil for their hair and love it. 

As for my hair, unrefined coconut oil makes my hair feel amazing and strong. So I’m not going to stray. 🙂

At the end of the day there are uses for both refined and unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil often gets a bad wrap but it still contains beneficial nutrients for the body.

Just remember that not all refined coconut oil is the same.

Look for brands that use a chemical free process of refining oil. Here are some brands you can find on Amazon or in your local market.

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 15 Ounce (Pack of 2)
Omega Nutrition – Certified Organic Coconut Oil 112 Oz

 

Interested in fractionated coconut oil. Read my article here!

~Candra

 

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How Do I Use Coconut Oil as a Deep Conditioner

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How Do I Use Coconut Oil as a Deep Conditioner

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Still stumped on how to incorporate coconut oil into your hair regimen? Or maybe you’re wondering why you should go through that extra trouble.

First, here is a rundown of the benefits of using organic coconut oil to condition your hair. These benefits can apply to all hair types (naturally curly, chemically treated, short, fine, etc.)

  • Coconut oil strengthens the hair and helps to prevent your hair from breakage and split ends.
  • You will have super soft hair.
  • Using coconut oil as a deep conditioner will help repair hair that is dry and brittle.
  • Coconut oil promotes hair growth and minimizes excessive hair shedding.
  • Coconut oil’s antifungal properties makes this oil a natural cure for dandruff. It also moisturizes dry scalp
  • Now that coconut oil has become a common household product, you can find it anywhere. The prices for organic coconut oil are very competitive.

How do I use coconut oil as a deep conditioner?

First, I always use organic unrefined coconut oil. It’s really not that much more expensive than refined coconut oil, plus it is more pure.

In times past I would add coconut oil to my deep conditioner. Now it’s pretty much the other way around. 🙂

After shampooing my hair, I let my hair air dry for about 5 to 10 minutes. The coconut oil conditioning blend seems to penetrate my hair better if it is not dripping wet.

I mix one part hair conditioner and one part coconut oil in a plastic or glass bowl. If you have fine hair you may want to start with adding 2 to 3 teaspoons of coconut oil to 1 cup of conditioner, depending on the length of your hair.

After applying the deep conditioning mix to my hair, I cover with a plastic cap and let it sit for at least 30 to 40 minutes. If you don’t have that much time, 15 minutes is better than nothing.

If I want a really deep treatment, I sit under a heated dryer.

Next, I completely rinse the coconut oil deep conditioning blend from my hair with warm water and then a shot of cool water. Rinsing may take a few minutes, but make sure all product is rinsed out.

My hair is never greasy afterwards. Since this is usually my last rinse before styling, I use cool water to lock in the moisture from the coconut oil and conditioner.

How do I use coconut oil as a deep conditioner without conditioner?

If you want a completely natural deep conditioning experience, you can use coconut oil alone.

On occasion I apply coconut oil to my hair before shampooing. You can apply coconut oil to dry hair, let it condition overnight (cover hair with plastic caps to protect your pillows), and shampoo your hair in the morning!

For a while I strayed from adding coconut oil to my deep conditioner and I could really tell the difference. I did not have as much growth and my hair was not nearly as soft.

Never again will I stray from using oil in my wash day routine!

Extra virgin olive oil, wheat germ oil, grapeseed oil and sunflower oil are also favorites of mine for deep conditioning.

Hair conditioners that I love adding to coconut oil include:

  • Sally Beauty Supply GVP Conditioning Balm
  • ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioning Treatment
  • Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol Conditioning Treatment
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • TRESemme’ Botanique Nourish & Replenish Conditioner

Have I mentioned that I am a recovering hair product junkie? 😉

 

If you decide to give this a go, let me know! Don’t forget to subscribe below for weekly updates of articles and giveaways!

~Candra | Coconut Beauty

 

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