You may have noticed monoi oil increasingly appearing on the ingredients lists of your favorite hair products recently. So what exactly is Monoi oil and why is it gaining such popularity in hair products?
Monoi oil is a blend of pure coconut oil with the fragrance of the Tiare Flower (also known as the Tahitian Gardenia).
The word "Monoi" is a Tahitian word with the literal translation of "scented oil." This combination has been a Polynesian beauty secret for centuries. French Polynesian women have been using Monoi oil for AT LEAST 2000 years! The only place in the world that produces Monoi oil is Tahiti, French Polynesia.
Monoi oil contains no sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates or anything synthetic whatsoever.
Monoi oil is highly beneficial for both the skin and the hair containing moisturizing and soothing properties. The scent is very delicate and not overwhelming. Monoi has extreme reparative benefits for dry, damaged and color treated hair. This oil can not only help heal past damage to the hair, but also help prevent new damage - from mechanical, chemical or the elements - from happening. Monoi, like coconut oil, can help stop protein loss in hair which has been shown to help stop breakage so hair can grow longer and stronger.
Monoi oil has a high concentration of vitamin E which helps hair's elasticity plus strength and contains anti-oxidants which can help prevent free radical damage . It also helps significantly reduce frizz because of the coconut oil content. Monoi oil, like coconut oil, penetrates to the hair shaft which helps the hair's cuticle lay flat and stay smooth.
How to Use It
As a pre poo treatment. For at least 20 minutes, or preferably overnight, coat your hair roots to tips in Monoi oil. Rinse and style as usual and expect softer hair with less frizz.
Enhance Your Conditioner
As an enhancement to any conditioner or deep treatment. If you have hair products that do not contain the ingredient, just add some pure Monoi oil to your favorite conditioners to give them the Monoi oil benefits. If you're looking for daily conditioners that contain monoi we recommend EDEN BodyWorks Monoi Revitalizing Conditioner or SheaMoisture's Tahitian Noni & Monoi Rinse Out Conditioner.
If you prefer to try Monoi in your deep conditioner then add some Monoi to your favorite deep conditioner or try one of these: EDEN BodyWorks jojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner, Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Mask, SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Repair Nourishing Masque.
As a sealer. Monoi oil makes an excellent lightweight oil to seal wet hair. You can apply the pure oil or use the Eden BodyWorks mix of almond, jojoba, coconut and monoi oils.
As a frizz fighter. If you notice frizz or lack of shine on your dry, styled hair, adding a couple of drops of Monoi oil will help calm down the frizz, plus add shine and nice scent! If you're looking for an all-natural serum Nubian Heritage's Growth & Strength Serum that contains monoi as well as tamanu oil and hemp.
As an all over body moisturizer. Applying Monoi Oil after your shower will leave the skin feeling so soft and fragrant.
As a cuticle oil. Rubbing Monoi Oil in your cuticles nightly, or as needed will help keep your cuticles strong and help your nails grow longer too.
How Monoi Oil is made, according to Carol's Daughter's website
Have you tried Monoi oil on your hair yet? How do you feel it compares to coconut oil?