How do you use coconut oil?

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vkb247: Thanks for the input about the oils. That makes sense.

In regards to pre pooing with oil, I used to do it when I used a more harsh shampoo. It was sulfate free but my hair is REALLY sensitive to shampoo. With the one I use now, I don't think its necessary. The oil definitely helps with detangling but If your shampoo is of the natural variety, you probably don't need it.
I use it underneath leave-ins, on freshly shampooed/conditioned hair.

I use it as daily "sealant" and protectant.

It doesn't make my hair hard or dry. I love it.
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I use it on myself and Daughter

Hair - apply to scalp, Sealant & DC (got this from hairlista)

Skin - apply it as a body lotion and it apparently works as a deodorant if you apply it under you armpits..it's helped with my daughters excema

Food - Just this week I started to cook with it...add it to oatmeal, toast and veggies or just eat it straight (Ive heard it helps with reducing some belly fat and other benefits from eating it from the ladies on lhcf) http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166773/showthread.php?t=166773

Last edited by mzzdymez; 02-04-2010 at 09:41 AM.
I'm gonna try oil rinsing before my next henna. Anyway, 2 weeks in and I am really loving the results. Last night I was too tired to twist my hair up. I freshened up my 3rd day hair by spritzing with my water bottle, applied some KCKT, coconut oil then some KCCC. I "air dried" Fluffed and added a little more coconut oil to finish. My hair was so soft and not crunchy.

I also used it to moisturize my skin right out of the shower. Fantastic for dry cuticles!
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In the past I never had good experiences with coconut oil (using some kind of refined mix with mineral oil), but after all the excitement on this thread, I decided to give it another try...
Last night I did a co wash, conditioned with AO HSR and put some unrefined coconut oil on my toweldry hair (concentrating on the dry brittle ends). I hair immediatly absorbed it and felt extremely soft and well conditioned. I left it in overnight, wetted my hair this morning and it still felt great! But now, a couple of hours later I'm at work and have major shrinkage... (not a great look)
Anyone using coconut oil having the same problem?

I was also wondering about shea butter and want to try it out. How does shea compare to coconut oil? What are the major differences?
My hair is very fine and brittle. What would you recommend, shea or coconut?

Thanks in advance!
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I've never had that problem w/ coconut oil, but perhaps since it's a lighter oil, it didn't give you hair as much weight? Not sure, just a thought...
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coconut oil can me used in pretty much ANY recipe and be beneficial. I even use fractionated coconut oil when I just want the liquid form.
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Coconut oil is actually healthy for your health as well. I usually put a spoon full in my hot chocolate or coffee. It has many benefits such as helping weight loss, your metabolism,antibacterial..and many more. I also put a little bit under my eyes when I go to sleep it suppsed to prevent wrinkles.

I <3 COCONUT OIL!
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Coconut oil is actually healthy for your health as well. I usually put a spoon full in my hot chocolate or coffee. It has many benefits such as helping weight loss, your metabolism,antibacterial..and many more. I also put a little bit under my eyes when I go to sleep it suppsed to prevent wrinkles.

I <3 COCONUT OIL!
Originally Posted by Curly_Princesa
I tasted it the other day just to see... it reminded me of what I'd imgaine mineral oil to taste like lol. I didn't taste any coconut at all. It was basically just like slime. Maybe it needs to be mixed with something
You have beautiful hair btw!!!

I tasted it the other day just to see... it reminded me of what I'd imgaine mineral oil to taste like lol. I didn't taste any coconut at all. It was basically just like slime. Maybe it needs to be mixed with something
You have beautiful hair btw!!!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Lol, I love coconut oil..when it's melted and in food it tastes great! I love sauteing sweet potatoes in it...
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I tasted it the other day just to see... it reminded me of what I'd imgaine mineral oil to taste like lol. I didn't taste any coconut at all. It was basically just like slime. Maybe it needs to be mixed with something
You have beautiful hair btw!!!
Originally Posted by MixedUpCurlyChick
Lol, I love coconut oil..when it's melted and in food it tastes great! I love sauteing sweet potatoes in it...
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Are they not all created equal? Am I missing something? I have organic extra virgin by Nature's Way...

Last edited by MixedUpCurlyChick; 02-11-2010 at 04:29 AM.
Is it refined or unrefined? Does it smell like coconuts? Mine tastes like coconuts but tastes much better when used with something sweet. Kind of like coconut water. If you have had that straight out of a fresh coconut it tastes almost savory and is an acquired taste but add some sugar to that stuff and chill it - bawm chicka wawm wawm!
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lol ok I got you! Its unrefined...what sweet things do you mix it with? I'm kinda curious about the cocoa b/c I wouldn't have to deal with the texture lol. the consistency is what throws me, but I have to admit I'm still curious!
I use it on myself and Daughter

Hair - apply to scalp, Sealant & DC (got this from hairlista)

Skin - apply it as a body lotion and it apparently works as a deodorant if you apply it under you armpits..it's helped with my daughters excema

Food - Just this week I started to cook with it...add it to oatmeal, toast and veggies or just eat it straight (Ive heard it helps with reducing some belly fat and other benefits from eating it from the ladies on lhcf) http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166773/showthread.php?t=166773
Originally Posted by mzzdymez
you just put it on toast?! with nothing?! I cooked scrambled eggs with it, you could sort of taste it but not enough to prevent me from eating my eggs.
I use it like butter on toast with honey and sometimes a little butter too because I love the flavor combo but of course it isn't so healthy then. You don't notice the texture when it is spread on something.
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I use it like butter on toast with honey and sometimes a little butter too because I love the flavor combo but of course it isn't so healthy then. You don't notice the texture when it is spread on something.
Originally Posted by vkb247
well if its just honey it seems reasonably healthy!...maybe smart balance butter you could try!


I wish I wouldn't of ate these 2 muffins for breakfast, I could of done that!
I love using coconut oil before bed for moisture & shine (every other day when it's warm/everyday during winter). My hair soaks it up like magic and by the morning there's no trace of it ( no greasy feel to the touch) except for the great earthy scent = ).

So far my favorite brand is Vatika. It's coconut oil enriched with henna, amla, lemon. I think of it as my nightly hair multivitamin.
coconut oil alone did nothing for me but after reading this article i decide to add some melted coconut oil to my jessicurl weekly deep conditioning treatment...oh my, this wast the most tangle free my hair has ever been! the only "problem" was that i used too much so i had a lot of oil still in my head even after rinsing. i'll use less next time but i'm now a fan for deep conditioning!

btw, i have the tropical traditions brand now. is it better than other brands? will the kind i can get at the vitamin shoppe or whole foods work just as well?
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but i went to this local asian gorcery, and got some CO. the only kind there was i bought. it isnt isnt marked as unrefined or organic. the ingredients just read 100% Pure Coconut Oil. but then is it refined? i dont know what to do! the brand is called Kissan, and the jar was only 4.79$. ill try it, hopefully it wont do any horrors!
because of the ccccold weather where i am, i use coconut oil and castor oil (even though my castor oil kinda smells like wood). i WUVV coconut oil. my hair is verrrry dry at the top(by the crown). it is the best for twisties. it gives my hair lots of shine and the twisties come out moiturized. whenever i do my hair, i NEVER style it dry. it doesn't feel good to me and for the oil to get into my hair, it's better when wet. (spray bottle is handy) it doesn't work for everybody though. my sister is going natural and coconut oil doesn't do much for her hair

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