Coconut oil?

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My scalp & hair love coconut oil. I have dry scalp so it really helps my itchy scalp.
I love Coconut oil. It's a great oil and helps the hair retain its protein. It also smells nice, and gives my hair shine. I usually use it on top my my leave-in on wash days.
I also apply it the night before wash day, as I've read that coconut oil helps the hair against the hygral fatigue that occurs with washing.

Usually in the colder months though, coconut oil can cause my hair to feel straw-like. It's like, because coconut oil hardens in colder temperatures, it seems to do the same in my hair. But in warmer months it's my favorite thing.
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Hair Type: 4c... Very small/tight coils mixed with wooly wiryness and mega shrinkage. Some 4a/b at the nape of my neck.
Porosity: Low or Normal Porosity....not rlly sure which yet.
Density: Normal.
Thickness of Strands: Fine to normal.
Hair Length Goals: To reach MBL one day. It WILL happen!!
I tried it a couple weeks ago. I melted some in my hands and worked it through my dry hair (a minimal amount, just enough to coat strands - I read that suggestion in someone else's thread, I forget who). I wrapped my head in plastic and sat in the sun. Then I water washed my hair in the shower, then detangled with conditioner. I partially rinsed (I often do that) and air dried.

My hair had body and softness, although it was not as shiny as I'd hoped. But a friend of mine gets shiny hair when she coconut oil pre-poos. I still loved the effect; shine can be added in other ways, the overall - it's hard to describe - lushness of my hair is what I liked.

The main thing I took from the experience is that my conditioner emulsified into an extra creamy, slippy, wonderful texture in my hands when it touched my coconutty hair. Detangling was so much better.

I deal with acne issues and am currently managing a breakout that may or may not be due to contact with the coconut oil; this is the only reason I'm delaying using it again. Otherwise I'd be converted to using it all the time.
Originally Posted by SweetVintageCurls

I used to have the EXACT same problem. I'm a coconut oil fiend now and use it for everything from a deep conditioner, shaving, body lotion, and believe it or not as a face wash. While I never had awful acne, enlarged pores and blackheads more than made up for it. For the last year, I only wash my face with coconut oil and baking soda, and my pores are small and clear and I haven't broken out once during that year.

I remember reading that Coconut Oil has antibacterial properties and is apparently a very gentle treatment for acne.

It really is amazing as a deep conditioner, and worth exploring. I hope this might help you out, I use it for practically everything now and my skin and hair never looked better :-)
Coconut oil can pull double duty? Nice... I'll have to use it on my face too.
Coconut oil to DT is the best. I have used it once or twice a week for several months now. I add some rosemary EO, apply to dry hair at night and sleep w a cap on, then co wash in am with TN. Sometimes I low poo after but a co wash seems to be enough to remove it. It makes my hair shiny and improves the curl pattern. I was hesitant to try it as my hair goes limp easily but no problems with this at all. I am growing out hair that had a keratin treatment a year ago, so when I began CG, I had very straight ends and 2c to 3a curls on the top. A horrible look. Now the ends have some curl and my hair will spiral from roots to end on a good day. I had frizzy strands that were damaged from highlights and the coconut oil made a HUGH improvement in my over all hair texture. I have to balance with protein occasionally and alternate co washing w low poo, etc. but coconut oil is a major factor in getting my hair healthier.
2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

Current rotation:
cowash= TN
AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
DT = Coconut oil (love)
I used to have very very dry hair. Now after about 6 months of regular coconut deep conditions it is actually overly conditioned
i cant use it outside in the winter at all but summer I can use it to seal and whatever else. I like putting it in my hair dry before I go to bed.
I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?
Last relaxer: May or June 2007
BC: May 10, 2013
Type: 3b/3c
Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

Current Loves:
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?
Originally Posted by naturallyjaz
The published research on penetration and reduced damage for hair uses cheap refined coconut oil, all the forum stuff about virgin/ unrefined/ organic for hair is just snobbery.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I use Carol's Daughter Hair Balm Pomade that has coconut oil in it, and I find that it works better on my wet hair since it seals in better. I want to use coconut oil alone though since I've heard such great things about it, especially for fine hair like mine.
Last relaxer: May or June 2007
BC: May 10, 2013
Type: 3b/3c
Hair properties: curly, wavy & fine texture; medium thick to thick density; normal porosity; normal elasticity

Current Loves:
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Black African Soap Deep Cleansing, Shea Moisture Moisture Retention, Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying, Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla
Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion
I want to use coconut oil. What's the deal with the cold pressed kind vs the unrefined kind?
Originally Posted by naturallyjaz
The published research on penetration and reduced damage for hair uses cheap refined coconut oil, all the forum stuff about virgin/ unrefined/ organic for hair is just snobbery.
Originally Posted by Firefox7275

While both may have similar benefits tou admit the published research only used refined. So how would anyone know a comparison between the preformance of refined vs organic cold expellar pressed? Cold pressed and organic does have higher amounts of vitamines and lower amounts of cancer causing chemicals though.
While both may have similar benefits tou admit the published research only used refined. So how would anyone know a comparison between the preformance of refined vs organic cold expellar pressed? Cold pressed and organic does have higher amounts of vitamines and lower amounts of cancer causing chemicals though.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
Which carcinogens and which vitamins are you referring to?

Hair is dead it does not develop cancer and it cannot utilise most vitamins and minerals. Skin (not the topic of this board or forum) can utilise a select few but only certain forms can penetrate, the amounts required to get measurable results are exponentially higher than in a thin layer of oil. Coconut oil is a poor source of antioxidants, especially in comparison to olive oil, so it's not a logical choice of fat if you are seeking antioxidants.

It is generally accepted the benefits that have been studied in haircare (reduced porosity, increased elasticity, protein retention) are due to the fatty acid content (lauric acid), this is basically the same from refined to unrefined oil. Certain antioxidants can reduce UV damage slightly if present in sufficient quantity, but ask yourself why you would expose your hair or your skin to UV with only a thin layer of virgin oil for protection.

"Compared with extra virgin olive oil, VCO is low in relatively antioxidants. Tocopherol is only found in the thin brown layer that clings to the white coconut meat, called the testa. There isn’t much of it and it is removed before the oil is extracted, so only trace amounts of tocopherol is found in virgin coconut oil.

The total polyphenols level of virgin coconut oil is a meagre 20-25 mg/kg (Marina et al. 2008 ). Compare that with EVOO which has a basement level 4 times that, and peaking at over 50 times the level of VCO (Gawel and Rogers 2009). In addition, the polyphenols reported in VCO are your common garden variety type. protocatechuic, vanillic, caffeic, syringic, ferulic and p-coumaric acids. Ok they sound impressive, but there’s nothing there that your average glass of red or white wine wouldn’t give you times 10.
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http://www.aromadictionary.com/EVOO_blog/?p=296

If you are purchasing to eat for micronutrients you would eat the wholefood not the extracted oils. Oils in general are a poor source of most micronutrients save vitamin E (AKA tocopherols) and in for some seed oils short chain omega-3s, but coconut oil is a poor source of both.

And don't forget oleic acid in olive oil is a known irritant, penetration enhancer and comedogenic. Ask yourself what carcinogens in our environment and routine oleic acid is enhancing penetration of! Alternative 'medicine' spends too much time scaremongering about chemical carcinogens and not enough thinking about the risks of the alternatives they tout as safe and healthy. There are many poisons, irritants, allergens and toxins found in nature, even in that which is edible.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-23-2013 at 04:09 AM.
Oh firefox I do agree with you on most of your points. I am a registered nurse not a complete natural nut. I believe in medicine, I vaccinate my kids. I take antibiotics although I hate to I will if needed. I have asthma and allergies and I also understand that natural things can also be carcinogenic and harmful to our health. Herbs and natural medicine can be dangerous. But It was our first medicine and we have just learned to manufacture safer more stable chemical mimics to treat diseases.

But it can't be denied that the United states has one if the highest cancer rates in the world and we use a lot if GMOs and chemicals that other countries do not use. Maybe there isn't a lot of difference putting it on "dead" hair but hair isn't necessarily as dead as we may think and the follicle is most definitely alive. Thinks get absorbed by hair and hair touches your skin which is our biggest organ. And products close to the scalp will get into the skin as well And yes things from the skin do enter the bloodstream. So my though is if its not the best for Inside the body it may not be the best for outside the body. While there may not be much of a risk with refined coconut oil I don't know enough enough about the chemicals and pesticides that may be present so I elected to buy organic when I ran out of the container of refined coconut oil I used.

Also while you say the amount of vitamins is negligible I was merely pointing out that heat does reduce the amount of vitamins so that is why cold expellar pressed does have higher amounts of nutrients. Whether its a benefit internally or externally I don't know but there is a difference in whats in it. And trace amounts of chemicals and pesticides may not be harmful but as you said we are exposed to so much on a day to day basis, why not try to reduce what we can?

When you say oleic acid increases absorption you mean it enhances absorption of other chemicals? Are you saying in this case evoo is bad for the skin? I thought coconut oil was more comedogenic than evoo? Ive been using jojoba on my skin with good result.
Oh firefox I do agree with you on most of your points. I am a registered nurse not a complete natural nut. I believe in medicine, I vaccinate my kids. I take antibiotics although I hate to I will if needed. I have asthma and allergies and I also understand that natural things can also be carcinogenic and harmful to our health. Herbs and natural medicine can be dangerous. But It was our first medicine and we have just learned to manufacture safer more stable chemical mimics to treat diseases.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
We are probably more on the same wavelength than you'd think - my original training was in pharmacy but later retrained in lifestyle healthcare, which is as close as you can get to natural therapies whilst still being a subject allied to medicine. I am fascinated by the power of wholefoods to prevent treat and even cure, and by extension by the efficacy of some herbs and plant extracts as medicines and cosmetics. My favourite skincare ingredients are aloe vera inner leaf gel and medical grade lanolin.

But it can't be denied that the United states has one if the highest cancer rates in the world and we use a lot if GMOs and chemicals that other countries do not use. Maybe there isn't a lot of difference putting it on "dead" hair but hair isn't necessarily as dead as we may think and the follicle is most definitely alive. Thinks get absorbed by hair and hair touches your skin which is our biggest organ. And products close to the scalp will get into the skin as well And yes things from the skin do enter the bloodstream. So my though is if its not the best for Inside the body it may not be the best for outside the body. While there may not be much of a risk with refined coconut oil I don't know enough enough about the chemicals and pesticides that may be present so I elected to buy organic when I ran out of the container of refined coconut oil I used.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
The skin is a pretty effective barrier, absolutely some chemicals cross it but many do not make the grade - despite what the cosmetic giants would have us believe! Many fatty acids can penetrate the skin from oils and butters, some are potentially beneficial (stearic, palmitic), some not so much (oleic), some the jury is out (the omega-6 GLA). When I started looking at this I was absolutely fascinated that what is best for skin is not best for hair, and what is best to consume is not what is best to apply.

The US has a very poor record on diet/ nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and we in the UK are hot on your heels on all counts. I don't think that is much to do with GMO and the like, I believe it's more down to not having traditionally had the same culture of eating out (from coffee houses to diners) nor car ownership (we live more squashed together and have better public transportation). These are proven linked to cancer risk. Here in the UK I very rarely see a client who meets our basic healthy living guidelines, and frankly even these are a million miles from optimum nutrition and exercise, and would still likely be pro inflammatory, and a million miles from how we evolved to eat and move.

Also while you say the amount of vitamins is negligible I was merely pointing out that heat does reduce the amount of vitamins so that is why cold expellar pressed does have higher amounts of nutrients. Whether its a benefit internally or externally I don't know but there is a difference in whats in it. And trace amounts of chemicals and pesticides may not be harmful but as you said we are exposed to so much on a day to day basis, why not try to reduce what we can?
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
Again which specific vitamins are you referring to in virgin coconut oil? Higher is relative, even unrefined coconut oil really is poor source of anything proven useful to the skin, IMO the difference is negligible. Even fresh whole coconut is far from a rich source of micronutrients: fibre and MCTs yes, part of a healthy wholefood diet absolutely. Really manganese is all it supplies. There really isn't much there to reduce with heat.
Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Nuts, coconut meat, raw

One key reason I encourage refined oil for haircare is the published research, another is the current financial climate. If people want to and can afford to go organic for food and cosmetics I am all for it - for the environment as much as anything - but I am not going to be party to guilt tripping them into it. I don't see many people that can afford to go organic all round, so I'd rather they focussed on healthy diet - on wild fish, organic produce for the 'dirty dozen' at least.

When you say oleic acid increases absorption you mean it enhances absorption of other chemicals? Are you saying in this case evoo is bad for the skin? I thought coconut oil was more comedogenic than evoo? Ive been using jojoba on my skin with good result.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
As I said oleic acid is a known penetration enhancer, it is labelled and used as such in the literature for some drugs. Lauric acid is smaller so potentially more clogging. But oleic acid is also irritant possibly pro inflammatory whilst lauric acid may have antimicrobial properties. The interplay with personal susceptibilities and weaknesses in the skin barrier may mean some react worse to oleic acid and others to lauric acid, some of course see no visible negative effects from either.

Oleic acid seems to be the 'standard' used to induce comedones in the lab, but I would note it's usually in animal models. Much as SLS is the 'standard' used to induce irritation.

Not aware of any specific research on extra virgin olive oil, but I choose to limit my eczematous skin's exposure to oleic acid and never recommend people apply oils rich in it to the scalp. I suspect (purely anecdotally if you will pardon that) that the reason for *some* of the terrible reactions to/ breakouts from the Oil Cleansing Method is oleic acid.

Sorry for the essay, I get carried away when 'talking' about my passions, and I type almost as fast as I think!
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 08-23-2013 at 09:30 PM.
No worries, I really enjoyed reading it! I didn't know those things about oleic and Lauric acid individually, I had no idea oleic acid was a potential irritant. My 4 year old has a few patches of eczema on his shins that I was treating with cetaphil restoraderm, recommended by our pediatrician.. and he would cry with itching as soon as I applied it so I'd have to follow with hydrocortisone. It did help it a lot but I recently quit the cetaphil and am doing jojoba on it after bath and he hasn't complained of itching and burning. I will keep an eye out for problems though... because apparently jojoba contains a small percentage of oleic acid. I was considering coconut oil but had reservations.

As for vitamins in coconut oil like I didn't really mean anything in coconut oil specifically. I was just referring to reading that "cold expellar pressed" oils have more vitamins. I read it somewhere but don't have a clue which oils have which vitamins and whether they benefit skin and hair or not. Maybe there arent any present in coconut oil? I know they would have to be fat soluble, ADEK, But you say if there is any there isn't enough present to make a difference so I totally get what your staying, for use on hair there is no difference in the function.


I believe there is a huge connection between the gut, skin, and hair. Really our gut is so important and we really don't take care of it very well

Anyway thank you for sharing your knowledge and I apolagize to the OP for partially derailing.
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Last edited by Ashleynicol; 08-23-2013 at 11:41 PM.
No worries, I really enjoyed reading it! I didn't know those things about oleic and Lauric acid individually, I had no idea oleic acid was a potential irritant. My 4 year old has a few patches of eczema on his shins that I was treating with cetaphil restoraderm, recommended by our pediatrician.. and he would cry with itching as soon as I applied it so I'd have to follow with hydrocortisone. It did help it a lot but I recently quit the cetaphil and am doing jojoba on it after bath and he hasn't complained of itching and burning. I will keep an eye out for problems though... because apparently jojoba contains a small percentage of oleic acid. I was considering coconut oil but had reservations.

I believe there is a huge connection between the gut, skin, and hair. Really our gut is so important and we really don't take care of it very well

Anyway thank you for sharing your knowledge and I apolagize to the OP for partially derailing.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
Huge connection between gut and the other organs, agree wholeheartedly.

Things are changing rapidly in this field of dermatology as new research is published. You might find this interesting
Corneobiology and Corneotherapy – a final chapter - Kligman - 2011 - International Journal of Cosmetic Science - Wiley Online Library
Some medical professionals are not up to date: last year a pharmacist recommended aqueous cream (1% SLS) for a sulphate-induced facial rash on someone with diagnosed and visible seborrhoeic dermatitis/ atopic eczema (my mother). And yes, the rash worsened: that junk has been making kids' skin - including mine - sting for decades. Culprit in that Cetaphil .. the pentylene glycol perhaps?

Maybe try working with the skin's barrier function for atopic eczema. You are probably doing some of this anyway but I'll be complete in case someone else finds it useful
- plenty of oily fish in the diet, overall anti inflammatory
- avoid sulphate surfactants, preferably all anionics, also alkaline soaps (for me shampoo bubbles running down my arm was the trigger!)
- products at pH ~5.5 (but caution if skin is broken)
- no long or frequent soaks/ 'wetting' in the bath or shower, that flushes out the skin's Natural Mositurising Factors. Eczematous skin is already deficient in urea. Ideally just strip wash any non smelly/ non dirty parts
- strengthen the skin barrier with the lipids it needs - saturates (stearic and palmitic acids), ceramides, cholesterol. If you want to go natural for this beneficial ingredients include medical grade lanolin and egg lecithin. Otherwise CeraVe
- other 'natural' ingredients that supplement the NMF or boost ceramide production include lactic acid, urea, niacinamide
- oleic acid is a barrier disruptor but small amounts might well not be a problem. You may find the jojoba is working largely as a barrier to protect from tap water or cleansing agents.

Sulphates and other cleansers damaging healthy skin. The full aqueous cream study (and a couple of subsequent ones) are not free full text online
Aqueous Cream : National Eczema Society
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Sulfate free shampoos: genuinely gentle

A few of the studies on oleic acid, I have not missed that some have been carried out by the cosmetic giants but still feel the research is useful/ legitimate
Journal of Investigative Dermatology - Unsaturated Fatty Acids Induce Calcium Influx into Keratinocytes and Cause Abnormal Differentiation of Epidermis
Effect of oleic and linoleic acid... [Cell Biochem Funct. 2008 Mar-Apr] - PubMed - NCBI
Oleic acid disorders stratum corneum lipids in Lang... [Langmuir. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI
Oleic acid, a skin penetration enhancer, a... [J Control Release. 2002] - PubMed - NCBI
Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings - Three Etiologic Facets of Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis: Malassezia Fungi, Sebaceous Lipids, and Individual Sensitivity

HTH!
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I use coconut oil for finger-detangling and deep conditioning. It makes my hair super soft.
Originally Posted by Fronomenal
Can you leave the coconut oil in your hair?
Originally Posted by maretha
Maretha, I read that if you leave coconut oil in your hair longer than say overnight, it will go rancid and smelly. I don't know if that's the case with all oils.
UK based, Curly from birth 2b-2c fairly porous with cherub tendencies and frizz halo! Faves include KCKT and Keracare LIs, Deva Curl, CCCCL, Ecosyler gel and Be Curly Curl Enhancer. I donít mind the odd cone - shhh CG since August 2012
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Huge connection between gut and the other organs, agree wholeheartedly.
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Some medical professionals are not up to date: last year a pharmacist recommended aqueous cream (1% SLS) for a sulphate-induced facial rash on someone with diagnosed and visible seborrhoeic dermatitis/ atopic eczema (my mother). And yes, the rash worsened: that junk has been making kids' skin - including mine - sting for decades. Culprit in that Cetaphil .. the pentylene glycol perhaps?

Maybe try working with the skin's barrier function for atopic eczema. You are probably doing some of this anyway but I'll be complete in case someone else finds it useful
- plenty of oily fish in the diet, overall anti inflammatory
- avoid sulphate surfactants, preferably all anionics, also alkaline soaps (for me shampoo bubbles running down my arm was the trigger!)
- products at pH ~5.5 (but caution if skin is broken)
- no long or frequent soaks/ 'wetting' in the bath or shower, that flushes out the skin's Natural Mositurising Factors. Eczematous skin is already deficient in urea. Ideally just strip wash any non smelly/ non dirty parts
- strengthen the skin barrier with the lipids it needs - saturates (stearic and palmitic acids), ceramides, cholesterol. If you want to go natural for this beneficial ingredients include medical grade lanolin and egg lecithin. Otherwise CeraVe
- other 'natural' ingredients that supplement the NMF or boost ceramide production include lactic acid, urea, niacinamide
- oleic acid is a barrier disruptor but small amounts might well not be a problem. You may find the jojoba is working largely as a barrier to protect from tap water or cleansing agents.

Sulphates and other cleansers damaging healthy skin.

HTH!
Originally Posted by Firefox7275
This is extremely helpful. We already switched to only using castile soap for bathing head to toe and I have been hesitant to try any other commercial moisturizers but I got rid of every cosmetic containing SLS and silicones. The cetaphil restoraderm was the last to go. Also neither if my kids take baths only my youngest has the eczema and only on his legs. They have a kid friendly shower head and I try to make showers quick.
My husbands "acne" has cleared up tremendously... I think it was somewhat sebhorric it was on his scalp and back mostly. (Some doctors prescribed oral doxycycline, others topical steroids). And my acne is better too.. (no more cysts!)

I didnt think of lanolin but I will pick some up for sure. (Only ever used it while breastfeeding) I didn't know anything about cerVe but will look into it as well.
Thanks for the info!


Edit. ... how do you get a kid to take fish oil? I have cod liver oil gelcaps and can barely get my husband to take them.
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Last edited by Ashleynicol; 08-24-2013 at 07:52 AM.
I use coconut oil for finger-detangling and deep conditioning. It makes my hair super soft.
Originally Posted by Fronomenal
Can you leave the coconut oil in your hair?
Originally Posted by maretha
Maretha, I read that if you leave coconut oil in your hair longer than say overnight, it will go rancid and smelly. I don't know if that's the case with all oils.
Originally Posted by fightingfrizz
yess if i leave it in overnight my hair smells so bad in the morning
I use cno in my hair overnight several times per week and it doesn't smell rancid in the morning. I store a batch at room temp for1-2 months until I use it up then decant again from a large jar in the fridge; the small batch doesnt go rancid either. I had no problems with Nutiva or Trader Joe's brands.
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Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
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