Coconut oil?

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I heard so many things about coconut oil (mostly good things) but I still want to hear about some experiences with it. I have extremely dry hair so it would be nice to hear from girls with dry hair. Thanks you in advance to anyone that helps.
I think coconut oil is one of the more basic oils. It kind of just sits on my hair. I think avocado oil, soybean oil, argan oil, and DEF broccoli see oil are better. Its not bad its just that I prefer other oils over it. Coconut Oil is AMAZING for hair treatments though. I usually mix it with a cheapie conditioner and some honey for deep conditioning and its amazing.....for moisture aloe vera juice and coconut oil were my staples for when I was transitioning as a daily moisturizer. Im just saying alone...its mehh...with other ingredients its nice
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i really like coconut oil, its great my hair loves it. gives nice shine, not greasy at all i can use as much as i like and it doesnt build up or anything, smells nice. great moistureiser. i use it for everything, sealer, help with fizz, as a DC....

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

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I use coconut oil for finger-detangling and deep conditioning. It makes my hair super soft.
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Detangle: Nature's Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Cleanse: SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Leave-In Condition: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Oils/Butters: Parachute Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Hair Butter;
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I have dry, high-porosity hair. I use coconut oil on my ends at night if I remember and I smooth what's left on my hands over the top part of my hair for a nice shine. I also use it when I'm making braids to try to control the frizz a little. I love it.
2b/c, coarse, highly porous, low elasticity
Classic-length, henna gloss over natural red

Clean: Deva Low-Poo
Condition: Deva One Condition, Suave Naturals
Oil: Camellia oil, Coconut Oil, or Castor Oil
Style: FSG

CG-ish since Fall 2012, Getting serious Feb 2013
I use it as a pre-poo to deep condition and it makes my hair so soft. I also use it on my ends when i straighten my hair. Its great on dry skin too!
I have oilier at the scalp/drier at the ends 2C hair, with low porosity. I sleep with coconut oil on once a week, and when I wash it out (I wash bi-weekly right now) I feel like some beautiful girl in a commercial. I have noticed that leaving the oil on for less time, like half an hour or an hour, doesn't produce the same results. It doesn't make my scalp oily, either - it's one of two oils, along with argan oil, that don't make this oily gal oilier. I use it on my face, too.

I tried shea butter, because another natural hair gal told me she liked it more than coconut for soothing scalp/etc., but it didn't work at all for me. So experiment, every head is different!
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.

Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
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.
Tresemme Naturals Radiant Care is my boring but trustworthy fallback
Acid rinse (Dr Bronner's Shikakai) stripped my over-a-year-old indigo, and gave me split ends I haven't had since I gave up brushing
Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts
Trying to balance babying my hair with my newfound PJism. Melbourne curly, CG since 2006
I've been using cno several nights per week, for years. My hair is very dry. I apply it to length most heavily and what's left on my hands I apply to top/crown. It definitely helped to keep my ends healthy; they didn't break off as easily from the dryness and I was able to retain length with regular use. I loved how it would seep in overnight while I was sleeping and to we out well regardless of whether I conditioner-washed or just rinsed with water.

Unfortunately, lately I've been waking up with a red bumpy itchy rash at my temples and hairline and sometimes on my cheeks. I'm wondering if my I've developed a sensitity to cno, or maybe my batch has turned bad at room temp; my jar in storage is in the fridge and it may be past expiration date.

I am looking into other oils to use that won't irritate me. But probably the first thing I need to do is get a new jar of cno and see how that goes. I love this stuff for helping my very dry hair.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Unfortunately, lately I've been waking up with a red bumpy itchy rash at my temples and hairline and sometimes on my cheeks.
Originally Posted by Spiralli
I have ordered a sleeping cap in the hope that I can keep my hair products off my face at night. I hope it works. My hair likes such different things to my face!
Tresemme Naturals Radiant Care is my boring but trustworthy fallback
Acid rinse (Dr Bronner's Shikakai) stripped my over-a-year-old indigo, and gave me split ends I haven't had since I gave up brushing
Hair analysis done - surprisingly, I'm normal on all 3 counts
Trying to balance babying my hair with my newfound PJism. Melbourne curly, CG since 2006
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?
I leave it in my hair for hours overnight and just rinse out with water or conditioner in the morning. Sometimes I leave it in all of the following day if I'm just hanging around the house or wearing an updo of some sort. I know that I've read that some people use it as part of their styling routine.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Coconut oil is a great oil for sealing in moisture. There are better oils out there like argan oil, but if you don't have the money for buying argan oil then coconut oil is a great alternative.

If your hair is dry what you can do is wash your hair and leave it some what soaking wet (kinda damp) apply a watery moisturizer and some coconut oil. Detangle your hair and put it in a protective style to ensure that the moisture will be locked in.
Definitely a YMMV thing with cno vs. other oils as far as moisturizing effectiveness. Coconut oil seems to penetrate my strands better, really seeping in to moisturize and reduce dryness and brittleness. For me, argan oil seems to just sit on top without sinking in and doesnt improve the condition of my hair overall.
Location: Texas
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, Acure Argan Stem Cell+Argan Oil, Mill Creek Botanicals Keratin Repair
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, cno overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
Hi all, not sure if I posted this in another coconut oily kind of thread lol so ill ask again here:

I got a small tub of coconut oil from my local pharmacy and its 100% coconut oil. The ingredients list is literally just coconut oil. So I thought I had purchases the correct thing. But I read somewhere here that it should smell like coconuts and that it has a hard texture that you need to warm up in your hands or its not right.

Mine does not smell like coconuts. It doesn't really smell at all. It is also pretty runny. It's white and definately thicker than oil like evoo, but it's runny, I don't need to warm it up at all. It's almost like a thin conditioner. I'm not sure if that's coz the weather is nice at the moment, like spring weather. Is the coconut oil only hard in cold weather? Do I have a dud? It seems to make my hair pretty happy regardless but I'm curious as to weather or not it is actually what it says it is. 100% pure coconut oil.
Curls&agape, you want to look for extra Virgin coconut oil if possible, it's usually at grocery stores, especially health food stores and it's usually with the olive oil and other cooking oils. The drugstores near me don't have it, but that doesn't mean yours is bad. As far as being a liquid, Coconut oil has a really low melting point, like 75-80 degrees or something (I don't know the exact temp) so if you are in a climate that is warmer than that yours could already be in a more liquid state and that's okay. If your hair likes it I wouldn't worry too much.
KAT
~Curly, Runner, Self-confessed Nerd~

2a no product/2b-c styled
Low Porosity, Fine
No poo-SM
Co wash-VO5 kiwi lime*
Rinse out- ION EC
Leave in - Giovanni Direct then SM smoothie (ends only)
Stylers-SM souffle topped with BRHG*

Hair hates: glycerin (high dews here in TX)
Hair likes: Coconut Oil*, protein

*=HG
i use to use coconut oil alot and then it started to make my hair frizzy. my hair doesnt like it alot now like it use to. So now i just use it on my scalp after i shampoo
LOVE LOVE LOVE coconut oil!

I have dry hair and dry skin - I use coconut oil on my hair, face, body, eyelashes and in cooking!

For my hair I use it as a pre-poo, DC and to seal my ends. If I am using it as a DC I usually add honey and what ever else in my my pantry (egg, oil, yogurt), but truth be told it works just as well on its own.

Two tips to keep in mind:

1.) It takes time. Time and heat if you have it, the longer you leave it the better the results. You wont see results if you don't give you hair long enough.

2.) Apply it to dry hair. I made this mistake the first few times, if you hair is swollen with water it just wont take.

Good luck! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!
Modified CG since 8/12
Hair: BSL, Thick, Low Porosity, Dense, 3A
HG's: Moogoo, Ultraorganics Intense Camomile Conditioner and Clear Henna Hair Wax, Sukin Conditioners, CO, Spray Bottle, Henna
Low-Poo: Moogoo Shampoo
Co-Wash: Sukin Nourishing Conditioner
DT: CHHW, ICC, CO
LI: Sukin Moisture Restoring
Colour: Henna
Coconut oil will absorb into damp hair but it does work best if the hair is permitted to partially dry out. The benefit of applying to damp hair is the cuticle is open and the hair is clean not loaded with conditioner or product. I just use cheap coconut oil from an Asian store, lauric acid is lauric acid. I would use higher quality on my skin or in cooking tho.

These are the studies often cited anyone wants to geek out. Note that sulphate surfactants are used, which may help the fatty acids penetrate
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2...175-p00192.pdf
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2...169-p00184.pdf
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I use coconut oil as a deep conditioner. I section my hair at night and finger detangling with the oil and then I braid my hair or something and I sleep a night with it. Next day, I will wash it out. I don't have that much dry hair so the oil is very greasy on my hair so I believe it will work good on dry hair, it gives a nice shine and it feels very soft

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