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daredevil 05-22-2013 04:43 AM

CG Method: Coconut oil while CO-washing?
 
So I am back to the CurlyGirl method after having a terrible experience with the "pure evil cones", my wavy/curly hair is literally breathing again, less frizz and more thick curls. Right now, I am only CO-washing (finally found a mask without cones) without any leave-in conditioner or even a low-poo cleanser (couldn't find any sulfate-free cleanser in the market, I don't live in USA or UK; suggestions wouldn't be helpful).

Anyway I have a Vatika coconut oil bottle, and I was wondering, is this useful for CO-washers? I heard about oil treatments once a week, I think my frizzy areas will benefit so much from this since it penetrates the head and etc... However I am really worried about buildups! So tell me, is it good to apply coconut oil? If yes, When? (Before CO-washing or after?), Method? A rinse-out or a leave-in? Etc...

Thanks! :)

Firefox7275 05-22-2013 04:55 AM

It's well worth getting your head around the advanced search function, there are various threads on the benefits of coconut oil and how people use it particularly on the DIY/ natural board. Also some great articles on oils and butters including one specifically dedicated to coconut oil on the main NC site by 'curl chemist' Tonya McKay, the Natural Haven blog is also well worth reading.

You can't rinse coconut oil out because it's an oil so not water soluble, you would need to CO-wash or shampoo out the excess. Some use it as a pre-wash, some as an intensive treatment, some in small doses as a leave in sealer.

There is no benefit to worrying about hair, you will only affect your health which in turn affects your hair. Build up can always be cleansed away with ease, the only way you can know how your hair will respond is to experiment.

HTH.

PomegranateCurl 05-22-2013 03:12 PM

I <3 coconut oil. I use it as a pre-poo (add to dry hair 20min before shampooing), mix it with my low-poo (to form a gentler low-poo), use it for deep treatments (30 min+) or sometimes add a few drops to my hair as a leave-in, over my leave-in or mixed in to my leave-in. Very versatile.

Don't know the particular brand "Vatika" or whether that coconut oil is mixed w/ other oils. I always get Extra Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil. Don't get the refined stuff... not as good.

If you use coconut oil as a deep treatment (or pre-poo) you'll have to either low-poo or cowash it out.

Where are you based? If you have trouble finding low-poos in your area it is worthwhile to check out iherb.com. They have a lot of natural hair products.

curry curls 05-22-2013 05:28 PM

I use coconut oil all the time with no build up. For me, it co washes out very easily. I usually leave it on overnight and co wash it out in the morning. Is the Vatika the one with coconut, neem, henna and some other oils? I wouldn't think it would build up, but you'll just have to try it and see. I do usually leave my conditioner in my hair for a few minutes while showering. It seems to help get all the oil out. Good luck. :)

pinkwolf 05-22-2013 10:02 PM

I have used Vatika oil before and if I didn't shampoo it out it would cause build-up. But using EVCO as a pre-poo worked wonders and co-washes right out with no problem.

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daredevil 05-23-2013 03:57 AM

Thanks for all the kind replies.

curry curls, it's this one: http://media.taw9eel.com/catalog/pro...7/_/7_2_27.jpg

I am thinking of applying it on wet/damp hair, wait like 2 hours and CO-wash it! And then, continue the routine of applying again the cone-free conditioner and rinse it out after wet-combing.

Firefox7275 05-23-2013 04:11 AM

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Originally Posted by daredevil (Post 2173005)
Thanks for all the kind replies.

curry curls, it's this one: http://media.taw9eel.com/catalog/pro...7/_/7_2_27.jpg

I am thinking of applying it on wet/damp hair, wait like 2 hours and CO-wash it! And then, continue the routine of applying again the cone-free conditioner and rinse it out after wet-combing.

If you are going to do it on damp hair IMO leave it overnight, oil and water don't mix so you might not get much absorption in a couple of hours.

curry curls 05-23-2013 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Firefox7275 (Post 2173006)
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Originally Posted by daredevil (Post 2173005)
Thanks for all the kind replies.

curry curls, it's this one: http://media.taw9eel.com/catalog/pro...7/_/7_2_27.jpg

I am thinking of applying it on wet/damp hair, wait like 2 hours and CO-wash it! And then, continue the routine of applying again the cone-free conditioner and rinse it out after wet-combing.

If you are going to do it on damp hair IMO leave it overnight, oil and water don't mix so you might not get much absorption in a couple of hours.

Daredevil, that oil looks nice. I agree with Firefox. I put coconut oil on my dry hair.

CurlyGrey3 05-29-2013 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Firefox7275 (Post 2172632)
the Natural Haven blog is also well worth reading.

Wow, Firefox. Now I have you to thank for distracting me from my work. :D

There is so much great info there. Thanks!


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