Coconut oil

Ok- i am looking for a daily moisturizer for type 4a hair. so here's what i I understand about coconut oil. It is a sealant. Does that mean it should not be used by itself on the hair? i am just learning about coconut oil. Any direction is helpful
I'm also confused about coconut oil. I put it on my daughters hair the other day coz I'd run out of olive oil. As it dried, it turned white so I had to rinse it out. It felt so soft afterwards though!
A friend of mine says she mixes it with olive oil and doesn't make her hair white.
It dries hard in low temperatures so I use it more in summer
I made a mix. Its coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. The shea and coconut have to be slightly melted. Then I used a food processor to mix the 3 ingredients. My mix did harden back up, but not to the original hardness of the coconut oil or shea butter. When u scoop some out of your container, all u gotta do is rub it between your hands...melts really quick. I love the way my hair feels when I put this mix on and NO WHITE RESIDUE!

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I made a mix. Its coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. The shea and coconut have to be slightly melted. Then I used a food processor to mix the 3 ingredients. My mix did harden back up, but not to the original hardness of the coconut oil or shea butter. When u scoop some out of your container, all u gotta do is rub it between your hands...melts really quick. I love the way my hair feels when I put this mix on and NO WHITE RESIDUE!

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Originally Posted by lolabach
+1 this is what my last shea butter mixture consisted of too and I think it's a keeper. It works better than my other mixture that consisted of 4 other oils as well.

I also put coconut oil in my hair if I have a feeling it's going to dry hard from the use of gel. Makes it very soft.



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hair properties: low porosity, coarse, dense and predominantly 3b I guess

current products:
conditioner - suave professionals
leave in - suave naturals
stylers - shea moisture smoothie and xtreme gel
Do you have to refrigerate or does it gel together at room temp?
Room temp is fine.

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No prob!

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Another question- do u guys use a preservative in ur mix? I read somewhere in the forum that home mixes need them. If so , which one do u use?
I don't use a perservative. I made my mix about a month ago and it looks perfectly fine still

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I have used coconut oil in all its forms and it never hardened in my hair or my daughter's hair to become white! I have used it by itself (I only do this from time to time) and for two years now I have been using the shea butter+olive oil+coconut oil combo. Sometimes I add glycerin and aloe vera but most of the time it's only those three and love it. I use coconut oil in my daughter's hair every other day and it keeps her hair looking shiny and feeling great.
I don't use preservatives in my homemade lotions. I make small portions (about 4oz) first so they wouldn't stay for a long time in the bottle and then you will need a preservative and second cause I like to experiment with the proportions (more of this less of that each time). I also avoid any water residue in the bottle or in my hand when I'm making my lotions cause I heard water causes bacteria to form in your lotion and the bottle.
Thank you everyone. I learn so much from these forums :] i am ordering some more shea butter and will mix soon. i found an article about coconut oil that i thought was helpful in addition to the wonderful help everyone gave. thought it might help others too:


How To Get the Most Out of Coconut Oil | Black Girl with Long Hair
When using coconut oil, u guys need to go with an extra virgin coconut oil. The coconut oil should be kept in the fridge to stay fresh longer. When using coconut oil, it does not turn your hair white. If that happened to u, then u were using the wong kind and it def wasn't extra virgin. Coconut oil can be used on your hair, body and also taken orally and as a cooking oil, but only if it's virgin or extra virgin coconut oil. I've used this oil for a very long time and it works miracles. It's the only oil that actually penetrates into your hair and skin. All other oils simply coats your hair and skin, meaning it stays on top of the surface. It can be used as a moisturizer and conditioner as well. So ur free to use it how u please and mix it with anything. It's a very healthy oil that's good for your interior and exterior of your body.
I'll have to check to see what type of coconut oil I have at home. I know it said unrefined but I'm not sure about that extra virgin. thanks for the pointer
Thanks Keisha for the explanation, I was wondering about the white residue too, it's the first time I heard about this.
I have another question about coconut oil actually. So if the hair conditioners (Suave for example) that contain coconut oil have protein in them from the coconut skin (or something like that, I read this a long time ago in this forum) shouldn't the oil also contain this protein?
This is one of the great oil which I ever used for mine long hair. Coconut oil makes your hair strong and increase the growth...
Napkin

Last edited by joyee; 03-03-2012 at 06:19 AM.
I have a question for you all ; when you use it, do you spritz first ? or do you use it on dry hair if your using it as a sealant? because i used it this weekend as a sealant, and on sunday my mom said it smelled like the oil went rancid :/

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I have a question for you all ; when you use it, do you spritz first ? or do you use it on dry hair if your using it as a sealant? because i used it this weekend as a sealant, and on sunday my mom said it smelled like the oil went rancid :/

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Originally Posted by confusedcurls26
From what I understand coconut oil isn't a sealant, or if it is it's an ineffective one, since it can pass through the hair shaft. However, shea is a sealant.

The only reason your hair would smell rancid was if you actually used rancid oil, which I doubt . Oil can be stored for up to months in cool dry places and be fine. Maybe it was the kind of coconut oil you used? Refined vs. unrefined (unrefined will smell like coconuts, a LOT).
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thanks ! lol it said 'neutral smell' . next time ill get the true thing

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