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Old 04-14-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default No poo and Coconut oil buildup?

So I'm starting on the no poo method yet again, and this time trying to stick with it. I'm using no silicones at all, but I hear awesome things about coconut oil and really want to use it. My only issue is I'm unable to figure out if it's water dissolvable. I've googled endlessly, but I have no idea whether or not it will build up on my hair .... Thoughts?
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:03 AM   #2
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It really depends on your hair. It really helps to know your hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Properties are the best way to choose ingredients/products.

My hair is fine/low porosity. I can't use straight oil/butter, but can use them in well formulated products. I cowashed for six months and my hair wasn't anything special. I started using the natural soap (shampoo) bars when they were really popular almost five years ago. I find that they are just enough to remove any residual ingredients that don't get absorbed by my hair. Using the soap bars really made my curls pop!
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Coconut oil is not water soluble. However the cationic surfactants are AKA emulsifiers, they help oil mix with water which is how they clean the sebum off. CO-washing cleans coconut oil away without stripping IME.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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I use a lot of coconut oil, every day (DC, LI, sealant, styler - not to mention on my face, eyelashes and body... oh and I use it in cooking)... a lot of coconut oil.

I have always been able to wash it out using just my co-wash. When I do get build up (which is really not often), I just use a bicarb and conditioner mix and my hair is left super clean.


... just please think about wear you are getting it from. Coconut oil is a product that can be of enormous economic and environmental benefit to some places (PNG and the Fijji are 2 examples), there are other places wear the production of coconut oil results is massive environmental degradation.
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