I know I'm not the only one, but who else loves mashups?

What's not to love about one great thing that's made of two great things? Especially when those things don't even seem like they go together at first.


Like smart-casual suits and coconut palms for instance?

For additional reference, I submit salted caramel, summer berries + cilantro, and this musical mashup:

That one's one of my favorites.

And in Coconut Restore's styling and maintenance suite, you can get your hands on some attractive opposites for you and your curls! They partnered with us on this article to show off their products with what you only think are mutually exclusive properties.

Let's take a look!

Strength and Elasticity

My curly structural engineers will know this already, but for the rest of us, there's a rule that says the more built up and hard something is, the easier it is to crack. Fun fact: reinforced concrete isn't filled with extra materials to make it more compact—the add ons are there to let it "stretch" and keep the structure intact!


The more you know, am I right?

Our hair is much the same way—it's why back-to-back protein treatments aren't usually recommended, even for severe strand snapping. That bounce in our curls is what keeps them on our heads. But how can you get the stretch and springiness you need with strengthening? You snatch up a shower cap and use the Keratin Intensive Repair Masque is how. Dense protein keratin combines with flexible protein seracin (AKA what makes silk silky) come together in this formula to strengthen AND stretch...kind of like a good workout!

Heads up, because it's a protein inclusive masque, you'll want to pay attention to the time as you marinate. Personally, my deep conditioning can run a little long (say however long it takes to watch Moana for the Xth time), but stick to your guns and phone alarms with this guy!

Shine and Moisture

I have dense, coarse, and as I just discovered with our revamped typing quiz, high porosity hair!

I really did think it was medium until this. Go figure, I'm extra all the way to the roots!

Of course I couldn't be more proud of my crown and the progress we've made. I mean sure, with all I spend on it, maybe it could go to night school, learn a trade, contribute to these ridiculous summer utility bills...but ultimately I'm very happy with where we're taking each other.

That said, because of its characteristics, much like a black hole, when my hair is at its best it has a tendency to suck up all light and send it off to dimensions unknown. And that's not an issue! While shiny hair is often an indicator of healthy hair, that's not 100% true across the board with all hair types. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a good lens flare effect from time to time without going back to relaxing.

The Revitalizing Whipped Coconut Oil covers both shine AND moisture sealing with the coconut oil you'd expect, and the beeswax you wouldn't! This isn't your kitchen coconut oil by a long shot, it's a step above!


No seriously, keep this stuff out of your smoothie bowl, you will have a bad time.

Structure and Softness

By and large, I have yet to find an edge gel that works for me. Remember those hair type results from a few paragraphs ago? Yeah, that means I can have styled baby hairs for 10 minutes in an air-conditioned room.


Yes, literally 10 minutes, I've timed it.

Either that, or I can deal with flakeage and trying to wash chunks of more heavy-duty gels out of my edges every day which, surprisingly enough, does not appeal to me.

BUT, that doesn't actually mean gels have no place in my Type 4 hair routine! A little bit lightly rolled into my pre-bed twists helps me hold structure in humid days, which we have a lot of around these parts. Matt Lubchansky eloquently described Central Texan air as being "Made of hot soup", and I agree! Coconut Restore's Styling and Setting Gelee is the fly in that soup...so to speak. Even tight coils can benefit from the hold it provides for Bantu knot-outs, twist-outs, braid-outs, and any other style that has you under the dryer or in a scarf overnight to get your definition on.

This post is sponsored by Coconut Restore.