When my hair is really dry, I know exactly what helps. Good ol’ Coconut Oil.
The word “mask” is used so often these days. In the past it was usually about beauty masks, like skin and hair… but now it’s about protective gear. I’d like to go back to chatting about beauty masks!
Over the weekend I did a quick Instastory sharing that I was doing a coconut oil hair mask. Here it is:
I was inundated with questions, so I thought I’d compile the answers into one blog post.
What Coconut Oil do you use?
I use the tub of coconut oil I cook with (cold pressed, organic and odourless.) I’m not married to a particular brand and often alternate coconut oil brands, depending on which shop I’m at and what’s available. At the moment I have the one by Lifestyle Food (as seen in the pic above) and I also really love this:
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Do you apply the oil to wet or dry hair?
I always apply a coconut oil mask to dry hair and not wet. My hair is thirsty and I want the hair to soak up the oil as much as possible and not be repelled by the water (oil and water don’t mix anyway.)
How do you apply the mask?
Section your hair working from the bottom to the top and scoop out coconut oil, rub it in your palms to melt it (if it’s solidified) and apply from your scalp all the way down to your roots. Don’t be shy with the oil – really coat your hair.
You’ll then want to pin your hair up off your face and shoulders. You can pop your hair into a shower cap, or just leave it as is.
How long do you leave the coconut oil mask on your hair?
You can leave it for 30 minutes to 3 hours and then wash out, but personally, I usually do it before I go to bed.
I sleep with the mask in, and so I put a towel down over my pillowcase so that I don’t have any oil marks. In the morning I hop into the shower and wash it out.
How do you get the coconut oil out?
It takes 2-3 shampoos to get the coconut oil out and I recently discovered a new trick that works a charm. Baking Soda/Bicarbonate of Soda (or Epsom Salts – which one of my followers suggested) to be added to your shampoo. It helps exfoliate and clarify.
- Wet hair under warm – hot water.
- Shampoo and rinse.
- Add a tablespoon of Bicarbonate of Soda to your Shampoo and massage your scalp and the hair right down to the ends.
- Shampoo again if you’d like
It’s a lengthier shower, so switch the water off while you’re shampooing. #WaterWise
What are the benefits of coconut oil on your hair?
Where do I even begin? There are so many!
- Coconut oil will definitely help your hair grow healthier, thicker, and longer. The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair.
- Coconut oil will help smooth the cuticles on your split ends, so your hair doesn’t looked frayed at the end. It actually controls frizz on your whole head, not just on your split ends, because it’s great for replenishing moisture in your hair.
- We should use coconut oil as a leave-in treatment in the summer. The heat from the sun will open up the cuticle so the oil will penetrate your hair even more. Its ingredients have natural protectants that save your hair from sun damage. Coconut oil also protects the hair from drying out or getting brittle from salt water and chlorine.
- Coconut oil can also stop those pesky dandruff flakes. Rubbing coconut oil on your hair restores scalp health and reduces flaking.
- It’s a great detangler.
- It boosts shine.
What type of hair benefits from Coconut Oil?
The use of coconut oil on hair helps reduce protein loss in all hair types. It definitely works the best on dry hair and wavy/curly hair, which is generally drier. If you have thin hair, don’t use a ton of coconut oil – just enough to coat your strands to get the amazing benefits.
How often should I apply a coconut oil mask?
This really depends on your time and your hair. I would love to do this once a week, but realistically I do it once a month. As with anything, when you are consistent, you really see the benefits.
Any other tips?
It’s messy and I suggest you lay a towel down on the floor because you will get coconut oil drips and you don’t want to risk slipping.
If you’re going to sleep with it, I’d suggest placing a microfibre towel or an old t-shirt over your pillow case (to protect from oil marks) so that your hair isn’t damaged from a rough towel.
Don’t just wash the coconut oil off your hands after you’ve applied – it’s a fantastic moisturiser, cuticle oil and even make up remover, so you can create a full body coconut self-care moment!
I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, please DM me on Instagram @baileyschneiderza or leave a comment below!