Coconut oil

Time to get Creative

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English: Fractionated Coconut (Cocos nucifera)...

 

During the winter months I tend to get bored so I like to concoct new hair products from old products. Recently I created a shampoo that cleanses my scalp but conditions my hair at the same time. After I shampoo my hair, it tends to feel like straw but conditioners or co-washing don’t get my scalp and hair clean enough so I add water to my shampoo so I can get my scalp clean and my hair doesn’t feel stripped. But I think I found an alternative.  All I did was add coconut oil into my shampoo. I added two parts shampoo into an empty bottle and added one part liquified unrefined coconut oil into the same bottle. Unrefined coconut oil will solidify during colder months so you have to warm the oil either by stove top or microwave. I just scooped out about a table-spoon of coconut oil and placed it in a plastic container and popped it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.  After the oil liquified (make sure to check the oil to see that it’s not bubbling, remember this is going on your scalp!) add the oil into the shampoo. My favorite shampoo is from Aubrey Organics it’s all natural and my favorite part it’s cheap. Aubrey Organics shampoo color is brown, when I added the coconut oil into the shampoo, the color changed from brown to caramel. I shampooed my hair twice to make sure I removed any product build up. I was happy with the results, my hair was softer after I shampoo with my new mixture compared with when I shampoo with two parts shampoo one part water. I hope this inspires you to get creative give this a try too also some other concoctions!

 

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

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Spiced Cognac Anyone?

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With the current heat wave that has hit New York I am so happy that I cut my hair off. Yesterday I went swimming and for the first time in my life I didn’t have to worry about my hair. All I did was add unrefined coconut oil to my hair a few hours before I went to the pool. Coconut oil acts as a barrier to the hair, so the chlorine from the pool doesn’t completely soak into and damage the hair strands. After I finished swimming I shampooed with a swimming shampoo to remove the chlorine and minerals. I finished with a deep conditioner and added a leave in conditioner.

Recently I added a hair rinse to my hair; I used Clairol Jazzy Hair Color called Spiced Cognac. I used this hair rinse once when I was relaxed and I was satisfied with the results so I decided to try it on my natural hair. The hair color can be a rinse or if you apply heat for 30 minutes it can become a semi-permanent color. I applied the rinse on a day that was really hot and since I have no Air Conditioner I figured that if I just keep the rinse in for 30 minutes it should become a semi permanent color. When I initially had this color a stylist applied it. Well I was stunned that the color of the rinse was the same shade of blood, needless to say that after I was finish applying the rinse my bathroom looked like a murder scene. I was even more stunned that the rinse started to run because when I applied it, it had a gel like consistency.

Well after a half an hour, I rinsed my hair and looked in the mirror and saw that my hair was still brown. I was a little upset but I figured that I would apply a henna treatment to my hair and that way I would get the results I was looking for. It wasn’t until I went outside the next day that I noticed that my hair was light brown, I wanted a red tint to my hair but I can work with this color. I wish I could show you my new hair color, but every time I take a picture the camera can’t seem to capture the rinse. As far as if the hair color became semi-permanent or not, I believe it has. I applied the rinse to my hair a week ago and I’ve washed my hair four times since and my hair color is still light brown.