There are so many healthy alternatives for the hair and skin care. With the economic situations in the country people will rather buy food and then get themselves a cheaper way to maintain their hair and skin. However, for some busy professionals they can get deep conditioners for the hair in the salon, under-eye creams to prevent wrinkles, and lotions for a healthier, smoother skin all which may cost a lot of money in their pockets but it is all worth it. A jar of unrefined coconut oil is a a multi-purpose moisturizer great for all skin and hair types.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair:
Vitamin E helps rebuild protein in hair lost through styling
Keeps hair shiny and builds strength
Can be used as a deep conditioning treatment
Has a long shelf life, unlike other hair care products that quickly oxidize and turn rancid
Can be used as a medicinal treatment for dandruff and scalp complaints
Smells lush and tropical, which means your hair will, too!
Here are some steps how to use the coconut oil on the hair:
1) Put on old clothes. Coconut oil can get a little drippy, so put on an old t-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent it from getting on your nice clothes. It's best to start the conditioning treatment in your bathroom, but you'll be able to move around while you let it soak into your hair for a few hours.
2) Choose a covering for your hair. You can use a plastic shower cap, a large sheet of plastic wrap, or a second old t-shirt to wrap up your hair. Choose something you'll be able to keep in place for several hours, or even overnight.
3) Measure 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. The amount of coconut oil you'll need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. If you have long, thick hair, use 5; if your hair is shorter and thinner, you only need 3 or 4.
Use unrefined, rather than refined, coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has additives and is put through processes that remove some of the natural compounds that make it so healthy for your hair and skin. Unrefined coconut oil is complete in its natural, healthy goodness.
It's okay if you accidentally use more coconut oil than your hair really needs. It's all going to be washed out, anyway!
4) Heat up the coconut oil in the microwave. Put the bowl in the microwave and cook it for about 30 seconds on high. Give it a stir and cook it for another 30 seconds, until it has completely melted. You want the oil just warm enough to melt and becomes easier to apply to your hair.
You can melt coconut oil with your hands if you don't have a microwave. Melt one tablespoon at a time by holding it between your palms and gently pushing them together. Coconut oil melts with very little heat.
You can also heat coconut oil up on the stove. Scoop it into a small saucepan and heat it up over low heat.
5) Rub the coconut oil into your hair. Let it cool down for a few moments so it's not piping hot, then pour the coconut oil around the top of your head, evenly distributing it around your scalp. Use your fingers to massage it in and smooth it down your hair shaft all the way to the tips. Continue massaging it into your hair until your hair is completely drenched in coconut oil.
You can use a comb to help you distribute the oil evenly. Pull it down from your roots to your tips.
You may just want to condition the ends of your hair, rather than the roots. If that's the case, apply the coconut oil to the ends of your hair instead of pouring it over your scalp. Massage it in with your hands.
6) Pile your hair on your head and wrap it up in your covering. Place your shower cap, plastic wrap, or old t-shirt over your head and wrap it up so that your hair is completely covered.
You can secure your hair with a loose hair band to help it all stay wrapped up on top of your head.
Use a towel to wipe away drips that might have gotten on your face during the wrapping process.
7) Wait at least 2 hours or overnight for the oil to soak in. The longer you keep it in your hair, the more conditioned your hair will be. Wait as long as you can manage for best effect.
8) Remove the wrapping from your hair and wash it. Use your favorite shampoo (preferably one with natural ingredients, to keep your hair healthy) to wash out the coconut oil. Wash it two or three times, until your hair no longer feels oily.
9) Let your hair dry. Let it air dry or blow it dry to see the effects of the conditioning treatment. It should be soft, shiny and gleaming after this special coconut oil application.
Another step by step process to use coconut oil on the hair:
1) Scoop out a handful of organic virgin coconut oil. My hair is very thick and long so my scoop has to be extra big. The oil will begin to melt at the touch of your skin, there is no need to heat the oil before application. It will melt as you massage it into your hair.
2) Flip your head upside down and slowly spread the oil through your hair. Saturate your hair completely, focusing on areas that are dry.
3) Once your hair is soaked with oil, twist your hair into a bun or ponytail. You can clip it in place by grabbing some hair from your scalp and part of the bun, or use a hair tie to keep it in place.
4) Cover your hair with a shower cap. You can choose to apply heat or not. Applying heat will open the cuticle of each strand so the coconut oil can penetrate the core faster. Leave the coconut oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes without heat, or 15 minutes with heat. You can use a hair dryer to apply heat over the shower cap. I like to rig a little system so I can sit on the floor and read or play with my kids! If I am busy and need to do other things I will leave the oil on my hair without heat.
5) Once your time is up wash and condition your hair as you normally would. You may need to wash your hair twice to rinse away all of the oil. I really focus on my roots and try to shampoo my ends as little as needed. Style your hair and be amazed at your soft, smooth hair!
Here are some steps on how to use the coconut oil on your skin:
1) Apply coconut oil after you've taken a bath or shower. When your skin is still warm and supple from your bath or shower, the coconut oil will be more readily absorbed.
2) Use a tablespoon of coconut oil to moisturize your arms. Scoop out a tablespoon and place it on your arm. Use your opposite hand to rub it in until the coconut oil has melted over your skin. Smooth it on evenly and keep rubbing until it's all gone. Repeat with the other arm.
3) Use two tablespoons of coconut oil to moisturize your legs. Scoop out two tablespoons and rub them into your thigh, knee area, lower leg, and foot. Keep rubbing until the scoops have melted into your skin. Repeat with the other leg.
4) Use another tablespoon to moisturize your torso. Rub it over your back, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and anywhere else you'd like to moisturize. You can use coconut oil just as you would any other lotion.
5) Let the coconut oil get absorbed. It might take about 15 minutes for the oil to completely get absorbed into your skin. In the meantime, hang out in your bathroom or put on a bathrobe so you don't get oil on your nice clothes or furniture.
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