Monday, January 31, 2011

Coconut Head

photo by YimHafiz on Flickr

I have very thick, fairly coarse hair.  As a teenager, it was tolerable, but after having children, it has become even more coarse and wavy (and not wavy in a beautiful, Pantene commercial sort of way).  I have tried many products, whose claims to make my hair sleek and straight without the frizz have fallen short of my expectations.  I find that after I painskakenly achieve a straight look with a flat iron, I walk outside and **poof** my hair expands to twice its original size and my annoying waves return. So, I usually end up with my hair in a pony tail.  Recently, my mom read an article that suggested coconut oil as a means of keeping away the frizz.  As frizz occurs because the water particles in the air are absorbed by the hair shaft, in theory, the coconut oil creates a barrier and blocks it from being absorbed. Since I really do not like a lot of product in my hair, I like the idea that it is natural, it will not dry my hair out even more with alcolhol and chemicals, and it is pretty inexpensive when you compare it to all the other hair products out there.

Coconut oil is readily available in most grocery stores and natural food stores.  You need very little, so a jar of oil can last a very long time. Just put a very small amount in your hand, rub in between your palms to warm it up, and work it evenly throughout your dried and styled hair.  Of course you want to make sure you do not use too much, or you will get stringy, oily looking hair (not the look you are probably trying to achieve).  After a night out in foggy weather, I found that my hair was virtually frizz free with only a few soft waves.    I was very pleasantly surprised.

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