If I was stranded on a desert island and I could only take one thing, it would be the book I am currently reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. This is only because my first most coveted thing in the world would already be in abundance on the island. That would be coconuts. They are natures most perfect creation.
My favorite thing about coconuts besides coconut cream pie and fresh coconut milk out of the shell on a hot day on the beach is that when it’s oil is used on the skin and hair, It absorbs in a magical way. And the key to conditioning hair and skin is the ability for a product or oil to absorb. Many oils simply are too thick, the molecules to big to absorb past the first layers. coconut oil
slides right in through that scaly cuticle and wraps itself around the inner fibers of your hair, offering an intense boost of moisture.
is the perfect consistency……It is light enough to absorb beautifully into the hair, restoring moisture and strength and softness without leaving a heavy greasy coating. And it does not build up over time. It is a very clean, fine oil.
I keep on hand a tub of Nutiva coconut oil for my hair and skin masques, as well as a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil ( Liquid form, solids removed) that I use on my dry hair as an instant moisure and shine boost. I find that when I mix it with shea butter, it is the perfect weight to use as a hair polisher on dry hair. Here is my recipe for that.
Here is how I use solid form coconut oil……. The night before my every other Shamphree, (every 8 days or so) I take a good 1/2 tablespoon of solid Nutiva coconut oil
and warm it in my hands, flip my head over, and squeeze it into my ends. I then brush it through with my paddle brush. I put it in a loose braid, and sleep on it. In the morning, I ShamPHree it out with HOT water. This gives my hair more moisture and repairative conditioning than I have ever found from any product.
I also use it as my face cleanser. I take a pea sized amount and massage it into my face and neck. I let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Then I take a HOT wet washcloth and gently massage it in deeper, then wipe away the excess. It definitely seems that when coconut oil is used with heat, it penetrates deeply, leaving a glowing complexion without an oily finish. Amazing stuff.
I also like to use it as a tooth paste, because it has anti microbial properties, and is gentle and cleansing. I mix it with a couple drops of cinnamon oil and brush away. It leaves my teeth polished and clean and my mouth very fresh.
I also cook and bake with it on a daily basis.
I will continue to list ways to use this wonderful stuff as I discover them.
Here is a good article that gives scientific results on a study on the subject.
So even without my book on that desert island, as long as there are coconut palms to be found, I’ll be just fine. If you see me there, on the beach, notice my gorgeously glossy hair, supple skin, and shiny smile.
BTW babes, I now carry fractionated-coconut oil shine drops for light-weight moisture and shine in the ShamPHree Shop! Check out Shiny Dancer here.