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Coconut oil hair love.

Screen Shot 2013-01-07 at 9.54.34 PMIf 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.Screen Shot 2013-01-07 at 9.55.41 PM

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.Screen Shot 2013-01-07 at 9.57.37 PMScreen Shot 2013-01-07 at 9.56.31 PM

coconut oil

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.

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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.



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  1. Artoo

    First of all, I am quickly becoming obsessed with your blog after clicking over from! I plan to start no-pooing as soon as I remember to get a squirty bottle and I’ve been doing spending a lot of time standing in front of mirrors and trying out your tutorials lately. Not for the wedding, just for fun. Now that the gushing is outta the way…
    I really want the benefits of coconut oil as I have very dry ends and think it would be a good match, BUT my best friend and roommate is very, very allergic. As I can’t go stopping her air ways so that my hair looks pretty, do you have any advice on a different product that would work well? I thought about shea or cocoa butter, but those seem expensive, and I’m honestly considering just using mashed avocados, wrapping, and rinsing well.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks for the comment! I am so glad you are having fun with your hair. If you can’t use coconut oil, a blend of shea butter and almond oil is great, although a bit heavier than coconut oil. Emu oil has the closest molecular structure to coconut oil, and it absorbs and moisturizes the same way. It can be a bit pricy, but a little goes a long way. Add your favorite essential oil to your oil for a yummy fragrance.

  2. Tryingtonopoo

    Help!! I started the no poo method a couple of weeks ago – inspired by your blog! Last night, I thought it was time to try some coconut oil as my hair has been so weird and confused since I started and it looked a little dry at the ends. Mind you, I’ve been lucky and not had too greasy a scalp.
    So I put maybe half a tablespoon through the ends (I have shoulder length hair). And I can’t get it out!! I no-pooed this morning with the hottest water I could stand and its still in there. Heeeeeeeeeeeelp!!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Okay…..De-greasing over coconut oiled hair. First off, no-poo one more time. Then, remember that the first day after a coconut oil treatment the oil is still working its way into the hair. The day after a treatment is usually much better than the day you do it, because the oil will have absorbed more. Next time, don’t use quite so much oil;) switching to no-poo is all about experimenting with timing and proportions until you find your perfect regimen. Stick with it, and don’t forget the power of the paddle brush.
      good luck!

  3. Amanda

    I love coconut oil too, and use it in everything from my homemade toothpaste, Deoderant, conditioner and cooking. Just a side note though for those who have acne prone skin, it can be a comedogenic if used on the face. I found this out while researching/experimenting with the oil cleansing method. The method works great but with jojoba oil in lieu of the coconut for myself.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Good to know! thank you:)

  4. Melissa

    HI! I found your site through A Beautiful Mess and I have to say I am hooked. I have always had hair trouble (combination, frizzy and half curly half straight) and I have heard of the many benefits of “no poo-ing” and I would like to try it as well. My big question is, as I do have dry ends I will be needing to try the coconut oil conditioning method once in a while as well, but since I dye my hair red I wash only in very cold water to help preserve the color, I’m assuming that the coconut oil will never wash out unless I use hot water? In the safety of my color should I just skip this part of the method altogether? Also for a person who “heat styles” (curlers) is the “no-poo” method helpful for that as well?
    Thank you so much for your expertise and advise!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think a good coconut oil treatment every 2 weeks would do more good than harm to your color. You do need warm water to rinse it out, and I would recommend using ACV to help rinse out the oil, as well as seal the cuticle and help lock in your color. The moisturizing and protective benefits of Coconut oil should really help to preserve and protect your red. The great thing about ShamPHree is that it balances your hair and scalp so you can go much longer in between washing, which is also great for keeping color in:)

      1. roxie.hunt Author

        Also, ShamPHree is amazing for wet-sets and heat styling. It gives hair massive holding power without having to load up on products!

        1. Shelley

          I realize this is an old thread, but in case anyone is reading this and wondering if it’s okay to use coconut oil if you dye your hair red, my experience is that it’s no problem if you use a permanent color. I have recently switched to a semi-permanent color, as this is supposed to be much more gentle on your hair, and I haven’t yet tried CO on this color. Hopefully it will be okay. 🙂

          1. roxie.hunt Author

            Thanks for this! I bet it will be fine:)

  5. Jennifer

    Hi! I just started the shamPHree method and it’s about time to condition my dry ends. I’ve read a few things all over the internet that state that coconut oil will not fully wash out with the no-poo method and therefore should not be used if you are no-pooing. What are your thoughts on this? Fact? Myth?
    Thanks and I LOVE your site!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I am a ShamPHree-er and religious coconut oil user. Here is how I use it…..The night before doing my ShamPHree routine, I work coconut oil into my ends. I wrap my hair into a bun and secure with a scrunchie and go to sleep. In the morning, I mix up my ShamPHree with 2x BS and ACV (double the ACV and BS in the mixtures) And I use very warm water to rinse. At the very end, I do a cold rinse to seal up the cuticle.
      This removes all of the oil from my ends, and leaves my hair silky, soft, and moisurized.
      If your hair seems oily when it dries, wear your hair up for a couple hours. The oil is still absorbing, and will continue to penetrate the hair. When you take your hair down, the oiliness should be gone.
      good luck!

      1. Jennifer

        Thanks so much! I’ll give it a go!

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