I’ve been dying my hair since I was nine and convinced my mom to let me get two chunky blonde highlights on either side of my face – don’t judge me, it was the 90s. Then, there was that brief yet glorious period when MySpace ruled the Internet, and once again, my hair suffered under the cruel reign of excessive straightening and teasing. While I’ve come to accept that I will never have the silky smooth virgin hair that I envy in other girls, it doesn’t stop me from trying a myriad of treatments with the hope that they will restore a semblance of health to my locks. I couldn’t resist when Pinterest started promising me magical results using coconut oil.
So basically, coconut oil is one of the coolest things ever. When you buy it, it comes in a jar as a solid:
Within seconds of contact, however, your body heat melts it into a typical oil. Our hair is supposed to love this stuff because its molecular structure is so small that it can actually penetrate the hair shaft, whereas other oils can not.
This picture is going to end up on a porn site somewhere, isn’t it?
I used two big handfuls to cover my entire head, then twisted and clipped it into a bun as per the Pinterest tutorial.
I followed up by slapping on a shower cap and debating walking around outside to scare the neighbours.
Then I gave my hair a good round of blowdrying for five minutes. The heat is supposed to open up the hair shaft and therefore assist in absorbing the oil. At this point I was feeling really cool and pretty, as one typically would with hot oil dripping out the back of their shower cap.
After leaving the mask in for forty-five minutes, I took a shower and cleaned my hair as normal. When my hair was still wet post-shower, I combed through a tiny bit more coconut oil, and when it was about 90% dry, I put it in a bun and went to sleep. This is what it looked like this morning:
Upon showering, I immediately noticed that my hair felt extremely soft, and the softness remained even after my hair had dried. I also noticed less frizz and more shine. This mask definitely works. Yeah, SCIENCE!
I will be using this mask again in the future, but I will not be adding that extra bit of oil after the shower, because my hair is a touch oily today. However, if you have very thick, coarse, or curly hair, I think that step could be very beneficial. I will also try to maximize the benefits next time by adding some other good ingredients like egg yolk and avocado to make a super mask. Overall, this will be a new staple in my beauty regime.