I’ve enjoyed healthy, flowing hair for most of my life. But when the Midwest winter winds start blowing, my hair gets dry. Frizzies become the norm. And, static. Oh, the static.
Last year when I started swimming regularly, I added another hair-damaging element to my daily routine: chlorine. My hair was becoming brassy and brittle. Thankfully, I did a little research and discovered a coconut oil hair treatment to revitalize my tresses.
Licensed cosmetologist Amy Bobeda suggests using coconut oil to make a special winter shampoo: “Use a teaspoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of baking soda as winter shampoo to exfoliate the scalp, as well as nourish the hair,” she explained in a recent interview about natural hair care tips.
The coconut oil enhances shine while injecting precious moisture into the hair’s cuticles, ultimately helping to prevent dry and winterized locks.
Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
- Store the coconut oil at room temperature to keep it soft.
- Place a small grape-size scoop of the creamy oil in the palms of your hands and rub it back and forth.
- As the coconut oil melts, brush it through your dry hair with your fingertips.
- Massage your scalp and be sure the ends of the hair also get some oil.
- Carefully twist the hair up and into a loose bun.
- Let the coconut oil soak.
Occasionally I will even leave it in during a swim or overnight, then shampoo it out an hour or more later.
Opportunities to Moisturize (and Protect)
To add extra moisture, use a little coconut oil on your hair when styling it. I apply a pea-sized dab of the oil to my fingertips, then work it through the hair that flows past my ears to add shine and smooth flyaways. Never add coconut oil to the scalp or hair at the top of your head when you’re on the way out the door. This can cause your hair to appear greasy and dirty.
Registered Dietician Lisa Hugh told me about using a sample of coconut oil she received at a conference: “I have noticed much less breakage since using it,” she explained. “Science seems to indicate that coconut oil (more so than other oils) absorbs into hair, especially over a period of hours. This is likely due to the medium-chain triglycerides, a type of fat molecule.”
Is that not excellent news?
What’s your favorite coconut oil hair treatment during the winter? Tell me about it in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate this super moisturizer into my hair care routine.
Image source: Angela Tague