It feels like there’s never a day goes by without coconut oil hitting the headlines. First it was strange and new, then it was the ingredient you had to fry everything in, and now doubts are being raised about it as a health food. Who knows what to believe?
However, its status as a natural beauty product has never been questioned. Coconut oil, (or #coconutoil as it’s referred to over on Instagram), has been used as a beauty product for thousands of years, and it’s not difficult to see why. A good coconut oil – there’s loads out there but we really like Vita Coco – is full of antioxidants and works as both a cleanser and a moisturiser – not to mention that there’s no synthetic rubbish in there at all.
1.“Use coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment for a flaky scalp. Melt about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil gently in a saucepan, allow to cool then add 5 drops of tea tree oil and stir until fully blended . Next, apply the mixture to your scalp (I recommend transferring the mixture into a hair colour applicator for ease) and massage well. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave for a couple of hours, before rinsing and shampooing with a gentle formula 2-3 times to ensure all of the oil has been removed. Apply conditioner from mid lengths to ends and rinse as usual”
2.“Coconut oil makes a wonderful nourishing hair mask. I have very dry frizzy hair so this weekly dose is my Sunday morning ritual. The treatment adds shine and silkiness to my hair, helping to keep it bouncy and healthy. To create, warm coconut oil to liquify it and add a couple of drops of sandalwood and rose essential oils. Apply to damp hair, combing through to distribute, before wrapping it up in a hot towel or shower cap and leaving for an hour. You can also leave the remedy on overnight for an intensely hydrating treatment. Rinse, shampoo twice and condition as usual – I prefer to use a fragrance free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the gorgeous scent of the mask”
3.“Use it as a styling balm to tidy up your hair – either as a finishing touch or on the go (I always keep some in my handbag for emergencies). It’s wonderful for fighting frizz and adding elasticity and shine. My top tip is to rub some through braids before going to the beach to keep hair hydrated and glossy in the sun. It has a wonderfully natural fragrance, and you can also share it with the boys – it makes a brilliant beard conditioner!”