• Reagan Hart

Coconut Oil is JUST for Cooking

Whenever I was going through my beauty revolution, coconut oil became the supposed go-to product for everything. Every health blog, healthy beauty site, yogi and their mom, all claimed that with coconut oil alone I could moisturize, protect, keep the funk away and condition. So, I started using nature’s magical concoction.

I started using coconut oil on my hair. The first time I washed my hair with shampoo (I use a sulfate free, non-toxic ‘poo), towel dried and applied two big spoonfuls on my fine, abundant, curly hair. I wrapped my hair in a nylon bag and then put a blow dryer to my head. The heat was supposed to help the coconut oil penetrate deeper into my scalp for gorgeous, moisturized locks. I did that for five minutes and let it set for ten. Afterward, I went back to the shower and shampooed the oil out. Everything was okay until I went to blowdry my hair. The oil had clung to my hair, and although it was dry, it was so oily that it looked wet…

It took me three days to finally get the gunk out of my hair, and it was not more moisturized, it seemed drier. I was speaking to my hairstylist in The Middle East about this experience, he said that coconut oil could be good for really dry, porous areas of the SKIN—like cracked feet—but on hair it actually makes it dryer because it does not reach the follicle where it can be absorbed and help with moisture, but instead clings to the individual hair and can cause the hair to become more brittle and dry because of the weight of the oil. After being assured by him that I am not the only one who has had this bad experience, I decided that coconut oil is not for the hair.

I also tried using coconut oil as a deodorant. One day I scooped a teaspoon of coconut oil out and rubbed it in, under each armpit, after showering in the morning. I went about my day, and all was fine for about 2 hours, but I then lifted my arm to ask a question, and I smelled awful! I never tried this again, and have been on a quest since, to find a decent aluminum-free, a natural deodorant that lasts more than 4 hours. The best I have come up with is Arm and Hammer’s Essentials Natural Deodorant in Fresh, it works about 6 hours and then it is gone. I also would prefer to find a smaller, indie brand, but this is just what works for now, and I’ve tried a ton!

I lastly tried using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, and it made me break out. I researched a bit and discovered that coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning that it can clog pores and cause breakouts. It is best used on less sensitive parts of the body: legs, arms, elbows, and feet. If you are acne prone, definitely steer clear of this one.

So, after three strikes of using coconut oil on my hair, underarms, and face. It was benched to the kitchen. I still pull it out to oil pull or cook, but that’s it. I believe that coconut oil is best used in the mouth.

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