I have had short hair for a long, long time. It’s just been in the last 3 years or so that I have grown it long. Because of that, I’ve never researched care for long hair until recently. I’ve been so used to just throwing some gel or pomade in it and going that I didn’t know the best products to use for strengthening, protecting, or especially keeping it healthy.
Well, having long hair definitely makes me use more products than I used to. Products to remove frizz. Thermal products to protect from heat. And of course, the products that require the use of thermal protection – hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron.
I think I have fairly healthy hair. However, I have noticed that lately, something I’m doing is causing damaged ends. I’m sure it’s the heat tools. Until recently, I have used them 3-4 times a week! That can add up to a lot of damage.
I had read in my researching of caring for long hair that both coconut and jojoba oils are some of the best for hair. I have been using coconut oil on my hair every few weeks to soften it and turn up the shine (things I noticed instantly after shampooing, conditioning, and styling after the treatment).
I also heard about hair masks for repairing damage (though, most fixes are only temporary and the ends really need to be trimmed). It can bring the damaged pieces together and remove frizz from the strands so it looks more healthy. Needless to say, I bought a hair mask to use weekly that has meadowfoam seed oil, sweet almond oil, and olive seed oil. I used it for the first time the end of last week along with a new leave-in product that’s supposed to also help repair, protect, and deminish frizz. The combo was pretty good, but I could tell the ends didn’t seem to improve all that much. I figured it was just because I had only used it once and needed to give it some time to work.
Since I had been using coconut oil occasionally, I figured I would try that again the beginning of this week since I read that it’s one of the best things you can do for your hair. Well, now I’m a firm believer. Instead of the quick 20-minute mask prior to showering, I decided to leave it on overnight. I focused on the ends first, then worked all the way to the roots with it. I didn’t saturate it, but used enough to make sure the strands were covered.
The next morning, I shampooed, conditioned, and used my new leave-in repair product. I just let my hair air dry. I didn’t really look at the ends until today. I can hardly FIND damage! It’s amazing!!! Not only is my hair softer and shinier, it looks healthy and repaired. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe one coconut oil mask overnight could repair hair that much!
I’m now a full believer in how great coconut oil is for your hair and how much hair loves it! It’s great for your body – inside AND out!