I've used coconut oil for about 5 years now and use it for just about everything. I started off using it just for my hair, which was dry and damaged from all the dyes/chemical straightening/hot tools etc...that I used on it. Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair - I regularly massage it on my head to get rid of dandruff and dry scalp. I used to have a lot of dandruff, to the point that if I ran my hand through my hair a whole bunch of flakes would come out (so disgusting, I know) but I no longer have that problem because coconut oil not only hydrates my dry scalp, it helps treat fungal conditons (such as dandruff) as well.
I also use it as a conditioner and deep treatment. I wash my hair once a week and whilst my hair is still damp in the shower (towel dried) I apply a bit of coconut oil throughout the mid-lengths and ends of my hair. Once I've finished washing/shaving/exfoliating...I rinse it out and dry as normal. It helps tame the frizzies and flyaways, and overtime has made my hair a lot healthier and stronger. I use it as a proper deep treatment once a month as it provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair - I mix melted coconut oil in a bowl with sesame oil, smooth the mixture all over my hair and put a warm towel on my head (turban style) for 3 hours or so whilst I watch a movie. I then rinse with shampoo and regular conditioner. My hair looks more shiny and is a lot easier to style afterwards. It doesn't go all poofy and nasty like it did before, I used to resemble a shaggy baboon but now my hair is frizz free, soft and managable. Occasionally I use it as a serum after flat ironing my hair - only a tiny tiny amount is needed, and I just smooth it on the ends. Makes them feel so smooth and look glossy!
This may sound strange, but I also use it as a relaxing balm. I'm always stressed out because of work and family etc...and often suffer from migraines, so sometimes I just lay down in a dark room and massage coconut oil into my forehead/temples for 10 minutes or so. It really helps calm me down and the massaging action helps soothe my migraines for a while until my medication kicks in.
As for skincare, coconut oil is the best body moisturiser ever! I have dry skin on my body and most body lotions moisturising effects are only short lived. Coconut oil keeps my skin hydrated for days and days on end....it's amazing. My skin feels baby soft and plumped up. It's also good if you have anything like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. I had a nasty patch of eczema behind my knees and tried endless prescriptions from my doctors that didn't work...coconut oil got rid of the eczema within 3 days.
Coconut oil has also done wonders for my health. I used to weigh 196 lbs but decided to get healthy and in shape 1.5 years ago after someone I knew died from weight-related problems. Anyway, I replaced all my old cooking oils (sunflower/sesame/olive) with coconut oil and I truly do think it helped aid my weightloss (I am now 123 lbs). Obviously it's not all down to coconut oil as I followed a low carb low fat diet, but coconut oil in no way hurt. My doctor told me coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight because of the short and medium chain fatty acids, not to mention it helps aid the digestion process and keep the thyroid system functioning healthily. I read somewhere it helps boost metabolism (can't say if that's accurate or not as I'm not a scientist) too...makes sense, seeing as countries that have coconut oil as a staple in their diets don't seem to have high rates of overweight or obese people. Anyway, it doesn't hurt to try incorporating coconut oil into your diet, so I'd suggest people should give it a go!
I've tried using this as a makeup remover but it didn't work out - it broke me out in cystic pimples because I could not get rid of the residue left on my face. But it does work really well as an eye makeup remover; doesn't sting my ridiculously sensitive eyes and removes my mascara/eyeliner/eyeshadow quickly. I use if for my nails aswell - I've always had a hard time growing my nails long because they break off, but coconut oil makes them a lot harder and stronger so they grow better.
I always make sure to buy extra virgin olive oil. I get a huge tub for about £9 that lasts me around a year or so. I have tried refined coconut oil but it did nothing for me, so I highly recommend the extra virgin. Sorry for the long review, but I hope it helped some of you. Good luck trying it!
I love coconut oil for so many reasons. First in the winter, even living in Florida, my skin is dry. I use a small amount of the oil to precleanse my face and then my proactive cleanser. My skin has been clear and soft. I use it in the am to cleanse and let it sit on before using my proactive treatment and it is not interrupting with the program. I suffer from sever acne and I can say this is not clogging my pores. And my skin just looks soft.
I also use as a body moisturizer after showering but use it OUTSIDE the shower as it makes a mess when it dries in the shower.
I have started taken a Tablespoon a day for my IBS and overall health maintenance, but I am having a hard time swallowing it and may have to switch to the capsules. I have two kinds of coconut oil one EV that I use on body hair, skin and one refined with no smell or taste that I was trying to take internally as I have read how it is pretty much a cure all.
I am going to be loyal with applying at night to my hair as in June I made the mistake of getting a perm and my hair is fried and split ends so bad that clumps have been falling out.
Yes this is a gift from God!
First of all, I don't think I can find coconut oil in solid form in Asia so I got myself virgin coconut oil in a liquid form from the local spa brand. Smells great and very moisturizing for hair ends. I have some very sensitive scalp and facial skin so I don't normally use this for those areas, always try it on a small spot before lathering on big amount. All in all, I did notice a shinier and healthier hair after a while despite the daily use of dryer and thongs. Cheers.
I've read in beauty magazines the oil is highly recmmended by doctors for EVERYTHING. From cooking to beauty. It's good as make up remover and as moisture.
I use it as night cream because it is too oily for day use and It doesn’t dry. But for night it is very good, also as lip moisture recover.
Great as a hair and skin moisturizer. I also use it for deep treatments for my hair. Best when used on damp skin.makes the skin very soft.
This has worked well for me as a hair moisturizing treatment. I don't think I would use it during the summer months because my hair tends to get oily, but during winter I need some deep conditioning every once in a while. I have chin length hair so I use about 3/4 of a teaspoon. I place an amount on my hands and rub them together to melt the coconut oil and then I apply it to dry hair. I only leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then I shower using a clarifying shampoo. I finish by applying a light conditioner. My hair isn't oily, but just bouncy and soft. I do this treatment about once a week. .
I was totally in love with coconut oil until I tried it to moisturise my back. In a week or two it got covered with blackheads and it took months to get my skin back to normal... :(
This is a review for extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil as a hair treatment and body moisturizer. First I put this on my hair and left it on over night. The next morning I washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo and didn't condition and let my hair air dry as usual. Well, I guess I didn't get it all out because my hair felt crusty and looked like I had a gel or something in it...so I washed my hair TWO more times with a clairfying shampoo and of course my hair felt like STRAW so then had to go back and deep condition with a different condition so there were no benefits in using it on my hair. On my legs it left almost a film on my skin and dry patches? Also wherever the CO touched my faical skin and along my hairline from the hair treatment I am breaking out....I have a cyst on my chin ( I haven't had cyst in YEARS) and I think its from some of the CO getting on my face. I am sure this may work for some based on different skin makeup and hair types but on me it was a bust. The smell was kinda gross too....off to the trash it goes.
I love coconut oil! I love the texture, the smell & the taste. I bought Swanson's virgin coconut oil for a very reasonble price. While I love the way it feels rubbing it into my skin as an after shower body oil, it does take awhile to absorb so I use it infrequently for that purpose, usually before bed. It also feels fantastic for moisturizing my lips. I plan to use it for shaving too. I'm hesitant to try it as a hair conditioner because it feels too heavy for me as my hair is fine. Still I may try it as an overnight conditioner to see what kind of results I get. I also plan to try it as a personal lubricant as many women have had good results with it.
I know there's controversy over whether coconut oil is good or bad for our bodies. Recent research has been done which has found it to be beneficial, overriding older studies which indicated it was horrible for us. Everyone should do their own research and decide for themselves if they want to ingest it. I'm only relating my experience. I tried taking coconut oil capsules. I noticed a decrease in my food cravings and softer skin. When I ran out of the capsules, I begun taking about a teaspoon of the oil a day and had the same results. I won't have my cholesterol checked for another 6 months so I don't know if it's had any adverse affect but I doubt it.
UPDATE: As an overnight hair conditioner, this was just ok for me. I prefer jojoba or olive oil for my hair. I've found for a body oil it works best for me if I just use a small chunk of solid coconut oil & smooth it quickly over my damp skin. When the chunk has dissolved, I go back & rub the oil into my skin. This way I only get a thin layer of oil and it absorbs much better into my skin. It leaves me with soft skin & a faint but not overpowering coconut scent. We all have different hair & skin issues so it's not surprising we get differing results. I will still re-purchase as it's great for my body inside & out. My hair, doesn't really work for me but I can see why it would work for others.
me: Thin, frizzy, curly hair--prone to breakage.
Using coconut oil about 2ce a week, applying it at night, washing it in the morning
(TWICE! one wash won't get rid of it!)
stronger, shinier hair. I've been doing this for many weeks now, and it's fabulous.
My hair's all bouncy and soft and lovely and it doesn't break much now (before, every single day my hairbrush would be covered with broken hair strands)