I have read so much about Coconut Oil in the past week, my head is spinning!
But despite research overload vertigo, I have managed to glean some of my personal favorites from the HUNDREDS I read about and thought I would share them with you.
While the shower's steamy, I coat my legs with a light layer of coconut oil, and then shave away. I get a nice close shave, the shower smells of coconuts (real coconut oil has a very light scent), and my legs are already moisturized from the oil, so I don't need additional moisturizer
For the last six months, I have been using coconut oil to wash my face, and my skin has never been happier. It sounds a little weird to wash with an oil, but it gets off the dirt and makeup on the days I wear it, and makes my skin plump and happy. I used to get random breakouts, especially around my mouth, a couple times a month. Amazingly, I haven't seen one since I started using coconut oil as a face wash.
I just scoop a bit out of the container with my fingers, warm it up a bit between my (clean) fingers and spread it around my face, working it in just as I would a foam cleanser. Then I rinse off with warm water. Some of the oil stays on, but much gets washed off. Pat the face dry and voila! In the summer, I only follow up with a bit of anti-age serum around my eyes, but don't use an additional moisturizer. In the winter, I used a bit more coconut oil, or an anti-aging oil before bed. I know it sounds crazy to use coconut oil to wash, but it works for me — and a good friend of mine has also been doing the same and has similarly happy results.
For a deep conditioning treatment, massage a couple of tablespoons of the coconut oil into your clean, damp hair and scalp (if your hair is thinner, you may choose to skip the scalp as the oil could weigh your hair down). You may need more for long hair. Use more oil where your hair is the driest and most damaged (typically on the ends) and less where your hair is healthiest (mid-shaft and scalp area). I find that it's best to section your hair off and apply the coconut oil in sections to be sure that every hair is coated properly. If your coconut oil is in a solid state, you will need to warm the oil gently to create a liquid. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes after application (for very dry or porous hair you can leave the oil on longer). To increase the effectiveness of the treatment, cover with a shower cap and wrap your hair in a hot towel (fresh from the dryer) or apply heat with a hair dryer for a few minutes. Because the oil is very heavy, you will need toshampoo the oil out of your hair after the treatment.
Coconut oil can be a god-send to those with severely damaged, over processed, and heat styled hair. It will be important to experiment with the amount of coconut oil to use, and how long to allow the oil to penetrate your hair in a way that will work for your specific hair type. If the coconut oil leaves your hair feeling weighed down or greasy, try using less or shampooing more effectively post treatment
I have dry, naturally curly hair, so I am always adding oils of various kinds to keep it under control. Coconut oil is particularly lightweight, so I add it to my ponytail in the morning and to my updo at night. It tames frizz and adds sheen.