We’ve basically been stuck in our house since January 1st, and aside from the uncontrollable sobbing and eye twitching, it’s been amazing. I’m like Sissy Spacek in Blast From The Past.
There’s been constant rainbow looming, online shopping, minor home renovations, and it’s also cleared the way for a couple “me” projects.
Bought a new vibrator… win.
Cut some bangs… ugh fail.
Slathered my body in coconut oil… win.
I’ve been in a torrid three month love affair with coconut oil. I am, admittedly, a little bit immature in the skin and make-up department. Like, one time in college, I saw on MTV that Jessica Simpson confessed to dabbing light pink lip gloss on the apple of her cheeks for a fresh dewy look… and I’m still actually doing that.
I’ve only started dipping my toe in the pool of adult make-up, traded in fruity body spray for perfume, and started a legit skin care routine. Aside from mascara, eyeliner, Jessica Simpson 90’s cheek dew and some under eye concealer, I don’t wear much else in my every day life. Because of this, I wasn’t hugely focused on taking care of my skin, but I’m now suddenly hyper aware of any hint of a line that appears around my eyes, and I’ve tried tons of different creams and ointments with no actual change.
I’ve been using coconut oil after washing my face day and night, and my skin is soft, clear and really young looking. I get the dew, no Bonne Bell required. It has also made all my stretch marks super soft and has really helped lighten them up.
If all that wasn’t rad enough, my hair. My hair is lovely, y’all. Every 3-4 weeks I treat my hair with coconut oil and it makes it so soft, and gives a giant fuck you to winter dry scalp.
Since I get so many comments and questions about using coconut oil in your hair, I figured I’d break it down step by step and selfie my way through the process for you.
Disclaimer: My hair is colored professionally, and coconut oil does not effect my color, but that doesn’t mean it won’t effect yours, so talk to your hair stylist or test it out before going full monty with this.
1. Get yourself some coconut oil. Yes, the kind you cook with. Organic, unrefined, raw coconut oil. It should smell like coconuts. If it doesn’t smell like coconuts, then it’s probably been processed and refined. Click here for the exact brand I use.
2. Get wet. Jump in the shower and do a fast hair wash, then a light towel dry. It’s best to start with clean and damp hair. I also recommend tackling this in a towel or old shirt. I haven’t had an issue with staining, but it is oil, so better safe than sorry.
3. Apply the Coconut Oil. Let’s pretend that top photo doesn’t look like I’m a fluffer at a porn shoot. Coconut oil starts as a solid and some people melt it on the stove or in the microwave before using. I find the oil melts just fine in your hand, especially if you keep the container in the bathroom during your shower. Section your hair off, and start massaging the oil into your hair and scalp, from top to bottom. I put tons on my ends and scalp, my two driest points.
4. Secure the situation. I like wrapping my hair up in a bun, and then tossing on a shower cap. This keeps the oil off your clothes and doing it’s coconut-job in a warm and happy environment. Don’t have a shower cap? Try wrapping your hair in Saran Wrap then up in a towel. Keep the oil on for a few hours; 4-6 is great, but anything over an hour, and you’ll notice a difference. I usually do this when I get home from dropping the kids at school, and then wash it out about an hour before I have to pick them back up.
5. Wash it out & Enjoy. Jump back in the shower to wash the oil out of your hair with shampoo; I’m able to skip conditioner after an oil treatment. Then style like normal and try not to look like the creep who walks around smelling their hair and rubbing it softly against their cheek. Like me. Creep.