Going Nuts for Coconut Milk Hair Conditioner
Coconut milk tastes great, smells wonderful, and is really healthy. Personally, I’m a big fan. I love it in pumpkin soup. It’s also delicious in curry.
But it’s not just a great cooking ingredient; coconut milk also makes a wonderful hair treatment, especially during colder months, when hair tends to get dry and frizzy. It's also really great at repairing damaged hair and encouraging hair growth. If you think your hair needs a bit of a pick-me-up, a little bit of do-it-yourself coconut milk hair conditioner once a week or once a month (depending on how dry your hair is) can give it the moisture and bounce it needs.
As a girl with slightly curly, very long hair, I can’t emphasize enough how important keeping your hair moisturized is. While there are a lot of different store-brought products for that, as well as a lot of different do-it-yourself beauty tricks to try, coconut milk hair conditioner is my personal favorite.
One of the many great things about do-it-yourself beauty is that you can find the components for a treatment practically anywhere, and you can mix and match to suit your needs or preferences. On top of that, it’s much friendlier on the environment and on your body, since making your own hair conditioner or skin treatment normally won’t involve the use of any harmful chemicals or non-biodegradable plastic containers.
Here’s what you need for a really easy coconut milk hair treatment:
- The only ingredient you need for this DIY hair treatment is ABOUT HALF A CUP OF WARMED COCONUT MILK. If you live in the colder regions of Europe or the United States, you can find coconut milk in cans or tetra packs in Asian food stores and some grocery stores. However, you’ll have to check the label to make sure that you’re getting actual coconut milk, and not just some coconut milk substitute or stuff that’s been adulterated with potentially harmful additives and preservatives.
o Personally, I really like getting mine fresh; that way, you can be sure it’s all natural, and it’s easier on the environment too, since you don’t have to bother with the discarded tin can.
o Here, we can get our coconut milk straight from the nut; usually, the grated flesh of one or two fruits will yield enough milk for waist-length hair. I like to buy mature coconuts at the farmers’ market, where they will grate the nuts for free and squeeze the milk for you for a small extra fee.
- Before jumping right into smearing the coconut milk on your hair, keep A COUPLE OF TOWELS handy for your shoulders, and for mopping up any spillage; this stuff drips.
- A WIDE-TOOTHED COMB to detangle and distribute the coconut milk
Now that you have the stuff you need to use, here’s what you have to do:
- Comb or brush your hair to work out the tangles and make it easier to distribute your coconut milk hair conditioner evenly.
- To make sure that the nutrients in the coconut milk really penetrate your hair, you can opt to heat your coconut milk hair conditioner over a stove for a couple of minutes, or in the microwave for about ten to twenty seconds. Lukewarm coconut milk is best; it’s not hot enough to scald, and it feels really nice on the scalp and skin.
- With a cotton ball, rub the coconut milk into your scalp. Be generous, but watch that it doesn’t drip too much; it’s also really good for the skin, but it can be sticky once it dries!
- Massage your scalp for a few minutes.
- To distribute your coconut milk hair treatment, go through your hair with your wide-toothed comb. Sop a little extra coconut milk into your hair, if you feel like there isn’t enough, and squeeze any extra stuff back onto your scalp, if there’s too much.
- Pin your hair back and keep it in a towel turban to prevent the milk from sweetening your clothes.
- Keep it there for an hour or two. As a rule, the longer your keep the coconut milk in your hair, the more it will penetrate your hair shaft and hydrate it. However, if you leave the coconut milk in for longer than an hour, the scent tends to stick, even after two shampoos. If you like the smell though, then enjoy it!
- Rinse it out with shampoo and conditioner, and style as desired.
If you have any leftover coconut milk, you can wipe some on any dry spots on your skin and then rinse it off, to soften and nourish your skin.
Or, you can add a bit to your coffee or hot chocolate to give your warm drink a bit of a tropical kick. Around here, since it hardly gets cold at all, I like to pour mine over some shaved ice, sweet beans and sago for a refreshing drink!
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