My hair is bleached and even though it’s short, I go through conditioner, hair masks, oil, and serum like I have Barbie hair–it sucks up product at an appalling rate. I was skeptical about what coconut oil could do for me.
Mask: Taking a cue from my friends on the internet, I applied big dollops of the oil to my dry hair and let it sit for about an hour. (PS: The smell is really pleasant and not overpowering. I pretended I was in Turks and Caicos while it was on my head.) There are a lot of warnings that it’s difficult to rinse out, but it came out pretty easily with my Aveda Dry Remedy shampoo. And my hair was so soft after I shampooed it that I did something I haven’t done in months–I skipped conditioner.
Leave-in Conditioner: At night after I take a shower (which I do pretty much every night) I put the Essence Absolue in as a leave-in. It smells divine and I’ve been conditioned not to be able to fall asleep until I smell that scent all over my pillow. But the coconut oil was not a bad substitute.
Anti-frizz/Heat styler: The next day I washed my hair as usual. While my hair is still wet I usually apply the Living Proof serum to get rid of frizz and to keep it smooth. This time I used the oil and blow dried as usual. My hair took a little longer to dry than with the serum, but the end result was shiny and smooth without any hint of bird’s nest.
Finishing styler: I either use another smoothing product or a tacky pomade, but instead I went for–you guessed it!–coconut oil on the ends. My hair looked smooth, but by the end of the day it felt a little wilted and greasy.
THE VERDICT: It kills me to say this, because I love my hair products so much, but honestly I could do pretty much everything except the final styling with coconut oil alone. I may keep it around as a deep conditioning mask, but there’s still something to be said for variety and fancy bottles.