Here’s one of the reasons behind my all-natural pampering event for moms: it is truly difficult to find natural replacements for some personal care products like hair serums. And whether you’re going green for the planet or for your own health, the products you use have to work.
The other day I reported back to you on my experiment replacing all my chemical-laden hair products with 1 tablespoon of olive oil applied to my freshly washed hair. The results were a little, well, oily. So, I decided to try coconut oil instead. I purchased expeller pressed coconut oil, which has a lot less coconut scent than the virgin oil and is smoother to dispense into your hand.
This time, I tried about 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon, and worked it into my hair starting on the curlier lower layers, working my way up to the finer top of my head. I avoided the roots and focused most of the product on the ends, just like I would with my other hair products.
Coconut Oil Defrizzer
Softer. Lighter. Marginally better appearance. I still felt like I wasn’t putting in enough product when my hair was wet, I still didn’t have any frizz (a miracle!), but I also still got a slightly oily look from coconut oil. But I think coconut oil has potential.
Day 2 I used half as much, daring to bare it all. Isn’t it funny how we get used to the feeling of layers of junk on our hair and faces? I felt like I was going out without makeup, and kept imagining that if I looked in a mirror Einstein’s daughter would be looking back.
Not so. When I avoided over-applying coconut oil to the front of my hair, which is the finest, this worked out pretty well.
Now, let me lay this out for you. This is the sort of win-win situation 29 Diapers is all about: saving money, avoiding chemicals, AND using a product that is more convenient or simpler than the alternative. Hello, bliss.
I used to spend about $45 on the leave-in conditioner, straightening serum, and defrizzing serum I used on my hair daily. These products lasted anywhere from a month to two months, with the big bottle of conditioner lasting longest. The coconut oil is $8 for a small jar I estimate would last me about a month or two, but if I really go nuts and start ingesting the stuff on a regular basis (i.e. cooking with it), I can buy it in bulk for far less. So, haircare product cost just reduced to nil. Wow.
Now, the chemicals. Organic expeller pressed coconut oil is pure coconut oil with no pesticides. My other haircare products? Let me give you a sampling of the ingredients:
Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ceteth-2, Cetrimonium Bromide, Bisamino PEG/PPG 41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone, Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Blue 1, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbarnate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Propolyne Glycol, Meadowfomate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Polyquaternium-11, Triethanolamine, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Red 33, Yellow 5, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylproprional, and so on and so forth. Say that list ten times fast.
Finally, one product instead of three saves me time and trouble in the morning. I love it.
I know most people enjoy the routine of store-bought products, so I’ll keep an eye out for hair products that are variations on coconut oil, but I’m thinking this simplicity is what makes coconut oil work. I tried creating my own leave-in product recently with shea butter, olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils, and it was far too heavy. Looks like simpler is better… big surprise.