Friday, 13 March 2015

Coconut Oil

Hey Beauties!

I'm coming to you, today, with a sort of different post to the ones I've been publishing so far.
Today, I want to talk to you all about Coconut Oil. If you haven't heard of coconut oil, where have you been?! This stuff is amazing and can be used in so many different ways. Unlike a lot of other oils, coconut oil is actually in solid form at room temperature, which is a little bit strange to get used to at first but I find it very easy to work with, as it melts pretty quickly. 

Not only is it great for cooking with, but it is also great for the skin, hair and nails. For the hair, Coconut oil can be used as an intensive conditioner or mask (pre-shampoo). I like to use coconut oil in my hair once a week/fortnight and like to saturate the whole head. I, don't suffer from a dry scalp, but like to keep the scalp hydrated as it leads to better hair growth. I take a teaspoon of the solid oil and rub it, in between my palms, to get it melted and then apply. Feel free to add more, however, I would recommend applying a little at a time and building up to the desired amount. The first time I used coconut oil in my hair, I applied it at night, wrapped it up and left it overnight. The next morning, I went to wash my hair with my normal shampoo and no conditioner. However, what I didn't realise, is that one round of shampoo is not enough to wash out all the oil from the hair. When using coconut oil in your hair, you must make sure to double wash (shampoo, rinse, shampoo, rinse) or you will end up with very flat, still greasy hair. Recently, I have been washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo on the mornings after. This makes my hair feel really clean but not dry at all. It makes the hair feel so lovely and soft and keeps it nice and hydrated. 

Coconut Oil is also a great moisturiser for the body and face. Now, I have not been brave enough to completely replace my normal face moisturiser for this, but, on days where I'm feeling extra dry, I will mix a little bit of the coconut oil with my moisturiser and then apply it to my face. For the body, however, it's anything goes with this stuff. You can apply it everywhere, in a small amount, or just slap a load of it on. There is no such thing as applying too much, as I find that it sinks in pretty quickly. 

For nails, it can be used to keep the cuticles hydrated and soft and also the nail beds. It can be used, melted, with a non-toxic melted crayon, to create a custom (coloured) lip balm and can also be used with brown sugar to create a lip scrub.

As you can see, this is the ultimate multi-purpose product and is great to keep in the house for any use. I got mine from Holland and Barrett, because it was on offer at the time I purchased and it can be found here. Saying this, coconut oil can be found in many different places now, just make sure that you get the most organic form you can. 

What are your thoughts on coconut oil? Have you tried it for any use that I haven't mentioned? I would love to hear your thoughts

Thank you for reading
Nikita x

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