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How to Use Coconut Oil on Your Skin and Hair

Posted on February 20, 2014 | 1 comment

Using coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make your hair and skin soft, radiant and healthy. A jar of unrefined coconut oil is an all-purpose moisturizer great for all skin and hair types. If you want to learn how to use coconut oil on your hair and skin, keep reading.

 (Article: Courtesy of WikiHow) 

1. Put on old clothes. Coconut oil can get a little drippy, so put on an old t-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders to prevent it from getting on your nice clothes. It's best to start the conditioning treatment in your bathroom, but you'll be able to move around while you let it soak into your hair for a few hours.

2. Choose a covering for your hair. You can use a plastic shower cap, or a self-warming conditioner cap to wrap up your hair. Choose something you'll be able to keep in place for several hours, or even overnight.

3. Measure 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. The amount of coconut oil you'll need depends on the length and thickness of your hair. If you have long, thick hair, use 5; if your hair is shorter and thinner, you only need 3 or 4.

Use unrefined, rather than refined, coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has additives and is put through processes that remove some of the natural compounds that make it so healthy for your hair and skin. Unrefined coconut oil is complete in its natural, healthy goodness.
It's okay if you accidentally use more coconut oil than your hair really needs. It's all going to be washed out, anyway!

4. Heat up the coconut oil in the microwave. Put the bowl in the microwave and cook it for about 30 seconds on high. Give it a stir and cook it for another 30 seconds, until it has completely melted. You want the oil just warm enough to melt so it becomes easier to apply to your hair.
You can melt coconut oil with your hands. Melt one tablespoon at a time by holding it between your palms and gently pushing them together. Coconut oil melts with very little heat.
You can also heat up coconut oil on the stove. Scoop it into a small saucepan and heat it up over low heat.
You can also heat up coconut oil by running the jar under hot water in a sink until it melts which will only take a few seconds.

5.Rub the coconut oil into your hair. Let it cool down for a few moments so it's not piping hot, then pour the coconut oil around the top of your head, evenly distributing it around your scalp. Use your fingers to massage it in and smooth it down your hair shaft all the way to the tips. Continue massaging it into your hair until your hair is completely drenched in coconut oil.
You can use a comb to help you distribute the oil evenly. Pull it down from your roots to your tips.
You may just want to condition the ends of your hair, rather than the roots. If that's the case, apply the coconut oil to the ends of your hair instead of pouring it over your scalp. Massage it in with your hands.

6. Place your shower cap, over your head and wrap it up so that your hair is completely covered.
You can secure your hair with a loose hair band to help it all stay wrapped up on top of your head.
Use a towel to wipe away drips that might have gotten on your face during the wrapping process.

7. Wait at least 2 hours or overnight for the oil to soak in. The longer you keep it in your hair, the more conditioned your hair will be. Wait as long as you can manage for best effect.

8. Remove the wrapping from your hair and wash it. Use your favorite shampoo (preferably one with natural ingredients, to keep your hair healthy) to wash out the coconut oil. Wash it two or three times, until your hair no longer feels oily.

9. It should be soft, shiny and gleaming after this special coconut oil application.

Method 2 of 4: Hydrating Your Face

1. Perform your normal face cleansing routine. Whether you lightly splash your face with water, exfoliate it with a brush, or use the oil cleansing method, go ahead and wash your face. Pat it dry with a soft towel, making sure not to pull at your skin - your facial skin is fragile, and a lot of pulling and tugging can cause damage.
2. Rub a little coconut oil around your eyes. Coconut oil is a wonderful undereye and eyelid cream. It helps moisturize that paper-thin skin, improving dark circles and keeping wrinkles at bay. Rub a tiny amount around your eyes, focusing on areas that may have wrinkles

You probably only need a pea-sized amount for each eye. Take care not to use too much.
Avoid getting the coconut oil in your eyes. It will thinly coat your eyes, making your vision blurry for a little while!

3. Apply coconut oil sparingly to other dry areas. If you tend to get a very dry patch between your eyebrows, at your temples, or in another spot, apply a small amount of coconut oil there. Rub it in gently using a circular motion..

4. Rub coconut oil on your lips. Unrefined coconut oil will soften and moisturize chapped lips. It's completely edible, so there's no need to worry about ingesting a little. In fact, eating coconut oil is great for your health.

5. Don't rub coconut oil all over your face. Used in certain areas it's extremely beneficial, but if you slather it all over your skin, it may clog your pores and cause a breakout. This is a powerful oil that should be used in small doses where you need it the most.

If you're using the oil cleansing method, don't use coconut oil. Again, it can clog your pores. It's better to use a mixture of caster oil and argan oil or another light oil to cleanse your face.

Method 3 of 4: Moisturizing Your Body

1. Apply coconut oil after you've taken a bath or shower. When your skin is still warm and supple from your bath or shower, the coconut oil will be more readily absorbed.

2. Use a tablespoon of coconut oil to moisturize your arms. Scoop out a tablespoon and place it on your arm. Use your opposite hand to rub it in until the coconut oil has melted over your skin. Smooth it on evenly and keep rubbing until it's all gone. Repeat with the other arm.

3. Use two tablespoons of coconut oil to moisturize your legs. Scoop out two tablespoons and rub them into your thigh, knee area, lower leg, and foot. Keep rubbing until the scoops have melted into your skin. Repeat with the other leg.

4. Use another tablespoon to moisturize your torso. Rub it over your back, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and anywhere else you'd like to moisturize. You can use coconut oil just as you would any other lotion.

5. Let the coconut oil get absorbed. It might take about 15 minutes for the oil to completely get absorbed into your skin. In the meantime, hang out in your bathroom or put on a bathrobe so you don't get oil on your nice clothes or furniture.

 

Method 4 of 4: Using Coconut Oil in Other Ways

1. Use it as massage oil. You can scent coconut oil with a few drops of essential oil like lavender or rose, then rub it all over yourself or your partner for a sensual homemade massage oil.

2. Use it to smooth flyaways. Rub a pea-sized amount of coconut oil between your hands and smooth it over your hair to get rid of pesky flyaways and frizz.


3. Use it to reduce the appearance of scars. Rub a liberal amount of coconut oil over your scar. Repeat twice daily. Over time you'll see the scar reduce in size and blend in with your skin.

4. Use it to treat eczema. Rub coconut oil over dry, inflamed patches of skin to sooth the itchiness and moisturize the area. [1]
5 Use it to make the hair silky. Pour a little coconut oil in a bowl. Heat it to warm to oil stage, then cool it .
Take a little amount of in your hand. Apply it to your scalp. Massage it and tie your hair up.Do this process at night and morning wash your hair. Your hair will become silky and strong.

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  • tlee

    I love coconut oil, and this article is great! Is there a difference in refined and just natural coconut oils? The store bought thick one’s are those different as well? Thanks for your time

 

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