Friday, August 10, 2012

Coconut Oil


So, anyone else have a quasi-embarrassing grooming ritual you do to impress your significant other, even though he/she claims not to care about it?


I want soft hair. My hair now is…okay. It’s very fine but not particularly soft. I read somewhere that coconut oil treatments can help make hair softer, so I’ve started doing that.
Yes, that's my Allie coaster in the background. 
You’re supposed to use a showercap over your hair to keep the heat in. I end up looking like this:

Trust me, the picture is way cuter than real life.

Boyfriend CLAIMS not to care, but then conversations like this happen:







What kind of weird shit do you guys do to pretty yourselves up? And also, how can I make me hair softer? (No, this entire post wasn’t a thinly veiled attempt to get beauty advice out of my readers. Sorry, boy readers)

31 comments:

  1. Try putting shampoo on dry hair, then washing it off and then shampoo your wet hair. Then use conditioner and leave it for at least three minutes before washing it. Then use leave-in conditioner :) x

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  2. I only have soft hair because I have it treated twice a year. Which now won't be the case anymore because of the monster. But yeah, that's what I do to get soft shiny hair.

    Also, shampoo and conditioner every day. Yup. :)

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  3. Where will it end? Next you'll be wanting soft hair where a shower cap doesn't fit.

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  4. We use coconut oil a lot here in India for healthy hair. I use it for my hair, but I have to make sure to wash it like 4 times after I'm done to avoid looking like an oil slick. :-( Not sexy, but it does work if you do it regularly. I've found that warming your hair with a hair dryer a little while wearing that sexy bitch shower cap helps.

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  5. I use Paul Mitchell products, including The Detangler. I barely rinse out The Detangler. It not only makes it easy to comb my hair. It leaves me touchably soft. Boyfriend would love touching my hair. Wouldn't you, Boyfriend?

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. Coconut oil makes the best popcorn.

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  7. How long did you leave the coconut oil in? I've started using it, and I leave it in for a few hours. After I put the shower cap on, I hit it with the blowdryer for some heat for a few minutes so it really gets in there. I'm definitely noticing a difference in my hair the more I use it.

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  8. Use a hot oil treatment and an intensive moisturing mask, it works a treat on my hair. Dying my hair also makes it super soft for about a fortnight, if you're willing to take that route lol x

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  9. I might just shove the bottle in his butt and see if it affects how soft his hair is. You know...just as a test....

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  10. Can't you just shave your head and wear a really soft wig? Not a realistic solution?
    I shave. I take a really sharp razor to my delicate skin to sever naturally growing follicles. Isn't that dumb enough a ritual?

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  11. You can also use coconut oil to treat lice, too. So there's that. Did it not make your hair soft? Ellen

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  12. I use a deep conditioning treatment every week that has macadamia oil in it. I also use a daily leave-in conditioner called Miracle 7 that is absolutely wonderful.

    My stupid beauty routine would have to be Mario Badescu drying lotion. I apply it on any spots that are starting to get pimply, and though it works like magic, the product has calamine lotion in it and is pepto bismol pink, so it looks like you have chicken pox until you wash it off. I just avoid mirrors and people until I wash my face in the morning.

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  13. I tend not to want to do anything that takes much time but I do have favorite products. I swear by any of the Aveda conditioners to leave your hair super soft. Most of their products you apply after you shampoo and rinse out. I like either the Brilliant line or the Shampure line but since their products are fairly expensive compared to non-salon formulas, I would ask the Aveda consultant to tell you whick is best suited for your hair. A little goes a long way and I am not kidding...super soft hair.

    You can also try, BioSilk products at places like Target. They make your hair shiny and softer.

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  14. I shave my "hidden" areas. I sometimes wonder if it is worth it... though it sure gives the illusion of having something bigger!

    Sorry, you asked.

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  15. i've gotten the brazilian blow out three times and it definitely works to keep my hair shiny and soft... you should try it! it is kind of expensive, but it really works and tames the frizziness and flyaways.

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  16. Two words: Pin curls.
    My hair is also fine, and stick straight. I have a REALLY hard time getting it to keep curls. But I've discovered pin curls work really well for my hair. Nothing like trying to sleep with 40 hair pins stuck to your head. Sexy with the element of danger.

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  17. I have heard good things about the keratin treatments (the cheaper ones you do at home)...if you saw me though, you'd know to take none of my advice.However, this is hearsay, not my own ritual.

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  18. I know it's gross, but mayonnaise with a shower cap totally works too. But you could just use the olive oil, as I'm sure that's the ingredient that is helpful. So your coconut oil is pretty much the same thing.

    I don't do it just for men, but I use an electric sander on my feet. I can't stand having feet that aren't soft. It grosses me out.

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  19. Boy Reader Grooming:
    I use tweezers to pluck my ear hairs. I then use Mrs. Penwasser's super-fancy hair scissors to trim the mooring lines which emanate from my nose. Before I use those same scissors to trim my eyebrows (ensuring that they are booger-free). Right after I apply a Biori strip to my nose to get rid of blemishes.
    Yep. I'm a looker.
    I think the nose and ear hairs are winning, though.
    That's okay, the varicose veins on my shins look like a road map.

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    1. I agree! I was going to suggest this, too! It's the best thing i've found for my hair.

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  21. I put moroccan oil in my fine hair, but only the ends. Apparently hair-stuff-makers don't know where the soft/greasy line is, so I was stoked to find out it didn't gunk up my hair, it's just soft. Thanks, Morocco, for soft hair and sexy race car drivers. Maybe you could even mention those race car drivers the next time boyfriend takes a fantasy detour down some-other-girls-hair lane.

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  22. Years ago when I still worried about this stuff, I used to do Baby Oil and a shower cap. Using coconut oil in your hair seems way more sensible than adding it to your morning oatmeal like my health freak oldest does though.

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  23. I know a lot of women complain about stubble or facial hair on their significant others so I put in a lot of effort to make sure my face is hair free.

    Theresa says she doesn't care but I know if I started sporting one of those disgusting peach fuzz mustaches she'd mind.

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  24. coconut oil for 30 to 60 minutes, then wash it all off. or find a good conditioner. my hair was naturally rather soft, so i wasnt using a conditioner. but after the recent dye, it's somewhat course. so i've been using this product from Shiseido that i apply onto wet hair after wash, and i tell ya, it works like magic.
    hair looks shiny and feels silky.
    its called vita voltage treatment (fuente) by shiseido. everything else on that tube is in japanese though.
    good luck.

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  25. Mane and tail. It's in the ethnic section because African American hair is naturally more course. I haven't personally used it because I wear my hair naturally curly but my sister likes hers straight and I know a lot of others who prefer theirs straight and curly girls with straight hair don't have soft hair. This apparently does the trick. And you can get it at your local grocery store.

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  26. Very interesting post. Ever since I've moved back to the States I've been battling dry hair. The other day I tried neutral henna - and I think it helped a lot. But it's a real pain! It made it softer - but the most dramatic effect was how shiny my hair was afterwards. So that was sort of neat.

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  27. I guess smelling like a piña colada is a nice side effect too, right?

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  28. Aussie 3-minute miracle deep conditioner. Go a little nuts and leave it on for 5 minutes in the shower. I've sworn by it for years!

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  29. Queen Helene Cholesterol for hair. It's a really thick conditioner. Also, as M said, the 3-minute Aussie deep conditioner is awesome. I've been using that forever as well.

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  30. Lol and Hahaha. You are So WAY ahead of me. And this is so awesome that I might be falling in love with you. Don't worry though, I'm already married so it's low pressure :D

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