Saying Goodbye to Coconut Oil was the Best thing for My Hair
Being natural is an exciting yet perplexing journey. My hair has seen it's fair share of good days as well as bad ones, but as I continue on this journey, I am starting to see more good days. One of the reasons why I am experiencing more good days is because I am learning which products my hair eats up and which products leave my hair in a frenzy. The number one product that leaves my hair in a frenzy is...coconut oil.
Yes, the "holy grail" of all natural products is actually bad for my hair. I didn't want to believe it at first. Just like most of us naturals, I was introduced to the glorified benefits of coconut oil through Youtube and I had to get my hands on a jar. It's said that coconut oil moisturizes the hair and promotes hair growth, however, for me, it was the complete opposite. When I began using coconut oil, my hair was becoming dry. At the time, I didn't think the dryness was caused by the coconut oil and so I started using more of it, but of course, that didn't help. It wasn't until I was getting my hair done by my hairstylist at the time and she told me that coconut oil can dry the hair.
It all began to make sense!
I was relieved to know what caused my hair to become dry, but at the same time, I was a little bummed that I had to let go of the coconut oil. While I stopped using coconut oil, I began relying more on argan oil, olive oil and tea tree oil for consistent use. I also enjoy using Jamaican Black Castor Oil every once in a while. After this stunning revelation about coconut oil and my hair, I also found that I'm not the only one who's experienced the same problems.
Check out this popular Youtube star and one of my faves share her story.
If coconut oil works for your hair, then more power to you, but if you are using it and experiencing dryness, brittleness and excessive shedding, then maybe you should let it go.