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coconut oil and greasy hair
« on: 26 Jan 12 / 08:12 PM »
Hi,
I was wondering, does anyone else find that their hair gets really greasy really quickly from doing coconut oil prewash? Am I doing something wrong? It just seems like at the moment my hair goes straight from dry and horrible to greasy and horrible, with only a day or so of nice and soft in between!
I have been putting the stuff on for as long as I can, varying between 20 mins and several hours, and then washing it out with just water and conditioner. Should I be shampooing as well? The trouble is that it seems like if I wash it out too thoroughly my hair just goes dry again, which sort of defeats the point of doing it.
Maybe it's because it's pretty short - so I can't help doing my roots, which I have heard you should avoild with oil treatments?

I would just like to hear really what everyone else's routine is with coconut oil. Is this just a thing that happens that I should get used to, or a sign that I'm not doing it right?
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Re: coconut oil and greasy hair
« Reply #1 on: 26 Jan 12 / 08:50 PM »
Just to clear up a couple of stuff about coconut oil.
If you're going to do a deep treatment, you should clarify your hair, otherwise the coconut oil will not penetrate the cortex (coconut oil is interesting as it is the only oil proven to penetrate the cortex). So basically you shampoo your hair, then while still wet you apply coconut oil, cover it up and depending how much you put it might all soak up, otherwise use cheap conditioner to remove.

The conditioner you need to use to remove coconut oil has got to be silicone free (and gum free, so no -cone ending ingredients neither -xane). For this I'd recommend any cheap supermarket brand conditioner. You first apply the conditioner, leave it on for 5 minutes, then you massage it in adding a little bit of water to get it to sort of lather. You also have to rinse generously.

Now my next point about coconut oil is that you shouldn't overdo it. I did, and it made my hair crunchy. Coconut oil is NOT moisturising. I wish people would stop saying this. It helps prevent from protein loss when washing (and when bleaching obviously) and it can help lock in moisture when applied as a leave-in (just like any other oil or a serum or a silicone type product).

It sounds like what you need is moisture. Get yourself a good moisturising treatment without any protein. So not Aussie 3MM reconstructor for example because that has protein. Ingredients that help add moisture to your hair are typically:
- aloe vera
- honey
- glycerin
So either buy something that has these ingredients are make your own by adding one, or all three, to a cheap silicone-free conditioner.

Once you have moisture in your hair you can lock it in using either a natural oil (jojoba, coconut, vitamin e, any lightweight oil is good), a silicone type product like a serum, or, you could even use baby oil. Mineral oil, in spite of its bad reputation, has been proven scientifically to lock in moisture more efficiently than any natural oil or silicone product. You only need about 2 drops and the effect lasts until the next shampoo, and your hair shouldn't get as greasy as using coconut or a silicone based serum.


I hope you find this helpful, even if it is a bit long. Sorry if I'm over enthusiastic, I've recently been thinking about writing a blog about hair care and I've been thinking about a lot of this stuff.
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Re: coconut oil and greasy hair
« Reply #2 on: 26 Jan 12 / 10:46 PM »
i washed mine off with conditioner, then shampooed and conditioned as i didnt feel like it all came out.
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Re: coconut oil and greasy hair
« Reply #3 on: 27 Jan 12 / 08:23 AM »
long hair community: no fail method to washing oil out of hair - just linking to the lhc theodora has quoted before, i'd found this article while browsing and it does work for me; unfortunately just running the conditioner over once doesn't get everything out, especially if you've overloaded on purpose. just using shampoo as normal won't really do much, so its just a case of overloading on conditioner until your hair feels right ^.^;; your mileage may vary, but its a good place to start
 

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Re: coconut oil and greasy hair
« Reply #4 on: 27 Jan 12 / 05:18 PM »
i washed mine off with conditioner, then shampooed and conditioned as i didnt feel like it all came out.

This is my technique too :)
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Re: coconut oil and greasy hair
« Reply #5 on: 27 Jan 12 / 05:27 PM »
same here ^^
 

 

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