Does ocean and sun worshipping have your hair snapping like Instagramming teens following Ryan Gosling? Although the salt and sun give us surfer girls those effortless blond highlights, they also take a big toll on our manes. Luckily, there is a completely natural, inexpensive hair remedy that I swear by. Coconut oil is the most effective hair treatment I have ever tried. Deep conditioning salon treatments can work great, but I need something consistent that won’t break my wallet and isn’t filled with chemicals. By slathering my hair with coconut oil before jumping in the ocean, worries of dehydrated, tangled hair evaporate. I haven’t cut my hair for nearly a year and split ends are minimal thanks to the power of the coco. I even break out the blow drier and straightener on occasion, but a simple coco oil hair mask and self-trim the next day clean those pesky splits right up.
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Read on for the how-to…
Buy a jar of extra virgin coconut oil. Preferably organic. So you know what to be on the look out for, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sell 16 ounce jars of the good stuff for about $8. Start with a tablespoon of coconut oil in your palms. If it is solid, rub it between your hands to liquify it in order to spread through your locks easier.
Now for the feel good part- start with a scalp massage and work the oil down to your ends. Add as much as you want. Think Grease Lightning style. Throw your hair in a knot and find some sun for some extra therapy. The heat will help open your hair follicles and make them more prone to absorbing the oil. Leave in your hair for a minimum of 30-60 minutes, or longer if you have the time.
Shampoo and condition as normal and voilà– lux mermaid hair!