A few years ago, I got a pixie cut. I think pixie cuts are something every woman should try once in her life. Honestly for good, I never felt pretty, it was easy to maintain, and pixie cuts go with all outfits; They are the perfect balance of rough and chic. The only thing I didn’t do – not yet – was grow it like my pixie cut. This process feels like it always took and I don’t have many bad haircuts. Even the most skilled stylist with mullet / mushroom cut hair can only do that.
For the past two months, I have been feeling very little about the condition of my hair. It doesn’t look pretty to me, it just doesn’t look very nice to me. But I heard that coconut oil helps with hair growth. Coconut oil is a miraculous elixir given to us by God. So far, coconut oil has been used successfully as a shaving cream to whiten teeth, it is great for cooking, and, of course, works wonders for dry skin. But when I heard about the benefits of coconut oil for hair, I had to try it myself.
Used regularly, coconut oil can promote hair growth by strengthening, moisturizing and nourishing the hair and scalp. Massaging this on the scalp will increase blood flow, which will promote re-growth. The New Health Guide also states that it has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, creating an environment conducive to hair growth. The idea behind using coconut oil to help hair growth is to use it as a leave-in conditioner once a week, but for the purposes of this experiment I decided to go with the balls wall and use coconut leave treatment. For a whole month.
I already used a string of coconut oil, which I already had in the pantry because we already use it for home cooking and baking. The first thing I had to do was melt my oil as coconut oil is usually solid in the jar. Everything I read about coconut oil emphasized this one thing: Do not use microwave to melt coconut oil because it will change the chemical makeup of the oil. So, I scooped coconut oil into a small metal bowl and placed it in a large metal bowl filled with hot water. Once melted, I rubbed the oil on my wet hair and scalp and massaged for a few minutes. Depending on what was on my agenda the next day, some days I slept with oil and other things in my hair,
On my first day, I used two tablespoons of solid coconut oil based on the expertise of the internet. “Using two tablespoons for shoulder length hair is considered a good rule of thumb”. My hair was shoulder length, so two tablespoons of coconut oil went over my head. It was too much. I washed my hair five times the next day and left it overnight, I still felt like total grease milk. For the rest of the experiment, I took whatever I thought was needed, and then cut it in half.
During the first week I did not notice any difference in my hair growth – length or thickness. But I did not expect. Coconut oil may be a miraculous elixir given to us by the gods, but it is not so good.
There are not many steps in the coconut oil leave-in conditioner process, but even some of the steps out there are starting to feel more like week two. I am a mom and wife, a student and a writer. So, when the baby is in bed and dinner is served and I have free time at the end of my day, I like to spend time watching Netflix in bed with my partner, not splashing water all over my head in the kitchen, avoiding bulk stuff at the bottom of the drain.
As soon as I reached this little awkward charcoal, I started noticing some big changes in my hair. For example, when my partner and I enjoyed a relaxing and much-needed day at a local Nordic spa, I expected my hair to feel and show the effects of eight hours worth of hot tubs, cool pools and going out. Dry and steam saunas. But when I got home my hair looked …fan-f * chicking-tastic, to be honest. It dried straight and smooth. No agility, no drought, no lethargy. So, all the times I have to interrupt Donna Paulsen particularly surprised are very valuable.
By the third week, I was starting to feel a little disappointed. I will come to this experiment with the illusions of luxurious La Glo Kardashian hairstyles. I do not know if coconut oil fulfills its promise. But my partner went out of his way to tell me my hair was “too healthy”. I mention this because this is not something he would normally tell me. I can’t say he doesn’t appreciate my hair, he will do it perfectly when I have a haircut or my hair is especially amazing before a special event. Still, it doesn’t extend itself beyond “I love your hair”. So, he noticed that my hair was healthy and he noticed it verbally, it was a beautiful A-1 day.
I’m not going to lie, I was very ready to finish this by the end of this month. In the midst of the arduous process of putting oil on my hair, making sure I washed everything that night or the next day, handling the oil pillows and towels and the crazy bed of sleeping on the coconut oil hair mask gave me more than the pros and cons of the task. Although my hair was soft, shiny, long and dry like a dream, after four weeks it stopped being worth it anymore.
When I started this experiment, I wanted long hair, hair that I could sit on, and hair that I could use to repel the outer wall of a bad tower. Needless to say these expectations are completely unrealistic, only the use of my hair for climbing tools is going to make Honey, one of the unfortunate kids from Shrunk the Kids. But, this test ball did not drop completely in its promises. First and foremost, my hair is amazing. It is very soft and has excellent volume – it’s amazing, I’m been putting oil on it for the last one month. But most importantly, it feels long and dense! However, It may be its natural growth and has absolutely no connection with coconut oil. And, well, I’m not always going to look like my hair idol Chloe Kardashian, but it’s progress, so I’m glad. Plus, I never had a reason to take so many selfies in my life, so now I’m okay with them.
I started the journey this month because I was so frustrated with how my hair looked when my pixie cut grew. But once I started paying so much attention to my hair, I realized how unimportant it was. I still consider coconut oil to be a miracle elixir – it tastes so good in my breastfeeding cookie recipe, and it adds a great flavor to a black bean taco. It has some amazing benefits for the hair and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to improve not only the growth but also the overall health and their overall hair quality. But, don’t let your Netflix time down. Nothing worth it.