Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Coconut Milk Soak

Now that the weather is getting humid, even I, with my usually flat hair find that my hair poufs out a bit, and my new growth surrounds my head like a halo.


For me, this is the perfect time for a coconut milk soak. There are few deep treatments any easier than this one, but it does do a lot for my hair. It’s moisturizing, oil replenishing, and leaves me with very smooth and shiny hair.

This is a treatment that I learned from Stephanie, at The Long Hair Community.

I buy regular full-fat coconut milk from the grocery store. Some people use half-fat, but my hair can take full-fat at this point, especially as I still have chemical damage on the ends. Full-fat really gives the most benefit.

I don’t like getting too much on my scalp. I like to focus on the length of my hair. I would suggest that for people with a dry scalp, you may want to use a full head treatment.

After opening the can of coconut milk, I find that the fat has separated from the milk, so I pour it all in a bowl and whisk it all together.  Then I put the bowl in a sink and dip the length of my hair in the coconut milk.  I gently work the coconut milk into my hair until it is saturated. 

Usually at that point, I gently bun my hair and cover it with a plastic bag, and then cover that with an old towel.

I like to leave it on for an hour or so.  It can be a bit drippy, so I like to have another old towel to put over my shoulders, just in case.

If I am in the mood for a long bath, I will pour any remaining coconut milk in the bath, which makes a very nice moisturizing body soak and naturally, the dripping doesn’t matter.

After I’ve had my hour’s soak, I wash my hair with my usual conditioner only method. Of course if you are a shampoo and conditioner person, by all means, shampoo your hair first. Make sure to use a lot of conditioner though, because conditioner removes the excess oil better than shampoo does.

It’s one of those treatments that is especially good during the change of seasons, when in winter the heat goes on in your home or at work, or in summer when the air conditioning is starting up everywhere, but it’s hot and humid or even hot and dry outdoors.  It always seems for me at least that there is an adjustment period for my hair during these times.

This treatment is so simple, but it really is a treat for the hair. If you give it a try, let me know how you like it.

Love to all!

8 comments:

  1. It sounds decadently yummy. I'll bet your hair smells divine too when finished. One of these days...when I have extra money and the memory to go along with it, I'm going to give this a whirl!

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  2. Actually, this might be a very nice treatment for you, AutumnLeaves. It does smell nice, but not sickeningly coconut-y. :)

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  3. I really should try this. For my wurly hair, this recent increase in humidity means the ends of my strands are several feet away from my scalp, reaching out horizontally in all directions! :D I think I saw coconut milk in the store, but perhaps organic is better?

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  4. Hi Agnes! Yes, I can imagine that your ordinarily perfect curls might be puffing out with this humidity. Honestly, I think that the regular grocery store coconut milk is just as good, and less expensive than looking for organic.

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  5. Hey Franny! Lamb directed me to your thread here as I posted about the woes of humidity. Thanks for reminding me that there is always an adjustment period between seasons! The heat and humidity has hit most of us early this year it seems and my hair is a mess! I am going to try this coconut milk soak. I'll let you know how it works for me.

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  6. I happen to have some coconut milk on hand, I'll have to give this a try!

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  7. Sounds interesting, just might be worth a try.

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  8. Hi everyone! If any of you try this, let me know what you think. :)

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