Since I didn't blog in April, I'm doing a combined update for months 2 & 3 on my journey to get my hair into healthy conditions again. You can read about the start HERE and month 1 update HERE. The main focus during Operation Healthy Hair is to use Coconut oil at least once a week to deeply condition it, and reduce the amount of times I wash my hair from every day to every few days.
The Coconut Oil I have been using religiously 1-2 times a week as a deep pre-wash treatment. It has made such a difference to my hair, I love it. My hair feels smoother and more moisturised. After I used up the L'Oreal Mythic Oil shampoo/conditioner I decided not to re-purchase it as it didn't do much for my hair. At the moment I'm using Pantene Beautiful Lengths Shampoo & Conditioner but also about to start trying a new range, which I'll tell you about later. And I'm managing to go 3 days between washes, which is incredible for me as I used to wash my hair every day.
I also got a trim again towards the end of April to further get rid of the dead ends. I'll probably get another trim in June then prolong the period between cuts to maybe once every 3 months as I'd like to grow my hair longer. And I've also decided to grow out my fringe, so I imagine I'll be going through a horrible growing out phase but oh well. Below are some photos right from the start to how my hair looks now and I'm sure you can tell there's a huge improvement.
Since I started this "Operation" I've received a few questions relating to my choice of products and how I use them, so I thought I'd answer them here.
Why did you decide on using coconut oil for your hair?
I had used it previously with great success, so I thought I'd try it again and it's been 3 months of consistent use and I can honestly say it's worked wonders for my hair. Plus it's all natural, cheap, and the only oil that actually penetrates into the hair. (Source: Beauty Brains)
How do you use it?
I take about a tablespoon of it, warm it up in my hands then spread it on the middle and bottom sections of my hair. I use it in the evening, apply it around 6pm while we go around our usual evening routine, then wash it off about 2-3hrs later.
(Note: Coconut oil is liquid at temperatures above 22C, and solid below it).
Can you leave it in your hair overnight?
Yes! In fact when I last used coconut oil I used to apply it at night before bed, then wash it off in the morning. Of course I had to cover my pillow with a towel to ensure I didn't get oil all over it. This time around I don't leave it on overnight, and that's simply because our toddler son has taken to sleeping in our bed, and he often plays with my hair while falling asleep, and I just don't want him to get oil all over his hands.
Why are you not using the Macadamia Oil Hair Masque that you loved originally?
Aahhh, thank you! I had completely forgotten about it! And you know what? I'm going to go out and purchase it and start using it again. I'll still continue using the coconut oil deep treatments once or twice a week, but I might sneak in a weekly Macadamia Oil masque as well. Not only does it smell divine, it actually takes less time to use (5 mins in the shower), so it's good for those days when I don't have time to use the coconut oil. Plus it worked wonders in my hair last time, so I'm keen to get it again. HERE is my original review.
You mentioned you're using Pantene Shampoo & Conditioners, aren't you worried about the silicones?
Nope. My hair actually responds well to silicones and I love the shiny coating it gives it. Plus the scientists over at The Beauty Brains have busted that myth that silicones are bad for your hair which you can read HERE and HERE.
Thanks for reading! xx