Island Remede: Coconut Oil

Some kids can be so mean for no reason. I know, because I was one of them.

Back in primary school, there was a sweet, shy Indian boy in my class whose mother slicked back his hair with coconut oil every day. For some reason, kids found that to be hilarious and a neverending source for mockery. I’m not even sure who started it, or where we learned that outlook but now I know — unfortunately and sadly — so much of that mockery was borne from racial difference and already at age six, seven, and eight, tiny seeds of prejudice ]were already taking root in our minds. Now that I’m all grown up, I realize how embarrassingly ignorant we all were. That boy’s mother knew what I have only now come to realize — coconut oil is amazing stuff. It’s considered a weight loss aiding superfood to those who ingest it, and a multi-use moisturizer for those who use it externally. If you haven’t added it to your beauty arsenal, I recommend you swing by your neighborhood fancy organic grocery store, stat.

For those of you interested in cooking with coconut oil, click here — the coconut smoothie sounds good. This post is all about coconut oil’s external uses.

I have been the kind of bella who always wanted to make my own hair recipes in the past, but in actuality, I’d almost always would reach for the pre-mixed product at the beauty supply store. The process of looking up and purchasing ingredients myself and actually getting down to do it-to it in my kitchen seemed daunting. But especially of late, I’ve felt empowered and creative. I have to give a hat tip to Motown Girl, The Beauty Brains (which recommends the use of coconut oil for anyone who’s balked at Ojon’s $55 price tag), and Product Junkie Diva. It was her ode to coconut oil that sent me out to the natural foods store.

Relaxed, natural, or transitioning — unrefined coconut oil can be tremendously beneficial to your hair. And using it is oh so easy.

My first foray into the amazing world of unrefined coconut oil was Product Junkie Diva’s perfect pre poo, a blend of coconut oil, avocado oil, and rosemary oil. It’s wonderful, especially with my steam cap.

Some bellas can just saturate their hair and scalp with a blend of oils and let it sit for an hour to get bangin’ results. For me, a pre poo needs heat and time to be optimally effective. Hair steam cap FTW, and I’ve seriously been considering also investing in a hard bonnet dryer for such occasions. As versus a soft bonnet dryer which made me giggle on first sight.

Reviews on this item are positive — but I think the model is ready for a sci fi convention with that thing. I might just have to try it for the LOLs. If any of you have tried a soft bonnet dryer, please let me know your thoughts.

Many bellas recommend coconut oil for overnight use — but I am downright badlucky when it comes to overnight hair treatments. No plastic shower cap will stay on, and inevitably my pillowcase becomes soaked. Then it gets on my face. Luckily coconut oil won’t cause my skin to erupt on overnight contact (also, I’m not afraid of having oil on my face, as I often use it as a cleanser!), but I’ve made many a mess while trying to give my hair overnight TLC. If you’ve got a foolproof method or a big oversize, won’t easily come off shower cap recommendation, thanks in advance.

What’s my foolproof works-for-me coconut oil hair recipe? I use two parts coconut oil, two parts olive oil, and ten drops or so of my essential oil of choice — which is usually rosemary, or lavender. I mix this in a small bowl and use this for a scalp massage — part my hair into four big sections and use my fingertips to apply. Then I apply the rest from the roots down to the tips. Messy bellas (like me) would be smart to use one of those little applicator botttles you can get a the beauty supply shop. Slip on the ol’ steam cap for half an hour to 45 mins, then wash it out with my favorite no-poo shampoo du jour (I still love Devacurl No Poo, but I really really like Hair Rules daily cleansing cream moisture rich no-suds shampoo. A full review of this much-discussed product line is coming soon, PROMISE.

After shampoo, I condition, detangle, and after all of that’s done, sometimes I use a little coconut oil along with my favorite styling product as well! That’s been my hair routine of late — in the past I’ve added sesame oil and honey to the pre-poo mix, just to try something different.

From regular use of coconut oil in my hair, I’ve noticed less scalp flaking. My hair also feels stronger and softer to the touch after a coconut oil treatment.

I found some curly hair beauty vids over on Glam TV, including this one where Costa Rican model Shana reveals her lifelong love of coconut oil.


Shana eats it, uses it as hair moisturizer, and also “sunscreen” — I am thinking she means tanning oil, no? I added two more vids for your viewing pleasure, because I thought the bobby pin hairdo on that How To Style Curly Hair video was kinda cute — bobby pins can help you create some funky asymmetrical ‘do’s for sure. The last vid is hosted by model Gelila, who’s got a glorious head of cascading curls. She discusses styling her curly hair, and now she’s got me thinking about buying Pantene conditioner. I dunno about that just yet, Gelila. You need more people.
Also, and I’m just putting this out there as a member of the Glam Network — I’m hoping to see some kinky hair tips on Glam TV — more interviews with models who have a variety of skin tones and hair types. This is a great start, but I’d love to see hair and beauty tips from models like Wakeema Hollis, Andiswa Manxiwa, Clara Aker Benjamin, and Atong Arjok, for example. Here’s hoping I can feature some of those soon!

Have you added coconut oil to your beauty regimen, bellas? How do you use it? Does your hair love it, or do you prefer a different oil for your pre-poo? Your experience and advice is appreciated!

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  1. I love the smell of coconut I had coconut grease as a child…but thats different. I will have to try.
    I have however loved a soft bonnet dryer since childhood.
    you can lay down with it.. hear the t.v. with it and fall alseep ( as long as you have someone who will wake you up…. going to be for real seems dangerous.

  2. Oooh yes! I sure do. There’s a jar of Spectrum in my bathroom right now. I was skeptical until my brother told me he uses it all over. (He’s a really simplistic person with an engineer degree.) I use other oils so I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did!!!

    I mix it with avocado oil sometimes, and I recently used it to make a teeny tiny batch of “moeshealoe”, along with a little castor. My hair takes well to oils, and “a little dab’ll do.” I don’t rinse them; I leave them in along with a little conditioner. When I say I use a little oil, I mean I use enough to make my hands shine on my entire head. No second application. (Probably half a spoon full.)

    The only oil I don’t use much is olive b/c it just sits there without absorbing (same with jojoba although it’s a great mix use item). Avocado is my other go-to oil.

    Even my husband, who doesn’t like coconuts, likes the smell of CO on me. It’s fabulous.

  3. coconut oil is my friend since I was small.. hair, body, especially when I’m sick.. mix with a little vicks and soft candle and I’m like new the next day! and as for cooking, you can’t make a good pot of rice or cookup without it!

  4. Coconuts have many uses. Especially making coconut drops, mum made some over the weekend and its delicious lol I work out regularly and I can’t deny my love for sweets lol.

    I recently cut my hair off (it was a low boy cut, now curls are just sprouting up everywhere) and started to use coconut oil. Its wonderful but I’m going to do some experimenting with other natural oils and see how it goes.

  5. Coconut oil is the truth. I have a jar of Nutiva virgin unrefined coconut oil on the kitchen counter, and it’s replaced butter and olive oil in my cooking, and I add a spoonful to my oatmeal in the morning. Before adding coconut oil to my oatmeal, I’d usually be hungry by 11 or so, but now I don’t start feeling hungry until 1 o’clock.

    I also bought a little soft plastic bottle from Target, and I pour coconut oil in there and use it as lotion. It goes everywhere with me- to the gym, on vacation, etc. I rub it on while I’m still wet, then dry off and my skin is soft and sheeny all day (it absorbs quickly, so I’m not left feeling greasy like I was when I used baby oil gel in the same way. And as a bonus, it doesn’t make me break out the way baby oil did.) I also use it on my face, and it does a great job of locking in moisture without being clogging or greasy.

    I add a little to Suave Humectant conditioner for a leave-in, which gives me softness and curl definition; I also use a little coconut oil in a spritz of water and peppermint essential oil when I want to dampen my hair or massage my scalp.

    I could go on all day about it, but suffice it to say, coconut oil has replaced all of my lotions, and most of my cooking oils. It’s about $20 for a medium sized jar, but a little goes a long way.

  6. Hello Afrobella
    Coconut oil is wonderful for all of the reasons you have listed. I want to try a little grapeseed oil in the future but coconut oil works just fine for me. I too giggled when I first say that spaced out soft bonnet..lol
    Regarding Shana’s sunscreen comment, many people use coconut oil as their natural spf. Personally I use a more traditional sunscreen but it has been reported that coconut oil has many of the properties that we need to fight the bad vibes from the sun, though some say it does not contain enough of what we need to be our sole sunscreen. I guess more research is needed…
    great post!

  7. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    Dang! Bella I can’t keep up with all of these post.You are truely on a roll girl.I have been reading a lot of comments about coconut oil on here so i’m gonna try some.I love extra virgin olive oil though,but in my opinion you can never have to much oil if you have natural hair.

  8. Well, I am a little different, I really need some advice for my hair. I want to imbrace my natural curls and its a hard thing to do when your from a city that doesn’t really wear natural hair. The first product that i have tried is Miss Jessie’s curly pudding and although its a great product its not for me. I really just need something thats going to make my curls less frizzy and more soft. When I was a little younger I would just leave conditioner in my hair all day but that really made my hair look dull and before I would only wear my hair in a ponytail, but now i want to rock my hair out, what’s a girl to do? And let me be clear about the money aspect, I don’t really mind spending more for a product but if i can get one that does just as good as the more expensive product than I will love to use that one!!!

  9. Stephie,

    You’re onto something with the conditioner, just remember to use a clarifying cleanser a few times a month and only use a little conditioner. (I use a teeny bit of baking soda to break up the stuff in my hair.)

    Most of us are on the eternal quest for something “perfect” for our hair. Personally, I say start simple. The coconut oil and a simple conditioner are two ways to do that. Good luck with wearing your hair out! :D As long as the confidence shines from within, you’ll be fine.

  10. I loove coconut oil. In the swahili culture, it is essential for cooking..as a matter of fact, i just made coconut rice with coconut/curry stew for lunch :)

    for hair
    for skin
    for everything. What saddens me is that my sisters and I lost major traditions: my mother used to make coconut oil and coconut milk from scratch…we don’t know how to..
    I’ve also raved about coconut oil in my blog..

  11. must go get coconut oil!

    and i must say i love-love soft bonnet dryers. my mother has always had one and i now have one too. they are sooo convenient! mine does not look like alien head in the picture – it is attaches to a small, portable base through a hose. so you can lie down, sleep, or just feel free to move easily. and, being a bella on a budget, i do my own toes too…so when i’m stuck under the dryer for two hours, the soft bonnet makes it easy for me to give myself a mani/pedi at the same time.

    i’m telling you bella – love-love!!

  12. dettygirl says:

    Ummmmm where do you buy coconut oil from? I would like to try it

  13. i used to use palmers coconut hair oil back in the day but it wa sso greasy and i went through an anti grease phase in my permie days.

    i am more used to using coconut cream/milk for rice and peas.

    i have one of those soft bonnet dryers. they are good if you use them

  14. I was just recenly raving about coconut oil. I’ve been using it on my skin which feels baby soft and will soon start cooking with it. I recently learned that olive oil when exposed to high heat becomes a bad fat whereas coconut oil retains it’s quality and structure no matter the temperature. For my hair, I apply it wet in the shower followed by my conditioner and I’m good to go.

  15. I just got hip to the game with the Coconut Oil! Actually I just came back from the BVI for my yearly Family vacation, and I started using alot of Coconut products, and I started searching for Coconut oil because I love the smell(and I heard about the great benefits). I use it with my Aloe Vera Gel as a styling concoction, I also use it during the day and just mix with equal amounts of water. I’ve never tried it as a Pre-Poo! Great idea Bella! I would like to find other oils to use also, so I’m gonna have to make a trip to Whole Foods soon!

  16. I’m still giggling over that soft bonnet dryer photo. It looks like her head is stuff in a baboon’s rear end.

  17. I love coconut oil. They sell the unrefined kind at my Wal-Mart. With so many cultures living everywhere, you can find it in many regular grocery stores. I use one part CO with one part EVOO, heat it up, and massage it in. With my girls, I follow it with a cool rinse, and it so shiny and soft. With me, I need all I can get, so I massage it in and then do my roll up/w setting lotion mixed with water thing. Our hair has gotten stronger and thicker, and looks better than with EVOO alone. My hands and their little bodies also are so moisturized after washing the hair. And I know unrefined is best, but I ran out and the budget couldn’t do it this time, so I bought Louana brand. I can’t really tell a difference, to tell you the truth, but the other one does look prettier.

    I have a hard bonnet dryer, but I’ve used a soft bonnet dryer, and I love it! I would run out and buy one if I could find the kind I used to use, it’s like a shower cap attached by a flexible hose to a little base. You have so much flexibility for all the things mentioned previously, and it’s so portable. Plus, your whole head gets equal heat, unlike the hard bonnet.

  18. I put the CO in after I wash my kids’ hair, rinse, then put in a leave-in conditioner. That works for them…my hair is kinky, for me it works better to wash, put in the leave-in, then the CO/EVOO.

  19. I’ve never even thought about coconut oil at all. I feel like I’m behind the 8 ball ladies. So many of you have used it in your lives. I need to get to my local store and find some for my hair. I’m obsessed with conditioning, so this is great info. That heating helmet is totally hysterical.

    http://realsimpleliving.wordpress.com/

  20. Sabrina97 says:

    I’m still getting trying out coconut oil. As far as soft bonnet dryers, I have torn two of them. I love them and some companies make one that you can hook to a hand dryer. The ones I have don’t look like the football helmet that is in the picture, but they do look crazy. I love to put mine on and go to sleep…. might be why I’ve torn two, huh? :)

  21. I bought some 100% pure coconut oil at CVS. It’s a solid in the jar, but liquifies on contact with skin. I’ve been using it on my scalp, and it calms the itches and lessens the flakes of my seborrheic dermatitis.

    I was told by a nutritionist that CO is the best oil for cooking. I’m curious if what I have is the same product that people are cooking with, or is there a “food grade” version, or liquid version?

  22. Loves coconut oil – I did a post about it on my blog recently. I use it for everything.

  23. you might want to try a swimcap, if you can get all your hair underneath one, afrobella. they will probably stay on better through the night!

  24. My gosh, I don’t know where I would be without coconut oil! The stuff is plain amazing. My skin loves it too :)

    My favorite is virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, it has such a fresh light coconut fragrance. Soooo good!! I like to mix 1 part coconut oil to 1 part avocado oil as a pre-poo hot oil treatment. Depending on my mood, I’ll add in a few drops of essential oil or some honey too.

    I also use fractionated coconut oil, which is more refined and sadly has no delicious smell…but it stays liquid at all temperatures. I use the FCO to make Amla oil which is really good for a healthy scalp. I infuse about 3 tablespoons of amla powder (which you can find at Indian stores) into 2 cups of warmed coconut oil. Every once in a while, I just slather the amla oil onto my hair and scalp, cover really well with a plastic cap, then wash it out in the morning. It makes your hair feel cloud soft!

  25. I’ve had that dryer/bonnet for about 3 years now, and it works great. My hair is more bouncy with it, however, I do look like I am about to get in the ring!

  26. I’ve had that dryer/bonnet for about 3 years now, and it works great. My hair is more bouncy with it, however, I do look like I am about to get in the ring and fight with that thing on!

  27. Me Oh My Afrobella i’m knee deep in coconut oil, i use it for everything, it started off for my hair and then i heard about how it helps aids weight loss and started adding it to my green tea (along with ACV-but that’s another story) and i lost about 6lbs in a week with little change to my diet, it’s best to use Extra Virgin Coconut oil as your left with less gunk

  28. Thank you for the info about the coconut oil. I just finished reading the novel “Mistress of Spices” and kept reading about Indian “Bougenvilla girls” that oiled their tresses. I’m like — “what kinda oil?”. Now I know.

  29. If you want to sleep with oil in your hair you should place your pillow in a garbage bag, then cover it with your pillow case. You can also put a towel over the pillow case. In the morning your towel and pillow case may be soaked with oil, but your pillow will be safe. Just change the pillow case and remove the garbage bag (reuse the bad next time) :)

  30. Here’s how I keep my plastic shower caps to stay on overnight.

    I use a rectangular satin scarf that measures about 60″ long by 18″ wide. I basically tie it over the shower cap in such a way that it looks like a kind of turban (I do this even when I’m not deep conditioning just to keep my hair protected while I sleep – it’s easy, comfortable, and never comes off). To do this, drape the center of the scarf across the back of your head. Bring both ends forward (they should be even on both sides) and then switch them each to the opposite hand so that they cross over each other in the front. Pull the ends of the scarf to the back of your head and tie them securely (I usually tuck the ends under as well). Adjust the scarf so that all your hair is covered (my hair is very long so I usually have to do a LOT of tucking). I’m sure there are many ways this can be done – I hope I explained my method clearly enough.

    Another thing that helps when I deep condition is to wear a headband to hold the edges of the plastic shower cap in place. I actually made some little hair ties that can double as head bands from an old pair of stockings. Not only are they very gentle, but they’re also great way to reuse old stockings that have runs in them instead of just throwing them out: (1) Trim off the parts where your toes and your bum go, and save the leg parts. (2) Cut the leg parts into bands at least 1″ wide. (3) Stretch the band a bit (the width of the band will roll in on itself), and voila! – an inexpensive and gentle hair tie, or a headband to keep your plastic shower cap in place while you deep condition!

    Sorry for writing such a lengthy comment. I hope this helps someone!

  31. Thanks for giving a link to my blog for the coconut smoothie….I wondered why I got so much traffic from your blog LOL.

    Thanks for all the info. I have recently found some great organic, cold pressed coconut oil and I am using it more and more in my food and as a health and beauty aid. Should have done that years ago.

  32. I absoulutely love coconut oil, well at least my hair does. I slather it on my hair and massage into my scalp and leave on overnight as a pre shampoo treatment most times. Sometimes I use it with my leave-in condition. I learned about it from a Sri Lankan friend with the most gorgeous hair, I’ve been hooked every since.

  33. You won’t remember but Mom had a soft top hair dryer that rolled up into a hard body case……

  34. I just bought my extra virgin cold compressed coconut oil today for $8… Here goes nothing!

  35. This post is right on time!!! I went to Whole Foods store a couple of days ago and purchased some coconut oil. I have a friend from India who hipped me to it recently. I am going to use it as part of my pre-poo instead of coconut milk.

    Bella you are ALWAYS right on time!

  36. LBellatrix says:

    Chiming in on the coconut oil love…I’ve been using it for years, most recently this morning in a homemade mix with unrefined shea butter and some Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut (hee!) conditioner.

    I recently bought some Paradise coconut oil at an Indian store and it works fine but nowadays you can find unrefined coconut oil just about anyplace (in the US) with a population over 50,000.

  37. I find that the regular coconut oil smells bad and not like coconut. I wasn’t sure about the conditioning results either. I just purchased some extra virgin coconut oil and it smells great, just like coconuts. I’m going to use it as a pre-poo tonight and I think I will probably have better results.

  38. lanatural says:

    I gotta try the coconut oil! This is the second or third time someone has told me about it and I gotta try!

    I keep telling my Afrobellas, try WEN by Chaz Dean. One of the best I have ever tried, for true! A no-poo shampoo conditioner system that works!

  39. LaShondia, Baltimore,MD says:

    I love the smell of coconut oil but here in Baltimore, I have only come across the coconut oil in the jar which usually has petrolatum and as I have locs, I now know that that is a big no no. Where can I get straight cocnut ol. I am a single mom so I usually don’t splurge on myself (my son is a weed apparently and getting more expensive byt the inch…LOL). I do use Talia Wajiid, sp? products and swear by them. But I only have to by that once every couple of months. In fact, I came across your site today through a google search looking for a decent natural hair salon here in Baltimore. There I have yet to have an awesome experience and dropping btwn $50 & $65 to do loc maintenance is not an option so I tend to do them myself. Anyway, I will be adding your site to my list of shortcuts that are informative. It’s nice to see sistah’s out there helping each other and staying connected through the Web.
    Many blessings and keep up the good work.
    L

  40. Bellas, check out your local Indian grocery store for very inexpensive coconut oil. You can easily find a large jug of EVCO for less than $10. As stated in previous posts, you can find so many great ingredients at the Indian store, such as Amla oil, Brahmi oil, Sesame oil, Sandalwood powder, Rose water, and NEEM, which is like the Ayurvedic cure all!! The popularity of Coconut oil is relatively new to the states, and paying $5+ at Whole Paycheck or any other Natural food store is unneccessary. Kind of like the Acai craze, acai grows like crazy in the Amazon and importing it to the US is NOT expensive, but it’s the new “it” antioxidant to the states so it’s ridiculously overpriced. Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you! Also, if you’re in the Atlanta area, the Dekalb Farmers Market private labels it for a good price.

    I too use coconut oil in place of butter, especially in hot breakfast cereals, waffle/pancake batter, baked foods.

    In my hair, I use it in a blend with Shea, Olive, Jojoba, essential oils. I make very small batches, because oils can go rancid and I dont like to keep them in the fridge, due to solidification.

    I’ve jumped on the Suave bandwagon. I use the Professional series, Healthy Curls. I think they’ve stopped making it though, I found it at Big Lots and Kmart, but no place else. I do the Lisa Akbari method for conditioning and totally saturate my washed and towel dryed hair with conditioner. The bargain Suave price makes using a 1/3 a bottle of conditionern (each time) very affordable!

  41. Hello. I know I am a few days late but I thought I would share my love of coconut oil. I recently discovered that all I need to twist my hair is coconut oil. I use the organic extra virgin one by Nature’s Way ($10 for a 16 oz. jar) and I get it from the vitamin shoppe.

    Normally when I use products designed for twisting (ORS Lock and Twist Gel, Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter) I get major shrinkage and the twists don’t stay together. Now I just put a little bit of this wonderful oil all through the section that I am going to twist and voila!!! No shrinkage, unraveling, no nada!!! Plus my hair stays soft and the ends get this really pretty curl to them, like on kinky twists. Also when I wake up the next day my twist aren’t all flat and don’t have that “slept on” look to them.

    Now, I tried coconut oil as a prepoo and a deep conditioner. No can do sadly. For some odd reason my hair prefers creamy textured products. I does make a great scalp moisturizer though.

  42. I forgot to add that I use a Gold ‘n Hot Heating cap that I got from Sally’s. I’ve had it for almost a year and I really like it. The only thing I don’t like is that I have to plug it into the wall, so I am thinking of switching to this conditioning cap:

    http://www.treasuredlocks.com/microwave-hair-therapy-wrap-conditioning-cap.html

  43. WoW!! Where do I start? Thanks for this informative blog Queen ant thanks for all of the testimonies from my fellow Bella’s. Well here I go: I have been dreading this up coming winter. I’ve had my locs five years now and hate not washing them during the winter because I get head colds from my thick hair being damp overnite. My hard bonnet only drys the crown of my head so I usually have to go to bed with a damp head. I use olive oil during the winter to clean my scalp but I can’t beleive I never thought to add coconut oil. I’d like to have clean hair and a nice scent (since I’m only one of two people at my job with a Natrual do). I don’t know why I never thought of adding the Coconut Oil so before the weather changes I’m going to try it. In the mean time I’m going to order the soft bonnet!

  44. I have that soft dryer!! I bought it last year to take with me on a trip to Europe when I was still rolling and relaxing my hair. I love love love this dryer. The only problem I have with it is you can’t use it with dye. The stuff gets on the plastic helmut and it’s impossible to get off. Otherwise it’s perfect to be used with conditioners and such. Just remove the plastic balloon helmut thing from the machine, turn it inside out, wash gently in your favorite shampoo and water solution and hang to dry. The thing looks rediculous on but it works! Glad I took a chance and bought it.

    I just bought some pure unrefined coconut oil and some unrefined shea butter to use on my hair which I am in the process of growing natural. It’s in extensions now so when they come out and I do a BC we’ll see how it works.

  45. I’ve been wanting to get Coconut oil! I should get it today. O and contrary to belief, coconut oil and jojoba oil is a natural sun protectant.

  46. thanks for all the positive feedback about coconut oil so much so that i ordered it and cannot wait to try it on hair,body and in cooking.i second that comment about wen cleansing conditioner which i tried again today this time fig which is very moisturizing on my fine natural hair however it did not weigh it down.i’ve tried the sweet almond mint and lavendar as well and the lavendar is my favorite.the fig will be good to use during the colder months.it is pricey for a bottle but it doesn’t dry your hair like other products and trust me i have tried ojon,motions and pantene natural and this is the only product that i was able to dry naturally without any dryness in my hair.

  47. mikosmiles says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog. I’ve been using Coconut Oil in my hair for over one year during my transition from relaxed to natural (3b-4a hair type), and there is a tremendous difference. God has put on earth everything we need; it’s just a matter of finding it, using it, and seeing the benefits unfold before your eyes. Thanks again, this was interesting. I haven’t used it to cook yet (after reading this I will give it a try) and I was apprehensive about putting it on my face because I wasn’t sure if it clogged the pores (I’d love feedback here). Again, thanks and Happy 2009! God bless!

  48. coconut oil is da bomb, good for everything, no side effects whatsoever, and totally inexpensive…

  49. I admit, I have not been to this site in a long time. nonetheless it had been one more joy to see your excellent content.

  50. I’ve been using coconut oil under my steamer for 20 minutes or so. I also like to mix it with my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque when there’s hardly any left. I usually use the Deep Treatment Masque/coconut mix when twisting my hair whether it be for a twist out or even when I twist to stretch my hair overnight for afros. Coconut oil is my hair’s favorite food. :-)

  51. thank you Bella! i’m about to try my own mix right now!

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