I try my best to stay away from buying beauty products, especially hair, at grocery stores. But if I do, I buy them from beauty supply stores or salons because they typically have a wider selection of products that aren’t so rich in chemicals (not always). The problem with this strategy is that these products are expensive! But recently, I had quite an epiphany. There are plenty of beauty products I can buy at the grocery store. I’ve just been looking in the wrong section! My new obsession is coconut oil because it has so many different uses. For me, coconut oil has worked some miracles on my hair, my skin, for my oral health, and even for my carpet! It’s so versatile. Plus, it’s cheap. Here are 10 different ways to use coconut oil!
Different Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Skin And Hair
How Do You Use Coconut Oil On Your Hair?
Coconut oil actually offers lots of benefits for your hair and it is super easy to use.
Coconut Oil For Dry or Damaged Hair
Coconut oil makes a fabulous deep conditioner hair treatment. Scoop out some coconut oil in your hands and rub them together. This will help to produce a more liquid consistency. Then, put it ALL OVER your hair (while hair is dry). It will feel gross and greasy, but leave it on for at least 30 minutes. After your time is up, shampoo it out in the shower. It may take a couple of shampoos before you get it out completely. It works wonders at making your hair soft and smooth. It is even great for fixing dry scalp!
You can leave the coconut oil on your hair for as long as you please. I’ve even slept in it before! I repeat this hair treatment every few weeks to help my hair from getting dry and to help it stay smooth.
If you don’t have dry hair or scalp, and instead have an oily scalp or hair, coconut oil probably isn’t for you.
Coconut Oil As Hair Styling Product
Coconut oil can also be used to tame your waves and curls daily without leaving it looking greasy. Just rub a small amount on your palms and work it through your hair like you would any oil or mousse.
Coconut Oil Uses For Skin
Coconut Oil For Skin Moisturizer/Face Wash
Coconut oil is great this time of year because it great for dry skin. It will bring some relief to chapped lips or little red wind-chapped cheeks. Put a very thin layer on your face in the morning or overnight to leave your skin feeling extremely smooth. It may feel greasy at first, but trust it!
Coconut oil is a great replacement for fancy massage oils. Be sure to soften it between your hands before using!
Coconut Oil For Pulling
Coconut oil pulling is great for oral health. Swish coconut oil in your mouth for about 15 minutes in the morning, and spit and rinse with water. This is called pulling because it “pulls” the bacteria from your mouth. Personally, it is very difficult for me to swish anything in my mouth for that long! So I only practice this occasionally. Coconut oil is also used in some toothpaste.
Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil is great for lifting stains out of your carpet. It is very effective!
Coconut Oil As Shaving Cream
Lather your legs with coconut oil instead of shaving cream to leave them feeling smooth!
Diaper and/or Nipple Cream
If you are nursing, try using coconut oil in place of lanolin for soreness. Also, apply it to your baby’s bottom to moisturize and help treat diaper rash.
I will say that although it’s considered a “greener” option, coconut oil is not all created equal. Some brands come in giant plastic containers and others come in glass jars and that can affect taste. Personally, I don’t use coconut oil for taste, so the latter doesn’t apply to me. I buy organic virgin coconut oil from my local Trader Joe’s.
I hope you enjoy these different ways to use coconut oil. Do you use coconut oil in your daily routine? Share your uses!
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