I moistened my hair slightly with water. I applied to mixture to my damp hair, covered with a shower cap and let it penetrate for about 2 hours. I rinsed thoroughly with warm water and then applied some Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner. After that, I shampooed once with Hair Garden Cleansing Shampoo and followed with the Giovanni conditioner. I then sectioned my hair into four sections and applied coconut oil to my dripping wet hair before towel blotting it. I let my hair air dry for almost 30 minutes and then detangled with Hair Garden shealoe moisturizer. I braided my hair into three cornrows and let it dry overnight. The next day I had soft, shiny hair and a moisturized scalp!
Give this recipe a try! You can add or exchange ingredients for your experimenting pleasure! I would love for you to come back and share what you tried and your results on my blog! Thanks for reading!
I want to share some information about an oil I have added to my hair, scalp, and skin favorites! I always see palm oil or palm kernal oil in many natural hair ingredients when I read the labels, but never thought much of it. My mom used to have palm oil by the gallon and cook with it all the time when I was growing up. I knew it gave food a great and distinct aroma, taste and color, but I was not aware of all of its internal and extral benefits for our bodies. I came across it one day while searching for coconut oil at the Oriental grocery store and decided to bring a bottle home to experiment with.
Palm oil is rich in beta-carontene which is a great antioxidant. It has a higher content of beta-carotene than carrots and tomatoes. It’s high in vitamins A and E, so it helps repair damaged cells. Externally, it is effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, scars, and stretch marks. This makes sense of why it is used in a lot of a products geared towards renewing and moisturizing skin.
This oil also has several amazing benefits for hair! It softens, improves elasticity, and adds shine. Red palm oil also has antibacterial properties which aids in providing a healthy growing environment for your scalp and hair follicles.
Red palm oil does not lose its nutrients when it is heated like some oils can so this is what makes it excellent for cooking. However, it is a very heavy, thick oil and solidifies at room temperature like coconut oil. Due to the intense nature of the oil, in my opinion, it is great for a pre-poo or any type of natural conditioner you don’t mind possibly having to shampoo out depending on your hair type.
I like to mix palm oil with other heavier ingredients like banana, avocado and honey. It would go great in a caramel treatment as well. Essential oils are great to aid in masking the palm oil smell if you’re not so fond of it.
If you have tightly curled/coiled hair or hair that is very dry, then I would recommend red palm oil as a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment!
Please feel free to share any of your experiences with palm oil.