How do I do a coconut oil pre wash treatment?
Ah, the coconut oil prewash treatment. This is the whole reason I love coconut oil so very, very much.
Add coconut oil to dry hair. Add enough coconut oil to make your hair look like you have had the flu for a week and haven't had time to wash it. (That is a stupid description, but it is the best I can do.) Your hair should look oily, but it does not need to be an oil slick. Leave the coconut oil in your hair 20 minutes to one hour before washing your hair. You can choose to leave the coconut oil on as long as overnight. If you leave it in overnight, either use and old pillow case or wrap a scarf around your head to protect your sheets. The longer coconut oil is on your hair, the more the oil is able to penetrate into the hair's cortex.
How easy or difficult coconut oil is to remove varies from person to person. I can remove it with a water wash followed by a rinse out conditioner. Many people can cowash coconut oil out. For others, a low poo will not remove the coconut oil from their hair. For this reason, I suggest you do a strand/small section test the first time you try a coconut oil prewash treatment. After you have washed your hair, continue with your regular routine. Some people find a cowash removes coconut oil better then a low poo.
How often you should do a coconut oil prewash will also vary from person to person. I can do a coconut oil prewash every time I wash without any problems. When my hair was very dry, I did an overnight coconut oil prewash every time I washed my hair. Others cannot do prewash treatments anywhere near that often or their hair will be oily and possibly over conditioned. I'd guess once a week might be an average amount of time between coconut oil treatments for most people.
How do I do my first coconut oil prewash treatment?
I suggest you do a strand/small section test the first time. For some people, coconut oil is hard to remove. If you are one of them, you don't want to end up with an oily head of hair. I'd also suggest starting with 20-30 minutes and working your way up to more time if you wish. The longer coconut oil is on your hair, the more coconut oil will penetrate into your hair's cortex. If it turns out coconut oil is hard to remove for your hair, you'll be glad you left it on a shorter time.
How do I use coconut oil to prevent damage from hair dye?
Add coconut oil as done in the prewash treatment. I've only done this a few times, but I feel it keeps my hair in better condition after being dyed. In the giant thread from The Long Hair Community, many people believe coconut oil pre-dye treatments help hair dye take better and more evenly. They even suggest using coconut oil pre-dye treatments for resistant gray hair. The Long Hair Community thread says that coconut oil (and argan oil) chelate copper. A proctor and gamble study shows that chelating copper can help with dye uptake. I can't comment personally on the better dye penetration since I changed my hair dye at the same time I started adding coconut oil pre-dye treatments. I do an overnight coconut oil treatment before I dye my hair.
It's winter in Michigan!! How to protect your hair.....my clients know my love for coconut oil, inside and out. Here's how I sneak in deep treatments with the stuff. First off, coconut oil is solid in the cold, so I whip it!! With a hand blender. It doubles in size and you can get it out more easily. I then keep some in a small tupperware container on my nightstand. Every evening I take a scoop and apply to my scalp; if it's dry, to my top layers; if they are frizzy, to my ends; if they are tangley. Whatever my problem that day, anywhere the frizz lives, scrunch it there. It no poo's or co washes out easily. Tada!! Take that mother nature @:)
Lori, my client from Brazil, is a world traveler and incredibly knowledgeable in oils and herbs for hair. One of the things we discussed is how women in India use coconut oil as a pre-poo for beautiful long, healthy, shiny hair.
So last night before bed, I took some coconut oil and started massaging it in at my scalp. I then ran a few more scoops through the ends. I french braided my hair to keep it out of my face and went to bed. Dreamt of the tropics
My hair absorbed most of it by morning. No poo'ed it out only once, and added alittle one c just to the ends. Followed up with Deva's new ultra hold gel.
I have big shiny bouncie curls!! No frizz in sight. I also feel like I've been to a spa, alittle treat for me in no time at all.