Go (coco)nuts!

One way to get Lalah Hathaway’s lush locs is by keeping them moisturized with coconut oil.

While at Parker’s Pet Store in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, I always noticed a jar of organic virgin coconut oil that’s on the shelf by the register. As a writer of loc care and maintenance, I instantly became intrigued. What about coconut oil? We’ve written about other oils, yet not so much about this one.

Why coconut oil? It…

  • is all-Natural
  • Restores natural moisture
  • penetrates the hair shaft and works its way through all layers of the hair strand
  • helps reduce loss of protein
  • is cost effective
  • helps promotes growth by reducing breakage
  • has Lauric Acid and Capric acid: high fatty acids that have antibacterial properties
  • Has Vitamin-E
  • has Anti-Dandruff properties
  • Is good for styling as it condenses when cool and liquifies when warmed, as when rubbed through the hands (Use the organic solidified form as a loc grooming product that should easily wash out without buildup.)

As one site puts it, coconut oil natural and is so easily derived, there aren’t a lot of pricey products trying to market it for all it’s worth, and no one can corner the market. This helps keep the prices down. Another friend said she had to stop using it because it made her locs grow too fast and couldn’t afford to go back and forth to the loctician!

How to use it: Apply it to your locs right after shampooing. Put coconut oil in your palms and rub your hands together. Run your hands through your locs, throughout the entire shaft from root to tip. For deep conditioning, you may consider wrapping your head in a shower cap after you’ve applied the oil and leave it on for half an hour. After that, rinse your hair thoroughly with water or shampoo again.

What products to use? Here’s some products that use coconut oil or milk to restore your locs:

Yes, I bought the CocoTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for myself—not my dog. This product—sold to be used in your dog’s diet or topically to improve your pet’s coat and skin—is human-grade. So I tried it, too, on my thirsty locs. It moisturized, and I’ll give it another try after shampooing, when my locs really retain moisturizing ingredients.

Organix  Nourishing Coconut Milk  This line of coconut infused hair care (for locs, try the shampoo, conditioner, and Leave in Nourishing Milk), uses organic coconut milk to nourish and moisturize dry locs.

Alba Coconut Milk Extra-Rich Hair Wash and Hair Conditioner
(not shown) Nourishing coconut milk helps this dry hair shampoo cleanse without drying. Aloe and kelp provide mineral-rich nutrition while gentle cleansers and tropical fruit extracts wash away impurities. Enriched with awapuhi for shiny, healthy hair.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots Spray Coconut, peppermint and eucalyptus oils combine to create a moisturizing, invigorating and soothing spray that relieves scalp tightness and stimulates circulation.

Have fun, and go coconuts on your locs for a change!

Gail Mitchell,
Loc’d Life Magazine


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