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Refinery 29 on Coconut Oil for Hair Care

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Refinery 29: What kind of hair products are best used overnight? Any specific recommendations?

KC: Coconut Oil is a great overnight treatment. It’s natural and simple, with numerous benefits for your hair.

Free of alcohols, silicones, and other chemicals that can aggravate your scalp and strip hair of its essential nutrients, coconut oil has the ability to deeply penetrate hair, repairing, protecting and restoring from the inside out. Lauric acid, capric acid, vitamins E and K improve hair strength and scalp health by preventing protein loss. The antibacterial nature of coconut oil helps the scalp against itchiness and a variety of infections, keeping hair healthy and dandruff free.

Beautiful shine is the icing on the cake.

Refinery 29: Why do they work better overnight?

KC: Coconut oil for hair care mask treatments allow the fatty acids to bind with the proteins in the hair, sealed in protection and trapping in moisture. An overnight treatment allows the oil to work its wonders, resulting in extremely soft, silky, and shiny hair.

Refinery 29: Are there some that are easier to sleep in?

KC: Some people find overnight treatments are a bit of a pain. There’s no real way around the shower cap or a towel on top of your pillow and linens. We rest easy knowing that we’re using an all natural product with no adverse effects.

Refinery 29: How do you apply them? Take them off?

KC: It is best to apply hair masks on wet hair for smoother and more even distribution of product. Brushing and dividing hair into sections is also recommended. Good preparation makes everything easier!

With coconut oil we like to start with the ends and get some serious work done there. (You can use more oil where your hair is the driest and most damaged which is usually on the ends).

* Those with extremely dry, damaged hair may find it beneficial to also use a small amount of coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner and styling aid. The oil can be used on wet or dry hair, helping to control flyaways and frizz.

To remove the hair mask simply wash your hair with shampoo/condition as you would regularly. Note that because coconut oil for hair care is so hydrating, your hair will mostly likely be a bit flat for the first day. Plan accordingly!

Refinery 29: How do you sleep comfortable with them in your hair?

KC: Either tie your hair up, or wear a shower cap. Sleeping with a hair mask on can be a bit of a pain for some people, but we like coconut oil because we know it’s natural and there isn’t much to stress about.

Refinery 29: How do you make sure it doesn’t drip on your skin? Get on sheets?

KC: When you apply hair masks it is best to start at the roots and work your way up to the scalp. This method of application will help reduce the amount of product getting on your skin. Coconut oil is perfect because it absorbs into the hair extremely well and even if a little gets on your skin there is nothing to worry about.

Another option is to wear a bandana along your hairline to minimize the product getting on your skin during application. It is best to always tie your hair up or wear a shower cap after you have finished applying the hair mask. Place a towel over your pillows to ensure that while you sleep it doesn’t get onto your linens.

Refinery 29: What is the best hairstyle to sleep in?

KC: Either a bun or braid as leaving your hair loose will have more chances of getting the hair mask on your linens as well as your skin while you sleep.

Refinery 29: Is there any position to sleep in that is best?

KC: We find sleeping on our back the most comfortable in terms of keeping things in place and not noticing the hair mask. If you’re a tosser and turner, we would recommend wearing a shower cap to keep things neat.

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