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post #21 of 31
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lol i don't really too much I guess it's just finding something *here* first of all.
post #22 of 31
I have been using coconut oil on both my son and my own hair for the past year and half. It is best when used before shampooing and then using a very light shampoo afterwards. We use Dr. Brommer's in my home I dilute it for us both to be even more gentle. I would NOT recommend it on the skin however because it deplenishes the body's abilty to make its own natural oils and causes the skin to become dry once you stop using it much like baby oil. Had to learnt that lesson the hard way. Good Luck
post #23 of 31
You don't have to use "black" hair products at all. Coconut oil is the best! I use it on my hair (A-A) and my DD's(AA/Hispanic) hair. No other product found in a hair store has worked so well. I use it daily on dry hair. Other great oils that can be found at the health food store are: Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil, I still prefer coconut oil and it's the cheapest.

I would also make sure to stay away from products that have alcohols, mineral oil and petroleum in it. Some "non-black" hair products can strip the hair of moisture so you do have to be careful, but not all "black" marketed products are healthy for our hair either. Just make sure to use moisturizing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner. That's more important than if it's marketed for AA hair.


A GREAT leave-in conditioner is NTM Silk Touch Leave-in conditioner. Also V05 conditioner is excellent for after shampooing. If hair is hard to comb daily, use a deep conditioner after shampooing. leave in hair and put on a plastic cap for about 30 min, then rinse and apply leave-in. Always detangle hair before it's allowed to dry.

You can wash hair as often as necessary as long as you are sure to replenish the moisture afterwards. Do not leave sand or food in the hair because it hasn't been a week yet. You don't need to use shampoo each time as long as you are sure to use conditioner each time. It's called co-washing. You use the conditioner in place of the shampoo, it's not as drying as shampoo but will still remove dirt.

I know you probably will receive tons of conflicting information.
A wealth of info can be found at longhaircareforum. There are people there with many different types of hair and you can see what different products work best for them. All AA or biracial hair is not the same. There is also a forum for children's hair care.

My DD's wash routine. Always use a wide-tooth comb for detangling such as the Jibere shower comb.
Comb through hair so that there are no tangles.
Wet hair, use a moisturizing shampoo-Just for Me, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, VO5 Moisturizing Milk, etc
Rinse, apply shampoo again, rinse
Apply deep conditioner-LeKair,etc. comb through apply plastic cap for 30min
Sometimes, I skip the deep conditioning and just apply regular moisturizing conditioner-same brands as above, comb through, wait a few minutes and rinse
Comb through again and apply leave-in conditioner. Allow to air dry and then style with coconut oil into ponytails. I always twist or braid hair to the bottom if hair is long.

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Daily I apply coconut oil or another oil or cream (such as shea butter) to dry hair and then style. Sometimes a little water or detangler is used to tame the fly aways.

I have a recommendation for a great line of products I recently discovered that worked miracles on my DD's and my hair. PM if you want to the info.
post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by whooopsy View Post
really? thats interesting.
here in germany coconut oil is quiet expensive! for a shmall bottle of 200g (= 7 ounce) 100% organic coconut oil we pay around 6 euro (= ca. 8 us-$).
I pay about $8.00 for a 14 ounce jar of Whole Foods Brand coconut oil. Sometimes I will pay $14 for a 16 ounce jar of cold pressed oil.

I consider $14 to be inexpensive because I have spent as much as $58 dollars on some 16 ounce hair products, but compared to imitation coconut oil hair grease at $4 for a 12 ounce jar pure coconut oil is expensive.
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by peaceful_mama View Post
that's what I need to find here a black beauty supply store....though I've wondered if people would wonder what *I* was doing in there...and I can't send DH as he would not know what to buy for her....he's 100% black, what works on his hair does not work at all for the kids! What he uses is 'too much' for their hair.

(I know, I tried his stuff on DS once when he was about 20ish months and hadn't had a haircut for awhile. Let's just say it did not go well.)
most grocery stores sell coconut oil in the baking section near the crisco and oilve oil. I have yet to find pure coconut oil in the black beauty supply stores near me. Just the imitation oil that contains petrolatum and added coconut perfume.
post #26 of 31
My sister uses this as her conditioner because it helps in the re-growth of damaged hair and also provides the essential proteins required for its nourishment.
post #27 of 31
Where could I even find coconut oil? I looked in the grocery stores around here when I was trying to find it for cooking. Would the oil used for hair be the same used in cooking, or is it more like a balm?

Also, is it expensive? Cause we're seriously poor. But I think it sounds like it would help my hair quite a bit.
post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
Where could I even find coconut oil? I looked in the grocery stores around here when I was trying to find it for cooking. Would the oil used for hair be the same used in cooking, or is it more like a balm?

Also, is it expensive? Cause we're seriously poor. But I think it sounds like it would help my hair quite a bit.
I found our coconut oil at Whole Foods, i think? it was a "healthy" grocery store. they did have coconut oil in the bath/beauty section but if i recall it was a bit more expensive so i just got the jar they had in the food section with the rest of the cooking oils (and on the jar it does mention uses for the body)...it was fairly expensive though if i can find it in a regular grocery store i bet it would be cheaper. It was around $8 for a jar about the size of a regular peanut butter jar? I think? (too lazy to go look!)...i just have one toddler and that jar still has about 1/3 left, and we've used it for months and months. A little bit goes a long way.

The coconut oil is pretty solid (unless its very warm in your house, then it can get softer all the way to complete liquid. but it can turn back to solid if it gets colder. Kind of cool! ) I just scoop a bit out, rub it between my palms for a few seconds and it completely melts, then i rub it into my ds' hair and also on his body. What i love is it makes him smell like an Almond Joy when i put it on,but then pretty much is odorless after awhile.
post #29 of 31
You can also get coconut oil at Walmart...I don't like shopping there but it's the only place in my area that sells it. It's in a white tub with a green lid in the oil section. 31.5 oz is about $5.
post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by bluedaisy View Post
You can also get coconut oil at Walmart...I don't like shopping there but it's the only place in my area that sells it. It's in a white tub with a green lid in the oil section. 31.5 oz is about $5.
I don't like shopping there, either, but $$ wise may be my only option. We have looked and looked in the health sections of the grocery stores. We cannot afford ANYTHING in the natural food pantry. It's insanely outrageously expensive for anything sold in that store. Just nuts. So if I want this, I think I'll have to go to Walmart. Unless any of you live in Anchorage and know where else I can go.
post #31 of 31
I use a combo of coconut oil and shea butter on DS. The Shea butter is really solid at room temp, so I scrape a little out, melt it in my hands, add a little coconut oil, rub them together, and apply. The Shea butter is a little heavier than the coconut oil and seem to have a little more staying power than the coconut oil.

DS has short hair, but it is VERY curly and very tight and gets dry in a heartbeat. I'm very sensitive to perfumes, so many hair products won't work for us because I can't handle the smell.

Sounds like you have a lot of good advice and product recommendations here.
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