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DIY Citrus, Coconut and Brown Sugar Scrub

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I can’t stop school from starting or keep the days from getting shorter, but I can make it smell like summer all year long with this citrus, coconut and brown sugar scrub. The sugar and coconut oil make skin feel super soft and moisturized and combined with the bright scent of lemon and grapefruit, this scrub is basically the next best thing to lounging on a tropical beach.Supplies:
–Organic brown sugar
–Organic cold-pressed coconut oil
–Lemon and grapefruit essential oils
–Airtight glass containerMeasure out 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar and 3/4 cup of softened coconut oil (warm it up in the microwave in 10-second intervals if it’s too hard to scoop). This amount filled a 17-ounce container. For more or less scrub, just follow a 3:1 ratio of brown sugar to coconut oil.Stir together until the coconut oil disappears. Add 4-5 drops of each essential oil and stir to combine.Scoop into a clean, dry container. The scrub should last several weeks stored in a cool location. I recommend scooping a little out with a spoon, rather than using your hands, to avoid introducing bacteria. Discard if the scrub looks or smells funny.My skin feels and smells amazing after exfoliating with this scrub and I know I’m going to keep reaching for it into the colder months when I need a little reminder of sun and warmth. I hope it does the same for you! xo Kayleigh

Credits // Author and Photography: Kayleigh Kosmas. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

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Coconut oil has been frequently touted as a miracle oil for hair. Believers claim that coconut oil can improve hair’s strength, provide healthy shine, and even disguise split ends. But does coconut oil help with hair growth? Keep reading to find out.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil is an amazing natural alternative for conditioners, hair masks, and even shine serums. Coconut oil has many benefits for hair, including:

Deeply Moisturizing Dry Hair

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that can penetrate the hair shaft for deep hydration. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil is one of the best hair oils, and it actually moisturizes hair better than mineral oil and sunflower oil.

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To take advantage of coconut oil’s moisturizing properties at home, make a DIY coconut oil hair mask. Use your hands to warm up a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. Then apply the oil to dry, clean hair. Longer and thicker hair will require additional coconut oil. Next, gently comb through hair using a wide-tooth comb. Wrap hair in a shower cap and allow at least 30 minutes for oil to absorb into strands. For best results, leave the coconut oil hair mask on overnight. Shampoo to remove oil and style hair as usual.

Preventing Protein Loss

Coconut oil can help prevent breakage by decreasing protein loss. Proteins inside the hair structure are what give hair its strength. So by using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner on the outside of strands, you can actually help hair to retain its natural strength.

To use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner, warm up a ¼ teaspoon in your hands and then apply to wet hair, avoiding the roots. If you have long or thick hair, you may need to apply a little bit more coconut oil. Just be careful to avoid using too much coconut oil because it can weigh down hair, especially if it’s thin or fine, and make it look greasy.

Disguising Split Ends

If your ends are looking damaged between hair trims, a little coconut oil will add moisture for a smoother, healthier look.

Simply warm up a teaspoon of coconut oil in hands and apply to the last inch of wet strands. Then style hair as usual to enjoy your refreshed look. Just remember: coconut oil will not repair split ends, so it’s still important to get regular trims for healthy-looking hair.

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Adding Natural, Healthy Shine

A little bit of coconut oil can add a healthy sheen to dull hair. Plus, its weight can smooth frizz and flyaways. Warm up a tiny amount of coconut oil in your hands and lightly smooth over hair to reduce frizz and add a healthy shine. Be careful – too much oil can make hair look greasy instead of shiny!

Can You Use Coconut Oil for Hair Growth?

Many bloggers tout coconut oil as the ultimate solution for growing long, gorgeous hair. While coconut oil does not have an effect on real hair growth, it can help make hair look healthier overall. Healthier hair means fewer split ends, which in turn means fewer trips to the salon for trims. Thus, the topical application of coconut oil can indirectly help hair to grow longer.

However, the best way to promote healthy hair growth is by nourishing hair from the roots. Supplementing your diet with Viviscal hair growth supplements will help your follicles to get the vitamins and minerals they need to grow gorgeous hair.*

So yes, while it’s true that coconut oil doesn’t make hair grow faster, it does help improve how your hair looks and feels. Plus, coconut oil is a healthy alternative to other types of cooking fats in your diet. Keep one jar in your kitchen and another in your bathroom to get the full benefits of coconut oil inside and out!

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Time-Saving Tips For Coconut Oil Mask

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We’re not unfamiliar with just how much good coconut oil can do for your hair. It reverses the signs of heat damage and reduces breakage by strengthening your hair at the core—now who doesn’t want that? This age-old nourishing ingredient  has never failed to lead us to softer, shinier hair but we’re often hesitant to indulge in a coconut oil mask because of how long-drawn the process can be 

Although the process can be time consuming and messy, coconut oil is too good of a natural resource for your hair to be missing out on. So, what are some ways you can still enjoy all the coconut-y goodness, without giving up your time, messing up a t-shirt and keeping it cute? 

Like always, we’ve got you covered. In a day and age where time is of the essence, we’ve found a few ways you can maximize your time, up your multitasking game and indulge in self-care without the guilt. Here are seven time-saving hacks to coconut mask your hair. 

1. Do a slick back snatched pony or low bun with coconut oil 

Next time you go for an Ariana Grande-like snatched ponytail or J-Lo inspired bun, don’t be afraid to add in coconut oil to your styling process by swapping out your styling gel or wax for coconut oil. Use it at the top of your head for an extra sleek look and along the length of your ponytail to keep it shiny and straight. Additionally, it will also help tame flyaways and keep your hair in place all day long!

2. Braid your hair and apply coconut oil to ends of the braid

On days when don’t have the time to sit around masking, braids will always be there! You can choose to do a bubble braid, a basic french braid, or a simple three-strand braid and apply coconut oil to the ends for some extra goodness. The ends of your hair are more prone to dryness and damage so, this is an ideal way to make sure they’re getting that extra care and nourishment. This time-saving, trendy hair technique will always have your back when you’re running out of ideas and perfectly fits in space to add in some nourishment to the mix. 

3. Apply the mask before your workout 

Coconut oil is an inclusion you can easily make to your pre-workout prep. As you get ready for your work out, apply some coconut oil, and braid your hair or wear it in a ponytail to keep it out of your face. A lot of times, your hair can be a big inconvenience while working out, especially with exercises like mountain climbers and planks. Applying a coconut oil hair mask before working out, will not only keep your hair in place, it also helps you save an extra wash sesh since you’re going to wash all that post-workout sweat and grease anyway. Win-win, all around!

4. Apply it before bed and wake up to softer hair

We’ve often talked about creating a night-time hair care routine that goes beyond brushing your hair. A coconut oil hair mask is the perfect way to get you started on developing this routine. You can do this by applying a generous amount of coconut oil all over your head, scalp, and the ends of your hair. Brush out any knots and tie your hair in a comfortable braid or bun. Let the coconut oil work it’s magic while you sleep and wake up and rinse it out for softer, shinier hair!

P.S. Remember to lay down an old t-shirt or towel on to of your pillow before you sleep to avoid staining your pillowcase.

5. Apply it while tanning

To get the most out of your at-home tanning session, it is essential that you exfoliate your skin and keep the tan on for at least an hour. Use this waiting period to douse your hair with coconut oil, leave it in for a deep condition. In the meantime, you can throw on a hat and finish grocery shopping, chores around the house, or binge your favorite TV show.

Wash this mask off when you go to rinse your tan—now, you’ve saved time and also found your way to healthier hair. 

6. Use coconut oil when swimming 

Now that the summer is here, we’re all about (socially distant) beach days and hangs by the pool! Take advantage of this time by using coconut oil in your hair the next time you go swimming. It helps protects your hair from chlorine and salt water that often strips your hair of its nutrients and leaves it feeling rough and dry. 

7. Power up your conditioner with coconut oil 

Because of its natural healing benefits, coconut oil can boost up a basic hair conditioner. The next time you want to deep condition your hair, simply add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your regular conditioner and leave it on for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off and say hello to softer, shinier hair! This is a simple way to power up your regular conditioner, without investing in expensive products. 

Now that we’ve helped you see simple ways in which you can add coconut oil to your hair care routine, we’re sure you’re excited to dive into all the nourishment it can bring. Whether you’re at the beach days, at home, or working out—coconut oil pretty much fits in like a perfect puzzle piece in every aspect of your life. 

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Coconut oil has been a hot topic in the beauty world for the last few years. We remove our makeup with it, slather it on our skin, and even brush our teeth with it. Celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow have been preaching the benefits of the multipurpose oil for years, and beauty brands have jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon and dedicated entire lines to the do-it-all oil. 

While it’s safe to say almost everyone can find a place for coconut oil in their beauty routine, it might not belong in your hair. Depending on your hair type, coconut oil can be a holy grail or a total flop. It has fatty acids which help to moisturize and soften strands, and enhance shine. Unlike other oils, coconut oil can penetrate deep into the shaft of your hair  and trap moisture. Coconut oil works best paired with a hydrator for that reason. 

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Not sure if coconut oil is right for your hair type, or how you can add it into your routine? Keep reading. 

Coconut Oil Isn’t For Every Hair Type 

Although coconut oil is touted as a holy grail product, it may not be the best oil for certain hair types. Coconut oil has the ability to cause protein build up on some hair types. For those of you with fine to medium hair, you might see great results from adding a coconut oil hair mask to your routine. However, for those of you with coarse or dry hair, with an abundance of protein, it may make your hair more brittle and lead to hair loss. 

Coconut oil is great for people with high porosity hair as it blocks the cuticles and prevents water from flooding into the strands too quickly, helping your strands to retain moisture. If you have high porosity hair that means that water, oils, and other products can easily be absorbed into your hair. However, that means that your hair may not retain moisture as well as other hair types. For folks with low porosity hair it clogs the cuticle, making it hard for water to 

Not sure what your hair type is? There are so many different factors to determine hair type. One of the most important is hair porosity, which is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. To find out if you have high or low porosity hair, take a bowl filled with water and place a single strand of hair in it. If your strand sinks to the bottom, you have high porosity hair, as it is absorbing all the moisture. If it floats to the top, you have low porosity hair that struggles to absorb moisture. If your hair sinks below the surface but doesn’t hit the bottom, you have a “normal” or balanced hair porosity. It’s important that you do not confuse hair texture with porosity, any hair texture can have high or low porosity strands. 

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How To Use Coconut Oil In Your Routine 

Overnight Mask 

First, part your hair into manageable sections to ensure that you evenly coat each strand. Then, rub the coconut oil between your hands until it becomes a liquid. You’ll want the oil to be warm (not hot) so that it can open the hair cuticles and penetrate your hair better. Focus on your ends, where your hair tends to be the driest and most damaged. If your hair is thin or you have a greasy scalp, you can skip the scalp so that the oil doesn’t weigh your hair down. We recommend doing this hair mask overnight, if you do it in the morning you risk going out with greasy hair. Also, don’t forget to cover your hair to avoid getting your pillowcase oily. 

Use It As a Pre-Poo Shampoo Treatment 

Your hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet, because of the structural changes that happen when your hair absorbs water. Applying oil to your hair before you shampoo will reduce the amount of water absorbed by the hair shaft, which will make it less prone to damage when it’s wet. Coconut oil doubles as a moisturizing pre-poo treatment for those whose hair feels dry or stripped after shampooing. Massage coconut oil from root to tip before you shampoo to prevent stripping and damage, and follow up with a shampoo that works best for your hair type. 

Use It To Boost Your Conditioner 

Coconut oil cannot moisturize on it it’s own, but used correctly it can help to enhance your moisturizing products. To give your conditioner a boost try adding a layer of coconut oil before you wash out your conditioner. After saturating your hair with conditioner, seal it in with a layer of coconut oil, leave it on for at least 15 minutes for softer, stronger hair. The oil is occlusive so it helps to seal in the conditioner’s hydrating ingredients, like slugging but for your hair.

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Swim-Proof Your Hair 

Without protection, swimming can wreak havoc on your hair. If you’re not a fan of wearing a swim cap, you can protect your hair with a layer of coconut oil. Coat your hair with a thick layer of coconut oil before going into the pool or ocean. The oil will create a barrier around your hair that will protect it from the sea salt and chlorine. 

Split End and Frizz Control 

Has it been a while since your last salon visit? Consider coconut oil your right hand man. Coconut oil can temporarily mend split ends in between salon visits. It’s also great for taming frizz because it tops moisture from absorbing into your hair, especially in humid climates, which can prevent frizz. Even in colder climates hair can look dry and frizzy, and coconut oil can penetrate the shaft and soften strand. 

Define Curls 

If your curls tend to lose definition throughout the day, try pairing coconut oil with your favorite gel or curl cream for dreamy ringlets that last all day. For maximum curliness, apply to damp hair. This will help make the strands more supple and helps them lock in the oil as the hair dries. You’ll be set with soft, juicy curls all day.  

How Not To Use Coconut Oil In Your Routine 

Despite claims, coconut oil cannot do it all. It won’t help with hair growth or dandruff. There are no scientific studies backing that coconut oil can help with hair growth, however it does help to prevent breakage. If you’re growing out your hair, but still want a longer and fuller look, you can always opt for hair extensions while it grows out. As for dandruff, coconut oil might lead to more buildup and a dehydrated scalp. If used directly on your scalp, coconut oil can clog pores and prevent hair follicles from “breathing”. 

Coconut oil can melt or harden depending on the temperature, so it’s best not to rely on it as a styling creme. You might leave the house one way, and walk outside to your hair looking and feeling greasy or stiff. Instead use products that are formulated with coconut oil to get the best results. 

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The Best Coconut Oil Infused Products 

Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Curl Defining Gelee 

This coconut oil infused curl defining gelee works best on 3a to 4b hair, because of its lightweight consistency and medium hold it won’t weigh your hair down or make it crunchy. It moisturizes your hair, eliminates frizz, and enhances your curls. Add it as the last step in your wash-and-go routine for soft, juicy curls. It also smells amazing! 

Shea Moisture Leave-In Conditioner Treatment 

This leave-in conditioner is great for detangling, controlling frizz, and moisturizing your hair. It’s sulfate- free and formulated with 100% virgin coconut oil that will leave you with soft, manageable strands. Spritz on wet or dry hair for a boost of moisture and to prevent frizz. Bonus: your hair will smell like a Carribean holiday! 

Sephora Collection Multi-Purpose Oil 

This oil can be used anywhere on the body, but the formulation is perfect for adding extra shine and body to your hair. It can be used on wet or dry hair for shiny, frizz-free locks. It comes in an easy use bottle, so it’s easy to throw in your bag and use on the go. 

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Scalp Scrub 

We know that healthy hair starts with scalp care. If you have a dry, flaky scalp or are prone to build up this exfoliating shampoo can help to draw impurities and gently remove buildup from your scalp and strands. Apply to wet hair, focus on the scalp, for a clarifying treatment before following up with your favorite conditioner or post-shampoo treatment. 

Kopari Coconut Melt 

This multi-tasking coconut oil can hydrate from head to toe. Coconut melt is premium quality, unrefined, organic coconut oil that provides rich hydration to the hair, skin, and body. Use it as a deep conditioning mask on colour treated hair, or to mend split ends between salon visits. You won’t run out of ways to use this lavish oil.

Written by Phelisha Cassup

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