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    I love my avocado+argan+coconut blend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neneka View Post
    Agh! I put coconut oil in my hair and now my dog is trying to eat me all the time!
    Uh oh.. cute.


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    Maybe I should give him a little coconut oil treat. I have read that coconut oil is very healthy for dogs.

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    I use oil constantly... pre-wash, I generally just smooth on a little coconut oil from root to tip. After cowashing I put on some conditioner as a leave in, then a roughly 75/25 mix of coconut oil/sweet almond oil on top of that on towel dried hair. In the winter I'll mix some shea butter into my oils as well. In the morning when everything is dry, I sometimes add a little more coconut oil just to the ends of my hair, depending on how they're feeling... my hair doesn't understand the phrase "over oiled" in the least.

    The only "oil" my hair flat out dislikes so far is jojoba. I still wanna try avocado and camellia, but I haven't gotten around to ordering them online yet.

    This CurlChemist article on oils and butters is a fun read. I particularly like the third page with the fatty acid composition chart of some of the more common oils.

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    That link from CurlChemist is very good.

    I remember reading about the oil shampoo method many people were trying and quite a number of people were discovering splits and breaking hair after using it for a time. But then I read this paragraph from that article:

    Fatty acids in the interior of the hair can provide brittle hair with much-needed suppleness and elasticity. However, porosity is a very important factor to consider when using easily absorbed oils and butters. If one has very porous hair, it can absorb excessive quantities of these oils, which can lead to a host of problems. Among these could be greasy feel, dull appearance, limp hair, a swollen and open cuticle, frizz, and tangling. It can be very difficult to remove excess absorbed oils, in my experience, requiring the use of harsh surfactants, which strip the hair of its own lipids.
    It makes me wonder if over absorption of the oil by using this method is the issue at play here.

    Anyway, that is a very useful article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aMused View Post
    That link from CurlChemist is very good.

    I remember reading about the oil shampoo method many people were trying and quite a number of people were discovering splits and breaking hair after using it for a time. But then I read this paragraph from that article:



    It makes me wonder if over absorption of the oil by using this method is the issue at play here.

    Anyway, that is a very useful article.
    That is fascinating aMused! Just fascinating! It explains so much. I was doing everything right with the oil shampoo method, using an "approved" shampoo after correctly clarifying, and everything seemed great, but after a few weeks my already very damaged porous ends would start to matt up on me. Like, I've never had so many tangles in my whole life matting up. It was horrifying. To specify how badly tangled they got it took me half an hour to detangle the ends of my less than shoulderlength hair. I hadn't rubbed it in and used my same gentle wash pattern.

    Maybe this means that I can go back to oil shampoo once the damage is fully chopped off? Either way thanks again for the very useful information. I truly love my coconut oil and I couldn't understand how it could become such a disaster for me mixed with shampoo.

    (Excuse my rambling - I just become very excited when things I don't understand actually make sense to me )
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    Thanks so much for that article, Kaijah!

    My procrastination has paid off yet again! I never got around to trying the shampoo oil method, now thanks to laziness and research I see I may have avoided a disaster.
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    Has anybody heard about soybean oil?
    I'm tempted to purchase a leave in with soybean oil but I don't know anything about this particular oil
    if it's good to the hair or Does it have any protein?

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    Oh aMused! That reminds me, when I was around 9 or 10 my Dad used to use something called Brylcreem in his hair.

    Brylcreem
    Brylcreem: Hair styling for men
    Brylcreem (pronounced /ˈbrɪlkriːm/) is a brand of hair styling products for men. The first Brylcreem product was a pomade created in 1928 by County Chemicals at the Chemico Works in Bradford Street, Birmingham, England. The pomade is an emulsion of water and mineral oil stabilised with beeswax.


    Apparently you're only supposed to use a tiny dab. Well I put a gigantic big handful all through my hair, and it was a solid, greasy lump. How embarassing. I wore a lot of strange stiff-looking braids until it finally washed out.

    I should probably add that the only two oils I can use on my hair are coconut oil and rosehip oil. I am allergic to jojoba - red and itchy and burning - and evoo and castor oil make my hair stiff and dry. They work great for Mr Cardigan though.
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