As you may have guessed from the title I’m afraid today’s post is on the negative side. I’ve read a few positive reviews about using coconut oil as a hair mask and loved the sound of it because I really like the smell of coconut and it is so white, pure and silky I thought it could do wonders for my hair. How wrong I was!
Let me explain this product before we go any further. This isn’t actually a product designed for hair care, instead it is a food product and is often used in cooking but as I say I had heard good things about it so I thought why not?! Baring this in mind I won’t go into detail about the packaging as it isn’t aimed at the beauty market.
The consistency of this product is strange. It is completely solid in the jar but after a few seconds of massaging it into your hands it turns into a serum like substance. You then simply apply this onto your hair like you would any other mask and leave it for a while. I say ‘a while’ because I rarely leave these on the recommended time.. I get impatient and bored so only end up leaving them on a couple of minutes.
Anyway, as soon as I rinsed the coconut oil off my hair I could instantly feel a difference. My hair was left super smooth and soft but extremely heavy. Thankfully the smell wasn’t that strong either as it wasn’t actually that pleasant.
I left my hair in a towel to dry for a short time and then proceeded to dry my hair as normal. I sprayed a little leave in conditioner and heat protector spray but very sparingly as my hair already felt very heavy and I didn’t want to add too much product to it. Drying my hair took an absolute age! It was as though my hair was resisting the heat and only patches dried. These ‘dry’ patches were rather strange too.. although they felt dry they actually looked wet and greasy. As the drying process went on my hair got heavier, sticky and started to separate into smell strands. My hands were also left greasy from where I had been touching it.
My hair looked and felt absolutely awful and before I even attempted to finish drying it completely I gave up and washed it twice more to wash all of this ‘mask’ out.
Needless to say, I will never, ever use this product on my hair again! It’s place is definitely in the kitchen rather than my bathroom!
This product is available from Tesco for £6.99.
Have you tried this type of hair mask? What is your favourite hair mask? Have you had a beauty disaster?