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4 Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Grooming Ritual

Women have used coconut oil for centuries as a hair and skin enhancer, but only recently have we caught on to the wonders of this super food.

Solid at room temperature, coconut oil protects and nourishes textured hair and skin in ways that other oils do not. Learn how to properly care for yourself with coconut oil.

By Ajableu Oldham

1. Pre-shampoo treatment

Did you know that washing your hair is damaging to your hair fibers? Every time you wash or wet your hair, your hair fibers swell to accommodate the water, and then contract as it dries. This act of expanding and contracting causes the hair cuticle to crack, split, and fray.

As a solution, apply coconut oil to your hair a few hours before you wash your hair. Because coconut oil can penetrate the hair fiber and protect your hair from absorbing too much water, your hair will remain stronger and healthier over time.

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2. Fight Frizzy Hair

Because oil and water do not mix, you can use coconut oil to fight frizz and keep your hair looking smooth and shiny.

What else can you do with Coconuts? Try this Coconut Water Horchata Recipe.

 

3. Organic Makeup Removercoconut

Give your face a break from harsh chemicals that strip oils. Remove your foundation and eye makeup with coconut oil. You’ll also find that it’s super hydrating.

Want to exfoliate and moisturize your skin naturally? Here’s a DIY Activated Charcoal and Coconut Oil Cleansing Skin Balm.

4. Massage Oil

Virgin coconut oil is an effective lotion, especially for people who suffer from conditions that cause dry, rough, and itchy skin. Place a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil on your hands, rub your hands together and feel the oil melt at the touch. The oil will absorb right into the skin.




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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Vickey
    September 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I’m just starting out with my new all natural hair and need all the tips and advice you can possibly give me! I must let you know that watching you over the course of the year’s has very much inspired me to go natural! From noticing you in Set It Off to Diary of A mad Black Woman, Women of Color, Hit The Floor, John Q, your list is huge, those are just a few!!!! My point is I’ve been a fan of You , your true beauty, and the fact that you’re so beautiful and natural to boot! I’m having such a hard time with my hair though, I almost want to give up! What am I doing wrong???? In tears!!!! :’-(
    I am using the coconut oil now, but I need any and all other tips or advice you have to offer!
    Blessings to you and yours beautiful strong woman of color!!!!! <3 <3 <3

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      Vickey
      October 9, 2014 at 4:34 am

      I’m just starting out with my new all natural hair and need all the tips and advice you can possibly give me! I must let you know that watching you over the course of the year’s has very much inspired me to go natural! From noticing you in Set It Off to Diary of A mad Black Woman, Women of Color, Hit The Floor, John Q, your list is huge, those are just a few!!!! My point is I’ve been a fan of You , your true beauty, and the fact that you’re so beautiful and natural to boot! I’m having such a hard time with my hair though, I almost want to give up! What am I doing wrong???? In tears!!!! :’-(
      I am using the coconut oil now, but I need any and all other tips or advice you have to offer!
      Blessings to you and yours beautiful strong woman of color!!!!! <3 <3 <3

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        Kimberly Elise
        October 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

        I’ll try to get a few ideas for you! Good luck on your journey

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    Erika
    June 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Greetings Lady Kimberly!
    I love watching you as an actress! To me you are the Cicely Tyson of our generation! Awesome actress! Thank you for the insight of all the uses of coconut oil. I suffer with eczema and the topical steroids work for a while and then they stop. I going to try this and hope that it works. Blessings and the peace of God to and your family!

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    Kimberly Dale
    June 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hello Kimberly, I am Kimberly also. My hubby starting using this coconut as a cooking oil but I’m glad that you have enlightened me on others uses for this oil. I did read up on it too. I’m definitely going to try it out. By the way, you are doing your thing on “Hit the Floor.” Keep up the good work. I love the show and you look amazing. But you always did!

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    Naomi
    June 21, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Used coconut all the time.It is good.

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    Melissa
    June 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thank Kimberly, for the beauty tips, didn’t know coconut oil could do so much. Love u as an actress, keep up the good work! Be blessed!

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    Jennifer A
    June 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Kimberly, How delited I am to find this page! I follow you on Facebook . I am finding my way through all the natural products for my hair and body. Coconut oil is so far my favorite. Thank you for being an inspiration on a continuous basis. I wish you continued success in all your endeavor s 😀

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    Nellisha Mullen
    June 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I really admire you as a strong black woman/ role model. I watch you on “Hit The Floor” great acting. I just want to let you know that you wear your age flawless. I pray that I’m just as graceful, as you are when The Good Lord bless me to see your age, Beautiful your are. May GOD continue to bless you, your family and your career. Hope things work out with that old flame.

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    Sanae
    June 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Trying to define my short hair its really course…

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    jarenda
    June 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I have been useing cocunt oil for sometime I raely love it It help my hair from beening dry and iching cape

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    Latricia
    June 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I get coconut oil from Trader Joe’s for $5.99. That’s cheaper than these new products they have for us natural hair wearers. I’m appalled at some of the prices.

    Our sisters need to realize they are still trying to sell us chemicals since we’ve stopped using perm.

    Love the tip mixing coconut oil with olive oil. Trying that one for sure!!

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    Virginia Coleman
    June 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Hello Kim Ilove your acting and I want to thank-you for the advice about coconut oil. Be blessed

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    Pamular
    June 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Hello Ms Kimberly, I think you are beautiful and amazing. I just start using coconut oil on my hair because I was told it was good for the hair and skin. my hair is very fine and soft. beside loving the smell ………..I love the way it feels on my hair. I will start using it on my skin. thank you for posting it on your site.

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    Gwynn McCoy
    May 6, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Hi, Kimberly

    I just want you to know you are my favorite actress people tell me all the time we look alike if a roll comes up and you need a sister just let know
    I been using coconut oil for a year now on just about everything plus my hair but not before i shampoo i will have totry it

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    Jazz Woodard
    May 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I am a new fan of coconut oil. I recently started oil pulling and am anxious to try these other remedies. Thank you Ms.Elise. It is so wonderful to have an inspiring, innovative, and caring role model out there who tries to help society the way you do. May God bless you forever and always.

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    Emma Roland
    May 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Ms. Kimberly , I have a perm in my hair can I also use coconut oil on a perm.

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      Lon
      June 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Yes you can hope you don’t mind me responding, I’ve been using Coconut Oil for years even when I had a perm..

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    Corwanna Mitchell
    May 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I would like to try this out

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    Salani
    May 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    After showering and while my skin is wet, I rub coconut oil on my wet skin. I press my towel on my skin to dry. You need only a tablespoon of oil for the entire body.

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    Kriss
    May 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Please confirm especially my Island Sisters. Heard from a trusted friend that coconut oil is great for menopausal changes/dryness?

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    Alyce
    April 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    You are so beautiful. I love your skin color as my color is the same. I am inspired by your work. You are a true role model for us. Thank you so much.

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      Kimberly Elise
      May 3, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Alyce,

      Thank you for complimenting me on my work. I love my job! All skin shades and colors are beautiful, so I’m glad you’ve found the beauty in yours.

      Love, Kimberly

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        Georgia
        May 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        Is there a certain of Coconut Oil I should purchase? There are so many on the market. Organic?

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      Barbara Brown
      May 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Could you email me and tell me how to use coconut oil on my short natural alfro please email
      brownbarbara644@gmail. Com

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    Tash
    April 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi Kimberly,
    Congrats to all your success , and may God continue to bless you on your journey.
    I just want to know how do you maintain your natural hair? What are some of your remedies.

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    Sonette Alexis
    April 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I grew up using coconut oil as food, body lotion and in the use of home remedies. For my early childhood I never knew about any other oil. I can attest to this that coconut oil is very good for hair.. Because it was made at home it was always fresh and have a wonderful aroma. Our hair was healthier and our skin smooth.er. However I have forgotten the value of coconut oil. Thank you for the reminder..

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    courtney
    April 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I personally lobe coconut oil as a proud belizean woman coconut oil is used for multiple things cooking skin hair and as a natural cleanse coconut oil is the best…….

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    kenesha
    April 17, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I love coconut oil. I use it for almost everything. I even recently started oil pulling wiht it. And i must say that my teeth were white before, but now they are just really bright lol.

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    Doris Moore
    April 16, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Coconut oil smells so good…♡♡♡

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    renee knight
    April 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    You are sweet and wonderful person!

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    aAngela L.
    April 14, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I have coconut oil in my kitchen and in my bathroom. I replace some of the butter for coconut oil in my cake recipes, not only does it add a health element; it makes cakes/pies tastier. I put it in my oatmeal and use it to sauté veggies. But when I’m using coconut oil for sautéing I use the one that is deodorized. The coconut taste has been removed through filtering.
    I have been using coconut oil in hair for about three years. I used it when I had sister locks and continue to use it now that I’ve cut my locks of seven years off. I’m on my free flow journey and like the idea of using natural products on my natural hair. I am pleased with the results. I keep it in a squeeze bottle and during the winter, before I get into the shower, I simply sit the plastic squeeze bottle in warm/hot water. By the time I’m done in the shower, the coconut has reverted to its liquid form and I use it from head to toe. I noticed yesterday that I did not have to heat the oil at all and although it was not completely liquid it was very soft and squeezed out easily. I added olive oil and jojoba oil, works nicely!
    Coconut oil can be easily purchased at a local grocery store or favorite vitamin store, I order mine online through a site called http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/ . Thanks

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks forthe great tips!

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    debbie
    April 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve prepoo with coconut oil and loved it but, in doing that I realized that im allegic to it. Is there any other oil that pent rate the hair?

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      Bernadette Elston
      May 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Olive oil works as well…but doesn’t have the same aesthetic (and arometherapeutic) scent 🙂 The nice thing is..that olive oil can be easier to find…and a little less expensive.
      Have a good one!

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    Bernadette Elston
    April 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Great tip! It’s so true that regular shampoos dry your hair out! What body-soap solutions do you have for people with hyper-sensitive skin and a modest budget?

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    Aqua Roze
    April 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for posting beauty benefits of coconut oil….so cool!

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    Anqunette
    April 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Learn something new every day! Thanks!O:-)

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    Stacey Houston
    April 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I love coconut oil!! Thanks so much Kimberly Elise!!

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    Jennifer
    April 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you for this post. It’s extremely Informative. I never knew coconut oil was so versitile.

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      Kimberly Elise
      April 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

      You’re welcome!

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