So i first came to know about using coconut milk in your hair about 8 months ago on Longhaircareforum.com. It has been really nice to my hair, particularly, it has made my hair shiny, strong, and moisturized! The only gripe about using coconut milk in your hair is that you cannot use it too much or your hair becomes too rich with protein and is dry.
So what is coconut milk??
Coconut milk is a sweet, milky white cooking base derived from the meat of a mature coconut. The color and rich taste of the milk can be attributed to the high oil content and sugars. In Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia coconut milk is called santan and in the Philippines it is called gata. It should not be confused with coconut water (coconut juice), which is the naturally-occurring liquid found inside a coconut.
You can pick up coconut milk at your local grocery store in the ethnic food isle or at a latin american, thai or indian grocer in your area.
How do you use coconut milk in your hair??
1. Coconut milk soaks. This involves no other ingredient other than coconut milk coming into contact with your hair. You douse your hair in coconut using the whole can and leave on your hair for about an hour. I have not done this because most people comment that it is so drippy while your are waiting that hour..but they do say it makes their hair feel nice!
2. Coconut milk+Conditioner mixtures. I do this very frequently, about every other week to ensure that I do not have hair protein overload. I mix coconut milk with my moisturizing deep conditioners (not protein conditioners because coconut milk is a protein remember!!). The conditioners that I have had great success with coconut milk are Lustrasilk Sheabutter Cholesterol (in the bottle) and Proclaim Aloe&Shea all of which you can find at your Sally’s beauty supply. I mix coconut milk with these conditioners and add other natural ingredients including coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and castor oil. You can change your recipes based on what your hair wants. The general recipe for the coconut milk+conditioner mixture is as so:
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup conditioner
Mix all of these ingredients and let sit on your hair for about an hour and rinse out! Strong fluffy hair for the rest of the week!