Coconut Oil: The Best Cleanser EVER?!

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I’ve been using coconut oil as a hair mask for a couple of years now and it has been a godsend through the good times and the bad (see My Hair History post)! I had heard many good things about using it as a cleanser but was slightly reluctant as I was really happy with the No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser I had been using for the past few months. However, when I started breaking out more than usual I wanted to try something with more natural ingredients so out came the coconut oil, and boy am I happy with the results…

Not only does it effortlessly remove every last scrap of eye and face makeup, it leaves my skin feeling fresh, pampered and soft too. Oh and the break outs? Gone. Apparently this stuff is antibacterial and anti-fungal so whilst you may think covering your face with oil would produce spots, it actually helps to prevent them!

Coconut oil is solid but melts at body temperature so to use it I scoop out about a teaspoon amount and rub together in my hands before applying it to face/hair/body.

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I use this oil exactly how I use hot cloth cleansers – to remove makeup apply it to a dry face and over the eyes. Run a muslin cloth under comfortably warm water. Ring it out and lay the warm damp cloth flat over your face allowing it to open your pores. After a few seconds wipe the oil off your face with the cloth until all makeup and oil has disappeared. Splash face with cold water to close pores and then pat dry. I then repeat these steps again to cleanse the skin.

Another good point about this gorgeous stuff is that it’s cheap as chips and can be found in health food stores, supermarkets and online. I purchased mine from eBay for about £4 for 200ml. Just make sure the pot says the words ‘raw, virgin and unrefined’ to make sure you’re getting the purest version of it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and uses for coconut oil!

Thanks for reading!
Abi x

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Battle Of The Hair Oils

In the last few years I have put my hair through some serious trauma and I’m not just talking about a few highlights here and there. I’m talking dark brown to platinum blonde in a matter of days (eek!) and then back again, no fringe to full fringe to side fringe to no fringe again, not to mention the regular use of blow dryers, straighteners, curling tongs and rollers. So, as you can imagine, after finally coming to my senses and leaving it the hell alone it is a daily battle against the frizzy mess I have left myself with but I have found a few products that have really helped.

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In terms of deep conditioning treatments, coconut oil is the best product I have found to inject moisture into my hair and make it look shiny and healthy. I leave this one in overnight and wash out in the morning as it’s very greasy so not ideal for leaving in your hair during the day. I focus most of the product at the ends of my hair and then work whatever is left on my hands up into my roots and scalp. You just have to make sure you give it a really good wash the next morning to ensure all the product is out. Coconut oil comes in solid form and melts at body temperature so I scoop out about half a tablespoon’s worth and rub it together in my hands before applying it. I buy this from Holland & Barrett for under £10 and it lasts ages!

I often mix this with a 50p sized amount of canola oil which is said to aid in thickening hair and encouraging growth. I’m not really sure of the science behind this and whether it actually works but anything that claims to help hair grow has me interested!

When it comes to leave-in hair oils my favourites are macadamia oil and argan oil – in that order. I apply these to the ends of my hair as the final step in the styling process and they honestly transform it from something closely resembling hay to glossy, soft and swishy. The macadamia oil, especially, smells divine! There are various brands of these at very different price points but I picked mine up for £2.99 each from Primark and they work a treat. The brand is Hask and they can also be found online on www.haskbeauty.com.

The final oil I use regularly is the Tresemme Liquid Gold Restorative Complex which I have to say I was quite disappointed by and am only using it to finish the bottle. I won’t be repurchasing it. It smells lovely and doesn’t weigh my hair down but I just haven’t noticed it doing anything at all. There’s not a lot more to say about it really, it’s just a bleurgh which, with a name as affluent as Liquid Gold was quite a disappointment!

I must just add that I would never use these products all at once! I alternate them depending on my mood and I always make sure I use them sparingly to avoid the Danny from Grease look!

Thanks for reading,

Abi x