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Using coconut milk as a hair mask

I have been experimenting with natural beauty products for a while now and a few weeks ago I blogged about using baking soda and Bio Oil as my facial cleanser and moisturizer. I’ve also been washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar (a blog post on how that is going coming up soon) and I’ve been using coconut milk as a homemade hair mask / hair treatment.

Below is the brand that I use, and I prefer coconut milk to coconut cream. I am trying to go back to a 90% Paleo lifestyle and I drink coconut milk in my coffee and use it when I cook. That means I always have some coconut milk in the kitchen 😉

using coconut milk hair mask homemade

The coconut milk I have been using

The coconut milk is very rich, so I only apply it to the lower half of my hair. I normally apply the hair mask to my unwashed hair and leave it in for about 30 minutes before washing my hair as per usual. In my case, I use baking soda to wash my hair and I find that the baking soda is not as effective to remove all the coconut milk residue from my ends, so I’ll give the lower half of my hair a quick wash with normal shampoo before rinsing.

The result is smooth and soft hair that is definitely more manageable. I normally air dry my hair and straighten it after it’s been washed, and I can definitely feel the difference that the coconut milk hair mask makes. The other plus point is that coconut milk is cheap, less than R20 per can. Next time you’re planning on making a Thai curry, don’t use the full can of coconut milk and apply a little bit of it to your hair. You’ll love the results!

Have you used coconut milk (or cream) as a homemade hair mask before? If yes, what did you think? If you have any questions – chat to me in the comments. 🙂

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  1. Terry -

    Hi there, I found this and your article on washing your face with Baking Soda interesting, as I have recently been struggling with extremely dry skin. Where would you get the Coconut Oil, I want to try that as a moisturizer.

  2. carlavanstaden -

    Hi Terry, you can try a health shop – I’m not 100% sure. Olive oil can also work from what I’ve read 🙂

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