Earlier this week my boyfriend, Neil, wanted to help me out by looking up some natural remedies for scalp dryness (random I know) on the internet.
We all know the internet is great for a few things (blogging). But, we also know that what we find sometimes can be incredibly scary. Have you ever gone to Google and typed things in such as “how do I….” or “where can I buy…” do you ever get worried/intrigued/terrified when you see what searches appear below for you to choose from?
People are incredibly creative when it comes to the things they’re willing ask Google. After all, it’s much easier than the old school encyclopedia, right?
Back to the real reason why I’m here. Dry scalp. After spouting off 15 or so natural remedies which ranged from lemon juice to salt to baking soda, we settled on coconut oil. Although we bought it for cooking, why not spare a few tablespoons for the good ole’ doo (birds nest)?
I SAID TABLESPOONS.
I bet you’re cringing right now….
4-5 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage into the scalp and leave for 45-60 minutes. Ok, so extra dry scalp, 90 minutes IT IS!
Coconut oil, shower cap, cup of tea and 1 1/2 TV shows later, time to take a shower and wash it all out! I think I knew immediately, but I DEFINITELY knew we were semi in trouble when it came to shower #1. It was late at night, so I mistakenly put my hair up still wet (and smelling like a coconut pina colada) and went to bed.
8 HOURS LATER = HAIR EMERGENCY
I woke up thinking I would just dry my hair and we would be good to go. Maybe just a little bit shiny, but that’s it.
Anyone that has cooked with coconut oil knows that (obviously) when it gets warm it melts, otherwise, when sitting on the shelf at room temperature it is more of a solid. I felt like a candle when the wax starts to melt near the flame and suddenly the whole thing is just a puddle…. The more and more I ran my fingers through my hair the more oily my hands were getting.
This was not going to work.
Keep calm. Deep breaths, it’s only 8 AM, you still have 30 minutes.
Shower #2— Lots and lots of shampoo and conditioner
Hair drying #2
NOT CALM ANYMORE shallow breathing. It’s 8:15 am.
8:25 AM Smart phone. Google ‘How to get coconut oil out of hair EMERGENCY’
8:30 AM Shower #3— dish soap. please please let this work.
Hair drying #3
8:45 AM DEFEAT. SLEEK BALLET BUN ON TOP OF HEAD.
What you’re thinking this looked like-
How I ended up feeling- a greasy, shorter version of Chewbacca on a good hair day.
Moral of the story. The internet is a scary place. Never think that 5 Tablespoons of coconut oil in your hair is EVER going to be okay.
Till next time.
~ Coconut hair lady