So we meet again, Greatist list of coconut oil uses. Continuing with the theme of my last blog post, I decided to stay in the “Beauty and Grooming” uses section again, mostly because I knew I could easily employ my colleague (and friend!) Jess with the help of a glass or two of wine. After looking at the list and then in her kitchen cabinets, we settled on a hair mask and a face mask that both used honey and coconut oil.
First up, the hair mask. We were instructed to heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of raw honey (we used Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey) and then massage into hair from roots to ends. Sounds easy enough, right? Before I delve into the actual application process, let me first tell you that coconut oil + honey on the stovetop smells how you would expect living inside a gingerbread house would smell. It’s absolutely heavenly, and someone should definitely imitate that smell in a candle that I can light every night. I digress. After the mixture had liquefied, we had to figure out a way to get it from the pan onto my head. We brought the pan into the bathroom, draped a towel over my shoulders, and then proceeded to make a sticky mess as Jess tried to massage the mask onto to my hair. Needless to say hilarity ensued; I have no idea how I would have done this by myself, as it was hard enough for two people.
Once my hair was secured in a bun, it was time to apply the coconut oil and honey face mask; yes, for a period of time I was covered in honey and coconut oil from the neck up. Jess had already mixed together (and eaten a few spoonfuls of) equal parts honey and coconut oil. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t try some too; it was delicious! But then again, fat and sugar always is. Rubbing the mixture all over our faces produced yet another sticky mess, and as the coconut oil liquefied, it started dripping down our necks. Then we had to leave it on for the longest 15 minutes of our lives. The honey became sticky and itchy. Jess had applied it too close to her eyes, and now it was clouding her vision, and we both couldn’t stop licking the sweet treat off our lips. And, to top it all off, we couldn’t help but burst into laughter every time we looked at one another. The mixture had beaded up in a way that made us both look like we had just completed a marathon.
When time was up, we washed our faces and my hair (I had to shampoo twice) and checked out our results. Our faces were definitely smoother and my hair was the silkiest it’s ever been! Usually my hair air dries with frizzy pieces sticking out every which way, but this time it was as if I had used a flat iron; I’m definitely a fan of this mask! In conclusion, these two uses of coconut oil were surprisingly worth the (tasty) mess. I’d say give them a try!