I learnt this from a friend and I’m happy to say that it works a treat!
What you need:
1 small box of coconut milk – any cheap brand will do
1 old towel
1 disposable shower cap
What you do
- Drizzle the coconut milk all over your hair, making sure that you really soak it.
- Cover your hair with the shower cap.
- Wrap your head up with the old towel
- Leave on at least half an hour to an hour
- Wash off, shampoo and condition as per normal
I prefer using coconut milk (thinner consistency) although you can also use coconut cream (santan – thicker consistency). If you are using coconut cream then you will end up using less and its less messy, but I find its oilier and harder to wash off. I usually have to shampoo twice or 3 times to ensure my hair is clean.
This tip can get rather messy so make sure you hang your head over a sink when drizzling coconut milk over your hair, or do it in the bathroom. I usually tie another towel around my neck to catch whatever coconut milk drips from my head. If you want to speed it up, you can use your hair dryer and blast your wrapped up head for about 5-10 minutes then wash off. Oh and also be careful about the floor too.
You will sometimes see Low-Fat coconut milk being sold in the supermarkets. Whilst low-fat is great for your body, its not so great for your hair. What you want is the full-fat non diluted stuff. Thats where all the lovely coconut oil is that will work magic on your hair.
The oil in the coconut milk leaves my hair looking shiny and feeling soft. It doesn’t smell bad – just coconuty and sweet. My friend uses this very regularly and says that she can use any old brand of shampoo without destroying her hair. I’m less diligent so I only do it when I remember. But the effect on your hair is quite instantaneous! Best of all, its cheap!