I never got on the “coconut oil for everything” bandwagon. And I tried! I picked up a jar a few years ago (from TJs, natch) to use as a hair mask. It was disastrous for me because it always made my hair feel crunchy and dry, which I learned later was probably because of my hair’s low porosity. The more you know!
Anyway, all of this is to say that I’ve avoided coconut oil-containing hair products until I spied this Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask at TJs. I dutifully tried it immediately in the name of science despite a nagging fear that I’d end up with hair feeling like straw (the second ingredient is coconut oil, so I was bracing for the worst). I put in the hair mask after shampooing, let it soak in for 3 minutes, rinsed, and air dried my hair. I didn’t put any other conditioning or de-frizzing product in, either, but I did make sure that I had a hair tie and bobby pins with me when I left the house just in case my hair turned into a nasty mess and I needed to hide the evidence.
The verdict: even though this really didn’t have any business working for my hair, it mostly did! Once my hair dried I was left with smooth strands and much less frizz than I was expecting given that I didn’t use any product at all beside the hair mask. My hair did feel a bit heavy and waxy, though, but I’m guessing that that’s because my hair type doesn’t play well with coconut oil in general. For that reason this won’t be entering my personal regular beauty rotation, but I’ll absolutely be passing it along to a friend whose hair is more coconut oil friendly.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?: If you have porous hair, absolutely! I don’t, and this still worked pretty well for me. If you’ve tried using coconut oil in your hair before and it left your strands feeling crunchy and dry, you might want to steer clear, but otherwise this is a solid buy.