It’s become common knowledge that coconut is just plain awesome. We’re pretty familiar with the wonders its oil-form can do for our hair, but have you heard about the magic of coconut milk? This delicious creamy substance is yummy hair food that supports growth, conditions from within, and hydrates every strand.
Not to be confused with coconut water, coconut milk is the liquid extracted from grated coconut. It’s rich in essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C and E, making it a superpower ingredient for healthy skin, bones, hair, and overall wellness.
MAKE YOUR OWN
If you prefer to DIY, you can make your own coconut milk by adding 4 cups of hot (almost boiling) water to 2 cups of freshly grated coconut (or unsweetened shredded coconut pulsed in a blender) in a bowl. While the coconut + water mixture cools down, grab a separate bowl and a sieve lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth. Once the water cools down to room temperature, strain the coconut through the sieve over the empty bowl. Gather the cheesecloth with the coconut meat and squeeze excess liquid into the bowl. Bottle your milk and store in the fridge for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Of course, you can always go the lazy-girl route and simply buy the canned stuff!
USE AS PRE-POO
Coat your dry hair with a mixture of 6 tablespoons of coconut milk, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Cover with a plastic cap and leave in for 20-30 minutes before washing. This leaves your hair extra conditioned if your strands are prone to dryness.
USE AS SHAMPOO
Cleanse your hair with a mixture of 1 ½ cup of coconut milk with ¾ cup of castile soap, and a tablespoon of Vitamin E oil. Bottle or jar leftover shampoo and store in fridge for up to one month.
USE AS CONDITIONER
Simply massage a mixture of 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner, and 2 tablespoons of your favorite oil into your mane after shampooing. Rinse and style as usual.
USE AS A LEAVE-IN
Store in a small spray bottle ¼ cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of coconut or Vitamin E oil, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spritz on your elixir for a midday hair refresher.
DRY SCALP TREATMENT
Heat up ½ cup of coconut milk then massage into scalp. Allow scalp to soak for 30 minutes before rinsing.
BALD SPOT/ HAIR LOSS
In a bowl mix together 1 cup of coconut milk, ½ cup of yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of camphor oil. Massage mixture into scalp, focusing on the problem areas, and let sit for 1-2 hours before rinsing with warm water. Wrap damp hair in towel and allow to dry without rubbing.
Simply rub coconut milk into your hair and detangle with fingers, brush, or wide-tooth comb. For added benefit, you can add some oil or melted shea butter.
HYDRATING HAIR MASK
Whisk together 1 ripe avocado (mashed), 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil, and ½ of coconut milk. Apply mask to hair and cover with plastic cap for at least an hour. Shampoo mixture out, condition, and style as usual.
HOT COCONUT MILK OIL TREATMENT FOR SHINY HAIR
One YouTuber went viral for her hot coconut milk oil treatment. Vlogger BeautyKLove keeps her hair lustrous, healthy, and strong with an overnight mask of pure coconut milk. Unlike the DIY coconut milk recipe above, this method does not require water to get the milk out of the coconut. Instead, just squeeze the milk directly out of the grated coconut using a cheesecloth, then strain the liquid through a sieve. Heat up your milk in a skillet until it becomes paste-like, transfer warm milk into a bowl then use immediately or store in the fridge for later use. (FYI: The milk can be used hot or cold). In any case, start by massaging milk into scalp then rub throughout hair. Cover with plastic cap and let sit overnight. Shampoo, condition, and enjoy gorgeous hair!
Is coconut milk part of your hair routine? Let us know your beauty methods in the comments below!