One of the biggest beauty trends this summer is coconut oil, and we don’t see it stopping anytime soon. It’s a great resource for redheads because most have very sensitive skin and a hair color they want to keep vibrant –– making coconut oil a total win-win. Its all-natural properties are sure to keep hair and skin looking renewed and beautiful. In fact, celebrities have claimed it helps revive their red hair. Hairstylists are recommending their high-profile clients to use a pure coconut oil mask to keep their hair red carpet ready and many estheticians are telling women to shave with it!
If you can use this ‘miracle product’ on your hair and skin, we started to wonder: where else can you use coconut oil? We spoke with three experts who gave us some genius tips:
1. Use as a body moisturizer
“Coconut Oil is hands down one of the best body moisturizers on Earth. Look for food-grade, pure coconut oil in the health food aisle, and after showering, while your skin is still moist, apply it sparingly EVERYWHERE,” says Constance Dunn, natural skincare specialist and author of the beauty handbook, Practical Glamour.
“The purity of this oil is exceptional, as evidenced in its quick absorption into the skin. Coconut oil is a redhead’s delight because of its tendency towards dry skin, particularly in cold months. During warm months, you’ll need to store your coconut oil in the refrigerator to keep it solid. To use, scoop out a chunk at a time and rub it along your skin. The cool chunks will melt as they interact with the warmth of your skin.”
2. Use post-henna
Professional NYC henna artist, Madeleine ‘Mangala’ Buhler-Rose said, “Throughout the ages, coconut oil has been used following henna application to extend the life of the stain. Brides have also been known to lather up with coconut oil to yield long-lasting henna designs. The oil slows down exfoliation, keeping the outmost layer intact (stratum corneum) for longer, which is the layer permanently stained by the dye of the henna plant (lawsonia inermis).”
Tip: For ladies who dye their red hair with henna, use coconut oil to keep the color longer.
3. Use as a mouthwash
“Coconut oil is the first thing I use in the morning. With a tablespoon, I swish coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to help pull toxins from the body*, improve oral health and hygiene, whiten the teeth and freshen the breath. Follow by brushing and drinking a glass of warm water,” said Andrea DeSimone, a veteran esthetician who specializes in facials using all-natural ingredients. She continues, “I am a huge fan of oil on the face, hair and body! In the summer, I switch to coconut oil in lieu of body lotion to hydrate and I love the naturally scented aroma.”
4. Use as a face exfoliant
Andrea DeSimone’s special exfoliant for sensitive-skinned redheads of the world:
- 1 tsp. high fat plain Greek yogurt
- 4-5 drops of coconut oil
- A pinch of baking soda, crushed flaxseeds or muddled oats
- Add a little water to blend so the mask spreads well on the face.
Keep your skin naturally beautiful & Rock it like a Redhead!