EVOO vs. Coconut oil

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EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by rayray19 on 5th July 2010, 6:18 pm

so I'm almost 2months into transitioning and starting to notice that my hair love loves loves a lot of moisture. I co-wash every night and apply plenty of Shea butter but i have a question about oil...which oil helps moisturize your hair better coconut oil or EVOO...and where do you purchase virgin coconut oil I cant find it any where???

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Re: EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by Naturally Esq on 5th July 2010, 6:35 pm

I have been transitioning since 9/09. I found EVCO at Whole Foods. I use EVCO or Castor Oil as a sealer because my hair absorbs them and they leave a nice shine in my hair. I also use EVCO to moisturize my face. I use EVOO if I want to pre poo.

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Re: EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by honeybrown1976 on 6th July 2010, 12:16 am

Transitioning for two months and I like coconut better. But, I still use EVOO in my moisturizing spritz. I just prefer coconut oil as a sealant.

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Re: EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by Gado-Gado Gal on 6th July 2010, 9:07 am

Hi rayray19,

From what I learned on this site, all oils are used for sealing in moisture, not moisturizing in itself, whereas water and humectants (which attract water) like honey and glycerin are used for moisturizing.

Shea butter is generally considered to be both a moisturizer and sealer, and many people talk about castor, jojoba, coconut, and olive oils are sometimes said to have moisturizing effects as well (although they are definitely all sealers). What these all have in common is an emollient effect, making your hair feel softer and more pliable.

This oil as sealer seems to contradict the olive oil pre-poo as a moisturizing, deep conditioning treatment, but I've figured that the oil protects the hair from being too dried out from shampoo and hard water, while helping to retain whatever moisture you already have.

Here are the various straight moisturizers and sealers I found by CN readers. Even though some of the ingredients can work not so well for your hair type (e.g. humectants can suck moisture OUT of your hair in dry air/climate conditions), they can still generally be classed as they are below. Please note that different conditioner brands and styling aids (such as serums and pomades) are not listed because they may contain other ingredients that work counter to moisturizing or sealing for your hair type (for example, many conditioners contain protein which can make thick hair dry).

Moisturizers/Humectants:

Distilled/demineralized/filtered water (on your hair and in your mouth!)
Aloe vera
Vegetable glycerin
Honey
Shea butter (unrefined)

Read more here: http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/its-getting-coldmoisturize-your.html

Sealers/Oils:
Olive oil (extra virgin)
Castor oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Coconut Oil (extra virgin)
Vitamin E Oil
Jojoba Oil
Avocado Oil
Sesame Oil
Apricot Kernal Oil
Safflower (seed) oil
Vatika Oil
Oil blends
Shea butter (unrefined)

Here are other forum threads on the difference between moisturizers and sealers:
http://www.curlynikki.forumotion.com/general-f3/moisturizers-including-oils-vs-sealants-t1707.htm?highlight=moisturizers
http://www.curlynikki.forumotion.com/general-f3/shea-butter-moisturizer-or-sealant-again-t3561.htm?highlight=shea+butter
http://www.curlynikki.forumotion.com/general-f3/coconut-oila-moisturizer-or-sealant-t5032.htm?highlight=moisturizer
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/showthread.php?t=105268&highlight=natural+moisturizer

Lastly, in addition to EVCO and EVOO, I've heard raves about castor oil leaving hair feeling very soft like it's moisturized, so you may want to try it too.

I only use EVOO mixed in deep conditioning treatments. During the winter and dry weather, for moisture I use aloe vera gel (either straight on wet hair, or mixed with distilled water or a leave-in conditioner on dry hair), and seal with shea butter and avocado oil (or apricot kernal oil when I can find it). During warmer, more humid times I use lighter oils to seal, like sesame and coconut oil.

I hope this helps! (HTH!)

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Re: EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by HAMPTONSFNST on 6th July 2010, 12:09 pm

I've only used EVOO but prefer castor oil or jojoba oil. I use my EVOO for OCM or to prepoo.

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Re: EVOO vs. Coconut oil

Post by Gado-Gado Gal on 6th July 2010, 4:41 pm

One short follow-up! I love learning details and just discovered The Natural Haven blog by a UK scientist who loves to do research on hair and haircare. Here are some AWESOME moisturizing and sealing articles that are based on scientific research. You'll love the graphics! AND she included sources! Enjoy!

On why water alone doesn't necessarily effectively moisturize your hair:
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/02/part-1-water-is-perhaps-not-moisturiser.html

On the necessity of oils:
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/02/part-2-necessity-of-oils.html

On humectants:
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/02/readers-questions-moisture-issue-so-far.html

On using certain oils together because they combine well - and when they don't combine well the oils can prevent the other oil from penetrating the hair cuticle and effectively preventing moisture loss (!):
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/02/moisture-issue-q.html

On why coconut oil is often considered to be a moisturizer (but is likely not since without water it doesn't have this effect):
http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010/02/readers-questions-moisture-issue-so-far.html

Summary of moisture information: http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

Ok. I'll stop there. But she has a ton of great articles - my new favorite hair blog!

Enjoy.

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