The first time I ever saw or even heard of coconut oil was when I was in Bangladesh well over a decade ago. Despite the sweltering heat of the summer, girls over there would lovingly apply coconut oil to their hair as a conditioning treatment. Of course, due to the high temperatures, the coconut oil would always stay in its liquid form.
Flash forward a few years to me in the UK where coconut oil had become a lot more mainstream and readily available. Yet, as much as I wanted to appreciate the benefits of coconut oil for my hair and skin there was just one frustrating thing that held me back from using it more regularly. You see, the UK is notoriously known for its often cold and wet weather and short lived summers. As such, most of the year, rather than flowing through my hands like a liquid elixir, I handled coconut oil in its solid form as rather cold chunks that I would helplessly try to melt between my hands. You might be thinking, well Abida, all you have to do is wait a few seconds, why are you making such a big deal? But alas, I am such a low maintenance person when it comes to these health and beauty things that if its not something quick and immediate I will just not bother at all. So if the choice is between waiting a few extra seconds to enjoy moisturised hair and skin or being lazy and have dry and cracked skin, I’ll go for the lazy option. Every. Single. Time.
- 1 cup Organic coconut oil (I used Biona brand)
- 5 tablespoons Organic cold pressed rosehip seed oil (I used Fushi brand)
- 2-3 drops essential oil (optional)
- Pour the coconut oil into a bowl and whip using a balloon whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and buttery in texture. Should take anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Mix in rosehip seed oil and essential oil of your choice. Depot into a jar of your choice.