Make Up Monday: It’s Time for a Don’t (Coconut Oil) May 20, 2013
If you have been alive longer than oh… 4 years, you know beauty trends come and go about as quickly as those 5 pounds we all gain and lose. Currently, everyone’s all about the coconut oil. All. A. Bout. It.
I’ve been told it’s good for everything from shaving to clearing up brown spots to conditioning my hair. And, because it’s all natural if my cat licks half of the lotion off of me he won’t die. (Win win, right?)
Since I’m always willing to try a new beauty product (For the sake of you all, clearly. I’m here for you–your own little lab rat) I ran to the newest grocery store and bought a jar…
…And decided to try the whole “deep conditioning” process before going out for the night.
Rule #1 of new products: NEVER try them for the first time when you plan to go out in public.
I usually leave very little time to get ready if I’m going out during the week because frankly, I don’t have much time. A typical day involves me bolting out to the door to work, running around the office doing lots of this and that, making it to the gym just in time for my class, and then skaddling home to feed the cat. Evenings tend to be much calmer because I can only handle so much rushing in one day.
But, when I’m going out the rush continues. (I may need to learn not to pack so much into one day, but alas, I’m an overachiever.)
On this particular day I didn’t have time to fully wash my hair so I rinsed it and decided, “I’ll try some of this coconut oil in my hair while I shave.” And I put a little in my hair, shaved, rinsed, and scrambled to my hair dryer.
My hair wouldn’t dry. Would not. Like at all. It stayed wet.
Rule #2: If you’re hair isn’t drying then you probably have shampoo and/or conditioner still in it. Any dummy knows that… Just not this dummy.
The lack of drying didn’t detour me. I figured I’d just go more natural that night. I fixed myself a quick meal, watched a little TV, and then headed back to my room to get dressed.
MY HAIR HAD NOT CHANGED AT ALL. STILL WET. STILL LIMP. STILL OMG BAD.
I had made a commitment to be at my event so I had to go. Yet I started to panic… What’s wrong with my hair? Why won’t it dry? Is it damaged forever? Have I have 34 years of good hair and I’m doomed to spend the rest of my life looking for a respectable wig?
Y’all. It NEVER occurred to me to wash it or that the coconut oil hadn’t rinsed out properly.
Rule #3 of new products: If you look different than normal and can’t figure out why, it’s the new product. DUH!!!
So, I went out with the worst hair ever. And yes, it was noticeable. VERY noticeable. Like, “Did you come here straight from the gym?” was asked of me noticeable.
I did wash it the next day (twice) and my hair ended up looking fine. But still, my make up tip for you today is this: Test a new product when you have no where to be. New products really need a safety net around them. I applaud experimentation but no one needs to be able to moisturizer her whole body with your head. No one.