Yes, you read right; palm oil. About two weeks ago, I was feeling really good about my hair and decided to do something new, then I remembered reading a post on one of my favorite blogs about the goodness of Palm oil (read here) and I decided to try it.
Benefits Of Palm Oil
Palm oil is gotten from palm kernel and is very rich in fat soluble Vitamins A & E, beta carotene which helps restore our hair’s natural oils, moisturize and condition hair. Tocopherols present in palm oil also help to keep hair strong and healthy.
What I Used
Vitale leave-in conditioner
I’ve noticed that I can’t just put one thing on my hair without mixing, I did the mixing with my discretion making sure the palm oil was more being the key ingredient and all. After mixing, I applied it on my hair, used my modified head wrap (a food wrap really) and I was originally going to let it sit for 3 hours but after an hour I couldn’t take it anymore. Firstly, the palm oil was dripping everywhere and that’s one thing I really do not like. The smell of the palm oil was nauseating, I’m not really a fan of palm oil even in my food so I was kind of anticipating this. My hair was noticeably softer after an hour.
After an hour, I thought I was just going to rinse out with a conditioner and be fine, but the palm oil had a mind of its own. I had to use my shampoo thrice to get all the palm oil out of my hair and that didn’t do anything to help the ‘conditioned’ feeling I got from the palm oil. I went on to use my rinse out conditioner and air dry. If you’re thinking of using palm oil as a deep conditioner, there are a few things you should note;
1.) It would drip! So put on an old Tshirt you wouldn’t miss and have a piece of cloth handy to wipe your neck and face with.
2.) If you’re like me and don’t fancy using shampoo, get a cleansing conditioner, your regular conditioner won’t do the job of getting the palm oil out of your hair.
What cleansing conditioners have you used and can recommend?
8 thoughts on “Deep Conditioning With Palm Oil”
I mix a small amount of unrefined red palm kernel oil, a few drops tea tree oil, a few drops vitamin E oil, lavender oil,mamey seed oil, and rosemary oil to my mane & tail conditioner. Shake very well every time before using. What a difference in my hair growth and health.
Thanks for sharing Kristina! Not sure I would have access to Mamey seed oil over here but I’ll try this mix without it.
I use palm oil to deep condition and the results are amazing, even after a week! I think you used too much palm oil in your mixture though. My typical mix is: 1 tsp palm oil, 2 tbsp mayonnaise and 2 tbsp honey.
You only need a little palm oil, otherwise it will drip and will be extremely hard to wash off. Consider reducing the amount of palm oil you use in your next try.
Thanks for the tip!
I usually add my VO5 conditioner to the palm oil in ratio 1 to 1 so it makes a thick consistency, doesn’t drip down my face and washes off once I rinse it once. Palm oil gives my hair the needed moisture boost. Nice blog you have here
I like to add palm oil to my moisturising dc mix, I mix with Vo5 conditioner in ratio 1 to 1, so its a thick consistency and doesn’t drip down my face. It give my hair the ultimate moisture boost and washes of easily once I rinse. Hope that helps. Lovely blog you have here
Thank you! I would try that
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