Alright, a few weeks ago, I let you in on my mission to venture out and try new products. I’m venturing because I want to make sure I’m transitioning as my hair is transitions (making sure I am continuously meeting my hair’s needs). Check out my previous post for my rules, regimen, etc.
I decided to start with the detangling/pre-poo’ing part of my regimen. Before I gave Vatika Coconut Oil a shot, I used Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. This has become my absolute favorite for co-washing, but for pre-poo’ing it seems a bit heavy and I feel like my hair breaks more easily as a result. So I wanted something lighter that would still help me detangle. I did a quick blog research of ladies I follow and found that a lot them detangle and pre-poo with Vatika Coconut oil, so I gave it a try for 4 weeks (I like to give myself time to notice a change, but honestly I could have reviewed it after week 2).
Straight to the point
In short, I will not continue using Vatika Coconut Oil as a detangler or for a pre-poo. I love how light it feels, and I think my hair felt softer after letting it sit for 30 minutes, but I’m afraid my hair requires a bit more slip from my detangling/pre-poo’ing product.
I purchased Vatika Coconut Oil form Amazon.com for about $8 per bottle (it came with two bottles, didn’t even notice it when I purchased it! smh). If you’re not familiar with coconut oil, the consistency is really really really thick. I wonder if other ladies warm it up???…I didn’t (kind of lazy!). So I would squeeze a little bit out of the bottle, which was not made for squeezing! Rubbing it together causes it to feel more oily and it’s pretty easy to apply to the hair after that.
I typically part my hair in about 8-9 sections, add the coconut oil, detangle, then twist and pin up my hair. I then put on a shower cap for about 30 minutes.
Vatika Coconut Oil is definitely a light oil, and although I was looking for a lighter oil, I may have gone too light! It was almost like detangling on completely dry hair, and that’s just a frustrating process. My hair may be a bit too coarse for a light oil. I’m fine with that because a major objective of this journey is for me to understand what my hair needs.
For the record, I think Vatika Coconut Oil would work great for finer hair, or even all-natural hair (I cannot underestimate the challenge two textures brings to the table!). It could have also worked better if I had mixed it with creamier products, but I really don’t want to start concocting my own mixes lol. Maybe I’ll get there eventually 🙂
So the search is still on a for a light (but not too light) product I can use to detangle and pre-poo. For my next try I’m thinking Olive Oil (hoping it has a little more weight/slip than the coconut oil – not really an educated guess lol just a guess) or Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner. I’ve been hearing great things about Aubrey Organics and really can’t wait to try it, but I’m afraid it will perform similarly to the Herbal Essence (too heavy for pre-poo but great for deep conditioning and co-washing). I’ll keep you posted on my search!
Oh, and PS – I hated the smell of the coconut oil. I must be really sensitive to smells because I didn’t like the smell of the Suave Shea + Almond conditioner either. Hmm, we’ll see if I find something!
- *The Coconut Oil Cure All* (tinyoranges.com)
- Product Review: Mane ‘n Tail Detangler (curlyinc.wordpress.com)
- Finger-Detangling Update (curlstories.wordpress.com)