So since my hair got pretty much destroyed from doing hot yoga (at least I'm 99% sure that was the culprit) I've been messing around with a coconut oil hair treatment to keep my hair from getting dried out a second time around.
Recently, well, actually just last week, I chopped off my hair to a sort of blunt bob. I had kinda been wanting to do this for awhile, and I don't regret that I did, but let's be honest. I'm a long hair person. I love having long hair and I immediately decided I was going to grow it out again after I got it cut. But the main reason I cut it was that my hair had gotten so dried out on the ends (well actually, more than just the ends) that it pretty much became unmanageable.
I couldn't figure out why all of a sudden my hair had become like this. I was thinking that maybe it was the hard water that we have here in San Diego or this new all natural shampoo that I was trying that I wasn't too stoked on. Then finally one day I Googled something like "hot yoga ruining hair?" and whoa...lots of posts on that.
So...that kind of bummed me out because I've been addicted to going and it's given me so many benefits that I knew I wasn't going to give it up. What to do, right? Well, now that my hair is pretty healthy from chopping it off, I'm doing everything in my power to keep it that way. And from what I've read about it, this is what I'm trying.
To protect my hair during class I wet it with cold water and have been applying deep conditioner or oil to keep on during class. This is all fine and dandy, but I also know that using deep conditioner too much can also cause breakage to your hair due to too much protein. Everyone I've talked to says you should just use deep conditioner one time a week.
So then I started researching the best oils to use in the heat. Something I took into consideration was the smoking point of the oil. I figure, and I could be wrong about this, but I figure if an oil has a low smoking point, maybe it's not the best one to put in my hair in a 100 plus degree class.
After snooping around on the web, I came back to my handy dandy coconut oil, the basis for this oil treatment. Coconut oil just seems to be the go to hair oil and has been used by so many cultures for so many centuries, I mean they have to be on to something, right? And I've been using it consistently for the last five years for my skin and sometimes my hair as well, so yeah, it's a winner. However, I wanted to dilute it a little (because I have pretty fine hair) so I added hemp and avocado oil because they're supposed to be good under heat too. Lastly, I added lavender essential oil mainly for the scent, because let's face it, hemp and avocado oil don't smell that great.
So here it is, the Coconut oil hair treatment:
2 parts coconut oil to 1 part hemp and avocado oil and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil. That's it.
Now, this is sort of an experiment. I've used it a couple of times and my hair has felt super soft afterwards. Other tips for using this for a hot yoga class. Rinse out your hair immediately with cold water after class. Now, if you don't have anywhere special to be, I recommend washing your hair with your regular conditioner. Yes, I said wash with conditioner. Because it really kinda works and no, your hair won't feel sparkingly clean, but it will feel clean enough and it will keep your hair soft. It's a big pain in the ass, but...remember the goal is soft, strong long hair that isn't damaged. At least that's my goal :)
And please, please don't let your hair dry with the sweat and oil treatment in it after class. Bad, bad move. You definitely want to wash the salt out as soon as possible because that along with the heat will ruin your hair. That's also why I recommend washing your hair with cold water (keep your hair away from the heat).
Lastly, and my husband hates this because of the smell (I'm working on a new formula), but I've been using diluted apple cider vinegar (people swear by this) to rinse my hair out and it really does make my hair way softer. I don't use it every time, but at least a couple of times a week.
So there you have it. Kind of a lot of work, but you know what, I'll happily do it to have healthy hair that doesn't tangle from just existing.