For the past month I have been experimenting with Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oil. I love coconut oil for cooking and in body products but I am not the biggest fan in using it on my hair. This was going to be a real challenge.
8 oz for $18.99 unscented / $19.50 lavender or rosemary
I was given the opportunity to review these products and honestly I am not quite sure why I accepted. My hair is medium porosity and I find coconut oil alone to be a bit too heavy for my hair. I have used it in pre-poos and DIY oil blends but it honestly is not one of my favorite oils. I fully intended on experimenting mostly on my son, JK, who’s hair is high porosity and is very dry in the morning despite my best moisturizing efforts I find acceptable for the regimen of a 6-year-old boy.
When I first received the product it was already chilly here in KY so I fully expected to have to heat up the oil in order to liquefy it (coconut oil solidifies at around 70 degrees). However I was surprised to discover it was perfectly liquid due to its specific blend of ingredients the oil is able to stay liquid even at temps as low as 40 degrees (I put it outside on the balcony on a cold night just to see).
ing: organic jojoba, organic gold label standard virgin coconut oil, organic macadamia nut oil, organic rosehip oil, organica shea butter, organic lavender essential oil, and organic carrot seed oil.
I won’t get into the the deets about coconut oil as the folks a TT did a great job of that on their website FAQ. I will cover the 3 different ways they described to use the hair oil.
1. Leave-in conditioner. As I stated before my son JK has high porosity dry hair. Every night as part of bath time we wet his hair and after getting out of the bath I massaged about a dime-sized amount throughout his hair. The oil worked as a moisture sealant to keep the moisture in the hair. The oil absorbed well into his hair without leaving oil spots on the pillowcase when applied 30 minutes before bedtime and in the morning his hair was not as dry or matted. Compared to using other products raw shea butter left his bedding greasy and lighter oils like safflower left his hair too dry. Using this oil at night is now a permanent part of his regimen.
2. Hot-oil treatment. I normally pre-poo my hair with an oil/humectant/conditioner mixture but I decided to use this hair oil alone to see how it performed. I warmed the hair oil by placing the bottle in cup of hot water then applied generous amount to dry, tangled hair twisting into sections. I covered my hair with a plastic cap and allowed to sit for about 20-30 minutes before washing, conditioning, detangling and styling. The hot-oil pre-poo did help with detangling and softening the hair but not as well as my regular pre-poo mix.
3.Shine Serum. I tried the product on a braid-out by smoothing over the braids as I unraveled them. While it did give some sheen it was not a shiny as traditional silicone-based shine serum. I used also on JK’s fro and had a similar result. The product did add a bit of sheen and was not greasy but I would not market it as a shine serum.
I was really impressed by this oil blend. I think the jojoba oil base has a lot to do with my reason for liking it as I use it in my hair and body regimen. I will say that the mix of jojoba and coconut oil did make a difference in JK’s dry hair and allowed it to stay soft without being greasy. While it’s on the pricey side, the product is an excellent blend of high quality oils which would be pricey to purchase individually. I will definitely continue using this as part of JK’s nightly regimen but would not repurchase solely to use for my six-year-old unless it was on sale. After using the oil for a month we have only used about 1/4 of the bottle which means we have at least 3 more months worth of regular uses. That calculates out to about $5 per month which I find to be acceptable. The product also works as a nice body oil after the bath or shower or as a face pack for DIY facial treatment so the multi-uses adds to the appeal. All in all if you are looking for quality, organic oil blend I would recommend this product.
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Disclaimer: TropicalTraditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.