Product Review: Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Hair Oil

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.

Tropical Traditions

Organic Hair Oils

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.

To purchase your own bottle check out this link

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.


12 thoughts on “Product Review: Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Hair Oil

  1. I would more than likely use this as a leave in too. I’m a newly natural and am attempting to figure out what works best for my hair. Honestly, its a mixture of textures, the front is a lot softer and wavier than the back which is more like 4b. My current leave in that I use is Mixed Chicks which works great. The TT as a leave in seems like a great lighter alternative!

  2. I would most likely try the Leave-in conditioner. I tend to slack off with conditioning my hair, and I swim once a week. I would really love to get a good deep cleansing/clarifying shampoo for buildup.

    • Good clarifying shampoos that I recommend are Suave Clarifying Shampoo on the cheap end, Paul Mitchell 3 or Joico for salon brands, Kinky Curly Come Clean for boutique brand or Dr Bronners liquid castille soap for my natural-naturals. I have used all of these with great results.

  3. I would most definitely use this as a hot oil treatment. After going “natural” i totally eliminated those treatments but i tried one recently and my hair felt so great!!

  4. I too have high porosity dry hair, like your son. But like you, my hair hasn’t been very receptive to using coconut oil. With that said, I’d likely use it as a hot-oil treatment before I shampoo. But given that it has a jojoba oil base, I may try it as a leave-in as well to see if it affects my hair the same as your son.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Man, I thought it was just me…coconut oil hasn’t been my friend either!! I would love to try this your son i have dry hair, mine has poor porosity. The sealing and the deep condish’ing sound good to me…but I see myself experimenting with it as well…I can see me using it in my Shea mix and also when I get out of the shower before toweling off…I hope I win and great review! :o)

  6. Hey Thanks for the opportunity! Even though you said using the oil as a hot oil treatment didn’t help as much as you regular mix I would love to use it as a hot-oil treatment because I am In love with Hot oil treatments. whenever I do one I just feel like it’s gonna do wonders for my hair!!

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