Guest Little Luxury Reporter: SHYEMA of BEAUTY AND THE FEAST, winner of Spa Week Daily’s best-beauty-blog-post-of-2009 contest, shares one of her favorite little luxuries that she’s loved since childhood.


Parachute Coconut Oil

The Little Luxury: Parachute 100% Pure Coconut Oil

Relationship Status: My mother set us up. Going strong for years now with regular bi-weekly dates. So in love.

Nickname: Coco

What is it? No mincing words here – this is just straight up coconut oil.  It’s been used in India and other parts of Asia for years as a hair treatment that when applied, penetrates the hair shaft to give bounce and shine to damaged locks.

The thing you’ll love most: Besides the price, coconut oil works wonderfully with your natural hair protein to strengthen each strand – who doesn’t love shiny, healthy hair? It’s also amazing at treating dandruff.

The thing you’ll hate most: Smelling like coconuts. And finding time to hang out at home until you shampoo it out.

Advice for first timers: Don’t overdo it! Use only a thin coat, otherwise you might end up over-shampoo’ing, which will only dry out your hair instead of moisturizing it. I also use less conditioner than I normally would, and only apply it lightly to the ends, in the shower since too much conditioning will weigh your hair down.

If you want to take it a step further: For deep conditioning, put a towel over your pillow and leave it on overnight. I like to braid my hair after oiling so it’s less messy!

The Price is Right! Yours as low as $1.98 at Amazon.com (Buy new for $7.99)

Hot Stone Scale: 6 out of 6

This Little Luxury Report was brought to you by: Shyema

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