June 26, 2014

Coconut Nectar Deep Conditioner for Softer Natural Hair

Ever heard of Coconut Nectar? Yea, me neither lol, until I received a newsletter from Hairfinity (see below).  By quitting time that same day I’d already planned my route to beat traffic to get to Whole PayCheck Foods. I figured, I love deep conditioning with coconut oil and cooking with coconut milk, so nectar can’t be too bad. Right?
Raw coconut nectar is an excellent way to infuse your hair with moisture to combat dryness. Coconut nectar is made from coconut tree sap. This sap contains loads of healthy vitamins, amino acids, and vitamins that help to neutralize the pH balance levels in your hair. When coconut nectar is added to your deep conditioning treatments it helps to flatten out the hair cuticles allowing them to lye straight and smooth so, that your hair will become softer, less frizzy and easier to manage. 
To use coconut nectar in your deep conditioner simply pour as much as you feel necessary directly into your product and stir it in completely. Depending on your hair length and density will better determine exactly how much you will need. Adding in other natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, or whole leaf aloe vera gel will help to further bring forth plenty of moisture and hair manageability. 
Divide your hair into 4-8 sections, then distribute your deep conditioning mixture from the top of your roots to the very ends of the strands of your hair. Allow the mixture to sit on your hair from 30-60 minutes with heat or without heat. Using heat will help to maximize the strength of your treatment and yield the best results. Raw coconut nectar can be found in most grocery stores or online.
And so the experimentation began. I chose to mix with Camille Rose Algae Deep Conditioner, which I know works well by itself. I applied the mixture to 3 sections of my hair. I used the 4th section as my control with plain conditioner, no nectar. I left the mixture on overnight (as usual).

When rinsing, I noticed a subtle difference in softness, curl pattern and how the hair hung, weirdly enough. Once the conditioner was completely rinsed from my hair the untreated side felt a bit more rough, as if the cuticles weren’t laying the same.

As I blow dried I noticed my scalp on the untreated portion had a bit of conditioner residue left over. This leads me to believe the coconut nectar assists the conditioner in the rinsing process. There was no difference in the length of time my hair took to blow dry but there was a slight sheen and smoother strands on the the treated portion of my hair.

Overall, this nectar seems to behave similarly to honey, as they both appear to be humectants. Considering those plastic bear-shaped containers may not actually be honey anymore[+], this is an affordable alternative to purchasing expensive raw/real honey[+].

CN Says:
I recently copped a bottle of Coconut's Secret Coconut Aminos... not for my hair, tho.  It was a total impulse buy, as it was by the register and I had never heard of it before. #SpendinThemSpends #ButItWasCheapTho  I bought it as a replacement for Bragg's Aminos and soy sauce for rice dishes and the like. It's less salty than its counterparts and is gluten and soy free! I'll definitely check out the nectar the next time I hit up Whole Paycheck! 

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