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Protect Your Thick Mane

By Jessica Boden
Posted On Jan 17, 2013

New You Beauty Tip: Avoid damaging gels and hot tools if you have thick hair – use coconut oil and low heat devices instead to tame your mane.


If thick, frizzy, course and stubborn are adjectives you use to describe your hair, you may be engaging in two big styling “no-no’s.” According to celebrity stylist and owner of Femme Coiffure Hair Spa in Miami Beach, Raphael Reboh, women with this hair type often use overIy hot and damaging tools or slap on gel in hopes of immediate results. The problem is that alcohoI and water based gels, mousses, sprays, and foams dry out your hair and heat tools not only dry, but instantly fry and damage your ends as well. Before styling, apply a natural oil to protect your hair from the drying effect. Research shows that coconut oil protects by reducing protein loss and by providing essential nutrients to revive damaged hair while also keeping your dry scalp free of dandruff. If you must take a tool to your mane, Raphael suggests you select one that is made of tourmaline or ceramic due to their low temperature setting, and that you run it through your strands quickly.

To Apply:
Convert coconut oil from its natural solid state by leaving it in the sun or warming it in water. DO NOT MICROWAVE. Then, take a palm sized portion of the oil and apply to roots and hair.