Oil up the Old Locks

Winter’s wonderful for inspirational browses through Anthropology, cozy knit turtle necks, cuddling by the fire with your sweetheart, listening to Christmas carols and completely and utterly drying the heck out of your hair. So how do you keep that luscious shine peeking through the bottom of your beanie?

I asked my beauty guru Hillary Nepon to help us here and she immediately responded with“ coconut oil ”. I can definitely vouch for that because I’ve used it for a while in replace of body cream and one day I got curious and tried it in my hair . The next day I looked like I had a makeover and wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before!  You’ll either smell like summertime in the Bahamas or a Thai kitchen, but either way, your hair will look alive and revived .

Hillary recommends virgin coconut oil, but if you can’t get your hands on that,the next best thing is extra virgin olive oil. The process for both is the same and the all-natural miracle workers can be used in any type of hair.

“Coat your hair for an hour while you do your chores and wash it out,” says Hillary. If you want an extra deep condition, you can leave it in overnight, but make sure to use an old pillowcase or sleep on a towel. Tie your dewy hair up or put it in a braid to avoid making a mess. If you apply it to your roots, shampoo twice and give your scalp a good scrub .

And the best part about “coconutting”your hair is you can rub the remaining oil into your hands, elbows, knees and heels to polish yourself pretty or use it to cook up a healthy stir-fry to munch on while you wait! Heck, make it a coconut party ! You can find ajar at nearly every grocery store or health food store.  It’s super affordable and a little goes along way!Happy oiling!


– Elana Kluner

PenUp Girl: A fresh imagery-driven perspective and a knack for storytelling, Los Angeles-based writer Elana Kluner has been creating internationally since 2008 for magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, advertisements, fashion labels and beauty brands. As a dancer and choreographer, her words have an engaging rhythm and her audience coins her voice as being humorous, witty, lighthearted and relatable. Her work has been published in the likes of M2Women Magazine, Kreativ Mindz Magazine, DANZ Quarterly, Central Leader, Western Leader, The Other Duck and Spa Violet. Elana studied Journalism and Creative Writing at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and Fashion Design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California. ElanaKluner.com| ElanaKluner.carbonmade.com