(Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)
I have thick, straight black hair that goes all the way to my tailbone. Every hairstylist I meet marvels at its length, asking about my "routine." They then get taken aback as I admit that I, in fact, have no "routine." I don't even use conditioner. This changed only recently, when I went on a green beauty spree and discovered Desert Essence. As soon as I got my hands on the all-natural brand's coconut shampoo ($7) and conditioner ($7), I knew I discovered the building blocks of my very own—wait for it—routine.
It's no secret that beauty products of late have caught on to the magic of coconuts. The fruit's oil, in particular, has made its way into hair sprays, serums and even combs. The oil is a natural cleanser with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I first tried the shampoo and conditioner after spending an entire day at the beach. My hair felt tangled, fried from the sun and dried out by salt water. Within minutes of lathering up with the delicious-smelling coconut solution, my hair immediately felt smoother to the touch. The shampoo suds banished every impurity and the conditioner practically flat-ironed my hair straight.
(Source: Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo, $7; Coconut Conditioner, $7)
What's the secret? Along with cleansing coconut oil, jojoba oil adds an extra moisture boost for visible and tangible transformation from knotted mess to ultra-silky strands. At less than ten bucks a pop, you couldn't ask for more.