I bought LouAnna coconut oil from Wal-Mart. It cost around $5.00. I tried to use it on my horses mane and tail yesterday. I warmed it up in my hands, rubbed it through. I like how soft it made my hands feel. I can't wait to see how it does.
I have been doing a little more research about the benefits of coconut oil. I am taking this from another document. This is what I discovered:
Unlike other petroleum based oils or products containing silicones, CO is different molecularly and actually penetrates INTO the hair shaft rather than simply coating the outside of the hair. A coated hair is sealed from recieving moisture. Even thought it may APPEAR slick, shiny or soft...it is actually starving for moisture. Often times after prolonged use of products such as Cowboy Magic or Show/Laser sheens the hairs become brittle and break. See this study.
What does it do?
Because of it's special properties it is a deep conditioner and moisturizer. A flexible hair is much less likely to break and will keep on growing. Think of it like a dry spaghetti noodle versus a cooked one. The dry one will snap right off whereas a moist one will bend.
Does it make it grow?
No. It doesn't. Hair GROWTH comes from the inside. You can encourage hair to remain healthy once on the outside by keeping it healthy and moisturized. It won't repair breakage but will help prevent it.
What kind do I buy?
I use cooking grade 100% pure virgin coconut oil. NOT any type of 'hair product'.
I critiqued the ingredients in a popular 'coconut oil hair product' The majority of the stuff in there is junk...the amount of stuff that actually enriches the mane is really small. No wonder it's cheap.
How much do I use/ How do I apply it/ How frequently do I use it?
When you use it, do about a table spoon at a time, rub it in your hands and use your fingers to sort of comb it through each section. Concentrate on the ends. I use it any time the hair or weather seems dry. I average about once a week.
I will put on CO down the length of the hair. I melt it in my hands or spoon it out if it is liquid, rub it together and run my fingers through about 2 inch sections of hair. Then I go back to the jar for more...and continue on down the mane or tail.
If after 30 minutes the hair still seems over oiled, you've used to much. Go lighter next time. It's ok to just leave on. It does not build up a residue.
Can I use it in conjunction with other products?
Sure. I especially liked using MTG at the roots and CO at the main length and ends of the hair. Double whammy.
What else do I need to know about coconut oil?
DON'T refrigerate it!
It will get as hard like white wax and you'll never get it out of the jar. It liquifies at something like 76 degrees. So it will stay liquid pretty much all the time. In winter, bring it inside if your barn gets very cold.
I have had NO experience with CO attracting insects. There aren't any sugars or anything like that in it.
And for it's texture, when you first apply it...yes, it's oily/greasy. It QUICKLY absorbs though (within 30 minutes, so long as you don't over do it) and it does not leave a sticky, or gross residue.
You do not need to wash the tail prior or after applying. Remember, the more you wash the more the soap strips out the natural oils and stuff.
If your horse has a light colored tail, expect it to pick up dirt. Sorry about that. Some horses do, some don't.
If you are interested in the absolutely AMAZING health benefits for humans, read here. Some of them include fighting viruses and diseases as well as weight loss. To think? You can lose weight from eating a fat?