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Super Shiny Hair For $3! (Just Don’t Breathe)

This has been a long time coming, but I’m finally gonna talk about a hair “secret” of mine that makes my damaged hair super soft, smooth and shiny. It’s coconut oil! And not just any oil, but Dabur Vatika’s Enriched Coconut Hair Oil.

coconut oil for shiny hair

Here’s why it is THE best coconut oil:

  • Coconut oil is one of the only oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft, so you know it will work
  • It contains lemon, an astringent that controls sebum (that can cause dandruff), henna to make your hair color “richer” (if you haven’t dyed it) and other herbs
  • Makes my hair super shiny and soft
  • Makes my hair stronger after all the damage
  • Easy to apply

And here’s why it NOT the best:

  • It’s a real stinker!

I really love the scent of coconut, however, this coconut oil smell and normal coconut smell is very different, with this coconut oil being extremely pungent. Think of it as coconut that has gone bad for 5 years. It is so pungent that once, I decided to apply some of it to my hair and went to bed. The stench was all around me (I didn’t even put that much!) and my sinuses acted up like crazy, so ugh. My nose was red and itchy and stayed that way for a whole day! I’ve learnt my lesson: only apply it on freshly washed, partially dry hair. This allows the oil to dry as your hair dries, so it’s fully soaked in and you won’t know it’s there.

So yeah, that’s my hair secret, and it really works because I’ve literally gotten ONE compliment on my hair since I’ve started using it again. Just kidding, it’s really good. I stopped for awhile because I really couldn’t stand the smell, but I will suck it up, it’s just too good! Also, it’s only $3.95 and you can buy it at Little India, or online here.

Have you tried coconut oil for your hair? What do you think?

{ 23 comments… add one }

  • sshh February 20, 2012, 11:35 pm

    I use coconut oil and I swear by it. I tried it out to un-frizz my hair after a bad at-home-bleach incident and I never looked back since. I use it as a deep treatment mask (douse my hair in oil, wrap it and heat it with a blowdryer) on the weekends or on days when I’m not going out so I have time to wash out the smell (which isn’t that rancid, really).

    • Renee February 21, 2012, 1:40 am

      I swear this one stinks!! :P I tried other coconut oils and they had a sweeter smell. There is just something very strong and overbearing about this one. I have to try it as a hair mask – I think that would be fantastic!

  • Ekta February 20, 2012, 11:58 pm

    Love this post! I used to use this a lot when i was younger (i remember it was huge in India especially with the TV commercial featuring then Miss World). Kind of forgotten about it since, so i’m very glad to see this! With all the hype about hair oils now, i think this is still one of the best :) xx

    • Renee February 21, 2012, 1:37 am

      I agree, Ekta! :) I’ve tried Argan oil, olive oil… nothing is as good as coconut oil! however I’ve tried other coconut oils and this one is the best I think :) xx

  • Sona February 21, 2012, 2:03 am

    I STILL use this, so does my mum .. I know what you mean with the smell of coconut oil, it doesn’t matter which brand I get, it smells SO bad! Like vomit .. it’s not so bad on my hair because I only ever use oil as hair masks, not as leave in treatments (I find that this way I get the same benefits without the risk of greasy/funky smelling hair) but I used extra virgin coconut oil on my skin once and at first it was ok, you know smelt like coconuts, quite pleasant smelling, then the longer it stayed on my skin, it started smelling rancid, I actually thought my little brother spit up on me and I didn’t notice! Jojoba oil is also very good if you can get your hands on it, it’s the closest oil to our natural sebum so its very good at moisturising hair and skin without stripping it. Smells good too lol


    • Renee February 21, 2012, 3:24 pm

      Sona, now that you mention it, it kinda does smell like spit… from 5 years ago. Ugh I don’t know it’s just such a sharp smell I can’t stand it! But it’s soo good right?! My hair is so much stronger and shinier!

      Will have to check out jojoba oil, thanks! You already sold me on the smell LOL xx

      • Sona February 22, 2012, 12:07 am

        I did a bit of research and apparently the reason it smells so bad is because its drawing toxins out of your hair/skin, and the reaction it has to the toxins make it smell rancid, that’s why the smell is not immediate and gets stronger over time .. If in fact this is true, I will quite happily spend the day (INSIDE) smelling like baby vomit lol ..


        • Renee February 22, 2012, 12:41 am

          Oh Sona you little detective! I hope that is true as well, thanks for sharing that! :) Hmm… baby vomit now? Hahahah! The smell gets worse and worse every time we mention it LOL! xx

  • Molly February 21, 2012, 8:06 am

    This stinko has been my best friend for years! Used to cost only $2.00 when I started using it!

    • Renee February 21, 2012, 3:24 pm

      HAHAHA “this stinko”. SO true! Oh and I can imagine the price has gone up!

  • Mariana February 21, 2012, 12:18 pm

    I love love love using coconut oil as a hair treatmeant..and for cooking..moisturizing..and a ton of other things. Isn’t it the best?! I don’t know though I have to say I’d probably stick with my unrefined coconut oil, the smell is the second best part next to all the benefits! :D

    • Renee February 21, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Yeah, there’s something about this formula that makes it stink. i think it’s all the added ingredients; henna, lemon, herbs… just awful haha. But it’s too good! :-P

  • Vivi February 21, 2012, 4:56 pm

    Smells like spit? LOL, that’s a bit scary…. I don’t even know how spit smells like… Saliva?

    I sometimes use coconut products on my hair (oil, cream, milk) and they make my hair soft and my scalp less flaky. But I always find it troublesome to rinse the oil makes my hair really limp and heavy. I can usually see the effect only on my 2nd rinse/2nd day. I’m currently using another Ayuverdic Oil I got from an Etsy Shop called Skin Apotheke. I find that it gives me the same effect as coconut oil without being too heavy. The smell isn’t like spit but… well, it takes getting used to. :p

    • Renee February 22, 2012, 12:44 am

      I can’t explain it. It has this sharp smell that lingers. Kinda like saliva that ate rotten lemons? HAHA.

      Oh wow I have never heard of Ayuverdic oil… what is that? Haha there are all sorts of oils now a days! I will check it out, thank you Vivi :)

      • Puneet Sahalot February 22, 2012, 4:08 pm

        Ayurvedic Oil is prepared from natural herbs. “Ayurveda” is the ancient medical science from India which uses natural medicines/herbs and other methods of treatments and the best thing is, it is claimed (and practically known) to be the only treatment without any “side-effects”. Cool, isn’t it ? Huh ? :-)

  • Cleo February 23, 2012, 3:19 am

    hahaha, this oil is not that bad smelling, i have smell worse seriously. anyway it’s just herbs not as thou it’s lard oil or something.my chinese grandma told me in the past the men use lard oil to slick their pigtails. now that’s disgusting.

  • Nayla February 28, 2012, 9:11 am

    hahahah (snikers) Oh silly, silly Renee.
    you left it over night? what in Heaven’s name were you thinking?
    i use this too. my mom MAKES me use it whenever i complain about my hair.
    it’s wonderful and the best and healthiest. but you CANT LEAVE IT OVER NIGHT
    in fact, once i did..but i put a hairnet on and then a plastic bag, a towel over my pillow case n then slept. i washed it all the next day n it was all fine. u can even leave ur windows open if u want

    i usually just oil my hair in the morning or hours before i wash it or go for a head bath.

  • Nayla February 28, 2012, 9:13 am

    i really hope u read my above post because honestly, u shouldn’t use any other oil. i highly reccomend this as the only one.
    ive tried different oils, at least….for me, THIS is the BEST. yes it smells, but i guess thats the balance to it :P
    so yeah,

    * either leave it on a few hours before washing it, make sure u tie it up n it doesnt get on ur clothes
    *sleep with a hairnet, or shower cap, plastice bag and other extra protection thingies

  • Kat March 25, 2012, 10:42 pm

    its interesting to hear what youre saying about the coconut oil and its smell, because ive just recently purchased Lush Coco Lotion and its suposed to have coconut oil in it and i cant really use it for my skin at all, although it works as a great moisturiser..it just smells so bad…the worst thing is that i ususally take a shower in the evening and apply the lotion and then just wear some sweatpants and a tank top, and the stench of the rancid coconut soaks up in them too…so annoying.

  • maria April 2, 2012, 5:20 pm

    i use coconut oil too! i use the one by parachute though, an other indian company….and it smells super nice. not like your typical coconut oil at all. i heat it up slightly and massage it in. sometimes i’ll squeeze a lemon init too. hair dryer it for a bit after putting it on.MAGIC

  • Sheila April 14, 2012, 4:55 am

    Yup…coconut oil is simply the *best*! I had tried argan oil too, but like you, I prefer coconut oil because I find it less sticky, more effective, and it’s cheaper too. I try my best to deep condition my hair with it once a week, and I use it too as a moisturizer for my face and hands :o).

  • Siew Ying November 4, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Hi, where in Little India can I find this? In Mustafa Centre? I have no idea about other places in Little India.

  • Simone June 29, 2013, 3:15 am

    Can you possibly just use regular coconut oil instead of this one used for hair?

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