"Betty Leopard": Bargain Hair Recovery

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Bargain Hair Recovery

When I keep going on about having no money at the moment, I am really serious. Despite the ever worsening condition on my hair, I can't even afford to treat it, let alone get it cut! Or at least that's what I thought.
Earlier this week, I was reminded of a bargain hair solution by @QueenOCuts - Coconut Oil! So yesterday I finally got round to heading out to a shop to pick some up. Unsurprisingly, my local Co-op didn't have any, but the international food store just down the road did. I picked up a 500ml tub for £2.39!
For those of you that aren't familiar with coconut oil; it comes in a tub as a solid, but doesn't smell of coconut - so it might seem like the name is a little misleading.

To use as a hair treatment;

  • Scoop some of the oil out of the tub, I used my fingers, but you could use a spoon or some other implement.
  • The oil will melt pretty quickly with the heat of your hands, then massage into your hair, focusing on particularly dry or damaged areas - that'll be the ends then - and into your scalp if you feel the need.
  • Next, take a damp towel and microwave for 2 or 4 minutes, then wrap around your hair - do be careful that the towel isn't too hot though. Once the towel got cold I took it off and just left a shower cap over my hair for about an hour, as I had the time and my hair is a state, but you could leave it for less time if you need.
  • When you've left the oil in as long as you want, rinse with warm water and thoroughly shampoo. I also put a basic conditioner through it quickly, just for luck!
After Treatment

My hair looks and feels amazing! It's shinier, smoother, less frizzy, less brittle, thicker, fuller - basically fully revived! This is even after blow drying and straightening. I'm really impressed
I hardly made a dent in the amount of oil in the tub, so it's going to last quite a while. Especially as this isn't an every wash type treatment. I don't think I'll need to do this more than once a week, but we'll see how it goes. Through all my bleaching, colouring and styling my hair is really, really damaged, so will need more treating than most.
It's also a double bargain, as I believe coconut oil can also be used as an intensive body moisturise.

Even if you can afford 'proper' hair treatments, I'd really recommend you give this a go. I plan to keep on using it even after my financial situation improves - who doesn't want to save money when they can!?

Let me know if you try this out, or if you have any other cheap beauty alternatives!


  1. Thanks so much for this! I'm totally going to try this out. I too am absolutely stupidly strapped for cash, so I know how hard it is to afford simple things like hair cuts and even a shop bought treatment. My hair hates me right now as I bleached it twice from black to orange. It's at that awful stringy stage (which only lasts a while)and I'm not paying some stupid price for someone to cut my hair! Besides, I think DIY hair cuts are bestter anyway, as then at least you actually get what you want! x

  2. Haha, my pleasure! Hope it comes in handy.
    I love finding out about new, thrifty things. Would be selfish to keep them to myelf :)

  3. I'm so hunting this down, my hair is knackered with all the tonging/bleaching. Thank u!

    Loving your blog, it's very cute.

  4. I am so beyond poor at the moment and have the same problem with my hair, I am going to see if I can go and find some of this :) Thanks for posting :) Your hair looks lovely btw.

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