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brown4lj

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This review is for my personal experience with the Babassu oil applied to my hair. I am a 50 year old African American women with kinky "Type 4B" hair (for those who hair type). My hair is high porosity, mildly protein-sensitive, medium density with fine strands. I have been completely natural for 5 years now, practicing the Curly Girl Method. I recently got a hair cut (August 2016) of approximately 2 inches off due to dry, thin ends.
I tried the Babassu Oil on freshly washed and conditioned hair. I utilize the LOC method: leave-in, oil and cream (styler). In describing the oil, there is a scent that I would describe as mild and somewhat astringent. I wasn't fond of it and will likely mix a little essential oil in mine to disguise the scent. The viscosity of the oil is light-medium, IMO. Once applied to my wet, conditioned hair I let it sit for about 15 minutes without any other product as I always air dry my hair and apply my products in layers. I did notice that my hair felt sort of "dry" or "crispy" afterwards. This typically happens to me with coconut oil on my hair (which I avoid in my hair care products). Although there is no protein in Babassu or coconut oil, I have read and learned that many curly girls who are protein-sensitive have this experience with coconut oil. I have also read that Babassu Oil has very similar properties as coconut oil so this may explain why my hair responded the same way.
After applying my styler the next morning (aloe vera gel) my hair "behaved" as it normally does. I do believe that the Babassu Oil did provide some additional shine to my hair. My "curls" looked nice all day, however I will not likely use Babassu Oil in my hair care regimen. I have used it on my skin as well and will share in another post.
I have provided two photos for the sole purpose showing my hair texture, length, curl pattern, sheen and style.

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Mandolin

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Thank you, this was helpful to me.  Including the aloe tip.  Cute style!

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brown4lj

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Glad it was useful to you, Mandolin!
My hair loves aloe vera gel. It helps my "curls" pop. [smile]
AmandaPropaganda

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Both Babassu and coconut oil protect against protein loss. So if you're protein-sensitive, that's why your hair is feeling hard or crunchy after using it. Have you ever thought to use Brazilian nut oil or one of the conditioning oils that doesn't prevent protein loss instead?
brown4lj

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Yes, I realize this. After trying it and noting the results, I came to the conclusion that the properties were similar to coconut oil. I was glad to try it out and see for myself. I now know that neither one are options for my hair. There are other oils that do work great for my hair.
I haven't tried the Brazilian oil yet.
I will try the Brazilian oil, perhaps after completing the test group butters for Chrys.
Thanks so much for the suggestion, AmandaPropoganda! [smile]
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Brilliant observation. I would try Brazil Nut and Pracaxi instead.


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Both Babassu and coconut oil protect against protein loss. So if you're protein-sensitive, that's why your hair is feeling hard or crunchy after using it. Have you ever thought to use Brazilian nut oil or one of the conditioning oils that doesn't prevent protein loss instead?

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brown4lj

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Will do and thank you, Chrys! I am getting to know my hair a little bit better each day!
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