Slumdog Secret for Shiny Hair

NancyM on 17 Feb 2009 at 6:29am

What's Frieda Pinto's secret for keeping her hair shiny, smooth and gorgeous as she runs through the dry, dusty streets of "Slumdog Millionaire"? Turns out it's an age-old secret: a once-a-week coconut oil hair treatment.

Coconut oil doesn't receive the same level of beauty hype that olive oil does simply because of olive oil's pervasiveness in the kitchen—but coconut oil has many of the same uses. To help give hair a healthy-looking shine while restoring some moisture, try massaging a few drops (don't overdo it!) into your scalp, and work the oil out to ends. Wrap hair in a towel and let sit for 2-3 hours then wash out.

Two options for trying out a coconut oil hair care treatment:

Pure Coconut Oil is Frieda Pinto's secret for shiny, healthy hair1. Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. for the purist—it's certified organic, cold-processed, unrefined, unbleached, undeodorized, unhydrogenated, chemical-free. It goes for about $22 for 29 oz.Coconut Oil hair treatments help keep hair looking healthy and moisturized

2. The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine. for those not quite ready to step up to the full-blown oil. Contains coconut oil and beeswax in a lighter formulation for easier rinsing out--but it also contains lanolin, so sensitive types beware. Coconut Oil Hair Shine is $10 for 1.7 oz.