Living History Experiment Day 1: Kernseife and Coconut Oil

Slicked-back chola ponytail

Day 1: I now understand why women used to wash their hair/ bathe once a week. This shit is intensive, y’all. I woke up at 5 in the morning and started my hair care routine. Apparently, in the old days, you conditioned your hair then you washed it. It made no sense two days ago but it makes sense now. I took a spoonful of coconut oil, put it in a glass, and melted it in a warm water bath. I spread out the liquified oil onto the tips of my hair, but it was no use, it spread all over. I let it stand for 30 minutes before washing it out with Kernseife.

Kernseife, aka Perla

I don’t know if it was the soap, or the oil, but it wasn’t as sudsy as I thought it would be. The oil would not wash off! I tried soaping and washing out my hair four times, but the oil just stayed put. I dried out my hair with a towel, and since I am not allowed to use a hair dryer, I had to air dry my hair, which took ages because of the oil. I decided that today was a pony-tail day. As a side effect, I noticed that having coconut oil in my hair was like slathering my hair in hair wax. I had the perfect, sleek ponytail. My natural curls stayed put all day and thought that maybe there really was something to coconut oil as a hair setting lotion.

They thought it was the horned beast from hell…turned out it was just mom in hair rollers

Last night I put my hair up in rollers and ended up looking like Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then I bundled it up in two hair nets and covered it with a scarf, a picture of which exists on my Instagram. Beauty was always hard work, I wonder why we women put in so much effort for it.

Realizations of the day:

-Coconut as hair setting lotion/ conditioner seems to be legit.

-Coconut oiled hair looks so greasy.

-Coconut oiled hair takes forever (2-3 hours) to dry!

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