Coco Loca Over The OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Collection
Recently, I included the OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil among a list of beauty essentials to pack for Memorial Day weekend, but, after doing so, it only felt fair to extol the virtues of the entire OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water collection. I’ve been using these products for over a month now, and my hair hasn’t felt this soft since I first tested Redken’s All Soft collection back in 2012. I’ve become one of those weird people who go, “Feel my hair!” and practically force them to run their hands over my strands. Clearly, I need to work on that off-putting behavior but, that aside, the point is I’ve been amazed by the performance of these products.
At the core of these products’ formulas is coconut water naturally derived from young green coconuts. As you likely already know from its use by fitness enthusiasts, coconut water is packed with electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These electrolytes make it a popular drink choice for those seeking to hydrate after long and arduous workouts while also consuming fortifying vitamins and minerals. As it turns out, however, coconut water is also a winning ingredient in beauty products since, even when applied topically, it can hydrate the skin and hair. When massaged into the scalp, it works to promote circulation, helping to relieve itchiness and discomfort while also promoting hair growth, infusing the skin and strands with hydration, and strengthening hair follicles. Coconut water is also rich in cytokinins, plant growth hormones that promote cell division in roots and shoots. When applied topically to human skin and hair, cytokinins have been shown to slow down cells’ normal sequence of aging. Also key, coconut water contains lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid with remarkable moisturizing properties. Lauric acid binds to hair proteins, thereby strengthening strands and helping to prevent protein and moisture loss. The vitamin K found in coconut water has also been found to help boost the hair’s lustrousness.
Each product in the OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water collection, then, contains nutrient- and electrolyte-rich coconut water, along with coconut oils. First, there’s the OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo ($7.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, and other major retailers), a clear, lightweight shampoo that contains the aforementioned ingredients, along with Cocamidopropyl Betaine, a surfactant derived from coconut oil that’s a safer and gentler alternative to sulfates. The shampoo does a fine job of removing all dirt and debris from the hair and scalp without leaving strands feeling parched and straw-like.
Next, there’s the OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner ($7.99 at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, and Other major retailers). This creamy conditioner has a milky white color and feels indulgent when applied to strands, thanks to a combination of coconut water, coconut oil, glycol stearate (a non-toxic emollient commonly found in personal care products), and dimethicone (a silicon-based organic polymer that’s often used in makeup primers thanks to its ability to create a protective barrier on the skin and hair). Sure, the conditioner also contains a few ingredients some purists might find questionable — among them the preservative DMDM Hydantoin, which is a formaldehyde derivative and which some believe can lead to allergies, weaken the immune system, and cause cancer — but, unless you have serious allergies and/or insist on using products with only 100% natural ingredients, there’s hardly any reason to be alarmed (after all, everything nowadays is a possible carcinogen — even the red algae-derived substance carrageenan has come under fire lately, not to mention common sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone).
In reality, what’s striking about the ingredient list on the bottles of these shampoos and conditioners is how short they are — a wonderful sign since it means the formulas weren’t muddled with excessive chemicals and preservatives. In fact, you’ll recognize most of the ingredients listed there in (water, coconut water, coconut oil, and glycerin) and, those you don’t, I’ve already discussed!
After using the shampoo and conditioner for a week, you’ll start noticing that your hair feels softer and smoother, looks shinier, and is more manageable — all without being weighed down. The products help to tame frizz, which is a lifesaver given the humidity we tackle in the summer season, and they really do make hair look shinier and healthier.
Those who, like me, have color-treated or damaged hair, should complete their regiment by integrating the Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil therein, spritzing this product into damp tresses for a powerhouse dose of moisture.
Added bonus: the coconut scent of these products will make you feel like a beach goddess!