Coconut oil (available at health-food stores) contains lauric acid, which helps do wonderful things for hair—it moisturizes, detangles, deflects the sun’s damaging UV rays and prevents color-treated hair from fading.

For a leave-in conditioner, rub a tiny dab of coconut oil between the palms of your hands and smooth it over damp or dry hair. It’s been used by women in the tropics for ages.

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