When you’re a blonde, it can occasionally feel like your hair is invisible. I know the phrase is “blonde bombshell,” but let’s be real, unless you’re Marilyn Monroe or Brigitte Bardot, sometimes it seems like your hair just blends right in with your pale skin like an indistinct, neutral water color painting. This is great when you don’t feel like shaving your legs from November through March, but not so great if you like eyelashes.
“But, MNM,” you say, “what about your homemade charcoal mascara?”
Well, yes, I did make an amazing, 100 percent effective, and not-at-all-clumpy natural mascara out of charcoal and Aloe Vera gel during the Maid Up challenge. And, yes, any kind of mascara will accentuate the eyelashes, even my smooth, pure, and not-at-all-sticky charcoal recipe. But sometimes we blondes are sensitive about our faded lash hairs, and we need an extra boost.
I got the idea to thicken my eyelashes naturally when my friend Teenie told me about a girl who observed incredible results with coconut oil. With The Great Coconut Oil Debacle of 2012 still fresh in my mind, I instinctively cringed at the thought of applying CO to any piece of hair on my body. But with Teenie’s promise of results so noticeable that my friends would begin commenting on my lustrous eyelashes, I decided to try it.
The easy part is smearing the oil on my eyes. Too much will leave your vision so blurred you’ll be falling down the steps backwards, so I just use a pea-sized amount. The oil melts right on my fingertips and spreads smoothly across my eyelashes and lids. I put on the CO every night before bed and let it work its magic!
The hard part comes in the morning, when I try to wash it off. As we all know, Coconut Oil sticks to things worse than a 5-year-olds chewing gum. You’ll need some elbow grease and a good bar of soap to get it off your face, but it usually disappears with the first attempt.
So far, I haven’t noticed any lash thickening, but it’s only been a week, so I’m still optimistic. If there’s one thing I learned from the Great Coconut Oil Debacle, it’s that CO treatments can take time…whether you’re waiting for them to work or trying to take them off afterwards.