Coconut Oil for Hair: Everything You Want to Know
Table of Contents
- 1 My Own Experience
- 2 How To Use Coconut Oil for Hair
- 3 Benefits of Using Coconut Oil
- 4 Coconut Oil Hair Treatments
- 5 Coconut Oil Hair Masks
- 6 How to Maximize Effectiveness
Coconut oil for hair is exceedingly invigorating. For hair-care, no other oil can compare! Unlike almost all other hair-care products, coconut oil is safe to use even in its raw form. It has that natural creamy texture and is virtually free from harsh chemicals and other additives. For thousands of years, it has nourished the crowning glory of generations. Now it’s used in shampoos, creams and other hair-care products.
Coconut oil for hair can be just as good, even better more likely, than a $60 salon treatment. This is because unlike a man made treatment, it is 100% natural with no chemicals, alcohols or silicones that can irritate the scalp and hair. The coconut oil treatment is only a tiny fraction of the cost of salon treatments, and you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
My Own Experience
Regular coconut oil use can help prevent hair loss by encouraging hair growth. I am actually living proof of this. My hair was thinning at an alarming rate. So after many hours of research, I decided to give coconut oil a try.
Every day I massaged two tablespoons of oil into my hair and scalp, and waited for thirty minutes before washing the oil out. After about a month, my hair got thicker, especially up top (my main problem area.) I also noticed tiny new hairs growing along my hairline. I was thrilled at the new hair growth as well as how decrease in hair loss.
This experience was really the starting point of my coconut oil journey! I knew back then that I discovered something special.
How To Use Coconut Oil for Hair
For best results, dermatologists recommend using pure, refined, and virgin coconut oil. Massage the oil into your scalp, promoting hair growth by stimulating circulation and blood flow. Since coconut oil has been found to decrease protein loss in hair, the addition of the oil to your scalp will help to prevent hair fall as well as make the strands stronger and therefore less likely to split or break. Another benefit of coconut oil, is it’s antibacterial properties. This added protection ensures scalp health and helps to prevent infections that contribute to hair loss. Combing the coconut oil through your hair will seal moisture in from follicle to tip, not only providing added shine, but protection from heat and environmental damage as well.
Benefits of Using Coconut Oil
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science compared coconut oil with sunflower oil and mineral oil, the two most widely used in hair oil formulations. The researchers concluded that of the three oils, only coconut oil was able to reduce protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. This preservation of protein in the hair is a result of lauric acid, capric acid and vitamin E, ingredients found in coconut oil. Its small molecular size enables Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) to penetrate inside the hair shaft, protecting it from protein loss. MCT-rich coconut oil can pass freely through the cell membrane for easy absorption, giving your hair a soft, smooth texture.
Sebum, the fatty substance secreted by the sebaceous glands, protects and waterproofs your hair and scalp skin to keep them from drying and breaking. Guess what? Like coconut oil, sebum contains MCTs.
Coconut Oil Hair Treatments
Coconut oil is great for your hair as well as your scalp! It works as a treatment for many common hair and scalp problems.
Prevent Hair Loss
As I described in the beginning of the article, my own hair loss was what began my journey with coconut oil. By regularly massaging the oil into my hair, I was reducing the protein loss. My hair became stronger and less likely to break and fall.
As a Conditioner and Moisturizer
Because it’s rich in fatty acids, coconut oil is a great hair conditioner that nourishes and moisturizes both the scalp and hair. It is the only oil known to actually penetrate the hair follicle creating healthy strands. Coconut oil gives dry, thirsty hair the moisture it needs. The smoothing properties also make it ideal for calming frizzy, or dry damaged hair.
For Curly/Natural Hair
Curly or coarse hair is often more difficult to work with because it can be dry or unruly. Maintaining beautiful waves or ringlets can be difficult with damaged hair. Applying coconut oil all over your hair before washing can help. After washing, add a small amount to help detangle hair. Also rubbing a small amount between your palms and working all over dry hair can help with shine, control and frizziness.
To Promote Hair Growth
Massaging coconut oil into your scalp both improves circulation and conditions to the follicle promoting faster and healthier hair growth. The oil has been proven to penetrate and repair damaged hair, improving overall hair health. Hair growth is boosted by the nutrients and antioxidants found in coconut oil. Your hair will be stronger and healthier as well as encouraging to new growth.
Prevent and Control Dandruff and Itchy Scalp
Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA), the primary fat molecules in coconut oil, kill Malassezia globosa, the dandruff-causing yeast-like fungus that lives on the scalp and feeds on skin oils. These MCFAs are unique in that they have a very small molecular structure, allowing them to easily pass into the cells of these viruses to kill them. Not only will coconut oil treat and rid your scalp of dandruff, it will also give quick relief of the itching caused by both dandruff and dry scalp. This is because the small structure also enables the coconut oil to penetrate into the shaft of the hair which allows conditioning from the inside out, unlike other conditioners that work from the outside of the hair.
The fatty acids in coconut oil suffocate lice and make it harder to maintain a grip on hair. The lubricating nature of the oil also prevents the lice from moving around and continuing infestation on the head. Most lice treatments contain harsh chemicals,whereas coconut oil treatments(sometimes combined with apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil) are a much more gentle and natural choice. It also helps to repel future outbreaks, as lice like clean hair they can easily attach to rather than slick oily hair.
Coconut Oil Hair Masks
Coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioning hair mask on its own, or mixed with other ingredients.Why pay a fortune on salon hair treatments when you can create your own with great results? All natural coconut oil treatments can condition, strengthen, and make your hair shiny and smooth. One of the easiest methods is to massage warm coconut oil into the scalp, then brush through hair in sections to coat. Cover the hair with either saran wrap or a shower cap to keep the oil warm on your head. Leave on for 30 minutes or as long as overnight. One coconut oil mask recipe that works well is a combination of 3 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and one packet of gelatin (2.5 teaspoons) applied to hair and left on for 15-20 minutes. Applying these masks to dry hair maximizes absorption. Follow these treatments by washing and conditioning hair as normal. Some people may find that they need to shampoo twice in order to get all of the oil out of your hair. These masks can be used as often as your hair needs them or anytime you want to amp up the shine and silkiness of your hair.
How to Maximize Effectiveness
Pure, refined, virgin, organic coconut oil is recommended. The oil is in solid form up to 75 degrees, so warming is often necessary. The first step to using coconut oil is to massage it deep into your scalp. Remember, healthy hair begins deep in the hair follicles where blood carries nutrients through arteries connected to it. Work the oil in by gently massaging into both the hair and scalp.
Another tip is to give the oil time to soak in. The longer, the better. I suggest at least thirty minutes, preferably an hour (overnight is best).
Lastly, consider consuming the oil. Direct or topical application works best. But for optimum results, I recommend that you take it “internally” as well.
The oil of the humble coconut protects your hair from damage and brings out its natural color. For millennia, whole generations have relied on it to give their precious crowning glory radiance. Now, it’s our turn.Coconut oil is very safe, cost-effective and really works. So, go natural. Use coconut oil for beautiful hair!
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