There is no doubt that coconut oil has become one of the most used ingredients when it comes to homemade natural sunscreens, body creams and other cosmetic products. In the recent period, there are more and more people who are using coconut oil in hair beauty products too.Women in the Philippines, Burma, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and India and even in the Caribbean have used coconut oil and milk to make their hair smooth, extend its length and bring back its natural color for many centuries.
Experts can agree that consumption of coconut oil is very beneficial for our health, but what happens when you use this special oil externally? We will mention only some of the benefits of using coconut oil on your hair in this way.
Coconut Oil In Hair Benefits
1. Protects you from Hair Loss
There are many reasons why people experience hair loss – fungal infections, skin problems, lack of certain nutrients etc. Coconut oil is packed with useful fats, which have the ability to nurture the scalp and hair shaft. On top of that, this oil eliminates skin issues and inflammation.
In order to feel the positive effects, take three tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of sage oil and mix them well. Put this mixture on low heat until they completely blend. Remove the mixture and wait until it is cooled. Use your fingers to check the temperature. It is best to use it warm, but not hot. Put this mixture on your scalp before you go to sleep and use a shower cap as protection. When you wake up in the morning, wash the mixture.
2. Helps with Hair Damage
If we compare coconut oil to sunflower oil or mineral oil, we will realize that coconut oil is the most useful natural oil in cases of hair damage. This oil has the ability to lower the loss of protein and make the hair shaft stronger.
Many women use coconut oil on split hair ends in order to repair them faster even though experts advise trimming these parts once in two months.
3. Leads to a Smoother Hair
Lack of moisture and hydration in the hair shaft and cuticles usually leads to frizzy hair. Even though coconut oil drives water back, it also has the ability to keep the appropriate level of moisture in the shaft.
Using coconut oil for ten minutes before washing your hair will make your hair smoother and shinier. Don’t forget that you can use coconut oil on split hair ends, so you can comb the hair faster. You can also replace your hair spray or gel with coconut oil.
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4. Eliminates Dandruff
Unfortunately, there are millions of people dealing with this scalp health condition that creates excessive flaking on the scalp. Dandruff is caused by many different things including fungus and dry skin.
Numerous studies have shown that coconut oil has the ability to eliminate dandruff by eliminating fungal infections and retaining moisture in the hair shaft.
If you want to use coconut oil for this purpose, take the same amount of castor oil and coconut oil and mix them well before rubbing the scalp with this mixture. Rub it for half an hour before washing your hair. In case you have a serious problem with dandruff, perform this procedure for one week before washing the hair.
5. Eliminates Lice
Even though lice can occur in adults, they are usually dwelling in the hair of young kids. Removing lice is simple, but the vast majority of treatments require the use of remedies packed with toxic substances that can damage the scalp and hair.
This is where coconut oil comes into play. This oil is highly recommended for elimination of lice in young kids because it can’t lead to irritation and hydrates the skin on the scalp well. Even lice that are resistant to pesticide will be eliminated thanks to coconut oil.
Coconut oil covers the entire body of the lice and doesn’t allow them to feed themselves.
If you want to use this oil to kill lice, use coconut oil everywhere on your hair. Leave the oil for a couple of days and put the oil again once you wash your hair. According to some people, adding 4-5 drops of essential tea tree oil will make this remedy more efficient.
6. Helps with Gray Hair
The color of the hair comes from the pigment cells found at the beginning of every hair follicle. But, the aging process makes many of these special pigment cells to die and the existing cells are not very productive either.
Coconut oil can help you with this by providing nutrients to the scalp and protecting the pigment cells. If the scalp is healthy you will be able to slow down this process.
If you want to use it, rub the hair with organic coconut oil and a small amount of lemon juice for 15 minutes on a daily basis.
In case you have never used coconut oil to improve the appearance and health of your hair, you should definitely start this practice right away!
If you check the herbal and organic shampoos, you’ll notice that the majority of them come with small amounts of coconut oil. But, in case the shampoo you are using doesn’t contain coconut oil, feel free to pour some of this oil in the bottle.
Coconut (and coconut oil) is one of the best natural beauty products.