Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular for a variety of health benefits and uses. Coconut oil is used for everything from cooking to improving hair, and tops every list of natural alternatives that can improve your health and well being. For hair in particular, coconut oil can be used to keep hair looking young by preventing graying and falling out or thinning. Here is how you can use coconut oil on your hair to get the best benefits.
For Thinning Hair
Coconut oil is a natural substance that can help hair grow thicker, longer, and faster. The essential fatty acids and vitamins in coconut oil nourish the scalp and remove natural oil build-up that is excreted from the hair follicles. Coconut oil can be used as a daily treatment:
– Before going to bed, gently wash your hair with a sulfate-free, all natural shampoo and follow with conditioner.
– Melt organic virgin coconut oil into a bowl, making sure it is not too hot.
– Comb out any tangles in your hair that resulted from washing it.
– Use your fingers to massage the melted coconut oil into your scalp. Part your hair on all areas of your head so your entire scalp gets coated with coconut oil.
– Wrap a towel or cloth around your head and leave the coconut oil soaking into your scalp overnight.
When coconut oil is massaged into the scalp, it increases blood circulation, which supports the growth of hair. It is best to take time to massage the coconut oil into your scalp gently for at least ten minutes, every other day. One teaspoon should be enough to cover the entire scalp, it does not need to go on too thick. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and vitamin K, and helps to keep hair follicles healthy.
For Damaged Hair
Using coconut oil on hair reduces the protein loss in the hair, whether it is damaged or not. Rich in lauric acid, coconut oil is strongly attracted to the proteins needed for healthy hair. Because of its low molecular weight, it easily penetrates the head and inside the hair shaft. To use coconut oil for damaged hair, take one teaspoon of coconut oil and spread it throughout the hair prior to washing it. Let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it out. Additionally, you can take half of a teaspoon after your hair is washed to use as a leave-in conditioner.
Coconut oil is great at retaining moisture in the hair, due to its high moisture retaining capacity. Coconut oil it is not easily evaporated or broken down, which makes it very stable. It keeps moisture inside the hair, preventing it from escaping. This keeps the hair soft, and prevents the hair from breaking.
To use coconut oil for moisture retention, apply it similarly to how you would apply it for damaged hair. Use about half of a teaspoon after washing the hair as a leave-in conditioner. This will keep the hair protected all day from losing moisture. Coconut oil is better at retaining moisture in the hair than any synthetic product that is available in stores.
For Dry Hair
People with dry hair may find that their rough and thin hair gets worse with the harsh products they are using to try to make it better. Often, hair care products leave the scalp dry and flaky, which results in further damaged hair. Coconut oil can replace store-bought products and be effective in curing this kind of dry hair.
Coconut oil is beneficial in the prevention of gray hair and baldness. Mix Eclipta Alba leaf juice or Bhringraj into coconut oil before applying it to the scalp and hair. Leave this mixture on as a leave-in conditioner.
Coconut oil is readily available in stores. It can be found in an odorless variety, and used for any hair conditions. This will help benefit the health and beauty of hair.