Coconut oil has become more popular worldwide for the past few years. Its amazing benefits range not only from dental health, skin care and weight loss but also for the hair? Here are eight major ways that coconut oil can strengthen, protect, rejuvenate, and give a beautiful shine to your hair. Remember, unrefined, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil is your best option and should always be used when taken internally. Coconut oil is solid at cold temperatures but melts at 76 degrees F (24.5 C) or above or just by placing in a bowl of warm water.
As a deep conditioner, coconut oil can add luster and shine to the hair since its chemical make-up makes it bond tightly to hair, unlike other oils and chemicals used in commercial hair care products.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2007 found that coconut oil users showed an impact on the amount of moisture their hair was able to absorb: these people showed water absorption at rates not even comparable to the control groups. 5
Do the following, to achieve a natural, healthy deep conditioning treatment. Wash hair as normal and do not blow dry.
Scoop 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil into a small bowl. Add a few tablespoons of warm water to a slightly larger bowl, then rest the coconut oil bowl within it.
When oil is at room temperature and malleable, scoop it up into fingers and massage throughout hair.
Wrap hair in shower cap or cover with a hand towel and allow the treatment to work for a half hour or more, up to two hours. Remove cap or towel and rinse oil from hair. Shampoo as usual to remove oily remnants. To get better results you can add a few drops of these essential oils for healthy hair.
According to a report published in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, coconut oil has been used for centuries to create a concoction for promoting hair growth. It has been traditionally mixed with aloe vera to promote hair growth.
To grow longer, healthier hair, mix 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel.
Apply to hair and then sleep with a shower cap. Rinse out with or without an apple cider vinegar as the latter has amazing benefits for the hair, then style as you normally do, with added luster and length!
Another way to encourage hair growth is by mixing coconut oil with Eclipta prostrata (false daisy). According to a research published in the Archives of Dermatological Research, extracts of false daily decreased the amount of time it took for hair to begin regrowing and to fully regrow. 3
Add a few drops of false daisy oil (or use a dry powder) to a few table spoons of coconut oil and use it to message your scalp in order to promote hair growth.
As an added bonus the extract from this flower is touted as a means of keeping black hair black, and preventing breakage due to normal aging.
Mixing the false daisy leaf with coconut oil may prevent darker hair from turning gray. For centuries, women in India have sworn by coconut oil and Eclipta prostrata (false daisy) mixed together and then applied to the hair to keep the color of the hair black and radiant.
1 Add a few drops of false daisy oil to a few tablespoons of coconut oil and use as a typical hair mask to reap the anti-gray rewards.
Another way to prevent gray hair is by mixing coconut oil with Chinese hibiscus, or Hibiscus rosa sinensis. The extract from this rosy pink or red flower is touted as a means of keeping black hair black, and preventing breakage due to normal aging.
2 A number of natural supplements can also be used for premature gray hair.
Coconut oil can be used for frizzy hair, since it can smoothen and moisturize the hair shaft. Try not to overdo the application so as not to end up with an oily look.
Dermatitis or dandruff, can also be battled using coconut oil. Leave the oil overnight using a watertight cap and the following morning wash with shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse to remove excess oil.
Use coconut oil instead of commercially available lice treatments that are harsh and poisonous to get rid of lice. Take 3-4 days to explore effective natural options before resorting to potentially toxic treatments. One tried-and true way to eliminate a lice infestation (including those nits) is by rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and covering it with coconut oil.
How to get Rid of Lice with Coconut Oil and ACV
Ingredients: Apple cider Vinegar (ACV) and Coconut oil
1. Rinse hair with the vinegar and leave it in until it dries. The vinegar should dissolve the ‘glue’ which sticks the eggs to hair follicles. If the scalp is irritated, avoid putting vinegar on it to avoid further irritation.
2. When the vinegar has dried, pour coconut oil into the hair, making sure you get complete coverage.
3. Cover your hair with a shower cap or hair wrap & leave it in for a few hours.
Comb the hair to get as many of the eggs & lice out as possible and then shampoo as normal. There is an anecdotal evidence that you only have to do this once and it really works without any chemicals!
A study conducted in 2003 and published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil surpassed the test better than sunflower and mineral oils in preventing damage to the hair shaft.4 Just massage the scalp with coconut oil which will improved the damaged hair.
According to an article published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil, is a rich source of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), and has a high affinity for hair proteins. With its molecular properties, it can also penetrate deep inside the hair shaft.
Curly or dry hair tangles easily, both after washing and throughout the day. Coconut oil applied after a shower works through post-washing tangles, or fights the effects of a windy day to dry hair.
Apply a little bit of coconut oil to the palm of your hand. Depending on the length of and dryness of the hair, more coconut oil may be required to thoroughly coat your hair. Work with small amounts to avoid over oiling.
Rub the oil over the whole hand. Start at the tips of the hair and work toward the scalp, distributing the coconut oil evenly over the entire head. Alternatively, just apply to a badly tangled area for spot control.
Use a wide-toothed comb and begin brushing out the hair at the tips and working toward the scalp. Work in small sections to prevent breakage of the hair shaft.
Coconut oil is great for the hair—just as much as it is for the rest of the body. What have you got to lose? Try these coconut oil hair treatments and find out how well this ancient, healthy and natural treatment can work for you and your hair. Make sure to keep it in your bathroom as there are 10 genius reasons to keep coconut oil in your bathroom.
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