We’ve exalted the benefits of coconut oil as a beauty product for some time.
But, taking a glimpse at the latest cosmetic offerings, it seems that coconuts have gone mainstream, even making their way into hair care products.
Coconut oil has a real affinity with your hair; it could be classed as the perfect hair treatment oil.
Silicones that mimic oils found in regular shampoo coat your hair without having any real benefits.
Over time, they weigh hair down; making it appear dull and oily.
This is because silicones sit on top of the hair shaft, rather than having any real penetrative benefits.
Benefits of coconut oil for hair
Coconut oil is a derivative of lauric acid, a substance that bonds with protein, which is why it has such an affinity with your hair; it prevents breakages; making your hair resistant to damage from wet combing and pre-heat treatments, it also penetrates deep into the hair shaft; helping to give your hair strength and structure, literally working from the inside out.
Interestingly, it is one of the few oils that have this action on the hair, and the reason it has such great penetrating abilities is its small molecular size and chemical structure.
Tip #1: Coconut oil can make your hair healthier
Let’s start this off with the answer we’ve all been waiting for: Can coconut oil really make your hair grow? Yes, the vitamins and fatty acids found in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrate the hair’s cuticle. The essential fatty acids also help remove a build-up of sebum build-up from hair follicles, which speeds up growth.
Tip #2: Lather it up for a pre-shampoo treatment
It’s no secret that harsh ingredients such as sulfates found in many shampoos can strip your hair of its natural oils. If your hair is feeling a little dry or damaged, massage coconut oil from root-to-tip before you shampoo, coat the follicles, and prevent your shampoo from drying your hair.
Tip #3: Rub it on your split ends for frizz control
Consider coconut oil for a quick fix; it will help smooth the cuticles on your split ends, so your hair doesn’t look frayed at the ends. It also will help to tame frizz and unruly hair, especially during humid weather. It does this because it’s great for replenishing moisture in your hair.
Tip #4: Coconut oil is great for styling hair
Coconut oil for hair works really well as a styling product, as it helps to smooth your hair shaft and add shine. You only need to use a tiny amount, or it may be too greasy. It is a great ingredient for those prone to unruly hair, helping to define curls.
Tip #5: Coconut oil is awesome for the scalp
Unrefined virgin coconut oil has great anti-fungal properties, making it an excellent scalp treatment if you suffer from an itchy, flaky scalp.
To get the full benefit of coconut oil for hair, you can’t just treat it like any regular hair treatment; it has to be on your hair for a good number of hours before you see any real results, using it as an overnight hair mask is the best way to get maximum benefits from the oil.
Tip #6: Coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair mask
Massage coconut oil into your hair and leave it for a few more hours. Then, shampoo and condition are normal, and your hair will be nourished; it will feel like your hair has undergone a salon mask treatment.