There’s no question that coconut oil is a real gift of nature. This super food is equally beneficial for improving your health on the inside as well as on the outside. In fact, coconut oil is increasingly used in beauty products such as face and body creams, hair care products, and sunscreens. Owing to its amazing properties to stimulate natural hair growth and to provide hair with silkiness and natural color, countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Burma use coconut oil (or coconut milk) in natural hair products.
WHY COCONUT OIL IS GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR
1# IT PREVENTS HAIR LOSS
Hair loss normally attributes to nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory skin conditions, or fungal infections. Coconut oil provides an abundance of healthy fats, which work on multiple levels – they nourish the hair shaft and scalp, fight off skin infections and reduce inflammation.
Treatment – Over low heat, mix 3 tbsps. coconut oil and 2 tbsps. sage oil until they blend well. When the mixture cools, apply all over your head then cover with a shower cap. Do the treatment before going to bed. Wash your hair in the morning.
2# IT PREVENTS HAIR DAMAGE
A number of studies have found that coconut oil strengthens the shaft and reduces protein loss, which makes it more beneficial for preventing hair damage in comparison to other oils like mineral and sunflower oil.
3# IT MAKES YOUR HAIR SMOOTH
Excessive dryness of the hair shaft and cuticles typically results in frizzy hair. Coconut oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water and retains moisture inside the hair shaft.
To make your hair smooth and silky, apply coconut oil 15 minutes before having a shower. Alternatively, you can apply a bit of coconut oil on split ends to brush more easily.
4# IT FIGHTS DANDRUFF
Dandruff is shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp, which normally occurs as a result of dry skin. Moreover, frequent shampooing, sensitivity to hair care products, eczema, and fungus can also cause dandruff. Coconut oil can successfully fight off fungal infections and deep hydrate dry skin, which makes it highly effective in treating dandruff.
Treatment – Mix coconut and castor oil in equal ratio then apply on your scalp massaging gently. Leave it on for half an hour then rinse off and wash your hair as usual. Repeat the treatment every time you wash your hair until the condition improves.
5# IT KILLS LICE
Unfortunately, most anti-lice products are full of harsh chemicals that irritate, and even burn the scalp, which causes hair damage. However, coconut oil can give much the same effects, only that it’s completely safe to use. Plus, it hydrates the skin rather than irritate it. A number of studies suggest that coconut oil can even fight pesticide-resistant lice.
Treatment – Apply coconut oil evenly along your hair. Let it act for several hours then continue applying more oil as it gets absorbed by your hair and skin. To boosts its effects, mix it with a few drops of tea tree oil before use.
6# IT PREVENTS GRAY HAIR
Natural hair color largely depends on pigment cells located at the base of each hair follicle. With age, these cells die more and more, which results in hair losing its natural color and turning gray. Luckily, coconut oil is highly beneficial for preventing hair graying because it nourishes the scalp and protects the base of your hair follicles. The treatment against graying hair includes massaging your hair with coconut oil and lemon for at least 15 minutes on a regular daily basis.