You’ve probably encountered coconut oil while you were reading through the ingredients of your sun-block, or skin and body care products. There’s a reason why coconut oil is extensively used in so many beauty products and it is because it is full of natural properties that can do wonders for your skin and body. However, coconut can also give amazing results when used on your hair. That’s why hair-care manufacturers have started using it in their products.
Using coconut oil for restoring and revitalizing hair is not a modern idea. Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Filipino, Indian, and Caribbean native women have been using coconut oil to keep their hair shiny and smooth for ages.
Here are a number of reasons why Coconut oil is great for your hair
1. It will stop your hair from turning grey.
Your natural hair color is maintained by the pigment cells found in your hair follicles, which slowly die out as you continue to age. Coconut oil works great for grey hair is because it restores the health of your follicles, allowing you to slow down the graying of your hair, as long as you use it.
If you want to revive your hair color, try mixing some coconut oil with lemon, apply it to your hair, and leave it for 15 minutes a day.
2. It will smooth out your hair:
The reason why your hair is frizzy and appears dry and messy is mostly due to humidity in your cuticle. Coconut oil will keep your hair properly moisturized where needed, while repelling excessive humidity, due to its hydrophobic properties.
All you have to do is apply the oil 15 minutes before showering. You can also use some on your split ends before brushing, or to give it that slick and silky look when styling.
3. You’ll get rid of lice:
Even though lice mostly occur in children, the most common treatments are so damaging to the hair and skin, apart from being poisonous, that it’s hard to believe more organic solutions are not widely prescribed.
Coconut oil is a great alternative to lice shampoos as they on only eliminate lice, but they also soften and hydrate the scalp. Furthermore, they can be used for even the pesticide-resistant lice.
All you have to do is apply some coconut oil regularly on their scalp and leave it to be absorbed. And if you want the treatment to be more effective, you can combine it with a couple of drops of tree tea oil.
4. It will repair your hair damage:
Many people already use sunflower or mineral oil to repair or prevent their hair damage. However, coconut oil is more potent than both and it is proven to prevent you from losing proteins, while it can also significantly improve the firmness of your hair shaft, unlike mineral or sunflower oil.
5. You’ll get rid of your dandruff:
Dandruff occurs when your scalp becomes chronically dry as a result of a number of conditions, one of which is fungus infections. Coconut oil is the perfect solution because it is a natural skin moisturizer and hydrating agent, as well as a great remedy for fungus infections.
If you want to get rid of your dandruff, try mixing some castor oil with some coconut oil (with an equal ratio), and then gently rub your scalp with the mixture. Leave it for half an hour and wash your hair afterwards. If your dandruff problem is really serious, then try to do this before every shower.
6. You will stop losing your hair:
Hair loss occurs either when your body is lacking nutrients, or when you have an infection or inflammation on your skin. Coconut oil is great in such cases because it is a potent and natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent, and the healthy fats it contains are great for reviving your scalp.
If you want to stop your hair loss, take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix them with 2 tablespoons of sage oil. Slowly cook your remedy and stir well until you get a homogenous mixture. Leave it to cool down a bit, and apply it while it’s warm on your head. Cover with a shower cap and leave it for several hours. This is best done before you go to bed, so that it can stay in your hair longer. When you wake up, wash your hair as you normally would.
A good thing to keep in mind:
The hair products you use regularly might already have some coconut oil in them. To make sure, you can check the label for the ingredients.
However, nothing compares to using raw and natural coconut oil if you want to fully exploit its benefits. It is a truly amazing hair treatment which can only be appreciated after you’ve tried it yourself and seen the results
Try using coconut oil today and see what you have been missing out on.
Cover Photo : Olga Demidova