Coconut oil needs no introduction as a superior oil in hair care; there have been so many anecdotal reports about the effects of coconut oil on hair that I am sure that you might have one too. Coconut oil works because it contains a slew of nutrients that are very good not only for the body but also the hair. These nutrients include more than ninety percent of saturated fats, protein, Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.
Coconut Oil Hair Benefits:
The molecules in coconut oil are very small and this makes it a penetrative oil. This is good news for hair because when the oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and works with the natural hair proteins, the result is stronger hair that is able to withstand quite a bit of damage.
- Coconut oil is also used to treat scalp conditions including that of sebhorreic dermatitis, dry scalp and other fungal conditions.
- Coconut oil minimizes protein loss because of its medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and reinforce the hair’s structure. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.
- Coconut oil has long been associated with healthy hair growth and thick, glossy hair.
- Coconut oil is not only anti-dandruff but also anti-lice, regular applications of coconut oil can discourage lice from finding a home on your scalp.
- Coconut oil can help to stimulate proper circulation on the scalp and keep it moisturized.
What is the best coconut oil to use?
The best coconut oil to use is cold pressed or what is called virgin coconut oil that is derived from fresh coconuts. Refined or fractionated coconut oil is not the best for hair or for your regular consumption. A good indication of whether coconut oil is heavily processed or not is its ability to sleep or turn into a solid when the temperature drops.
How can coconut oil be used in hair?
Coconut oil can be used in hair in all phases of your hair regimen. However when using coconut oil or any other oil as a part of your moisturizing process, remember to add your water based product first and then seal with the coconut oil. Coconut oil does not work as well when applied to dry, un-moisturized hair for everyday use.
Coconut oil works well with essential oils like peppermint, tea tree, lavender. It can be added to hot oil treatments, shampoos, conditioners and used in deep conditioner recipes or added to your regular store bought deep conditioner.