Why is coconut oil so popular and frequently reached out for in hair care worldwide? Well, I hope after reading this post you would find some answers and hopefully find ways to incorporate it in your hair regimen for even better results.
Coconut oil possesses so many great properties that makes it not only good as an edible oil but great for hair and a smoothed skin. For this reason, many cosmetic companies reach out for coconut oil in the preparation of their cosmetic products.
Coconut oil is a unique oil and it is similar to hair’s natural lipid structure. This means that it’s able to penetrate the hair follicles more than other oils, It is rich in fatty acids and vitamins which are great ingredients for nourishing the hair.
COCONUT OIL FOR SKIN
Coconut oil makes for a good skin softener and a moisturizer. It helps to reduce dryness of the skin. Rub coconut oil in your palms and apply to which ever part your want to see the moisturizing and glowing effect.
2) COCONUT OIL AS ANTI-AGEING CREAM
Coconut oil also acts as an anti-ageing cream or lotion with no chemicals and preservatives. This is because Coconut oil contains three specific fatty acids(caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid) which have strong antifungal and antimicrobial compound properties which helps to reduce wrinkles and improve skins elasticity .
HOW TO USE COCONUT OIL FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN
- Simply, use coconut oil to massage your body after taking a bath or shower. This helps the skin to retain its moisture. Repeat this method daily.
- You can also combine coconut oil and granulated sugar together to make a body scrub. Use it to gently exfoliate the skin for once per week.
- Also, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your daily diet to prevent diseases related to age and keep your body healthy.
COCONUT OIL FOR HAIR
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. When used on hair, it improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, supports hair growth, without the common harmful chemicals. There are many commercial hair products on the market which have component oil listed in the ingredient. This should be good right? Not really. This is because even though coconut oil maybe listed in the ingredients, most of these cosmetic products do contain other ingredients which may be harmful to your health which may result in damaging your skin and hair .The harsh chemicals in commercial hair care products can leave your hair flat, dry, and damaged. Incorporating coconut oil to your hair regimen along with your favourite products will make a difference.
5 BENEFITS AND USES OF COCONUT OIL FOR HAIR
3) TO CONDITION
Because it is composed mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, the oil of the coconut penetrates hair more deeply and faster than other conditioners. To use coconut oil as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize your scalp, and add a healthy glow to your tresses; just follow these easy steps:
- First make sure you have at least an hour or two for this treatment. (The longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the more effective it will be!)
- Wash your hair and let it air dry while you prepare the next steps.
- Heat up your oil either by microwaving it or by submerging a bowl of coconut oil in hot water to help warm it up
- Apply the oil to the length of your hair and massage it into your scalp.
- Wrap your hair with a plastic cap/bag and allow it to sit on your hair for at least 30 mins
- Shampoo hair to remove oil
4) TO DETANGLE
Detangling hair is lots of work especially if you are natural. Lack of delicateness and time dedication to detangling hair may and can often cause unwanted breakage in the process. Coconut oil improves hair break stress by penetrating the hair shaft. It also coats the hair, and makes it easier to remove knots before or after washing, Before detangling your hair, you may run some coconut oil into your palm and apply it to your through the length of your hair paying particular attention to tangled areas and damaged ends. Finger detangle or use a wide-tooth comb, starting from the bottom, and slowly work your way up to detangle your hair.
Using coconut oil for hair regularly will improve the overall health of the hair, and help to prevent tangles. If tangled hair is a continuing problem, trimming the damage ends will help.
5) FOR HAIR GROWTH
The essential nutrients including the lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft improving the overall health of the hair which can actually help grow hair, longer and thicker.
When massaged into the scalp, coconut oil helps to improve blood circulation, which stimulates hair growth. It is important to massage the oil into your scalp for 5-10 minutes 3 times per week minimum for better results. You can also add other essential oils to boost the growth stimulation process.
6) TO TREAT DANDRUFF
Coconut oil has healing properties because of the antimicrobial compound lauric acid. The oil helps to nourish the scalp and cure skin and scalp related diseases such as dandruff, psoriasis, eczema rashes etc. To treat dandruff add some drops of essential oils such as tea-tree oil or lavender oil to your coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and allow it to sit for 20-30 mins and then rinse your hair. You may repeat this process twice a week.
7) TO TAME FRIZZ
When used in the proper amount for your hair length and texture, coconut oil tames fly aways and frizz People who have thick curly and kinky hair often fight frizz in humid climates. Coconut oil helps to tame the frizz, by penetrating into the curls. It can be applied throughout the day for touch-ups. Apply coconut oil to your before styling. It might take a little longer to dry but it will be soft, shiny and manageable.