Coconut oil has been all the craze for years — and for good reason. Highlighted in both the health and beauty industry, this rich source of medium-chain fatty acids can do wonders for your hair. If you’re looking to naturally nourish your hair and scalp, here’s how to add it to your routine.
Why Use Coconut Oil for Hair Health?
Offering beneficial acids, coconut is specifically high in lauric acid — which is known to be a beneficial antimicrobial agent. Based on lauric acid’s ability to support cellular and hormonal health, it is also often recommended in regards to hair health.
In fact, one study stated that of the three oils tested (coconut, sunflower, and mineral), coconut was the only oil to reduce protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair when used as both a pre-wash and post-wash hair product.
Please note that this oil is not ideal for all hair types. Typically, best for those who have fine to medium hair, it can help you achieve shinier, stronger hair. Although it can benefit some people with coarser, drier hair, argan oil is generally better for this hair type.
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4 Ways You Can Start Using Coconut Oil Benefit Your Hair
Using coconut oil within your grooming regimen is a simple and inexpensive way to improve your hair health. In order to start maximizing the beneficial properties associated with this beloved oil, here’s what you should do.
Option #1: Apply and allow your hair to condition
Warm 2-3 tablespoons of it (depending on your hair type and length), before evenly distributing it. Comb the oil through your hair with your fingers, working it in at the roots and then wear a shower cap for a minimum of 30 minutes — or wear it overnight. Wash with shampoo and warm water.
Option #2: Combat dandruff naturally
In a similar fashion, melt 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil before massaging it into your scalp. Wrap your head in an old towel and if possible, leave in overnight. Before you wash your hair the following morning, consider an Epsom salt scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells.
Option #3: Use as a base for all-natural hair coloring
If you use natural hair colorants, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate hair deeper and faster. Melt 1-2 tablespoons before mixing it with your colorant and apply as you normally would. Wash and rinse as normal.
Option #4: Use for hair growth
In a similar fashion to deep conditioning, all you need to do is work melted coconut oil into your hair. The vitamins and essential fatty acids present will promote a healthier scalp and in turn, can initiate more efficient hair growth.
Whether you’d like to protect your scalp from sun damage or are looking for a natural hair detangler, coconut oil is the perfect solution. If you’re struggling with hair loss, Transitions hair replacement centers and clinics, offer all proven hair replacement and hair restoration solutions for men, women and children. To find a location near you click here.
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