Coconut oil is becoming more and more popular, and it is widely used in products such as body creams, beauty products, and sun blocks. Also it can be found in many hair products.
Around the world women have been using coconut milk and coconut oil to keep the hair healthy, long, naturally colored and smooth. This practice has been already used for centuries due to the great health benefits it provides, especially when applied topically.
Here are more details in regards to the reasons for using coconut oil:
- Repairs hair damage
Coconut oil is great for preventing hair damage and its effect can’t be compared to mineral and sunflower oil. Coconut oil is also great for preventing the loss of proteins and strengthening the shaft. You should apply it on the split ends in order to repair the hair.
- Prevents hair loss
Hair loss is mainly caused by inflammatory skin condition, fungus, and nutritional shortage. Due to these reasons coconut oil is great for preventing hair because it contains lots of healthy nutrients that can also help you reduce swelling. You will need to mix 2 tablespoons of sage oil and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Use low heat when cooking until you get homogenous mixture. Let it cool down and apply it on the head and cover it with shower cap. Leave it overnight and in the morning wash the hair as you usually do.
- Prevents and fights dandruff
Dandruff is caused by flaking of the skin on the scalp and mainly it is caused by dry skin and fungus. Coconut oil can help you get rid of dandruff and fungal infection, and also it could hydrate the dry skin on the scalp. You will need to mix equal parts of castor oil and coconut oil, and use this mixture to massage the scalp. Let it sit for 30 minutes in order to act, and use it every time after you wash the hair
- Smoothens the hair
In case you have very dry cuticles and shaft coconut oil is the right ingredient to be used. Coconut oil is great hydrophobic which can help you repel water, but also it could moisture the hair shaft. Apply it on the hair and leave it for 10-15 minutes. You hair will become silky and shiny.
- Kills lice
Young children often have problems with lice, and many of the treatments that are offered on the market actually damage the scalp and the hair due to the chemicals it contains. You should use coconut oil instead in order to kill the lice and hydrate the skin. You will need to apply coconut oil on the hair and leave it. Apply it on daily basis until you notice all lice are killed.
- Prevents graying of hair
Each hair follicle has pigment cells which are responsible for the hair color. As we get older these pigment cells die and become less effective. Coconut oil is great for protecting the base of the hair follicles and can help you prevent your hair from becoming gray. You will need to use mixture of coconut oil and lemon, and apply it gently with massage every day. Leave it minimum 15 minutes before you rinse it.