Coconut oil is one of the most used ingredients from the skin care products and nowadays, it starts to be more and more used in products for hair care thanks to its positive effects on the scalp. It has been used to preserve the vitality of the hair of Caribbean, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Burmese and Filipino women for ages. It does not only offer great effects when eaten but also when applied topically.
*It fights dandruff*
The dandruff is a chronic condition that is a result of skin dryness and fungi that cause the scalp skin to flake. Coconut oil has hydrating and anti-fungal properties and it works well against dandruff. If your choice is coconut oil against the dandruff, you should mix equal proportions of coconut oil and castor oil and massage the mixture thoroughly into the scalp, around thirty minutes before washing the hair. If the dandruff is more severe, you can use this treatment before each of your hair washes.
*It repairs and prevents hair damage.*
Even mineral oil and sunflower oil are good for preventing damage of the hair, the coconut oil is more effective than them and it is the only oil that can prevent the loss of proteins and can strengthen the hair shaft. You only have to apply coconut oil on the split ends and further damage will be stopped. Trim them every six weeks.
*It kills lice*
Lice can be really annoying. People usually use store-bought treatments as a solution, but they can be very toxic and can cause damage to the hair and scalp of the children. The coconut oil is better alternative and it does not irritate the skin but instead of that it hydrates it. It is also effective with lice that have developed resistance to pesticides. The oil forms a layer that suffocates the lice and prevents eggs from staying on the hair shaft. Spread the oil on the scalp of your children and leave it for few days. Put more of it as it gets absorbed to make a stronger layer of coconut oil. You can also put in some drops of tea tree oil to increase the efficiency.
*It smoothens the hair*
The frizzy hair is caused by long-lasting dryness of the cuticles and hair shift. Coconut oil repels water and preserves moisture and it makes the hair silkier and smoother. Apply oil ten to fifteen minutes before washing the hair or use it afterwards to style the hair and free it from flyaways.
*It stops the graying*
The hair graying is caused by the death of the cell pigment in the hair follicle base. The coconut oil provides nutrition to the scalp and protects the follicle’s health. That means that the pigment cells will be protected and they will stay healthy longer. It won’t color the hair but slow down the graying process. Just massage coconut oil and lemon juice in the hair on daily basis and leave it for fifteen minutes before you wash it off.
*It stops hair loss*
The hair loss is caused by fungal infections, skin inflammations and nutrient shortage. The coconut oil is high in healthy fats and it can treat inflammations, provide nourishment to the scalp and fight off infections.
For hair loss, you need to combine two tbs. of sage oil and three tbs. of coconut oil and cook them so you can get a homogenous mixture. Leave it to cool down to be warm to the hands. Apply it on the scalp before going to sleep and cover it with a shower cap. In the morning, just wash it off and repeat as necessary.
If you use organic shampoos, there is a chance that they contain coconut oil, but if they don’t add some to it and make it beneficial for the hair.