Is your hair going grey? Thinning or falling out?
If you’re not already using coconut oil for your hair, then you’re missing out on a lot!
Most organic or herbal shampoo already contains some coconut oil. However, If the brand you’re using doesn’t have any then you can always add some yourself to enjoy the benefits.
There’s no denying the many benefits you get from eating coconut oil, but what about when it’s used topically? Here’s why coconut oil for hair is good for you.
1. Prevents Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by inflammatory skin conditions, fungal infection and nutritional deficiency. Coconut oil is full of healthy fats, which nourishes the hair shaft and scalp, fights skin infections and reduce inflammation.
2. Repairs Hair Damage
When compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil, coconut oil came on top as the best natural oil for hair damage prevention. Coconut oil was also the only oil found to reduce protein loss and strengthen the shaft.
You can also use the oil on split ends to help repair them, although it’s always best to trim them off every 6 weeks or so.
3. Makes Your Hair Smooth
Frizzy hair is actually often caused by excessive dryness of the cuticles and hair shaft. Coconut oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water, but it also retains moisture within the hair shaft.
Applying coconut oil for 10-15 minutes before washing will leave your hair silky and smooth. You can also lightly apply coconut oil to split ends to make them easier to brush through. As for styling, use a little bit of coconut oil to tame and slick down hair to create smooth updo’s.
4. Fights Dandruff
Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by flaking of the skin on your scalp, which can be caused dry skin or fungus, among many other reasons (3).
Coconut oil can actually treat dandruff (4) by fighting fungal infection (5) and hydrating dry skin.
To use, mix equal part coconut oil and castor oil and massage into the scalp and leave for 30 minutes before washing out. If you suffer from severe dandruff, use this trick every time you wash your hair.
6. Gray Hair
Pigment cells located at the base of each hair follicle are responsible for the color of your hair. However, as you grow older more and more of these pigment cells die and become less efficient.
One way that coconut oil prevents gray hair is by nourishing your scalp and protecting the base of your hair follicles. The healthier it is the longer you’ll be able to avoid gray hair.