One of the most popular ingredients nowadays is the coconut oil. We use it in various spheres – as sunscreen, body cream, in beauty products, hair products and cook with it. There’s no denying the benefits it provides, but what exactly can it do to your hair?
- 1. Prevents Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by nutritional deficiency, fungal infection, and various inflammatory skin conditions. Coconut oil nourished the scalp and the hair shaft and can reduce inflammation and fight skin infections.
Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoon of sage oil. Cook it on low heat until they combine well. When the mixture cools down test in on your hand. It should be warm. Before you go to bed, apply it on your hair and head and cover it with a shower cap . Wash it off in the morning.
- 2. Repairs Hair Damage
Coconut oil beats sunflower oil and mineral oil in the battle for hair damage prevention. It strengthens the shaft and reduces protein loss. Use it on split ends to repair them and although, it’s best to trim them off regularly.
- 3. Makes Your Hair Smooth
The excessive dryness of the hair shaft and the cuticles is the reason behind frizzy hair. Coconut oil retains moisture within the hair shaft, which will aid with this issue.
Before washing your hair, apply coconut oil and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Apply a small amount on the split ends – they will brush easily.
- 4. Fights Dandruff
A common condition recognized by flaking of the skin on the scalp, dandruff is caused by fungus of dryness. Coconut oil hydrates the skin and fights fungal infections with can help in treating dandruff.
Mix equal amount of castor and coconut oil and massage it into the scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off.
- 5. Kills Lice
Lice is a common problem, especially in children. The problem is, most treatments damage the hair, burn the scalp, and are highly toxic. Coconut oil can help when it coming to getting rid of lice. It coats and suffocates them and prevents the eggs from hanging onto the hair shafts.
Apply coconut oil evenly and leave it for several days. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.
- 6. Gray Hair
At the base of each hair follicle there are pigment cells that are responsible for the color of the hair. As you grow older, the pigment cells die. Coconut oil protects the base of the hair follicles and nourishes the scalp. Massage the hair and scalp with coconut oil and lemon for at least 15 minutes every day to prevent gray hair.