The homemade body creams, sunscreens and beauty products usually contain coconut oil. It is also common ingredient in the hair products.
The women in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Burma, Malaysia and the Carribean are using coconut milk and coconut oil for centuries. That’s why their hair is silky, long and naturally colored.
The coconut oil provides us with numerous benefits when we consume it, but it is also beneficial when we apply it topically. Here are some benefits of coconut oil:
- Repairs Damaged Hair
If you compare the coconut oil with mineral oil and sunflower oil, it is on top of the list because it is the most effective natural oil for hair damage prevention. Coconut oil is the only oil capable to decrease protein loss and firm the shaft.
Coconut oil can be applied on the split ends in order to repair them, although it is recommendable to trim them off every 6 weeks or so.
- Prevents Hair Loss
Hair loss may be result of inflammatory skin conditions, fungal infections and nutritional deficiency. Coconut oil is loaded with healthy fats, which provide the hair and the scalp with nutrients, fights against skin infections and diminish inflammation
Combine 2 tablespoons of sage oil with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Cook this mixture over low heat until it is combined well. Leave it to cool down. Test it on your hand it should be warm but not burning. Put it on your scalp and all over your head before sleeping, just make sure you are wearing a shower cap. Wash it off in the morning.
- Fights Dandruff
Dandruff is a growing problem today for many people. It is a chronic scalp condition expressed by flaking of the skin, which is result of dry skin or fungus, along many other factors.
Coconut oil is very effective in treating dandruff by eliminating fungal infection and hydrating the skin.
Combine even parts of coconut oil and castor oil and apply the mixture with a gentle massage into the scalp. Leave it to work for half an hour before washing your hair. In case of severe dandruff, you should do this process every time you wash your hair.
- Makes Your Hair Smooth
Fizzy hair is a result of extra dryness of the cuticles and hair shaft. Coconut oil hydrates your hair and your shaft.
Simply apply coconut oil on your hair 10-15 minutes before washing it and it will be silky and smooth. Coconut oil can also make your split ends easier for brushing. When it comes to styling , a little bit of coconut oil will control the flyaways and slick down the hair to make smooth updo’s.
- Gray Hair
Pigment cells found at the base of every hair follicle are charged for the color of the hair. Anyway, as we age more and more of these pigment cells die and are less effective.
Coconut oil nourishes the scalp and protects the base of the hair follicles, preventing the occurrence of gray hair. Maintain your follicles healthy and you will avoid gray hair.
Just apply the coconut oil and lemon mixture every day with a 15-minutes massage.
- Kills Lice
Lice are usually affecting young kids. The lice treatments are dangerously toxic and burn the scalp and harm the hair.
Coconut oil is one of the best remedies for lice in kids since it hydrates the skin without irritating it. It is even capable to treat pesticide-resistant lice.
The coconut oil coats the lice and suffocates them, preventing them and their eggs from sticking onto the hair shafts.
Apply the coconut oil evenly on your hair and leave it for several days. Continue with more oil application as the skin and the hair absorb it, For a better effect, add several drops of tea tree oil.
In case you still haven’t used coconut oil on your hair, you should start as soon as possible.
The organic or herbal shampoos are including coconut oil. Anyway, you can always add coconut oil into your shampoo in order to gain all the benefits.
Coconut oil is extraordinary beauty product.