5 Secret Coconut Oil Hair Treatments
Coconut oil is that one commodity making its way into every household one way or another. Originally, coconut oil was just one of the many oils people could purchase to cook with at home.
No one thought otherwise until now…
Coconut oil is rapidly growing in popularity for a wide variety of uses and benefits. In fact, in a previous post we just named 30 beauty uses coconut oil can be used for alone, with our personal favorite coconut oil pulling.
Coconut oil is now seen as one of the most effective hair treatments for a wide variety of hair issues. Many claim that coconut oil works better than any store-made treatments due to the fact that its 100% natural, the hair avoids the chemicals that are injected into store bought hair treatments.
Now before you go dumping a jar of coconut oil on your head let’s get into some details as of why and how coconut oil hair treatments should be done.
Why Use Coconut Oil as a Hair Treatment
Coconut oil contains one of the richest natural sources of medium chain fatty acids within it. Also known as MCFAs, these special fatty acids have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help nourish the body.
Within the medium chain fatty acids is an especially popular chain known as Lauric Acid. Lauric acid is very supportive of hormone health and cellular health, while also naturally occurring in breast milk. The Lauric acid and vitamin E help restructure the hair, increase the strength by preventing protein loss, and improving shine.
The structure of coconut oil allows it to penetrate hair the way other oils struggle too with quick and amazing results. The oil penetrates the hair shaft, going past the cuticle, repairing and preventing any damage. It all sounds crazy, especially when people are washing their hair because it looks oily.
Why would people purposely be putting coconut oil in their hair?
Coconut oil hair treatments have been used for decades, people were simply unaware of the remedy. The oil works exceptionally well for repairing damaged hair that has been over-processed, heat damaged, or naturally dry. The oil can also help prevent dandruff while keeping the scalp fresh and healthy.
Let’s go into detail about the different coconut oil hair treatments that can be used today!
How to Use Coconut Oil as a Hair Treatment
For a deep conditioning treatment rub in a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil into damp hair. When applying the oil try and use more where the hair is the driest and most damaged, especially near the ends. Allow the oil to sit in your hair for at least 30 minutes, some people will wrap their hair in a towel and leave it in overnight. It’s ideal to wrap your hair in a hot towel to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. When the time is up you will need to shampoo the oil out of your hair to complete the treatment.
Daily Detangler Treatment
Having long or curly hair can be a huge pain sometimes having to deal with daily tangles especially in the mornings. By taking a hairbrush and some coconut oil your morning problems can suddenly be solved. Simply put a little bit of oil onto your hair brush and gently run it through your hair from the roots straight to the end. Since it’s a tiny amount of oil you can just leave it in for the day and it will continue to nourish your hair.
Every day people are constantly buying chemical filled shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, or any other hair products that leave your scalp feeling itchy, and flaky. Let’s fix this today! Before going to bed wash your hair as usual and then rub in a small amount of coconut oil into your scalp. Wrap your head with a towel and leave the oil in overnight then take a shower in the following morning.
Hair Coloring Base
Coconut oil is an excellent mix with all-natural hair coloring to help with results. Coconut oil penetrates hair faster and deeper than other oils helping the color stand out and keep it from fading too quickly. Simply mix in a little bit of coconut oil with the coloring herbs and apply as you normally would to your hair. Once the color is set, shampoo and remove all oil and colorant.