If you think the hype surrounding coconut oil and its miraculous benefits has died down, think again! Considered as the reigning king of all oils, there is nothing that cannot benefit from a bit of coconut oil. Coconut oil has pervaded the health and beauty worlds seamlessly due to its healing prowess; it can help burn fat, fight bacteria, and fight Alzheimer’s to name a few. On the beauty front the list goes on and on; but we’re here to talk about the ways coconut oil can help your hair. You’ve probably heard about coconut oil’s ability to transform your hair, you’ve also probably gotten yourself a jar of this holy oil but not sure how to start? Let’s help you out with the tips below!!
Coconut oil works for all hair types, just not by using the same amount; you can be the judge of that. Coconut oil has protein retention qualities that add volume and body to all hair types as well as being able to minimise damage and breakage that result from styling. Always start small and see how your hair takes it. And always make sure to use raw and unfiltered cold-pressed virgin coconut oil for best results.
1 || Grow Stronger, Longer Hair
Yes, it seems coconut oil can help you grow thicker, longer and stronger hair. Coconut oil includes vitamins and fatty acids that can nourish the scalp, remove sebum, and even penetrate the hair shaft and cuticles. This all contributes to rapid hair growth and increased strength. A coconut-based hair mask once a week or every other week should be sufficient.
2 || Treat Damaged Hair
Looking immaculate comes with its own price. All these blow outs and color treatments wreak havoc on your hair. A little treatment prior to your shampoo protects the hair and prevents the stripping of oils from your hair. Simply massage some coconut oil into your hair from the roots all the way down to the tips of your hair before your shampoo.
3 || Prior To A Coloring Session
Simply massage a little coconut oil prior to a major dye job, or before getting highlights as it protects the hair from the bleach.
4 || Fight Split Ends & Frizz
Split ends will have their quick fix with coconut oil, however for a major split ends problem a salon trip could be in order. But for the time being coconut oil will smooth down the cuticles on your split ends so they don’t look very frayed. Coconut oil is also a great source for controlling frizz, just make sure to use it on the drier parts of your hair.
5 || Summertime Treatment
Coconut oil is considered a natural SPF. Treating your hair to a coconut oil leave-in treatment in the summer is essential as it will save your hair from sun damage, chlorine, and salt water.
6 || Dandruff
Coconut oil can also fight dandruff. Putting coconut oil on your scalp for five minutes before your shampoo is ideal. Your will see less and less dandruff with continued use.
7 || Boost Shine
Coconut oil has a high-shine quality which is great for boosting the hair’s natural sheen. Just make sure to use a light hand otherwise you risk hair that just looks oily.
8 || Lice Treatment
Yup, that dreaded word! Coconut oil is known to kill lice; rub the oil on the scalp going down your hair all the way to the tips. Follow this up with an apple cider vinegar rinse to make sure you get all the eggs and nits out as well. Tea tree oil can be mixed with coconut oil for a more effective treatment of lice and nits.