Coconut oil is probably the most effective oil you can use for several types of hair concerns and treatments. Many people make the claim that it works a lot better than man made commercial treatments available on the market and since it’s 100% natural, it’s free of chemicals, silicone, and alcohol that is not only bad for your overall health but it seems to be worse for sensitive skin and hair.
Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. When regularly used on hair, it improves the scalp, fights infections, fungus, supports hair growth, eliminates dandruff while adding volume and shine.
I have always loved coconut oil but I mainly use it internally and for oil pulling. I haven’t always used it in my hair because it’s known to remove hair dye but since I have been using it as a deep hair mask the results have been out of this world and no my hair dye has not faded. It’s important to use virgin organic coconut oil which can be found online, grocery stores, big box stores, drugstore, health food stores.
Unlike most commercial products, coconut oil is an excellent and effective conditioner for all hair types. Some recent studies have shown that coconut oil out performs sunflower and mineral oil and is the only oil that reduces and prevents protein loss. Protein loss contributes to dryness and breakage in hair. Coconut oil helps to prevent damage from brushing and it’s completely safe to use on children. It can be used as a leave-in conditioner, or used as an intensive conditioner for a couple of hours, or overnight. The key to using all natural coconut oil as a leave-in hair conditioner, is finding the right amount for your hair. A little goes a long way.
How To Use
If you have short hair it’s always best to start out with a little bit of oil at a time because coconut oil does go a long way and it can weight down thinner hair if too much is used. Warm up the coconut oil in the palm of your hands and start evenly applying it at the ends of your hair.
If you are experiencing hair loss or have thin hair coconut oil is an affordable and effective solution. It can help hair grow thicker and longer with regular use. With a modified diet the lauric acid in coconut oil penetrates the hair thoroughly which in turn improves the overall health of the hair and scalp.
How To Use
By massaging coconut oil into the scalp 3 times a week for 10 minutes helps with blood circulation which in turn promotes hair growth. If you are only concerned about hair growth 1 teaspoon is all you need. If you want to go a step further and also deep condition your hair add 4 drops of cedarwood and rosemary essential oil which is known to improve hair growth by over 20%. Rosemary and cedarwood essential oils help to increase circulation in the scalp and when paired with coconut oil you will notice unbelievable results. When you are done massaging the oils into your scalp, put on a shower cap and let the heat of your body work with the oils to improve scalp health. Use your regular shampoo or a natural shampoo and wash your hair as you normally would.
There is nothing worse than having dandruff, it’s itchy and really not attractive. I experience this a lot since I dye my hair every 6 weeks my hair is very dry. People have been using coconut oil for many years to combat dandruff and for good reason. Many over the counter dandruff shampoos can actually make dandruff worse and while can remove the dandruff they don’t target the cause of it so your left with dandruff returning. If your dandruff is the cause of dry skin.or fungus a topical application of coconut oil usually resolves the problem. Coconut oil won’t make dandruff disappear over night but with repeated applications it usually resolves the dandruff within a week.
How To Use
For a heavy duty dandruff treatment wash your hair as you normally would and mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of tea tree essential oil and massage into the scalp. This will only work if you are using 100% pure tea tree oil. Cover with a shower cap, and if possible sit in the sun for 20-30 minutes to increase the heat, or simply use a hair dryer on a low setting to heat the cap. Remove cap, and wash with a gentle natural shampoo. Repeat this 2 to 3 times per week, or even more often, as desired. Like with the conditioning or hair growth treatment, you can leave it on overnight. Just be sure to wear the shower cap to avoid staining bed linens.
Coconut oil is overlooked to use a styling product, I think a lot of people are nervous to use this amazing oil fearing it will weight down hair and will make hair look oily. Most people use blow dryers, flat irons and curling wands on a daily basis and use heat protector sprays which are great except for the fact they are filled with chemicals. Hot tools will remove any moisture you have in your hair, leaving your hair a frizzy mess. Coconut oil helps to protect hair from thermal damage if the proper amount is used according to your hair length and texture. Coconut oil helps to tame the frizz, by penetrating into the hair. It can be applied throughout the day for touch-ups, just be sure to use it sparingly. If you have thin or fine hair avoid using coconut oil on the scalp to prevent it from weighing down your hair.
How To Protect Hair From The Sun
Just like we need to make an effort to protect our skin from the sun our hair needs the same attention and care as well. Virgin coconut oil is a natural sunscreen that contains an SPF of 8. Use it as a leave in conditioner to ensure all day protection. You can also apply it over your skin to add extra protection for yourself and your family.
How To Tame Frizz With Coconut Oil
Depending on how long and thick your hair is start with 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil and warm it up in the palms of your hands. Smooth it in from the root of the hair to the ends.Blow dry and style as you normally would. By adding a tiny amount of coconut oil to the ends of the hair you can disguise split ends in no time.
Detangling Hair With Coconut Oil
Detangling hair for some is a part time job. It causes breakage and that can contribute to frizzy hair. Coconut oil can help by penetrating the hair shaft. It can also be applied before you detangle because it makes it easier to remove tangles and knots. Smooth a small amount through hair, paying particular attention to tangled areas and damaged ends. Use a wide tooth comb, starting from the bottom, and slowly work your way up. Using coconut oil for hair regularly will improve the overall health of the hair, and help to prevent tangles. If tangled hair is a continuing problem, trimming the damage ends will help.
Lice Treatment Using Coconut Oil
Forget all the commercially available products that claim to treat and prevent lice. Coconut oil is one of the best uses out there to treat lice. According to a study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, combination of coconut oil and anise spray is more effective, than the commonly used prescription lice treatment permethrin. In fact, in the controlled study, the coconut oil based spray was 82% successful and the permethrin was only 42% successful, and 33 of the 50 participants reported scalp irritation when following the conventional treatment. In another study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal reported that the combination of Ylang Ylang essential oil and Anise oil was successful in 92.3 of children and didn’t cause any series side effects. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, and the scalp, it helps to repel lice and can keep their eggs from attaching to the hair. By adding essential oils including ylang ylang, tea tree, and anise, lice don’t stand a chance.
If there is an infestation of lice, mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of each ylang ylang, anise, and tea tree oils. Double the recipe for longer hair; this should be enough for shoulder-length hair.
Apply the solution all over the scalp, massage in, and pulling through the ends. Comb through the hair with a fine tooth comb. Cover in a shower cap, and allow to sit for 2 hours. If possible, sit in the sun or use a hair dryer to periodically warm up the cap. Carefully remove shower cap, and seal in zip lock bag for disposal.
At the end of 2 hours, comb hair once again, prior to washing and rinsing thoroughly, twice. While hair is still wet, combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water in a small spray bottle. Saturate the hair, spraying ½ the bottle on the scalp and hair. Lean over the sink and pour the remaining mixture over the hair, massaging lightly.
Rinse thoroughly and comb hair once again with a fine tooth comb. Follow with a light application of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap, or style as desired, and allow to remain on the hair until next washing.
As with most lice treatments, the process needs to be repeated every 5-10 days for a couple of weeks. This helps to ensure that all lice, and their eggs are eradicated. Between treatments, comb hair morning and night with a fine tooth comb, and use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.
As coconut oil both repels and kills lice, at the first notification of a lice outbreak, start using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.