Coconut oil is one of the natural products which have countless number of uses. Despite in the kitchen, this product is also used as an ingredient of many homemade beauty products, body creams and even sunscreens. Some homemade hair products are also made of coconut oil. For instance, in Malaysia, Burma, India, Indonesia, Carribean and Philippines, women use coconut oil or coconut milk to keep their hair healthy, long and silky.
Prevents Hair Damage
Coconut oil is one of the best natural oils that repair and prevent hair damage. It also strengthens the shaft and reduces protein loss.
Put coconut oil on the split ends to repair your damaged hair.
Fights Against Dandruff
Dandruff is very common scalp condition characterized with flaking of the scalp skin. It is usually caused by dry skin or fungus. You can actually treat dandruff with coconut oil which fights fungal infection and hydrates your skin. All you need to do is put equal amounts of coconut oil and castor oil, mix the ingredients and apply it on the scalp. Massage the scalp for a few minutes and let it stay for about 30 minutes and then wash it out. You can even use this method every time before you wash your hair.
Makes Your Hair Smooth
The reason you have a fuzzy hair is because of extreme dryness of hair shaft and cuticles. The coconut oil is excellent for treating fuzzy hair because it retains moisture within the hair shaft and it also repels water. So before you wash your hair put a little coconut oil and let it stay for about 15 minutes. It makes the hair easier brushing and for styling.
Prevents Gray Hair
The color of our hair depends on the pigment cells located at the root of every hair follicle. As we grow older these pigment cells die or become less efficient. If the base follicles are healthy the hair will maintain its color. The best thing about coconut oil is that it nourishes the scalp and thus protects the base of the hair follicles. In order to avoid gray hair, massage your scalp with lemon and coconut oil for at least 15 minutes every day.
Prevents Hair Loss
Nutritional deficiency, inflammatory skin conditions and fungal infections are the most common reasons for hair loss. Coconut oil is excellent for treating problems with hair loss because it contains great amounts of healthy fats that prevent and fight against skin infections and inflammations and protect hair scalp and shaft.
Put 3 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 tbsp of sage and mix them on low heat until they are finely combined together. Let the mixture cool down and before you apply it on your hair, test it on your skin. It shouldn’t be burning just warm. Before you go to sleep apply it all on your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap. Wash it out in the morning.
Treating lice can be a real problem, because most of the lice treatments found on the market are extremely toxic and damage the scalp and the hair. Coconut oil is a natural replacement for all the toxic lice treatments because it hydrates the skin and not damaging it. Coconut oil covers the lice and suffocates them. It also prevents their eggs from hanging on the hair shafts.
For greater effect you can mix the coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture evenly on the hair and let it stay for several days. You can continue applying more and more oil as it is absorbed by the skin and hair.