Coconut oil for hair is well-known age old oil, which has been around for centuries. It can help reduce hair fall by penetrating deep into the hair shaft, preventing protein loss and also reduces it from getting damaged. It moisturizes the hair and promotes hair growth.
Benefits of using this coconut oil for hair
Helpful for scalp infection: Tinea Capitis is a disease causing superficial fungal infection to the skin on the scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes, which can also be a cause for hair fall. Coconut oil possesses antifungal properties and can be effective in reducing the symptoms of a scalp infection, by applying warm coconut oil to the affected area.
Coconut oil for dandruff: Dandruff is a common problem faced by many people. It can be caused by a naturally found fungus called Malassezia. Even though dandruff may not cause hair fall directly, it can cause itchiness to the scalp. When a person keeps itching, there is a possibility that the hair follicles can get damaged in this process. Coconut oil has a moisturizing effect and can help treat dandruff and dry skin, as it has antimicrobial properties.
For protection from heat damage: Some of us spend a lot of time outdoors in the heat (ultra-violet (UV) rays damage) or even use blow dryers to speed up our hair drying process. This can make your hair rough and dry over a period of time, causing it to break. Applying a little coconut oil on your hair can help keep your hair moisturized and prevent great damage.
Coconut oil for hygral fatigue: Well not a word heard very commonly indeed. Hygral fatigue refers to the damage of the hair follicles due to its swelling and de-swelling of the hair cuticle when it takes in water (meaning when excessive moisture penetrates the outer layer of the hair and reaches the inner cortex). This could lead to hair dullness, frizziness, hair damage and breakage, because the hair is brittle. Coconut oil can help prevent this hygral fatigue.
Acts as a detangler for tangled hair: Do you spend a good amount of time to brush your hair to make it tangle free? Well, a common problem faced by many especially for people with wavy or curly hair – tangles! This can be a major issue for hair breakage and hair fall, as the knotted hair gets stuck in the bristles of the comb and can get pulled while combing your hair. Application of coconut oil can help untangle the entangled hair and give you a smoother combing experience.
Protects against general hair fall: Hair fall or even hair thinning is something most people face and could be due to various reasons including stress, type of water used for hair wash, hair styling or even hair treatments. Using coconut oil can help reduce hair fall by penetrating deep into the hair shaft, preventing protein loss and also reduces it from getting damaged. It moisturizes the hair and promotes hair growth.
Here are some effective ways of using coconut oil, in your hair care routine:
Hot coconut oil treatment:
Pour around 2 tablespoons (reduce or increase the quantity as per your hair length) of coconut oil in a bowl and warm it up in the microwave or gas stove. Do not make it hot, only wait till it is warm. Add in few drops of rosemary or peppermint essential oil to it. Then, dip your fingers in the oil or even use a cotton pad to apply the coconut oil on your scalp and gently massage it in. Massaging your scalp improves scalp circulation, so a daily massage is really good to improve hair growth. Use the inversion method while oiling your hair. Inversion method is an ancient technique to stop hair fall and boost hair growth. READ MORE – INVERSION METHOD – GROW YOUR HAIR 1 INCH IN A WEEK
Coconut oil with onion juice:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp onion juice
Combine these three ingredients in a bowl. Mix well and apply on the scalp and gently massage it in for just a couple of minutes. Then cover your hair with a shower cap (to prevent the liquid from seeping down to your face or even causing burning to the eyes, because of the onion juice content in the mixture) for around 30 minutes to an hour. After which, wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat this twice a week. READ MORE – Magic Potion For Hair Growth, brighten Skin and more