Coconut oil is one of the most popular ingredients used in homemade body creams, sunscreens and beauty products. Lately, it’s even been added to hair products.
In India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines and the Carribean, women have been using coconut milk and coconut oil to keep their hair silky, long and naturally colored for hundreds of years.
There’s no denying the many benefits you get from eating coconut oil everyday, but what about when it’s used topically? Here’s why coconut oil for hair is good for you.
Coconut Oil For Hair Loss Prevention
1. Prevents Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by inflammatory skin conditions, fungal infection and nutritional deficiency. Coconut oil is full of healthy fats, which nourishes the hair shaft and scalp, fights skin infections and reduce inflammation (1).
To use, mix 2 tbsp of sage oil and 3 tbsp of coconut oil. Cook over low heat until everything is combined. Let it cool until and test on the skin of your hand. It should be warm but not burning. Apply all over your head before bed and cover with a shower cap. Wash out in the morning and style as usual.
2. Repairs Hair Damage
When compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil, coconut oil came on top as the best natural oil for hair damage prevention (2). Coconut oil was also the only oil found to reduce protein loss and strengthen the shaft.
You can also use the oil on split ends to help repair them, although it’s always best to trim them off every 6 weeks or so.
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3. Makes Your Hair Smooth
Frizzy hair is actually often caused by excessive dryness of the cuticles and hair shaft. Coconut oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water, but it also retains moisture within the hair shaft.
Applying coconut oil for 10-15 minutes before washing will leave your hair silky and smooth. You can also lightly apply coconut oil to split ends to make them easier to brush through. As for styling, use a little bit of coconut oil to tame flyaways and slick down hair to create smooth updo’s.