Coconut oil is one of the most common natural ingredients found in shampoos and hair conditioning products today, for good reason. Using coconut oil for hair helps keep your hair strong, protects it from the effects of aging, and makes it healthier and shinier.
Using coconut oil for hair has been a common practice for ages, especially in areas where coconut grows in abundance: India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma and the Philippines.
Lauric acid, a principal fatty acid in coconut oil, has an affinity for hair proteins and is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. It makes for an excellent conditioner and also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.
The vitamin E in coconut oil keeps your scalp and hair root healthy and revitalizes hair.
Detergent- or soap-based shampoos leave your hair dry, rough, and hard. The natural oils in coconut counters this effect, keeping your hair smooth and shiny, and add a sweet and refreshing scent. If your favorite shampoo doesn't contain coconut oil, you can just mix some in and still enjoy the benefits of coconut oil.
The various fatty acids present in coconut oil serve as very good anti-dandruff agents, and work better than any anti-dandruff shampoo.
Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs. Coconut oil also works to relieve dry scalp.
When coconut oil is mixed in with shampoo, the medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil nourish the scalp and hair follicles. These components are also good antioxidants, and thus help prevent premature whitening and loss of hair.
Coconut oil benefits include a high moisture retaining capacity, since it does not evaporate or break down easily. Therefore, it 's very effective at keeping your hair moistened and soft. This also prevents excessive breakage of hair. Coconut oil is a far better conditioner for hair than any synthetic product on the market.
Coconut oil will soothe irritated and itchy scalps, which are sometimes the cause of dandruff. It will also help skin conditions like psoriasis on the scalp.
To give your hair a wonderful hot-oil treatment, here's how you do it: right before bedtime, massage a good amount of coconut oil all over your scalp — all the way to the roots. Tie a plastic bag over your hair – this will keep your body heat in and warm up the oil. You can cover your pillow with a few towels to protect your bed linens.
In the morning, use an all-natural shampoo to remove excess oil. Repeat this procedure every week or so until you see results, then you could cut back to doing this once a month, or whenever you want to pamper yourself. This is also a good method to improve dry scalp conditions and tame the frizzies!
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