Coconut oil massage is an age old remedy for thick and healthy hairs. Since ancient times, women have been using this moisturizing oil for healthy and voluminous hair, while men have been massaging it on their scalps to fight baldness. Even today it is the most popular and frequently preferred hair oil worldwide. Now you must be wondering what makes this sweet smelling oil a choice of millions.
Coconut oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and thus keeps your hair thick, strong and shiny. There is a wide range of conditioners and serums available in the market to add shine and volume to your tresses. But the shine and volume they add the body of your hair is temporary. Plus, they also bring with them numerous side effects, and above all they make your hair fragile, prone to breakage.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is naturally rich in lauric acid and fatty acids, which strengthen your hairs, condition the scalp and speed up hair growth. The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil help fight dandruff and stop hair loss.
Coconut Oil for Hair:
Listed below are Top 4 uses of coconut oil for hair.
Coconut oil as Natural Conditioner
Unprocessed coconut oil is free of any harsh chemicals that are present in the over the counter conditioners. And the best thing about this sweet smelling oil is that it is equally beneficial for all types of hair. So, you don’t need to think hard about your hair type. Simply fetch a bottle of unprocessed coconut oil from the nearest grocery store and use it as a leave-in conditioner. Studies have shown that coconut oil has out-performed sunflower and all other mineral oils in nourishing hairs. It is the only oil that can treat protein loss.
How to use it?
The key to using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner is applying the right amount to your hair. Applying too much coconut oil to your hair will weigh them down. If you have short hair, just a quarter of teaspoon will be enough. Warm the oil between your palms before applying it to your locks, paying special attention to the ends of your hairs. For longer hair, half teaspoon will be enough. Wash your hair as usual, then rub the right amount of oil between your palms and apply it to the shafts.
For deep conditioning dry and damaged hair, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and apply one teaspoon (for short hair) or one tablespoon (for long hair) on your hair, starting from ends to the scalp. Cover your head and hair with a shower cap and leave it on for a couple of hours (overnight is best). Wash your hair again with the mild shampoo and style as usual. You can also use coconut oil as leave-in conditioner following this intensive treatment.
Coconut Oil for Hair Growth
Women have been using coconut oil since ages for healthy hair growth. If you are struggling with thinning hair, you can always use this really safe, effective and economic solution. The essential vitamins and minerals present in coconut oil help grow thicker and longer hair. Besides penetrating into the scalp, the essential nutrients also penetrate into the hair shafts making them soft, smooth and silky.
How to Use It?
If using coconut oil for hair growth, simply massage your scalp with lukewarm oil. This will improve blood circulation in the scalp, which ultimately supports hair growth through efficient supply of blood and nutrients to the follicles. To get the most out of coconut oil, gently massage your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes. Leave the oil on for an hour and then rinse off. Repeat this 3 to 4 times every week and you will see astonishing results within a couple of months.
Coconut Oil as an Intensive Dandruff Treatment
Coconut oil is a rich source of Vitamin E, and K, which makes it a very good tonic for treating dandruff. People have been using this sweet smelling oil for thousands of years to treat, dry, cracked skin. And what exactly is dandruff? Nothing, but flaky skin caused by dryness. If you are also suffering from this irksome, itchy condition, look no further than coconut oil. Walk into any drug store and you will be bombarded with legions of anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners. But the harsh chemicals in those hair care products often further worsen the condition. Coconut oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties make it an excellent option for dandruff and any other fungal infection that may be causing your scalp to itch.
How to Use It?
To treat dandruff, mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender, tea tree, thyme and wintergreen are all really effective in fighting dandruff. Mix the two oils well and use this combination to massage your scalp. Use gentle pressure while massaging but make sure you really work this concoction into the scalp from forehead to neck and from one temple to another. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for half an hour. In the meanwhile increase the temperature of your scalp by sitting in the sun, if possible, or simply using a hair dryer on low setting.
After half an hour, remove the cap and rinse it off with a mild shampoo. For best results, repeat this remedy twice or thrice a week. You can also leave this anti-dandruff mixture on overnight. However, make sure you wear the shower cap before going to bed, just to avoid staining the pillow.
Coconut Oil Shampoo Recipe
You can also use coconut oil for making a gentle natural shampoo. Prepare this shampoo at home and give your hair a healthy boost of coconut.
- Liquid Castile soap – 1 cup
- Canned coconut milk – 1/3 cup
- Coconut oil – 1/3 cup
- Your favorite essential oils – 50-60 drops (lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, peppermints etc.)
Pour coconut oil and coconut milk in a clean pot and met over a very low heat. Heating on high flame will destroy the nutrients in coconut oil. Pour this mixture into a clean air tight bottle with a lid. Add in one cup liquid Castile soap and shake well. In the end, add 50 to 60 drops of your favorite essential oils and shake again. Use this shampoo to rinse your hair daily.
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