Coconut oil is one of the few botanical oils that are comprised primarily of saturated fats. The two main fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid and myristic acid, they are phenomenal to both skin and hair. On the molecular level, these fatty acids are straight enough and short enough to penetrate into the hair shaft, where they bind to the proteins in the hair. No other oil is able to penetrate and bind to the hair as well as coconut oil.
Because of coconut oil’s unique molecular structure, it is one of very few hair oils that can penetrate very deeply into the hair shaft, where its affinity for the hair’s proteins (i.e. its polarity) keeps it in place while also preventing protein loss. This is the most unique and important of the coconut oil benefits for hair. Studies show that coconut oil penetrates into the hair very significantly within an hour.
All the Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair
Some of the most appreciated coconut oil benefits for hair
Coconut Oil prevents Protein Loss
A study conducted on coconut oil for hair showed that coconut oil was able to reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair when used as a pre- and post-shower treatment, likely due to its high polarity and ability to penetrate the hair. Because of this, coconut oil is a great boost to hair that is prone to breakage, has high porosity or is about to undergo some sort of processing that will deproteinize the hair like bleaching or perming.
Smoothes Frizz and Flyaways
Coconut oil has a creamy texture, with an emollient effect. This means that in addition to saturating the hair, it will also help smooth down the cuticles of it, which will make the hair softer, smoother, and less likely to get frizzy.
Coconut oil prevents Moisture Loss
Coconut oil can prevent water from getting in to the hair, it can also prevent water from getting out. While we don’t want our hair to be super saturated with water, we also don’t want it to be totally dehydrated, especially if we have hair that is prone to dryness.
Coconut oil prevents Excessive Moisture Getting in
Like almost all other oils, coconut oil for hair is hydrophobic, meaning that it repels water. During a shower or on very humid days, our hair (especially if it has high porosity) gets saturated with water. When the hair is saturated with water its inner layer of cuticles swells, causing the outer hair cuticles to stick up – this causes the hair to get frizzy, but also makes it much more prone to damage like breakage or split ends.
Applying coconut oil to hair before a shower can prevent this whole process, since coconut oil is able to saturate the hair so thoroughly that it blocks water from getting into the hair and causing damage.
Coconut Oil for Hair Growth
Coconut oil will not help with hair growth, but if you combine coconut oil with rosemary oil and aloe vera gel together, this good combitation will fasten your hair grow. Coconut oil might make your hair look totally awesome and it can certainly prevent hair loss due to breakage, there is nothing in it that actually stimulates the scalp or the hair follicles, so it has no way of directly speeding up hair growth. If one has a dry or sensitive scalp then coconut oil may help overall in moisturizing and soothing the scalp, which may improve its overall functioning.
Then again, coconut oil can do the exact opposite by damaging the scalp and reducing hair growth for those already prone to fungal infections like dandruff, so user beware!
How to Use Coconut Oil for Hair?
There are many different coconut oil uses for hair, and the best one for you depends on your lifestyle and hair type. Coconut oil might work amazingly for some people in one way, but then totally wreck their hair if used a different way, so keep your goals and hair type in mind before choosing a method for using coconut oil.
The Ultimate Coconut Oil Pre-Shower Hair Mask
The most classic way of using coconut oil for hair is as a treatment before a shower. This could mean leaving it in overnight and washing in the morning, or it could mean applying it 15 minutes to an hour before your shower.
To do the pre-shower coconut oil hair treatment, you only need a small amount of oil. The exact amount will depend on the length of your hair, but generally you want the oil to coat your hair very lightly. Using too much coconut oil might make the hair heavy, limp, and lifeless, so it’s better to use too little than too much.
♥ Take a small amount of coconut oil, and massage it in your hands to warm it up and get it to liquefy. If the coconut oil is very solid, you might choose to melt it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
♥ Apply the coconut oil to your hair starting with its lower half, and work it out towards the ends. Once the lower half of the hair is nicely covered, use any residue of coconut oil left on your hands to cover the rest of the hair.
♥ If necessary, take a bit more coconut oil to finish the job. Unless your roots and scalp get super dry, and you are not dandruff-prone, it is generally best to avoid getting too close to the scalp and roots with the coconut oil.
♥ If you are short on time you can speed up the coconut oil hair penetration by very gently applying heat to your hair with the help of a blow dryer set to a low but still warm temperature.
Note: If you didn’t like the result the first time you’ve done this treatment, it’s possible that you’ve used too much coconut oil. Try this coconut oil hair treatment again with a smaller amount. It’s also possible that your hair has low porosity, and so it doesn’t need the pre-shower protection of coconut oil in the first place.
Coconut Oil Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
You can enjoy the strengthening coconut oil benefits for hair by using a shampoo and conditioner set already infused with the oil. This tends to work best for people whose hair cannot tolerate straight oils, although it can also be a nice addition for someone with very high porosity hair that cannot get enough out of coconut oil.
I don’t recommend adding coconut oil to your regular shampoo or hair conditioner, as this can disrupt the preservative system and cause your shampoo or conditioner to grow some gross bacteria.
Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Mask
An in-shower coconut oil hair mask can do a wonderful job of fortifying the hair and locking in moisture. You can apply coconut oil on its own after shampooing your hair and before conditioning it, or, if your hair tends to get dehydrated, make a hydrating mask by mixing in your hand a dollop of coconut oil with few drops of glycerin.
The glycerin will pull moisture into your hair, but the coconut oil will ensure its balanced amount of moisture that won’t cause your strands to swell and lift up your hair cuticles. Let the mask sit in your hair for 5-10 minutes, and the rinse it out.
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