October 27, 2016

5 Genius Ways To Use Coconut Oil For Hair

Throughout our lives, we’ll encounter various kinds of hair problems — split ends, dandruff, hair loss, greying, and more. While we search for all kinds of solutions on the internet, ranging from hair treatments to even hair implants, we tend to lose sight of the simplest solutions that could work well for us.

Behold: coconut oil for hair. Studies have shown that regular use of coconut oil for hair can reverse damaged hair very effectively because it penetrates the scalp, acting as a moisturizer and reducing protein loss in damaged hair. Lauric Acid, which is a fatty acid, is present in coconut oil and is used as a treatment for all sorts of sores and flus.

Coconut oil can be used extensively in many different ways to treat hair. Here are the 5 best ways to keep your hair in check with coconut oil.

1. Anti-Frizz Solution


Frizzy hair can give a dishevelled look. Coconut oil can act as a leave-in conditioner and treatment that can help moisturize your scalp, giving you a healthy shine and smooth hair. To make this conditioner, simply follow these simple steps:

  • Wash hair thoroughly
  • Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into a small bowl
  • Place the small bowl in a bigger bowl with hot water and allow the oil to melt
  • Once melted, use fingers to apply, starting from hair ends to the root
  • Do not wash or shampoo after but leave in and style hair as usual

2. Beat Dandruff


Dandruff is caused by irritated skin and dry scalp, and coconut oil can be used to penetrate deep into the scalp and moisturize. To heal your scalp, follow these simple steps:

  • Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner
  • Scoop a small amount of coconut oil into a small bowl
  • Place the small bowl in a bigger bowl with hot water and allow it to melt
  • Once melted, massage oil onto scalp
  • Wrap hair with towel and leave overnight

3. Protect Your Hair From The Sun


Exposing your hair to the sun’s rays for prolonged periods of time can cause a bunch of hair problems, such as split ends, brittle strands, and discoloration. Using coconut oil can shield your hair from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

To make this homemade hair sunscreen, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Here are the steps:

  • Whip the coconut oil in a food processor
  • Carefully add Non Nana Zinc Oxide and raspberry seed oil
  • Once mixed, pour it all into a container
  • Use on hair when needed

4. Prevent Or Get Rid Of Lice


Having lice is one of the worst hair problems, and if you do have them, it is advised to get treatment as soon as you can. Studies have shown that coconut oil can penetrate deep into the scalp to repel lice and prevent their eggs from getting attached to your hair.

To get rid of lice effectively:

  • Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon each of anise oil, ylang ylang, and tea tree oil
  • Apply this mixture to your scalp

5. Reduce Greying Hair


Greying hair is caused by reduced pigments called melanin in our hair follicles. As our body stops creating these pigments, our hair turns colorless, causing the greying effect. Although there has been no concrete evidence on any methods to reverse grey hair, some success stories have emerged that involve the use of coconut oil.

Here is one method you can try:

  • Grind curry leaves with water to make a paste
  • Add the paste to 2 cups of coconut oil
  • Heat the mixture until all the moisture has evaporated
  • Keep in a bottle and allow the mixture to cool
  • Massage it on your hair 2-3 times every fortnight and leave overnight for the best results

Questions About Coconut Oil for Hair

Will coconut oil have any odour if put on my hair overnight?

Pure virgin coconut oil will definitely have a natural coconut smell to it, which some people cannot tolerate. Use RBD (Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized) coconut oil instead if you have trouble accepting the smell. However, note that RBD coconut oil can cause your skin pores to clog.

Why must coconut oil always be melted before use?

Coconut oil has a low solidifying point at 24 degrees celsius, so people living in colder countries might find it troublesome to have to melt coconut oil regularly before using topically. However, do remember that the benefits of coconut oil justify the extra effort.

Can coconut oil replace shampoo? 

Coconut oil alone cannot replace shampoo because it does not have a strong cleaning agent to clean hair thoroughly. To make a natural shampoo, coconut oil is usually mixed with baking soda to create a shampoo-like mixture to clean hair. Coconut oil alone can be a great ingredient for pre or post hair-wash treatments.

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