There are so many oils out there it's impossible to keep up, but many consider coconut oil the HBIC of all oils. Its gained such a glowing reputation because there's not a lot of things coconut oil can't do. It's one of those do-it-all miracle oils that might as well be the beauty world's holy water.
Lush, shiny, manageable and healthy hair can be yours — with the benefits of coconut oil! Have you been tempted to clear out your commercial conditioners, serums and styling products that damage your hair and possibly your health over time? Well guess what?
People use it for all sorts of thingsfrom cooking and cleaning to moisturizing their skin and removing their makeup. This article explores the pros and cons of using coconut oil on your hair. Daily grooming practices like washing, brushing and styling can cause damage to your hair and leave it looking frizzy, broken and dry.
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair. Polynesian cultures historically have and still do use extra virgin coconut oil as a beauty product, notes the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil applied to the hair reduced hair breakage, and another study in from the Journal of Cosmetic Science noted that coconut oil penetrated the hair follicle better than the most common ingredient in hair conditioners, mineral oil.
Suited to nearly all hair types, this natural oil is packed with fatty acids that may help repair everyday damage, improve texture, and restore health and shine to your hair. However, chemical processes like dyeing and highlighting—and even daily activities like washing and styling—can damage protein and wreak havoc on your hair. In a report published in the International Journal of Trichologyfor instance, researchers reviewed a number of studies testing the effects of plant-derived oils on human hair.
Virgin coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from fresh coconut milk without the use of heat. It contains high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to moisturise and protect against damage. One of the best nutritional properties of virgin coconut oil for hair growth and protection is sebum — a natural oil produced by healthy skin, including on the scalp.
We can sing coconut oil's praises for days. When it comes to the hardest-working multitasking oils in the game, not many can compete with coconut oil's reputation of solving so many ailments at once. You can apply coconut oil to swiftly remove makeup, hydrate your dry skinstrengthen your nail cuticleswhiten your teeth, grow out your brows, and more. Growing up with severe eczema, I relied on this all-natural oil to soothe my inflamed, dry skin and haven't been able to put it down since.
In my years of green living, I've found the simplest, easiest way to help others "go green" is through introducing them to the many uses of essential oils. Want to learn more about how I do that? You've likely heard there were some benefits to using virgin coconut oil for hair and scalp treatments.