Coconut oil for healthy hair

Here’s a truly amazing hair remedy straight from nature. Pure, organic coconut oil and coconut milk It’s light, smells great, and has been used around the globe for thousands of years… not just as a hair remedy.

The benefits of and uses for these two unassuming powerhouses can fill books, and in fact do! See top-rated books on Coconut Oil at Amazon.com

Below is a brief synopsis of how coconut oil or milk can be used to improve the condition of your hair and scalp. There are definite distinctions between the two, they both benefit the hair in their own specific ways due to their unique properties.

COCONUT OIL

SHINE & SOFTNESS
Coconut oil for healthy hairCoconut oil enhances shine and gives an incredible glossy softness to the hair. Use it as a deep treatment…

Simply add a few tablespoons of pure virgin coconut oil to dry or slightly damp hair. Wrap it in a hot, wrung out towel or plastic bag, then cover with a thick dry towel. Allow the oil to work into the hair (and scalp if needed) for at least 30 minutes.

Doing this before a bath or shower is the most effective. The heat will open the cuticle layer of the hair, allowing the coconut oil to penetrate deep into the hair shaft.

RELIEF FROM DANDRUFF & SCALP CONDITIONS
Coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities that help combat dandruff and bacterial scalp infections. Apply virgin coconut oil to the scalp. Occasionally leave it on for a prolonged period (30 minutes or so) before shampooing.

HAIR LOSS
Coconut oil is even believed to slow hair loss by revitalizing and exfoliating dead skin tissue from the scalp. Apply the oil directly to the scalp and massage with your fingertips for a few minutes. Shampoo as usual.

CONSIDERATIONS

Look for organic, virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil. I use the one pictured here from Nutiva. The oil is usually solid at room temperature and will melt with the heat of your hands as you squeeze it into your hair. Use a spoon or spatula to scoop out the oil so that you don’t contaminate your container, especially if you’re using it for a bacterial scalp infection.

You’ll likely need to shampoo your hair a few times to remove the oil.

COCONUT MILK

STRENGTH & PROTECTION
Hair is made up of keratin protein bonds which can weaken, leading to dry, brittle hair prone to breakage. Coconut milk contains proteins and essential fatty acids, which nourish and strengthen those protein bonds in the hair. Simply use a can of organic coconut oil from the grocery store.

Open the can and place it in a pot of simmering water to warm the milk slightly. Stir it up to make sure the thick cream that has formed on the top mixes with the milk. Then pour over dry hair, completely saturating it and wrap it up in a warm towel for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Of course, using coconut oil or coconut milk internally will also do wonders for your hair. Learn more about the benefits of coconut oil