Coconut oil is not just a food ingredient. No, it isn’t just a fruit extract. It’s a gift of nature! Coconut is considered a superfood. It comes from the Tree of Life, after all, the coconut tree.
In fact, coconut oil is increasingly used in beauty products as well, such as face and body creams, hair care products, and sunscreens.
Owing to its amazing properties to stimulate natural hair growth and to provide hair with silkiness and natural color, countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Burma use coconut oil (or coconut milk) in natural hair products.
Why is this so? Because here’s what coconut oil can do for you:
1. Prevents Hair Loss
Hair loss normally attributes to nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory skin conditions, or fungal infections. Coconut oil provides an abundance of healthy fats, which work on multiple levels – they nourish the hair shaft and scalp, fight off skin infections and reduce inflammation.
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
Over low heat, mix 3 tbsps. coconut oil and 2 tbsps. sage oil until they blend well. When the mixture cools, apply all over your head then cover with a shower cap. Do the treatment before going to bed. Wash your hair in the morning.
2. Prevents Hair Damages
A number of studies have found that coconut oil strengthens the shaft and reduces protein loss, which makes it more beneficial for preventing hair damage in comparison to other oils like mineral and sunflower oil.
3. Makes Your Hair Smooth
Excessive dryness of the hair shaft and cuticles typically results in frizzy hair. Coconut oil is hydrophobic, meaning it repels water and retains moisture inside the hair shaft.
HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
To make your hair smooth and silky, apply coconut oil 15 minutes before having a shower. Alternatively, you can apply a bit of coconut oil on split ends to brush more easily.