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WHY COCONUT OIL WORKS SO WELL IN REVERSING HAIR ISSUES
- It contains lauric acid which slows the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria on your hair, and that can cause hair conditions such as folliculitis and Piedra.
- Coconut oil is a good hair moisturizer and is known actually to work just like sebum. This way, the oil keeps the scalp and hair moist, thereby preventing scalp cracks that can be particularly irritating leading to scratching and hair loss
- The oil can penetrate the hair shaft, thus protects it from direct heat from the sun and other environmental impurities.
- Rubbing coconut oil into your scalp helps to improve blood flow around the hair region, thus ensuring that follicles are continually nourished with nutrients necessary for hair growth.
HOW TO USE COCONUT OIL AS A REMEDY
Some of the best things about coconut oil are that it’s relatively less expensive compared to other commercial hair solutions, and it’s also non-toxic, yet performance is not compromised. For best results:
- Always apply the oil in a Liquid form: If the oil is in a solid or semi-solid state, put the oil in a jar and dip it into hot water until all of it has melted.
- Use your fingertips to vigorously rub the oil into your hair, covering all the areas of the scalp especially infected regions, if any. Alternatively, you may use a soft cotton cloth to apply the oil.
- Gently massage the oil into your scalp continuously for at least three minutes
- Ideally, you should leave the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. It will ensure the oil has ample time to penetrate the scalp and work on the hair follicles. If the hair issue involved is severe, you might want to keep it on overnight. A shower cap can be very useful in such circumstances
- After the treatment, it is important to rinse the hair with plenty of warm water as you don’t want the oil to coat the pores and hair shafts, thereby interfering with air circulation and the shedding of old cells
- The application should be done at least twice a week. However, it’s important to start with small amounts of coconut oil and then increase the amount gradually as you learn how your hair responds to the oil.
- Blending coconut oil with honey is a very good idea! Adding honey to coconut oil is a sure way to increase the effectiveness of the oil. Honey serves as a humectant, thus helps keep the scalp moist, paving the way for penetration of coconut oil.
- Timing is Important: Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen and can be very effective when applied in the morning especially when you know that your hair will be exposed to the sun for long periods during the day.
EATING COCONUT OIL
Although coconut oil can penetrate the scalp, the hair cannot quite metabolize or digest the oil as the digestive system does. For maximum benefit, you might want to consider consuming the oil internally. The lauric acid and other antioxidants are very efficient when working from the inside of the body.
THE AMOUNT USED MATTERS!
Application of large amounts of oil may not necessarily translate to healthy hair – Too much oil can actually end up blocking the hair shafts hence cutting the supply of oxygen into the hair. For this reason, it is important to start with small amounts. In addition, the length of your hair should also dictate the amount of coconut oil that you apply. Ideally, you should stop the moment the entire scalp has been covered with the oil.
Coconut oil is worth giving a try for your hair issues. Besides being readily available in most stores, its application is straightforward, direct and is likely to cost less compared to other commercial hair products that may also contain hazardous elements.