Coconut oil is one of the few natural oils that conditions, repairs, protects and reduces protein loss for damaged, undamaged, over-processed and heat damaged hair as well as provides anti-fungal and microbial properties. Traditional hair products chemically alter hair to provide their results. Believe it or not, many claim that coconut oil actually works better than store bought products and it’s 100% natural, and free of silicones, alcohols, and other harsh chemicals. Coconut Oil is an all-purpose oil treatment that is effective against a wide variety of hair issues and is especially beneficial for porous hair types such as African-American and chemically treated hair. I recommend using an unrefined, raw, organic coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair
Thickens & Protects
It is completely absorbed by the hair, filing all voids and hollow areas. This results in added body and a thicker appearance while protecting the hair by reducing fiber swelling.
Prevents Protein Loss
By being a principal fatty acid, having a straight linear chain, a high affinity for hair proteins and a low molecular weight, Coconut Oil is able to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft, fortifying it and significantly increases hair’s retention of protein.
Nourishes & Promotes a Healthy Scalp
Capric acid, lauric acid, and vitamins E and K boost hair and scalp health by making it easier for hair follicles to absorb nutrients, stimulating blood circulation and preventing build-up of dry skin.
Moisturizes & Frizz Control
Frizz and flyaway hair is a result of dryness and damage. Coconut oil is loaded with rich fatty acids and proteins that quickly hydrate hair.
- Proceed on completely dry, pre-washed hair. This is important because the oil prevents the penetration of water into the hair which opens the hair cuticle leaving it valuable to damage.
- This can get messy so put on an old t-shirt or drape a towel around your shoulders.
- Melt 3 to 5 tablespoons (depends on how much hair you have) of coconut oil on the stove over low heat. Just melt the oil so it is easy to apply to your hair, you don’t want it to be hot.
- Make sure it’s not too hot to touch. Then pour the coconut oil around the top of your head and use your finger tips to gently massage it in and smooth down your hair shaft until your hair is covered all the way from your roots to your ends. Use can use a wide-toothed comb to help distribute the oil evenly.
- Pile your hair on your head and place a shower cap, plastic wrap, or old t-shirt over it making sure your hair is completely covered. Secure with a loose hair band.
- Allow the Coconut Oil to soak in for at-least 2 hours but preferably overnight.
- Then shampoo your hair it two or three times or until your hair no longer feels oily.
- Let your hair dry or blow dry it.
A hot oil treatment is the most effective natural treatment for dandruff.
- Shampoo your hair, skip the conditioner and dry it completely.
- Melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil on the stove over low heat. Just heat it enough to melt the oil, you don’t want it to be hot.
- Apply the melted Coconut oil to your scalp trying to avoid getting it in the rest of your hair.
- Leave on your scalp for 20-30 minutes.
- Then wash the oil out with 2-3 shampoos making sure you get it all out.
- Repeat this treatment once weekly until your dandruff is gone.
Head Lice Treatment
Coconut Oil is an effective preventative measure as well as a wonderful natural solution for an active lice infestation. The oil when applied to the hair and scalp suffocates the lice and dissolves their exoskeleton. You will need a jar of coconut oil and a bottle of apple cider vinegar
- Rinse your hair first with the vinegar and leave it in until it dries completely. The vinegar loosens the eggs from the hair follicles.
- When the vinegar has dried, apply a liberal amount of Coconut Oil to the hair and scalp and massage it into the hair until completely saturated.
- Cover the head with a plastic bag or shower cap and heat with a blow dryer for a few minutes.
- Leave on your hair for at least 12 hours. Apply more oil if needed, you want to keep it moist.
- Now to remove the oil, saturate your head with shampoo without wetting your hair and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your hair thoroughly. There still may be a little oil.
- Now using a lice comb began the tedious task of combing out the lice and nits (lice eggs). Be thorough and repetitive.
- Lastly, shampoo the hair again to remove any remaining oil.
- Inspect the daily for activity and repeat the process weekly for three weeks.
Apply a small amount of Coconut oil to your ends after showering to help detangle and condition.