Coconut oil is extremely powerful and beneficial for your health. It’s used in many topical treatments and offers numerous benefits to the look and feel of your hair. But how do you use it to make sure it works to your advantage and doesn’t make your hair look and feel greasy? Just how will it help the condition of your hair and scalp?
Here’s all you need to know about coconut oil and to use it on your hair.
The Benefits of Coconut and Coconut Oil
Before we even get onto how to use coconut oil in the hair, you need to know why it’s good for it. Coconut, and therefore the oil, has numerous health benefits. The ingredient is used in dairy products, baking, oils and much more to help you take advantage of all these health benefits.
Burn More Fat
One of the biggest benefits for some people is that coconut helps the body burn faster. It may be full of fat itself, but this is the healthy chains that don’t lead to blocked arteries. The body needs some fat to help with the regulation of temperature and aid the metabolism.
Getting more coconut in your diet will help boost your metabolism even more. You can burn more fat while you sit and do nothing.
This is great for those who are trying to lose weight. Switch your ordinary milk to coconut milk and opt for coconut oil in your cooking.
Another way that coconut helps is that it encourages you to eat less. The fats break down slower in your body, so you feel fuller for longer. You can sprinkle some coconut on your breakfast or use it to cook your sausage and bacon every morning. You’ll eat less, so you won’t consume as many calories throughout the day.
Kills Bacteria and Fungi
When you have to deal with microorganisms, your body’s immune system will have to get to work. This means that it can’t work on other bacteria and fungi in your body. It’s time to switch to a diet with coconut.
The ingredient kills microorganisms, including fungi and bacteria. You’ll have fewer stomach upsets, and it can help some skin and nail conditions. It can also fight against viruses, which is great when your doctor can’t give you anything to help you fight infections.
All those fatty acids within the coconut can break down the pathogens that cause infections. You can use it topically or through your diet to get all the benefits.
Protect Hair and Skin from Damage
This will be the important one for you right now. Coconut is a great addition to your hair and skin because it will protect both from damage. Your body has natural oils that help to moisturise and protect the scalp, skin and hair. These can be produced in small amounts, so your skin needs some help. The coconut will help with that.
You can apply the oil topically to help add more oils to the skin. Dry hair and skin are things of the past. You won’t feel as itchy, and you can treat some skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Coconut oil also carries some SPF values. It may be a small amount, but it is better than nothing all. It can help to protect your hair and skin from sun damage on a daily basis, especially if you just want something to run quickly to the shops and back.
Fight Off Mouth Problems
Oil pulling is one thing that you can try with your coconut oil. The oil will help to remove bacteria from the mouth and fight off some of the common issues like gum disease and tooth decay.
Any oil can do this, but coconut has the added advantage of fighting off pathogens and removing them naturally. Rather than letting bacteria stick n between the teeth, the oil attracts them all and then you just have to spit them out. You’re also left with fresher breath on a morning and night.
This isn’t a replacement for brushing and flossing, but it certainly offers some benefits.
Protect from and Reverse Mental Illnesses
Some mental problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s can both be prevented and reversed by the addition of coconut in your diet. The ingredient is full of ketones, which are used by the liver to increase energy levels in the brain.
Your brain will be able to do more, so it is protected from chemicals that destroy some of the cells. Those who already have malfunctioning cells will find that their cells repair and the signs of dementia and similar problems start to reverse. This is better in those with milder forms, but it can help to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia in patients where the diseases have progressed.
The ketones are also beneficial for those with epilepsy. They improve brain activity and can help to reduce seizures. It is important to get a overall healthy diet for coconut to help in this instance.
There are anti-inflammatory properties in coconut, which makes it a great option for those with stomach problems, chronic disease, and wounds. You can apply it topically or include it in your diet to help in these instances. The great news is that only those who are allergic to coconut should avoid it, so pregnant women and those with autoimmune problems can still benefit.
Inflammation happens for all sorts of reasons and is often the body’s response when the immune system picks up a problem. It can lead to chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and Crohn’s disease. By working on reducing the inflammation you can ease some of the pressure off the nerves, so you get to enjoy your day to day life.
Fight Against Cancer
There are many products that claim they help to prevent cancer, and coconut is one of them. This ingredient is highly effective in cancer prevention because of the ketones.
Like when fighting against dementia and other brain diseases, the coconut helps to protect the cells in the body. Rather than them developing abnormally during re-growth, the coconut helps to promote healthy reproduction.
This is even better when you get coconut in your diet with foods that are high in antioxidants. They all work together to fight against the free radicals that cause the abnormal growths in cells, preventing and sometimes reversing cancer.
Supports the Bones
Osteoporosis is a common issue for women as they age. The lack of oestrogen makes it harder for the bones to absorb any calcium, which the bones and teeth need.
Coconut helps to encourage calcium absorption. When you get it through coconut milk, you’re even adding calcium into your body for the bones to absorb. You can also benefit by using it as a topical treatment.
How Do You Treat the Hair With Coconut Oil?
So, you know now that coconut is a powerful ingredient for the health, and this includes the health of the hair. When you eat enough coconut, you will help to support the roots and encourage more oil production.
You don’t just need to get the ingredient in your diet, though. The best thing you can do is to treat the condition with coconut oil. You can apply directly to the hair and reap all the benefits.
Just how do you treat your hair condition with coconut oil? Here’s a guide to help you make the most of it.
Use It as a Conditioner
Stop using conditioner on your hair and start replacing it with coconut oil. This is one of the most effective ways to treat your hair and is extremely easy to do.
Most stores will sell coconut oil in a tub. When kept at normal room temperature, the oil will be solid and easier just to grab and apply to your hair. When you have it above 24C, you will find that it turns into a traditional oil.
Why is this important? Because it will affect the way, you use the coconut oil as a conditioner.
When you use it at room temperature, you’ll likely find it easier to apply to damp hair after a shower. You can sit down and run the oil through every strand of hair to make it feel soft.
If you use it in the bathroom during your shower, the oil will likely become more liquid. You’ll find it easier to use in the shower because it’s less likely to drip everywhere.
It is possible to use the coconut oil as a leave-in condition. If you’re going to do this, apply it after your shower to your damp hair. This will give you the chance to run it through the strands, and you can leave it for as long as you want. Try it overnight and wash it out the next morning. Put a towel or old t-shirt over your pillow to avoid damage to the material of the pillowcase and pillow.
If you’d rather just put it in and wash it straight out, use it in the shower. Use it as a normal conditioner and rinse your hair fully afterwards. This is great for those who are in a wash and want to use the coconut oil before they go out or get ready for work on a morning.
The benefit of using coconut oil as a conditioner is that you do just condition your hair. There are no extra chemicals in the product that lead to further damage. It’s suitable for all hair types, including those who regularly colour their hair.
If you have dry or damaged hair, use two teaspoons to a tablespoon of the oil. This helps to get right into your roots and will help to encourage more oil production from your scalp. You can also treat dry skin conditions on your scalp, while still working the oil into the tips of your hair.
Replace Your Dandruff Shampoo
As mentioned, coconut oil is great for treating dry skin conditions. This includes dandruff, whether it’s the actual problem or a symptom of an underlying condition. With coconut oil being a natural, chemical-free product, you can use it while using other medications and treatments for the underlying reason for your dandruff.
In fact, did you know that most dandruff shampoos will make your condition worse? This is because of some of the chemicals and ingredients used. They dry out the skin, meaning that it becomes more painful and flaky. You don’t get any of these problems with coconut oil. It’s great for treating so many dry skin conditions!
When you’re using it for treating dandruff, just completely replace your shampoo with it. It’s a great product for completely cleansing the hair and removing the dirt, grime and any microorganisms that have got into your hair.
You could save hundreds of dollars in your lifetime by switching to just using coconut oil for washing your hair. There’s no need to use separate shampoos and conditioners!
You can make your shampoo by mixing coconut oil and some essential oils like tea tree and lavender together. Citrus oils are also great, and add that little extra to the scent to make you feel tropical and like you’re using shampoo from over the counter. You’ll be able to smile about your secret whenever people ask where you’ve bought it from.
To make this option work for dry hair, you need to leave the coconut oil on the scalp. Cover it with a shower cap and try sitting in the sun with it. You’ll only need about 30 minutes of soaking to get really into the scalp. You can also leave it overnight to treat the condition.
Do this two or three times a week and you’ll have the perfect treatment for your dandruff.
Hair Styling With Coconut Oil
Did you know that you can also use coconut oil to help style your hair and tame some of that frizz! Because it’s used so much for conditioning and treating skin problems, many people end up overlooking this way of using it in your hair.
The big benefit of using coconut oil for styling and taming is that you get away from so many heated products. There’s no need to apply hot irons or curling tongs to just dry (and sometimes slightly damp!) hair. You don’t need to worry about the chemicals in heat treatment sprays, and there’s no need to think about the damage the heat is doing to your scalp and hair roots.
And if you do decide to use the curling tongs and straightening irons, the coconut oil will help to protect your hair naturally. You’re in a win-win situation.
If you have frizzy hair, it’s time to step away from the chemical-filled products. Pull out your coconut oil (just a small amount) and work into your hair from root to tip. If your hair is extra dry, this will take longer, and you’ll need to build up the amount of oil you use. It shouldn’t look greasy, but will look glamorous and sleek. When your hair dries, it will also be so much more manageable.
You have a choice here whether you use a hair dryer or not. Some people choose to avoid the heat and allow the hair to dry naturally. You can then style as you want. Others will opt for blow drying with a salon finish.
If your hair tends to tangle easily, forcing the brush through will just lead to damage. You’ll break your hair and pull it out from the root. Save yourself the hassle by treating your hair with coconut oil instead.
This works really because it’s a conditioning oil. You’ll smooth out the kinks and make it easier to slip the brush through. You only need a small amount in the sections that are the most tangled. When you do brush, do it in small sections and work on the tips first. Slowly work out each knot and push them down your hair gently, rather than forcing the comb through all strands.
When styling with coconut oil, it will leave some oil behind. If you have thin and oily hair, you may find that the ingredient makes your hair look oily and limp. Make sure you start with small amounts to prevent this happening.
Use It as a Sunscreen
Coconut oil has SPF properties, remember? It’s great for protecting the skin, and you can also protect the hair. Sun damage to the scalp is so common. It’s a neglected place because people don’t want to put sunscreen in their hair—understandably!
You can apply a bit of coconut oil to your scalp and even over your hair. Do it in small amounts if you have thin hair to avoid that greasy look. Thicker hair will need larger amounts to get into all strands of hair.
Use the oil as a leave-in conditioner for a day at the beach or a trip out to the shops. You can ditch the hat and not have to worry about damage to your locks and scalp.
The best thing about this trick is that adults and kids can use it! No more forcing the hat on babies!
Make a Natural Hair Colouring Treatment
Have you ever wanted to colour your hair but hate the idea of the chemicals in shop bought dyes? There are natural treatments, but even they have questionable ingredients. And they can be so expensive, right?
Well, it’s time to make your hair colouring treatment. The great news is coconut oil is one of the best bases for mixing in the colours and creating your homemade dye. It’s also highly effective and conditions your hair at the same time.
You can use a mixture of colouring herbs to get the shade that you want. You’ll still need some gloves to protect your skin and will need to use extra virgin coconut oil to help get rid of any compounds that can affect the natural colours.
You’ll need to use coconut oil that is in a liquid form, so it needs to be heated. You can do this over a stove or just place a small bowl of coconut oil in a larger bowl of hot water to help raise the temperature. Once you have a liquid, you can then add in the herbs and wait for the colour to set.
Now just apply to your hair and leave it to set. The length of time will depend on the shade you want and the amount of hair you have. Keep checking it and then rinse out excess oil and colour. You don’t want to wash it all out! Keep the rest in overnight and protect your clothes and bed sheets by using a towel or shower cap around your hair.
Wash out the colouring the next morning and enjoy your results. You can use coconut oil to completely rinse out the hair and cleanse your skin.
Using Coconut Oil on a Weekly Basis
However you use coconut oil for your hair, there’s no need to use it on a daily basis. This doesn’t have to replace all your shampoos and conditions, nor do you have to use it to colour your hair all the time. It’s going to be a personal choice, based on your buying preferences and time for treatments.
The benefit is that it’s there for use now and then. Consider adding it to your natural treatments once or twice a week. Think of it as something to include when you have the time to enjoy your showers really or focus on your beauty routine.
Coconut is one of those ingredients that is full of health benefits. It’s about time you took advantage of them all. Start by adding it to your hair and protect is from damage, whether from the sun or a skin condition. You can then work your way up to improving the rest of your health through the oil use.