The benefits from coconut oil seem to be endless.
Coconut oil is oil extracted from the white, mature coconut flesh or meat. Coconut oil is a rich fat source, mostly containing saturated fat (3.7 grams) with trace amounts of monounsaturated fat (0.29 grams) and polyunsaturated fat (0.08 grams), per one teaspoon. Just like choosing foods to nourish your body’s cells, it is equally important to know what is going onto it.
Specifically, hair products may contain unwanted, unnatural ingredients. So try out coconut oil and enjoy these benefits:
Treats Hair Loss
This is the single-most common problem that has been plaguing humanity for ages. But coconut oil has always been a natural and handy remedy for the condition.
The oil has been used since ancient times in India for grooming hair and maintaining its health. It has also been combined with other herbs to make various remedies for hair fall. You can ideally boil sage leaves in coconut oil and apply the mixture to your scalp for improving hair health. This oil can also be mixed with lime water or gooseberries for desirable results.
Nourishing Hair Growth
The fatty acids and the nutrients found in coconut hair oil combine with the natural proteins found in our hair to give protection against breakage. The specific fatty acid, named Lauric acid in coconut oil gives it this property of preventing breakage thereby helping our hair grow stronger and longer. Putting a mask of coconut oil followed by a massage and then steaming the hair gives the best results. It prevents hair thinning and boost thickening of hair, making it strong.
Coconut oil has high moisture retaining capacity, since it is not easily broken down nor evaporated, being very stable. It does not let moisture escape, thus keeping hair moist and soft, which prevents breakage of hair.
Dandruff is one of the most common hair related problem. Dandruff can be caused due to several reasons including excessively dry scalp, non maintaining scalp hygiene, excessively oily skin, chronic illness, etc. Coconut oil is considered to be one of the best anti-dandruff remedies. It not only removes the dandruff but also works to eradicate the reason of dandruff formation. If you have dandruff you should apply coconut oil on your scalp and massage gently. Keep it for 1-2 hours and then wash using a shampoo. Repeat this for a few days and you will see significant less dandruff on your scalp.
Protection From Lice
These tiny pests on your scalp can cause you great embarrassment and misery. Most of the OTC products that claim to offer protection from lice can also damage the scalp and hair. But that wouldn’t be the case when you have coconut oil handy.
Simply coat wet hair with coconut oil and use a fine comb to remove the lice.
Adding this natural oil to your routine in place of overly processed, chemical ridden products is a great way to lessen your exposure to potentially hazardous substances, and it works as good as, if not far better than, any other comparable man made option out there.