Coconut oil is, perhaps, the most useful product Nature has ever produced. From dessert toppings, to floor wax, to natural healer, and even to beauty treatment: name it, and this mighty coconut oil has probably something to contribute.
In my previous post, What Lies Beneath Hair Loss?, I mentioned some possible causes of hair fall or hair loss. Now, it’s time to talk about how to treat such problem the natural way.
Even as it is important to seek medical advice on your condition, you can also turn to natural methods on treating you hair fall problem. I particularly recommend the use of coconut oil as one of the best remedies to prevent hair fall and to promote its growth. Aside from being cheap and natural compared with the laboratory-concocted treatments, coconut oil is packed with these essential properties, such as:
Lauric acid. This is a medium-chain fatty acid that protects the roots of your hair and prevents it from breakage. Studies reveal that coconut oil has the ability to reduce and prevent loss of hair protein more effectively than what sunflower and mineral oils do. Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid, containing around fifty percent of the substance. To ensure your scalp is free of dandruff, split ends, lice and lice eggs, make it a habit to massage your head with coconut oil from time to time.
Antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Aside from lauric acid, coconut oil also contains two other fatty acids – caprylic, and capric acids - that are known to work against fungi. Meanwhile, its monolaurin component has an antibacterial property that effectively fights against bugs. All these properties of the coconut oil are powerful against dandruff and lice, two of the contributing factors that hinder hair growth. Studies have proven that coconut oil works effectively as a natural treatment of head lice.
Essential nutrients. Coconut oil is proven to be an effective source of vitamins E, K, and iron, which are essential for maintaining luster and softness of your hair. Again, vitamin E works effectively against dandruff.
Moisturizer. With regular application of coconut oil, you can expect to have a strong and moisturized hair because the oil penetrates into your hair shaft and conditions your mane from the inside. At the same time, it protects your hair follicles from heat and harsh weather conditions.
Promotes better blood circulation. By massaging your scalp with coconut oil you significantly promote blood circulation and consequently allow essential nutrients and oxygen into your hair follicles; thus, making it healthy.
How to apply coconut oil on hair
Depending on your personal preference, you may apply coconut oil either before or after washing your hair. Personally, I do it at least 30 minutes before shampooing. For those of you who have slightly wavy (like mine), or straight hair, I suggest that you treat your hair with coconut oil before washing it.
But if you have rather thick or curly mane, you may apply the coconut oil either before or after washing it. Don’t worry about getting greasy-looking hair because curly hair tends to absorb oil quickly, so you would not end up with too sticky-shiny hair. Be aware, however, that some types of hair, particularly the protein-sensitive, do not fare well to post-wash oil treatment. You better consult your doctor on this first.
Some people ask whether it is more effective to heat the coconut oil first before applying or just have it at room temperature. Basically, it produces the same effects. However, since coconut oil can coagulate in lower room temperature, it makes sense to have it warmed a bit before using. Be sure, though, to not heat it too much as it can damage your scalp.
Coconut oil application before shampooing. Apply a generous amount of coconut oil onto your scalp and gently massage it in circular motion for at least five minutes. Give particular attention to your hair strands. Leave the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. If your hair fall problem is severe or if your concern is hair breakage, you may let the oil on for two to four hours. Then, wash your hair off with regular shampoo.
Oil application after shampooing. If your problem is more on dry hair or split-ends, apply a little amount of coconut oil two to three inches towards the tip of your hair. But wait until your hair has completely dried out before applying. The oil will be quickly absorbed by your hair and makes a protective coat around the hair strands.