For many of us, hair can be hard to maintain especially when we want it to look healthy and full of life. There are countless hair products out there which can help you maintain your hair making it look shiny and healthy. However these products are full of harmful chemicals and they are often not cheap, also sometimes they can make your hair worse.
Using coconut oil as a natural alternative is another option it’s not only inexpensive but it also offers several benefits to your hair and scalp.
The benefits of coconut oil on hair
It doesn’t matter what condition your hair is in, frizzy, dry, damaged or lacklustre, coconut oil can help make your hair look a lot healthier. It will also work on all types of hair.
Why is coconut oil beneficial for hair?
This is because coconut oil penetrates deep into the hair follicles, which helps to reduce protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair. Studies have found that compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil (the 2 oils used most in hair formulation) coconut oil is the only oil that reduces protein loss, whereas the other 2 oils don’t.
Hair is primarily composed of protein, when you lose protein your hair becomes weak and unhealthy. Research shows that the high levels of lauric acid in coconut oil is the reason it reduces protein loss because lauric acid helps protein regrowth in your hair.
Coconut oil also protects against ‘hydra fatigue’. This is the damage done when the hair swells and shrinks due to water absorption. Since the coconut oil penetrates the hair, this limits water absorption, therefore, limiting swelling and shrinking process. You will also retain moisture keeping your hair strong and looking shiny and healthy, this is because the coconut oil is caring for your hair from within.
The antiviral and antibacterial properties that coconut oil has is ideal for treating dandruff and protecting your scalp from any bacterial or viral infections.
Knowing how to use coconut oil on hair will benefit you and your hair greatly. The process is simple but there is a bit of time involved, however, this is a small sacrifice if you want shiny soft and healthy-looking hair.