Virgin coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to strengthen hair and repair damages. A lot of people use it not only for its health and restorative benefits but also for its fresh and clean scent.
Virgin coconut oil is edible oil extracted from fresh coconut milk without the use of heat. It is different from regular coconut oil, which is produced from dried coconut meat through heat and fermentation. The absence of heat during extraction preserves the nutritional properties, the high levels of antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals of virgin coconut oil. The absence of heat also gives it a longer shelf life. Virgin coconut oil can last for two years after its manufacturing date.
There are many amazing reasons why you should also use virgin coconut oil on your hair. Let's get you started with the seven important ones you need to know.
Helps prevent hair loss
Together with a proper diet and hair care routine, massaging virgin coconut oil on your scalp can improve the growth of healthy hair. Its fatty acids bind to the protein found in hair, protecting it from breaking or falling.
Its moisturizing properties also penetrate through your hair shaft, which protects it from impurities and heat.
Massaging your scalp with virgin coconut oil also improves blood circulation, which then activates your hair follicles. Activated follicles increase the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to your hair, making it healthy and strong.
Add your favorite essential oils to cold-pressed virgin coconut oil as you massage it on your scalp to maximize its restorative and relaxing benefits.
Fixes hair damage
Frequent hair treatments and constant sun exposure can make hair dry, dull, uneven, and prone to split ends.
Chemicals from salon treatments also damage the hair shaft and weaken the cuticles. This makes your hair more sensitive to water and heat, leaving it drier and weaker.
Over styling and using flat irons and curlers at home also lead to hair damage. If you cannot avoid these salon treatments and styling tools from your routine, make sure to fix your damaged hair with virgin coconut oil.
Virgin coconut oil has a high affinity for hair proteins. Since it has low molecular weight, it penetrates inside the hair shaft, moisturizing your scalp and hair and restores its natural shine and softness.
You may be content with your current hair conditioner, but try applying virgin coconut oil on your hair too and see the difference. You can mix virgin coconut oil with your conditioner or use it as is.
If you are planning to have your hair colored, protect it from the damaging effects of peroxide by applying virgin coconut oil. Do this before application and also after the treatment for continued hair protection and nourishment.
Relaxes the scalp
Especially when days are warm, applying virgin coconut oil on your scalp can leave it with a cooling and relaxing effect. It also provides relief for scalps that sweat profusely. Add a few drops of lavender oil with virgin coconut oil for a truly calming scalp treatment you can do at home.
Use virgin coconut oil also for allergies, rashes, and sunburns. For babies, virgin coconut oil provides comfort against bug bites, chapped skin, and nappy rashes.
Effectively moisturizes hair
With its abundance of medium-chain fatty acids that penetrate hair more deeply and faster compared to other conditioners, virgin coconut oil truly retains your hair's moisture when religiously applied. And thanks to its heavy composition, it is very stable and does not evaporate easily.
Virgin coconut oil is ideal for people with fine, dry or brittle hair. You can create your own hair conditioning treatment at home using virgin coconut oil added with honey, yogurt or avocados.
An effective dandruff solution
Dandruff is caused by a yeast-like fungus known as Malassezia that feeds on oils secreted by the hair follicles. Small quantities of this fungi is normal, but if it grows out of control, it makes the scalp itchy and irritated, leading to a faster shedding of skin cells. The result of this is dandruff.
The anti-fungal properties of virgin coconut oil will remove this fungus, and eventually your dandruff. Massage virgin coconut oil for at least five minutes on your scalp, cover it with a shower cap and leave it overnight. Clean your scalp and hair with your regular shampoo the next day. Follow this remedy at least thrice a week to completely eliminate the fungus and the dry flakes.
Use shampoos with virgin coconut oil to encourage a healthy scalp environment. Even if your dandruff is gone, continue using it to prevent the fungus from coming back.
Excellent protection against head lice
Aside from dandruff, the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of virgin coconut oil can protect you from head lice. Virgin coconut oil’s fatty contents suffocate head lice, making it impossible to maintain its grip on your hair follicles. And since it leaves your hair moisturized, lice won't be able to move around freely, preventing it from growing and multiplying.
Before considering medicated shampoos and lotions, use virgin coconut oil first as your treatment. It allows your scalp to heal without the use of chemicals and frees you from the possible risk of developing an infection. Incorrect use of over-the-counter lice treatments can lead to infections and even serious health conditions.
Apply virgin coconut oil on your hair so it will be easy to comb the head lice out. Some popular combinations for DIY lice treatment is virgin coconut oil added with apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon, green tea and tea tree oil.
Works great as a leave-in conditioner
When used in its cold state, virgin coconut oil transforms into a fantastic leave-in hair conditioner. Use it to tame your frizz and flyaways, to keep your hairstyle together, and to add extra shine and gloss to your hair. It also makes detangling smoother and hair more protected from impurities.
To use it as a leave-in conditioner, apply it immediately on your hair while it is still damp. Put a small amount on your palm, rub it together and apply it on your hair starting on your hair tips and then work your way up.
Maximize the benefits of virgin coconut oil for your hair and also for your body. Its history as being the “healthiest oil that you can use” definitely still holds true today. Shop Biconi's natural hair care products with virgin coconut oil for healthy and revitalized scalp and soft, manageable hair that stays that way 24/7.