Effective hair loss treatments are sometimes costly. While it’s worth to invest in such treatments to restore the lushness of your hair, there are equally effective alternatives that don’t cost as much.
At Biconi, we believe that the best cures for human ailments and aesthetic problems come from nature. One of the natural products we firmly believe in is coconut oil, which has healing and nourishing properties that encourage new hair growth.
Is coconut oil good for hair?
You may have heard about the benefits of coconut oil for hair. A versatile kitchen ingredient, coconut oil extends its uses beyond the pantry and into the health and beauty section of groceries.
Extracted from mature coconuts, this oil has healing and nourishing properties that make it good for skin and hair. One of the main reasons why it’s so effective is the presence of fatty acids that include lauric and capric acids, which are known to have antimicrobial properties.
When applied onto the scalp, coconut oil can promote a healthy environment for hair follicles to become strong and develop into new hair.
Hair growth comes in different stages. But sometimes, hair does not go through them all. Instead, they shed off easily once they have partially grown because the follicles can no longer hold on to the strands for much longer. By using pure coconut oil for hair, you can strengthen not only the follicles but the hair shaft as well.
Coconut oil also prevents hair damage, which may lead to hair fall, by reducing protein loss. The lauric acid in coconut oil is similar to hair protein. Naturally found in breast milk, lauric acid could also easily penetrate the shaft to deliver moisture to the strands. Other oils can only reach the surface of the hair but do not deliver the much-needed hydration to the strands.
How to use coconut oil on your hair
As coconut oil is truly versatile, you can use in multiple ways to nourish your hair and encourage regrowth. The great thing about plain virgin coconut oil (VCO) is that it does not contain any synthetic chemicals that may affect the process of hair regrowth.
An effective way of using coconut oil on the hair is to apply it directly. The full concentration will give your hair all the nourishing benefits that it needs.
Coconut oil for hair loss is easy to use. You do not need a lot of fancy equipment and ingredients. In fact, the less you add to coconut oil, the better its potency. Sometimes the simpler things are, the more effectively they work.
Whether in liquid or solid form, coconut oil may be used in the following ways:
1. Deep conditioning
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids. This property makes coconut oil easy to absorb. To use as a deep conditioner, pour a few drops of coconut oil onto your palm and apply the oil all over your hair. The amount of coconut oil to use depends on how long or how sparse your hair is. As a little goes a long way, you can start with a few drops and add as needed.
Wrap your hair in a shower cap and let the oil sit on your hair for about twenty minutes.
Your scalp and hair will feel greasy at first, but once you wash off the oil with shampoo, the greasiness will disappear. Do this once or twice a week to give your hair a healthy shine.
Hair fall is usually caused by genetics and other factors. If you have curly hair, combing may require you to use some force to go through the tangles. Combing your hair vigorously may cause damage to the shaft, leaving it weak.
To allow your comb to glide through your hair more easily, gently massage a drop of coconut oil to your palms and massage into hair to evenly distribute the oil. Apply it to the ends of your hair, working your way upwards. This way, you distribute more coconut oil to the parts of your hair that requires moisture. Avoiding the scalp ensures that you don’t get a greasy, limp hair by the end of the day. Gently comb through your hair to separate any tangles.
3. Dandruff relief
Continuous use of commercial shampoos may leave your scalp feeling dry and flaky. Since most shampoos contain harsh chemicals that strip off the natural oils from the scalp, your hair becomes oily and accumulates a buildup of sweat, oil and styling products. As the follicles becomes congested, dandruff occurs.
Slough off dandruff from your scalp by gently massaging coconut oil onto the hair. This will lift off any residue from styling products as well as nourish the hair to make it healthy. The natural antibacterial properties of coconut oil will kill harmful bacteria from the hair and scalp. Leave the oil on overnight to get its full effects.
4. Natural sunscreen
Just like your skin, your hair and scalp also need protection from the sun. If you’re going out on a hot day, it helps to have protection for your head so your hair and scalp do not get damaged by the heat of the sun.
To avoid sun damage, brush a few drops of coconut oil onto your hair. This will give your hair natural protection from the heat. You can also add non-nano zinc oxide powder to the oil to increase it sun protection benefits.
5. Hair-coloring medium
We’ve already established that coconut oil can be used in a variety of ways. Have you tried using it as a hair coloring base? Since coconut oil can easily penetrate the hair strands, using it as a hair-coloring base will deliver color faster. This will cut your coloring time in half. It can also make hair color more vibrant and soft after application.
To use it as a hair-coloring medium, replace the base that comes with your chosen hair dye. Add the colorant as instructed and apply to hair carefully, avoiding the scalp and the skin on the forehead, ears and temples.
6. Styling ingredient
Do you need to style your hair but are afraid that hair products may weaken your hair? Look no further because the humble coconut oil can also be used as a styling aid. Apply one drop of coconut oil to your hair and style as usual. The amount of oil you put in depends on the length of your hair. If you have long hair, you can add a few more drops to cover the length of your hair.
The oil will not weigh down your hair, as long as you use only small amounts. Concentrate on the tips of the hair, which is most susceptible to drying out and split ends.
A few tips
With regular use, any of the methods above may help in keeping the hair healthy and strong. It will also prevent damage to the hair and restore its lushness.
When using coconut oil for your hair, start with the tips of your hair where dryness or split ends are more obvious and work your way up.
You only need a small amount of coconut oil for it to work. Soaking your hair in coconut oil will only make your hair greasier. Experiment first with a few drops to see how your hair responds before adding more.
When buying coconut oil, look for one that is labelled as “virgin”. This means that the oil did not go through the heating and refining process, so it retains all its nutritive and antibacterial properties.
If you’re not comfortable with the slightly greasy effect of applying coconut oil to your hair, try our Hair Repair Conditioner. This natural deep conditioner contains virgin coconut oil that moisturizes hair and prevents breakage. It also locks in shine and makes hair soft and bouncy.