Coconut oil is not just for cooking; you can use it for your hair! You’d only have to do a quick search of the Internet to find many coconut oil “recipes” for the hair. Two of my favorite hair sites, Long Hair Care Forum & The Anti-Hair Slave both boast the benefits of using coconut on hair. Here is more info from OrganicFacts.net:
“Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shinny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.”
So I figured I would try it out on my own hair. I currently switch back and forth between going natural (no longer getting a relaxer) and then giving up and simply “stretching” the time between my next relaxer. Regardless of what phase I’m in, I have new growth that needs special care. My new growth gets drier than the rest of my hair so I figured coconut oil could help me maintain it better and give it some moisture.
I’ve been using the coconut oil two ways.The first way is by applying to daily to dry hair. The second way is applying it to freshly shampooed hair and mixing it with conditioner. Afterward, I put a shower cap on and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Both methods have been giving me good results but in different ways. For immediate results, option number 1 is the way to go. Immediately my hair was shiner and felt smoother. Coconut oil is a great daily moisturizer for hair in my opinion because it does not weigh my hair down. My hair is light and moves unlike when I use heavy hair grease or pomades.
Option number 2 is a great way to deep condition your hair and can be done with or without heat. Although coconut oil usually liquefies at temperatures above 78 degrees, I like to warm it in the microwave for less than 30 seconds. The warm oil feels great on my head and scalp. Then I put on my conditioner and shower cap. When its time to rinse my hair, it feels amazingly soft! After I blow dry my hair, it looks noticeably shinier than when I don’t use coconut oil.
Coconut oil is amazing. Its natural and doesn’t have any harmful ingredients that you cant pronounce. Its a great choice as far as money goes because you can buy a jar of coconut oil and it lasts a while. You can take some of it and put it in a spray bottle for your hair and then use the rest to cook with if you’d like.
Source: Kiran Patil, Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html