As a stylist I could recommend you any number of products for your dry, damaged hair, or flaky scalp, what have you. Sometimes though it helps to take it back to nature for a helping hand. I would think at this point we’ve all heard how wonderful coconut oil is for this, that and the other thing, but do you know why it’s good for your hair?! Let’s discuss.
As far as hair health goes, coconut oil is great for soothing a dry scalp by locking in moisture and likewise, locking in moisture to the hair by repelling water (coconut oil is hydrophobic). What this means for your hair is a reduction in protein loss, and since hair is comprised of the protein keratin, this is good stuff. And since there is that moisture repelling greatness going on the hair also retains a humidity resistant element, added bonus.
Lauric acid is a fatty acid component of coconut oil that gives it protective properties. It works to bind hair proteins which helps prevent breakage. Regular treatments will therefore not only keep hair moisturized, but keep it strong! Shine and softness will also be an end result thanks to iron, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. It’s actually the Vitamin E that is most beneficial to the scalp, alleviating dandruff/flakiness.
There are a variety of different application methods, but I prefer to apply after shampooing or, if my hair is feeling particularly on the dry side, I just go ahead and slap it on before I even get in the shower. I use the organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s (pictured in the title image). It’s like $6 and a little goes a long way, so it lasts a good while. When you open it it’s not an oil like say olive oil, it’s more of a crisco consistency. I take a big spoonful and spread it all through my hair, working it really good through my ends (if you’re prone to an oily scalp but still need moisture on your ends, don’t worry about putting the product on your scalp!). I like to wrap my head with plastic wrap, a Saran Wrap turban if you will, to lock everything in and allow for a really deep conditioning. This is totally optional, but hey, why not. I then leave it on for like 20 minutes; you can go longer if you want, then rinse with really warm water and finish with a cool water rinse to seal everything in. I do mine every 2-3 weeks. Some people go longer in between, but I wouldn’t do this more than once a week (of course everyone’s hair is different but we don’t want greasy looking heads). And that’s it! Simple enough, right.
Have you had awesome results with coconut oil treatments, or is there another way you love to use it?!