Hair can be a very delicate issue-I have done my fair share of damage to mine. Coloring your hair can wreak havoc on the hair as well as heat. Even bad hair cuts can make your hair look out of sorts! I discovered the benefits of coconut oil for the hair last summer-I enjoy laying in the sun, in moderation, of course-I realized that while the sun was beating down, it was drying my hair out. I started to apply coconut oil while I sat outside, then I would shower as usual and my dry, damaged hair would be miraculously transformed. A natural hot oil treatment was born. You will be shocked at how smooth and shiny your hair will be!
Coconut oil contains Vitamin E (an essential nutrient for skin and hair), lauric acid and capric acid. These chemicals all help to promote protein regrowth in the hair, by penetrating deep into each hair, making it stronger. Coconut oil is full of fatty acids. Fatty acids bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage. Many store bought conditioners coat the hair shaft giving the appearance of smoother hair, but in reality they offer very little repair. Coconut oil will actually repair damaged hair protein. If you’ve read my post on Coconut Oil, you’ll know how unbelievably healing coconut oil is for the skin. It’s the same for the hair. Coconut oil is packed full of healing nutrients. Coconut oil can actually penetrate the hair shaft, protecting against environmental impurities and excess heat.
Coconut oil not only repairs damage hair, but it also addresses issues with the scalp. A dry scalp will actually make the hair look greasy and limp. Conditioning the scalp with coconut oil will restore balance. Dandruff is a fungal issue-because coconut oil is anti fungal it is an extremely effective treatment. By rubbing coconut oil into the scalp, blood circulation is increased-which boosts nutrients and oxygen to the hair. Massaging coconut oil into the scalp and pulling it to the tips of the hair will be a hugely effective hair treatment!!
Always use virgin unrefined coconut oil. I prefer to get mine from Healthy Traditions-hands down-it’s the highest quality coconut oil you can get. It is tested for glycophate contamination which is important when it comes to coconut oil. It is also wet milled which preserves the huge antioxidant content as well as the amazing healing properties!
There are several essential oils that promote healthy hair. I choose to stick with two that are common but highly effective. Rosemary essential oil is known to stimulate hair growth. It smells wonderful and provides a tingling sensation that feels so good on the scalp! Lavender essential oil helps to balance skin and also moisturize. It also helps with itchy scalp. Other options are Eucalyptus for dandruff and Cedarwood for hair loss and dandruff. Lemon or Lemongrass are excellent options for oily scalp.
Extra oils I like to add are Macadamia nut oil and Castor oil. Castor oil is known to stimulate hair growth. For more information on the effects of castor oil on hair check out my post on a Lash Lengthening Serum and a Brow Thickening Serum. Macadamia nut oil is very moisturizing. I only add it when my hair is extra dry.
Conditioning Coconut Hair Treatment
- Add all ingredients in a bowl.
- Whip for several minutes.
- Transfer to jar.
- Apply to scalp and hair for 10-30 minutes before you shampoo your hair. You can use a shower cap and blow dry for a very effective hot oil treatment. I usually just apply and put my hair in a pony tail for 10 minutes.
- Shampoo and Condition as usual.
**UPDATE** I don’t apply this to my scalp because I am oily but Tina, a JRC reader, let me know that it was really hard to remove all the oil from your hair unless you shampoo your hair DRY first, then proceed as usual. THANKS SO MUCH TINA! Read Tina’s comments below-she has thoroughly explained her process with this hair mask!