If you are a fan of natural treatments you already know how benefit-packed and versatile coconut oil is. You can get use of those amazing benefits of coconut oil by simply adding it to your diet.
Coconut oil is also a great natural beauty product and is used in many beauty products such as creams, face masks, and shampoos abundantly.
If you do a simple search in google, you’ll notice that there are lots of blogs talking about the amazing benefits of coconut oil for repairing dry and damaged hair.
In this post, we’ll investigate whether this claim is true or not. I’ll also teach you how to use coconut oil effectively for achieving that purpose.
Why Your Hair Gets Dry and look Damaged and Unhealthy?
There are several factors at play which may cause your hair lose moisture and look damaged and unhealthy. Certainly the main and the only culprit for your dry hair with split ends, brittle strands, and dullness is the lack of moisture. The most important factors which contribute to the lack of moisture in your hair are:
- The lack of moisture in the air due to weather and climate situations
- Shampooing too often or using a bad shampoo
- Using strong chemical beauty products
- Using hairdryer or ironing hair too often
- Hormone changes
- Brushing your hair when it’s wet
Why Coconut Oil is the Best Hair Treatment for Damaged Hair?
Your hair usually gets dried, brittle, and look unhealthy due to the lack of moisture and oil in the strands and follicles. Coconut oil has a very oily texture which can penetrate the hair cuticle, making it completely oily from the inside out.
Coconut oil promotes hair growth too and makes the hair thicker and longer by delivering essential nutrients such as lauric acid. If your main goal of using coconut oil is to promote hair growth I recommend to consider castor oil instead because lots of people, including me, have seen more effective and quicker results using castor oil for hair growth.
Coconut oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties and it’s highly oily texture lubricates dry scalp and so prevents dandruff and fights yeast-like fungal infections.
Coconut has other benefits for hair too. To make it short and simple below is a brief list of the benefits of coconut oil for hair:
- Repairs damaged hair
- Moisturizes dry hair
- Promotes hair growth
- Fights dandruff
- Prevents and treats lice
- Slows down hair loss
- Is a great natural hair conditioner
Coconut Oil is Not for Everyone
Coconut oil is a versatile natural oil which has been used in abundance within many beauty products.
But using coconut oil for hair is a horse of a different color. Although coconut oil is packed with vitamins and minerals which can improve hair texture and health, but it’s not suitable for any hair and if applied on the wrong hair type it may do more harm than any good.
As mentioned earlier coconut oil penetrates hair cuticle and lubricates the hair from the inside out. In some hair types, this characteristic of coconut oil may make the hair drier and duller. This is an issue that I’ve talked about in another article. Check out this article to learn if coconut oil would work for your hair type and why it may not work for some types of hairs.
Is Coconut Oil Suitable for My Hair Type?
As mentioned above coconut oil is not for everyone. Some people who have used coconut oil as a hair repair treatment for dry hair have reported that not only it did not make their hair healthier and smoother, but it made it drier and more lifeless.
Nevertheless, there are some people with dry and damaged hair who have had great results even after applying coconut oil on their hair only for a few times. They usually swear by it and if asked they would tell you that coconut oil is the best hair treatment for damaged hair.
In this article I’ve thoroughly talked about the reason why it works so well on some hair types but acts negatively on others.
The best way to figure out if coconut oil would work for your hair or not is to apply it one time and see by yourself if it works well for your hair or not.
If after using it for the first time you felt that your hair feels and looks healthier, smoother, softer, shinier, with less split ends and brittle strands, then coconut oil is suitable for your hair.
On the other hand, if, after applying coconut oil on your hair, you noticed that there was no considerable change in your hair unless getting drier and duller, then it’s not for you and avoid it under any circumstances.
One important point you need to consider when applying coconut oil to your hair for the first time is that you should not let it sit on your hair for more than 20 minutes. Otherwise, if it does not work for your hair, it may make your hair way too dry and lifeless.
If you find out that coconut oil does not work for your hair, do not worry!
Coconut oil is fully packed with beneficial nutrients and adding it to your diet is another great way to reap its health benefits. It not only promotes your overall health, but it will also improve the health and texture of your hair in the long run.
This internal treatment I believe is much more beneficial and lasting than just applying it to your hair externally. But you should notice that you need to use coconut oil on a regular basis for a long time before you can see any noticeable changes in your hair.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Dry and Damaged Hair Repair
As mentioned above coconut oil penetrates into your hair cuticle and lubricates your hair from the inside out. If used properly and on a regular basis it can change your hair from dry, split, and brittle to soft and healthy-looking strands.
To make your coconut oil for dry hair treatment you’ll only need:
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over low heat in a saucepan. Apply it to your hair and scalp and massage for about 5 minutes.
- Cover your hair with a hot wet towel and let the treatment stay on your hair for about 20 minutes to 2 hours. For those who are using coconut oil on their hair for the first time, I recommend to let it stay on their hair for only 20 minutes or less. And only if the results were satisfying, then they can let it stay on their hair for the next applications.
- Shampoo your hair so that all of the oil is removed from your hair completely. I also recommend you to use a hair conditioner along with the shampoo for better results. I use this natural shampoo and hair conditioner and recommend you to use it too.
- After shampooing, I usually wash my hair with a little natural apple cider vinegar. This step is optional but I recommend you not to ignore it as it will help you get rid of any residue and would make your hair look shiny and smooth.
Have you ever applied coconut oil on your hair? What was your results? Share your thoughts on the comments section below.