Each one of us wants to stay young forever, but no one can stop the flow of time. The aging of the skin and graying of hair are the two most evident signs of aging.
Hair graying is a natural process, and appearance of gray hair from the mid-40s is normal. But it turns into a nightmare, especially for women when they find a strand of gray or white hair peeping from amidst the black ones as early as in their 20s or 30s. Hair turns gray when the body stops producing the pigment melanin that is responsible for the dark color of hair. In most cases, this occurs due to lack of nourishment and a well-balanced diet. It is best to treat problems of skin and hair such as dull and damaged hair, premature graying and dandruff with home remedies in order to minimize side effects.
Coconut oil is one of the most popular ingredients used in homemade body creams, sunscreens and beauty products. Lately, it’s even been added to hair products.
Women have been using coconut milk and oil to keep their hair silky long time ago in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines and the Caribbean, and they have naturally colored for hundreds of years.
Here’s why coconut oil is the best benefit you can get not only for your health but for your hair too.
1. Prevents Hair Loss
Coconut oil is full of healthy fats and it nourishes the hair shaft and scalp since hair loss can be caused by inflammatory skin conditions. Coconut oil fights skin infections and reduces inflammation.
Mix 2 tbs of sage oil and 3 tbsp of coconut oil. Cook them over low heat until you get a good mixture. Let it cool on natural temperature and test it on the skin of your hand. It should be warm but not too much. Before going to bed apply all over your head and cover with a shower cap. Wash out in the morning.
2. Repairs Hair Damage
Coconut oil comes on top as the most natural oil for hair damage prevention, compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil. It is also the only oil found to reduce protein loss.
It’s best to trim split ends off every 6 weeks, but you can also use the oil to repair them.
3. Makes Your Hair Smooth
Excessive dryness can cause a bad and frizzy hair of the cuticles and hair shaft. Coconut oil repels water since it is hydrophobic and it retains moisture within the hair shaft.
Apply coconut oil 10 minutes before washing and see how your hair becomes silky and smooth. You can also apply oil to split ends as it works as a conditioner and it makes them easier to brush.
If you want to style your hair, put a little bit of coconut oil to tame flyaway’s and create a smooth up do’s.
4. Fights Dandruff
Dandruff is the most boring thing these days as it becomes more often to many people and can be caused by dry skin or fungus, among many other reasons.
Coconut oil fights dandruff effectively by fighting fungal infection and hydrating dry skin.
Mix an equal amount of coconut oil and castor oil and gently massage into the scalp. Leave it like that for 30 minutes and then wash your hair. For those suffering from severe dandruff, use this trick every time washing your hair.
5. Kills Lice
Young children often have lice problems. There are a lot of lice treatments that damage the hair and burn the scalp with its toxins.
The way coconut oil treats lice is by hydrating the skin instead of irritating it. It can also work against pesticide-restart lice.
The oil treats lice by slowly suffocating them and preventing them and their eggs from going around your hair.
Apply evenly to the hair, leave it for several days and continue to apply more oil because your hair will absorb it into your skin and hair. You can also add a few drops of tea tree for a better formula.
6. Gray Hair
Responsible for the color of your hair, pigment cells are located at the base of each hair follicle, so as you grow older more and more of them will die and become less efficient.
Coconut oil prevents your hair from going gray as it protects the base of you hair follicles and makes your hair healthier.
Massage your hair with coconut oil and lemon every day for 15 minutes at least.
Using coconut oil for gray hair
Heat 2-3 tablespoons oil for about 20 seconds.
Gently massage the root of the hair with warm coconut oil.
Allow the hair follicles moisturize with oil (about 10 minutes).
Rinse with warm water.
Then shampoo your hair in the usual manner and finish washing with conditioner.
This can be repeated every day in order to get the desired effect.
Don’t miss out more, and start using coconut oil for your hair.
You can find on most organic shampoos a sign that they contain coconut oil. However, you can add some coconut oil in your shampoo if it doesn’t have any.
You will feel the benefits and your hair will become healthier.