Adding coconut oil to your regular hair regime will create softer and stronger hair. One of the most unique benefits of coconut oil is that it penetrates the hair shaft very easily. While a lot of oils sit heavily on the hair, coconut oil goes deeper in the hair to nourish it.
This is especially beneficial for natural Black/African-American hair, since the cuticle lays flat against the shaft. Read more tips for caring for natural hair. Coconut oil has a very light consistency, so it absorbs into the skin and allows it to breathe. This makes it ideal for heated treatments in which you can massage it into your scalp.
Try this conditioning treatment before you shampoo: Massage a couple of tablespoons of the coconut oil into your clean, damp hair and scalp (use less for thin hair, more for long or thick hair). Make sure it is evenly distributed throughout and heaviest at the tips, where your hair is driest. If your coconut oil is in a solid state, you will need to warm the oil gently to create a liquid. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Cover with a shower cap and wrap your hair in a hot towel (fresh from the dryer) or apply heat with a hair dryer for a few minutes.
Coconut oil is an excellent natural conditioner and restores damaged hair. The oil itself does not stimulate new or fast hair growth, but it does strengthen your hair with essential proteins and allows your follicles to breath, therefore encouraging healthy growth and protecting against breakage, tangles and split ends. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid, and vitamin E that help restructure hair, increase hair’s strength by preventing protein loss, and vastly improve shine.
When used often, coconut oil will reverse the effects of damaging habits and help your hair maintain a strong, healthy texture.
100% natural Coconut oil can be found at a variety of drug stores, grocery stores, organic food stores, or health stores.
For salon treatment, we recommend the ThermaSmooth by Mizani USA.