Want healthy, happy hair? Try coconut oil
I’m a huge fan of using oils to condition and strengthen our hair and there isn’t any other oil that I hold in higher regards than Virgin Organic Coconut oil. Yep, the same stuff that you cook & bake with is also an amazing oil for your hair. It’s an oil at 75 degrees F and a solid below that. The great benefits that Virgin Organic Coconut oil has for your hair is that it is scientifically proven to help prevent protein loss in hair in damaged and undamaged hair.
According to research “coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.”
This is kind of a big deal, especially in the Summer months when we are hanging out by the pool or the beach where the salt and chlorine can dry out our hair. Coconut oil can also be used as a natural sunscreen as it has been reported to have UV filters.
How-to PrePoo with coconut oil.
Some people aren’t fans of the smell of coconuts so this is a great way to get the benefits of the oil without smelling like it until the next wash day. The research also showed the reduction of protein loss was even better when using it as a prepoo. I like to first saturate my dry hair with a cheap daily conditioner, the dollar store brand is good. Basically, you want the conditioner to moisten your hair and this will make it easier to distribute the coconut oil throughout your hair. Next, add as much coconut oil as you like, I normally do an ounce or two for my long, thick and curly hair. I put my hair into a bun and leave it for the day. In the evening, I wash my hair as I normally would. How often you do this type of pre-treatment is up to you and the condition of your hair. Some people have a sensitivity to ‘protein’ treatments, so check to see if you have this. If so, you might want to use more conditioner and less coconut oil so that you don’t overdo it.
Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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