Have you ever tried to use coconut oil for hair growth? African hair tends to be thick, coarse, brittle and dry; properties that make this hair type fragile and require lots of care. These properties, coupled with the use of harsh chemical-based hair treatments, such as relaxing, alcohol-based shampoos and coloring, can result in hair breakage, split ends, thinning and impeded hair growth. Natural coconut oil combats these problems, making hair more manageable and increasing its ability to grow.
When using coconut oil hair for growth, this natural oil should be massaged deep into the scalp twice a week for optimum results. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is not greasy and won't give hair an oily look or feel. Hair is, essentially, dead protein filaments; the living part of hair is under the skin, inside the follicles. When rubbed into the scalp, coconut oil penetrates through the scalp and is quickly absorbed by the hair and follicles.
Coconut oil retains moisture and, when applied, transfers this property to the hair providing a natural conditioner. The oil not only adds shine and softness to the hair, it revitalizes the roots making them healthier and more apt to grow.
Coconut oil contains many properties that promote healthy hair and hair growth, including proteins, fatty acids and minerals. There are many fatty acids present in coconut oil; two important triglycerides are Lauric acid, which protects against hair loss and Capric acid, which has anti-microbial properties that prevent scalp irritation. Hair is primarily made of proteins, and thee triglycerides lessen protein loss, giving way for healthy, moisturized hair and promoting growth. The saturated fatty acids ward off dry scalp and dandruff. Coconut oil is also high in Vitamin E, which protects against breakage and keeps hair rejuvenated, healthy and strong.
When purchasing a coconut-based shampoo, be wary of the ingredients. Many commercial shampoo products contain alcohol, a substance that will counteract the benefits of the coconut oil. Many African American hair products contain petroleum, wax and mineral oil, ingredients that should be avoided. A healthy shampoo will have few or no chemicals and plenty of natural ingredients, such as jojoba, olive, sunflower and coconut oils and Shea butter.
You can also give yourself a coconut oil hair growth treatment. First, warm the oil in the microwave or on the stovetop (just be careful not to let the oil get too hot). Next, apply the warm oil all over your hair, taking extra time to massage the coconut oil into your scalp and on your ends. Wrap your hair tightly and then afterwards, rinse with warm water.
Homemade shampoos are simple to make. Mix 2 tablespoons of castile soap with 4 tablespoons of virgin or regular coconut oil and 1 cup of sugar free herbal tea. For future use, store the remainder of the shampoo in an airtight container.
Coconut oil hair growth is a natural and effective hair treatment that strengthens and promotes hair growth. Coconut oil can be applied directly, purchased in a natural shampoo product or used to make your own, homemade shampoo. African American hair, although thick and coarse, is very fragile. The unique properties of coconut oil can reverse and prevent common problems such as breakage, dryness and poor hair growth.
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