A Healthy Head of Hair
By Ama H. Vanniarachchy
Healthy hair is a sign of good health. Adopting a good health routine can do wonders to your hair. This means taking care of your hair and giving it the required nourishment to grow and glow.
There are many hair treatments and hair treatment products in the market. There are oils, creams, serums, tablets, lotions, shampoos and conditioners which guarantee beautiful and healthy hair to the user. However, coconut oil remains unbeatable as one of the best hair products out of all these products and treatments.
Coconut oil treatment for hair is an age-old practice of South Asia. It is known to be the beauty secret of South Asian women’s healthy hair. Today I will tell you little secrets about coconut oil and how you can make magic happen to you by using this little magic potion.
So let’s get started.
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is made by pressing coconut meat. This could be fresh or dried coconut meat. The oil made out of the fresh meat is known as ‘virgin coconut oil,’ while the oil made out of the dried meat is known as ‘refined coconut oil’.
How does it work?
One reason why researchers say coconut oil is best for your hair is because it helps to reduce protein loss and this protects your hair. This is thought to be due to coconut oil’s chemical structure. Studies have revealed that applying coconut oil on hair before and after hair being washed would prevent protein loss than other oils (including mineral oils).
Applying coconut oil on hair before and after washing is what you should do. Both ways nourish your hair. It also repairs and nourishes hair that has been chemically treated and exposed to UV.
Studies say that hair is most vulnerable to damage when it is wet as hair undergoes structural changes when water is being absorbed. Therefore, when oil is applied before washing, it reduces the damages as when the hair is protected with oil, absorption of water reduces.
Coconut oil also helps you to grow your hair as it moisturises the hair and reduces breakage, protects hair from protein loss and damages that could happen when wet, and protects hair from the damage could be caused by sunlight, wind, smoke and environmental conditions.
Coconut oil also helps
= Prevent lice
= Sun protection: research has revealed that coconut oil contains sun protection factors. Hence, applying it on your hair protects the hair from UV.
= Dandruff treatment: although not yet confirmed through research some say that coconut oil may help as a treatment for dandruff.
= Hair loss prevention: coconut oil’s amazing ability to work against hair loss is proven for centuries. It works as a conditioner and nourishment for hair.
How to use Coconut Oil on hair
= As a conditioner: After using shampoo and washing your hair, apply coconut oil on hair starting from the scalp. This can be used instead of a conditioner. If you use conditioner on your hair, you can apply oil on hair while brushing it gently. This will add protection to your hair.
= As a hair mask and a pre-washed hair protector: Coconut oil can be used as a hair mask. Apply oil on the scalp and hair thoroughly and leave for a few hours or overnight. Massage the oil well onto your scalp. This will also act as a protector from the chemicals in shampoo and conditions.
Coconut oil can be used as a conditioner, hair mask, scalp treatment, and a hair protector. Using this continuously will give you shiny, healthy hair.