Is Coconut Oil Good for Hair Loss? What Are The Benefits?
When searching for a good hair oil on Uncle Google, the one oil that pops up on almost every result is the infamous coconut oil. This oil has easily been the “talk of the town” through centuries and across all cultures. Coconut oil has been considered a superfood as it has been used for a wide variety of health benefits, including skin, nail, and especially hair. It is a widely used oil to make meals with as well!
Every female friend I have come across over the years, has either used it or talked about how their mother or grandmother have sworn by the health benefits coconut oil provides. This is not to say that men have not equally praised the uses of this hero oil. I mention ‘females’ so it is easy to make my next point. Speaking from my own experience, I can say for a fact that the women in my family have always raved about the uses of this oil.
Growing up, my mom always applied coconut oil to my hair to make it healthy and for it to grow stronger. She used to say this is what her mother did and her mother’s mother and so on and so forth. However, when I moved away to live on my own, life got in the way and I did not continue to incorporate this childhood habit into my hair care regimen and soon began to see my hair get weaker, dry-er, and easier to break. Even as I type this, I can hear my mom say: I told you so! Don’t you hate it when mom’s are always right? Arrgghh…
Coconut Oil To The Hair-scue!
Hair fall can be quite stressful; however, treatment or management doesn’t have to be. There could be multiple factors causing our hair to shed unnaturally like excessive use of hair styling tools, harsh hair care products, lack of right kind of nutrition, hormonal imbalances, and so much more. The list could endlessly go on but for everyone, the reasons for hair loss are different.
Although, it is always a good idea to get a doctor’s opinion on why you are losing an abnormal amount of hair, natural & at-home remedies can help a great deal if you are looking to stay away from medications. Isn’t it more fun to try out a DIY hair mask from simple ingredients that you can easily find in your pantry?
No need to go out grocery shopping looking for an exhaustive list of ingredients! Sometimes, the best remedies for hair thinning can be as simple as using the right hair oil!
Oiling your hair is an easy at-home treatment that most women resort to when it comes to combating hair loss.
But what type of oil do you choose- there are so many! (Speaking of which, here are my top 8 hair oils if you are interested to know more)!
Amongst all available oils on the market, coconut oil is the go-to choice when it comes to hair oiling. It is available everywhere and is super affordable. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of coconuts?
Aside from smelling like you are on a tropical island, massaging the oil onto the head can not only help relieve stress & anxiety but it also aids in stimulating blood circulation to your scalp area, which then encourages hair growth. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
This is why I want to talk about what makes coconut oil so good for hair health, along with being so therapeutic.
What Can It Do For Hair?
Coconut oil is the oil extracted from pressing the edible, white “meat” found inside of the giant nut(fruit). As delicious as the fruit tastes, the oil is naturally jam-packed with various nutrients and vitamins that are fabulous for root health.
Massaging the oil regularly to your head will ensure proper blood flow to the roots (more on this later). When hair and scalp are healthy, hair loss is dramatically reduced.
Let us look at a few reasons why coconut oil ranks so highly amongst most oils for hair.
1. Nourishes & Conditions Hair
One of the top reasons why coconut oil is so good for hair is its ability to penetrate deep into the hair follicles. Due to its low molecular weight and high moisture content, the oil deeply nourishes and conditions each strand, instead of just coating the strands like most carrier oils do.
This is incredible for dry hair because all the amazing nutrients soak effectively into the hair, leaving it hydrated, healthy, and silky smooth! Next time you feel like your tresses look dry as a hay-stack, use some coconut oil to give it back the nourishment it deserves!
2. Protects From Damage & Prevents Hair Breakage
Hair is made up of protein and regular use of hot hair styling tools or harsh hair care products can sometimes strip away the hair strands of its natural protective protein layer. This in turn, causes hair to become weak and break easily, stunting hair growth and causing hair thinning or hair loss.
Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid that helps to retain the protein in hair and the other antioxidants and vitamins like E, K, and iron work together to protect the hair from any kind of damage. Because of this, coconut oil is an excellent heat protectant and also protects hair from sun damage!
Don’t forget to apply this on the next time you blow-dry your hair! (Just remember that a little goes a long long way; so use only a drop. Really, that is all you need!)
3. Stimulates New Growth
Massaging coconut oil onto the scalp is a great way to boost blood flow and bring oxygen to the area so that new hair growth is encouraged. Applying the oil to the scalp once a week is like deep conditioning the scalp by allowing the hair follicles to open up wide, to absorb all the goodness from the oil, and to encourage thicker new hair growth. Dormant hair follicles return to life as a result of this scalp treatment.
Turn your lights down, light your favorite candle/s, and give yourself a spa day with a coconut oil head massage! Add in a few drops of essential oils to take the magical experience to another level!
4. Scalp Inflammations
Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help rid the scalp of inflammations like dandruff, dermatitis, scalp acne, or even psoriasis. It is easy to have scalp buildup due to the harsh chemicals contained in our everyday hair styling & hair care products. Coconut oil helps to soothe and protect the scalp from these infections.
If you have a dry and itchy scalp and are really tired of constantly scratching your head (literally) to figure out a solution, look no further and allow coconut oil to save your mane!
And there you have it. The top 4 reasons why you must start using coconut oil to combat hair loss.
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You can easily find coconut oil in your local supermarket but since there are so many out there, it might confuse you as to which one to get. If you would like to buy it online, hassle-free, then you can buy it here.
Coconut Oil Dangers
Even though I have talked about how good coconut oil is for hair, I do want to take the time to point out that this oil may not be for everyone. For starters, if you know you have a nut allergy, you may want to do a patch test first just to be sure you don’t run into any problems with using coconut oil on your hair.
You may love coconuts (like me) and consume them all the time but when it comes to application on skin and hair, it is a whole different ball game. Always do a patch test!
Another danger with coconut oil is that it is highly comedogenic. This means that it can easily clog pores on your scalp with regular use. If you typically have oily skin and are prone to breakouts, using coconut oil can bring out scalp acne- yes, that is actually a thing!
You may want to steer clear of this oil if that is the case and maybe opt for a lighter one instead like jojoba or argan oil. These oils are much similar to our scalp’s sebum (natural oils).
Additionally, I would not recommend sleeping with this oil applied to your head for the same reasons as above. Use the oil in the day time for a few hours and maybe two -three times a week with rest days in between applications.
You can feel free to mix other carrier oils to repair hair further or even use it as a base for other DIY hair masks. Check out my natural hair masks that work to repair and grow hair here.
It is always a good idea to work on your hair’s health from the inside out. Make sure to incorporate both healthy eating and hair care habits. Foods high in omega 3-fatty acids and packed with vitamins and proteins can help build your hair shaft stronger from inside; whereas including coconut oil in your hair care regimen can help protect your hair from outer damage.
Regardless of how you plan to use coconut oil for your hair, the key to remember is to be consistent. This is to say, whether you use the oil as a detangler, a deep conditioning or a scalp treatment, or even a heat protectant, please be persistent.
No change happens overnight and if you truly provide your hair with the care it needs, you will notice your hair get stronger, longer, and silky smooth with the use of this hero oil! So yes, coconut oil can really help reduce hair loss
How many of you are going to use this oil or have already used it and seen great benefits?
Let me know in the comments below, as I always love hearing from you!