Organic Coconut Oil for Hair – The Benefits

Organic Coconut Oil for Hair – The Benefits

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What is organic coconut oil used for:

Coconut oil has many uses from cooking to hair and beauty care and it is one of the healthiest and safest oils you can find on the market. PS. I ate the coconut flesh and drank the coconut water on the above image and it was delicious.

Where does it come from and how can your hair benefit from it:

The coconut kernels come from palm trees that grow on many tropical beaches all over our planet.  Before they are harvested the coconut in its natural form hangs on the tree but the brown kernel that you usually see is covered by a large green outer fibrous layer that is taken off upon harvesting that is why you seldom see that part. When the hard brown inner shell is cracked open you will find coconut water and the pure white flesh of the coconut. The oil is extracted from mature coconut kernels and is high in saturated fat.

Test it first

Before attempting any of the uses listed below, test the oil on a small part of your skin to make sure that you are not allergic to coconut oil, and that you are using food-grade oil. Pure coconut oil should be white when solid and when it is in a melted state it should be transparent.

 

How to heat coconut oil without losing its beneficial properties:

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  1. Take 2 x glass bowls 1 larger than the other.
  2. Put hot water in the bottom larger bowl and place the smaller bowl inside the larger one.
  3. Drop a dollop of hardened organic coconut oil into the top, empty, smaller bowl and let it melt until it’s in liquid form.
  4. Alternatively scoop the hardened coconut oil into your hand, close your hand and let it melt, I wouldn’t use this on large amounts.

 

The below treatments are safe to use as there are no added harmful chemicals that you would usually find in conditioners or hair masks. Organic coconut oil for hair has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties to keep your hair and scalp healthy without the added side effects. It’s easily soaked up by the hair shaft so moisture is retained for longer leaving hair healthy and shiny.

 Try Dr. Bronner’s Coconut oil it works wonders, read my review on it here.

Coconut oil can be used as a:

  1. Leave in conditioner hair treatment for:

Damaged , dry hair that needs added moisture and nourishment and for protection from styling and heat damage. It can also assist in protecting hair from sun damage with a low SPF and combat frizz.

Wash your hair as usual preferably with a sulfate free shampoo to remove old product and oils from styling.  Preferably apply the oil to damp hair, towel dry until damp or pat the hair with a towel just to remove the excess water. Take your melted organic coconut oil and work it through your hair starting at the ends working it all the way up to the roots, unless your hair is oily of nature then I would suggest not applying the oil too close to the roots and not on the scalp at all.

Don’t use too much as it might make your hair oily depending on your hair length a pea sized drop will be more than enough, you will have to experiment with your hair. Dry your hair, brush and style as usual. Your hair will be less frizzy and will have more shine, while being nourished throughout the week until you next wash.

TIP: If your hair needs de-tangling apply a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair and using a wide tooth-comb, comb through starting at the ends combing all the way to the top until you can comb through the strands without knots as obstructions.

The coconut de-tangler will prevent breakage and split ends also flyaways will be less visible and calmed.

 

  1. Coconut hair mask for:

The treating of dandruff (caused by fungus), dry, itchy scalp, damaged hair, split ends and because of the nutrients found in coconut oil it increases hair growth and prevents hair loss.

Most dandruff shampoos that you buy at pharmacies or health stores tend to make the symptoms worse that is why you should rather use a chemical free pure coconut oil mask.

If you have dandruff or an itchy scalp you can prevent and treat this by using this coconut hair mask which penetrates the scalp and hair shaft alleviating and treating the problem and won’t leave your hair too oily as you will be washing it off.

Wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo slightly to remove leftover product or just wet your hair, you can use this treatment on dry hair as well but I prefer damp hair. The oil is better absorbed if the hair is wet. Towel dry or pat dry until your hair is damp. Do not rub your hair with the towel it will create knots and damage the hair strands.organic-coconut-oil-for-hair

Apply a generous amount of melted slightly heated coconut oil work it into the roots all the way down to the tips; massage the oil on to your scalp and roots using a circular motion for a few minutes. Wrap a hot damp towel around your hair and leave it on for 20 to 35 minutes the longer you have the oil on your hair the more effective it will be, you can change the towel in between as it cools off.

You can leave this mask on overnight but for this I would suggest using a shower cap to prevent oil stains on your bedding. In the morning wash the oil out with a sulfate free shampoo and apply the above leave in conditioner treatment again or use your own store bought conditioner if you prefer it that way.

Alternatively you can add lemon juice to the coconut oil as an extra effective treatment against dandruff. Use 1 part lemon juice, 4 parts coconut oil using the same steps as above but instead leave the mixture on for 15-20 minutes and wash with sulfate free shampoo and apply any type of conditioner.

Tip: You can add a few drops of coconut oil to your regular amount of conditioner that you would use and rinse off as usual after 4-5 minutes for added moisture don’t go overboard otherwise your hair will appear oily.

For best results use weekly or with every second wash.

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I do these treatments regularly and it works for me. If they have worked for you please leave a comment below or if you would like to add something or share a recipe I would love to hear from you.

Your Friend Chani
The Faeriedaele Fox

 

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6 Replies to “Organic Coconut Oil for Hair – The Benefits”

  1. I am a guy and I use coconut oil for hair as well. To be frank, I wasn’t that into hair care but when a friend asked me to buy cold-pressed coconut oil for her from Bangkok, it led me to discover its benefits. Coconut oil for hair care is very affordable as well, so I experimented with it. The result is less tangled hair. My hair used to lump together in clumps, if that makes sense.

    1. Hey Jude, I am so glad that you are also using coconut oil and that it has been working for you. It really is an amazing product and so natural. Have a lovely evening.

  2. Great article! I absolutely love coconut oil and use it as skin care in the summertime because of its natural sun block properties. I have never thought to use it straight in my hair but do by natural hair products that have coconut oil in them. Thanks for the tip! I will try this in the near future.

    1. Thank you Lyndsay, thanks for your interest in my article. I agree coconut oil has endless uses, you can never have enough of it in the house. Kind Regards xx

  3. I think this would be better for people who have curly hair. I know with my stick straight hair coconut oil would weight it down. It may work with a pea sized drop, but I’d definitely want to rinse it out before I left the house.
    I was thinking that coconut oil may be good for your scalp. Do you massage it into your scalp?

    1. Hi Melinda, I just use very little for the “leave-in conditioner” and mostly when I am prepared to wear a bun or plait for a few days, because I also have relatively straight hair that gets oily very quickly. It definitely works great on curly and thick hair. I have a friend that uses this on her dark curly hair and you can’t even see the oil when she has it in. Yes, when I do the treatment mask, I massage it in and sometimes leave it in overnight, it really does make a difference. Thank you for your interest have a lovely evening. xx

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