Coconut oil is a product that has taken the hair, beauty, and wellness industries by storm. Even though many women have been using coconut oil over the past few centuries - especially those who reside in tropical climates - its usage and awareness of the benefits seem to have increased massively over the past year or so - which is kind of fantastic and bizarre at the same time. It’s certain a top and popular trend!
Coconut oil is very safe, cost-effective and it's a natural product that actually works! I’ve been a big fan of coconut oil for a really long time. I use it on my natural hair and eyelashes and have seen amazing results! coconut oil enhances the skin and hair, especially afro/natural hair, so if you are not using pure coconut oil - or hair products that contain coconut oil - as part of your hair care regimen, then you need to start now! Plus, it smells delicious.
Here are the top five benefits of using coconut oil on natural hair.
- Coconut oil makes natural hair soft.
As we all know, natural hair is prone to dryness - especially in the cold seasons - and it requires extra care in order to keep it in a healthy condition. Applying coconut oil on a regular basis keeps it soft, smooth and shiny, as well as protecting it from the harshness of winter as it works as a sealant. Best of all, coconut oil is weightless and light so it will not weigh down your hair.
- Coconut oil stimulates hair growth.
Even if it doesn’t seem like it, hair does grow - contrary to popular belief! In fact, all hair types and textures grow at the same rate per month. However, a common issue with Black hair is the lack of hair retention. Coconut oil stimulates hair growth, and because it works to moisturize and seal the hair, it helps with hair retention because it binds to the natural protein structure of the hair and keeps it strong! Coconut oil has even been shown to prevent hair loss.
- Coconut oil moisturizes the scalp.
If you suffer from dandruff or a dry and flaky scalp, then applying coconut oil is a great way to deal with these issues. Coconut oil smooths, nourishes and moisturizes the scalp to keep it hydrated and to keep it flake-free!
- Coconut oil makes natural hair thick and strong.
As coconut oil helps to stimulate hair growth and keeps hair moisturized, it helps to strengthen the hair as well. Dull, limp and lifeless hair is something that most women want to avoid, so using coconut oil with help to revitalize it and give it the toughness and tenacity it needs. After only a month of using coconut hair, I was surprised to see how my hair got thicker so quickly.
- Coconut oil works effectively as a pre-wash and post-wash treatment.
While it’s important to wash your hair often, this can strip it of its natural oils. Applying coconut oil before and/or after you wash your hair will help to maintain its moisture. Plus, if you are prone to shedding hair when you wash it, or when it you comb it afterwards, then applying coconut oil can prevent that and help to retain the hair.
Lastly, coconut oil is a fabulous product, it is a versatile oil and has hundreds of uses for the hair and skin, and although some say it may not work for all hair types, I say it is definitely worth a try and must have product to add to your daily beauty regimen.- article courtesy of Alicia Gadson- www.devoutfashion.com