Coconut Oil – “The “Do-It-All”
Coconut Oil is the only oil that moisturizes the hair like water – One of the major attributes of coconut oil when it comes to hair care is that it moisturizes hair strands by penetrating the strand 100 percent, just like the greatest moisturizer, water.
Next to olive oil, coconut oil is one of the only oils that can moisturize your strands. This means that if you do not want you fresh blowout to frizz up, you can simply dab some coconut oil on your hair.
The oil can put moisture into your hair sans the poofiness that can comes from using a water/humectant- based moisturizer.
You can’t use it replace a standard wash and DC of course but it is a very useful oil to have in your arsenal.
It reduces hygral fatigue in hair – First, I’m going to give a quick rundown of what hygral fatigue is. Hygral fatigue is a phenomenon that occurs when the hair strand swells due to being doused in water and de-swells as it is drying. This process of expansion then contraction can cause serious damage to the hair strand over time.
You may be wondering, how does coconut oil fit into all of this? Well, coconut oil highly reduces the occurrence of hydral fatigue. Since coconut oil attaches to proteins in our strands, this helps create a barrier that prevents the hair strands from absorbing too much water and swelling to much.
To use coconut oil to prevent hygral fatigue, apply a good amount of coconut oil to your hair as a prepoo either overnight or at least an hour before washing your hair to gain this benefit.
It reduces protein loss – Every time we manipulate our hair, whether it is through deep conditioning or combing, we lose protein from our strands. Mechanical damage is one of the main reasons for the wear and tear that causes thinness and split ends over time.
As we mentioned above, coconut oil has this awesome ability to attach to the proteins within our strands and can also fill in holes of missing protein. With constant use of coconut oil, you are left with a thicker strand with minimal damage to the cuticle layer.
This is one of the main reasons why coconut oil is mistaken as a protein, but in actuality coconut oil is not a protein at all. To gain this benefit of decreased protein loss, apply coconut oil to wet or dry hair everyday or every other day before manipulating.
Coconut oil increases shine/sheen in the hair – Coconut oil is used worldwide for its ability to make hair appear shinier. This is especially good for those of us who prefer to have a silicone free regimen, but want have the shine that silicones offer.
You can apply the coconut oil to wet or dry hair, as needed, to add a hint of bling to your hair.
Originally posted 2013-10-01 15:00:16.