Where I’m from you tend to not want to waste anything at all when it comes to the coconut*. You cut the outer fibrous shell and use it as a buffer to get a brilliant shine for your floor and shoes; the leaves from the trees are plaited to make a cool beach-side shed or trendy welcome mats, and the hard shell which holds the nut is polished and crafted into necklaces, earrings nut or guacamole holders or other fine works of art.
We in the healthy hair community know the coconut* is darn good. We have discovered the benefits of coconut oil* to our hair and skin, so why aren’t there more talks about the benefits of the coconut to our healthy hair agendas?
Here we will tell you why you should add coconut to your hair regimen. Now, remember that a healthy body will produce healthy hair, and since your first medicine out to be food, we will look mostly at how your diet can kick your healthy hair journey into high gear. Sure we will also look at how you might go about administering topical treatments using the coconut as well so there is bound to be something you can benefit from either way.
What the milk/juice can do for you
The coconut juice, also called the milk, is traditionally made by grating or blending the nut of the mature coconut and combining it with boiled water, then squeezing the mixture through a strainer or cheese cloth.
The fat from the milk contains a fatty acid that converts into a substance called monolaurin; an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms.
That means, including coconut milk in your diet can war off diseases and viruses that can put a strain on your immune system enough to result in distress that will cause abnormal shedding or reduce the tensile strength of your hair at the developmental stage.
In the event you want to make your own coconut cream, you could soak the blended or shredded coconut in hot water, then use a spoon to skim off the fat that rises to the top.
This can be used to make a delicious pina colada, or to make a coconut and okra, or coconut and lime “relaxer.” Even though the name “relaxer” suggests straight, the coconut relaxer in any form is not a true relaxer, but a very good conditioner.
It doesn’t get your hair bone straight. What it does is condition your strands so well that it allows your hair to hold up under a straightening session.
After treating your hair with a coconut relaxer and blow drying, usually one pass of a flat iron* will give your hair really gorgeous flat ironed results. Many transitioners and texlaxers are known to use this to straighten their new growth. Don’t have access to fresh coconut? No worries, you can get a can of coconut milk or coconut cream at your local supermarket!