This week, we focus on coconut oil and its uses for hair. Not only is coconut oil one of the best oils for natural hair, but it is affordable, locally produced and smells great! Here are some benefits of coconut oil and ways to use it on your natural tresses.
Coconut oil, has a unique molecular structure, which allows it to bind to the natural protein structure of hair very quickly, especially when wet. This helps the hair to retain moisture and prevent dry, brittle strands which could result in breakage. Coconut oil can also be used in the following ways:
Coconut oil can be used to seal hair after moisturising. Sealing traps the moisture within the hair strands so the strands stays supple and soft longer. Simply apply coconut oil to your hair after moisturising ideally after washing or spritzing with water.
Pre shampoo treatment
Research has shown that using coconut oil prior to washing you hair gives the best results and minimises the effects of manipulation during washing and drying. Wet hair and apply coconut oil. Cover with a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes, or 15 minutes under a hooded dryer, then proceed to wash as usual. This method works well at repairing damaged hair
Coconut oil is great at taming frizz. Use the oil to slick hair smooth for styles like buns or puffs.
Coconut oil is great for a scalp massage, as this will improve circulation and blood flow in the scalp.
Coconut oil is available from the following local companies: Kumea's Hair Perspective, Beautiful Earth Natural Hair Haven and Spence's Virgin Castor and Coconut Oil.
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