Coconut oil is one of the most popular and preferred oil for the hair worldwide. Millions of people use it for its beneficial properties, especially the people living near the coastal areas of the world where coconut grows in abundances like Indian Subcontinent, Indonesia, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
The sweet smelling coconut oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates which are beneficial to the human body. Not only is coconut oil used for the hair, it is also used to prepare cosmetic creams and soaps and in Asian countries, it is also used for cooking. There are no. of health, fitness and weight loss benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut oil is used for thousands of years as hair oil due to its remarkable properties. It helps to keep the hair nourished, strong and protected from the effects of premature aging such as excessive hair loss and baldness.
Properly nourished hair grows healthy, if hair lacks in protein and nutrients their growth is reduced, due to which they become dry, thin and hair loss may start. If hair loss continues, can result in baldness. Hair transplantation is the solution for baldness. Hair transplantation is done in almost all the countries. If we talk about India, India is a medical tourism destination which offers many treatments for Cancer, By-Pass surgery, Knee replacement and hair transplant in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad etc.
Advantages of coconut oil for the hair
Since olden days coconut oil has been used in India to groom the hair. Several remedies were prepared to prevent hair loss by using coconut oil and herbs. One of the remedies for improving hair health and preventing hair loss is prepared by boiling sage leaves in coconut oil.
Even applying a mixture of coconut oil and lime water can give relief from hair loss. Alternatively, even gooseberries and coconut oil provide relief from hair loss. The gooseberries have to be boiled in coconut oil and then applied to the hair.
Using coconut oil for the hair reduces protein loss in the hair. As it is rich in lauric acid it has the great affinity for hair protein and can easily penetrate the hair shaft due to its low molecular weight.
Coconut oil provides a cooling effect to the head and scalp. Its application can soothe people with hot heads or who suffer from excessive sweating on the scalp.
Coconut oil being very stable does not evaporate nor break down easily and has a high moisture retaining capacity. It keeps the hair soft and moist thus preventing breakage.
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Conditioning the hair
Coconut oil is a better conditioner for the hair than the ones available in the market. Applying warm coconut oil keeps the hair soft and shining. You can oil your hair at night and wash it off the next day. You can repeat this process every few days for attaining strong, healthy and conditioned hair.
The fatty acids existing in the coconut oil works as an anti-dandruff agent and is far better than the anti-dandruff shampoo available in the market. Frequent application of coconut oil may help to eliminate dandruff forever. Mixing coconut oil with castor oil and lukewarm water is effective in treating dandruff. For ideal results, massage the hair and scalp with this mixture.
Protection from lice
Lice are found in the hair and cause great embarrassment. There are chemical products available for the treatment of lice but they damage the scalp and hair. To get rid of the lice, you can comb the wet hair with a fine comb but combing wet hair can be harmful. Coating the wet hair with coconut oil makes it easier to comb and remove the lice.
Care for dry hair
Caring for dry hair which is rough and thin is a tough job and causes great distress to people. Harsh hair care products that are used for cleansing, conditioning, and toning may cause dry and flaky scalp. Coconut oil can be very successful in taking care of dry hair.
If your hair contains a lot of split ends then it is better to trim them, but if the hair affected by split ends are in small number than you can try natural remedies to overcome this problem. Massaging your hair with almond oil and coconut oil for some time helps to reduce split ends.
Baldness and gray hair
Coconut oil prevents baldness and gray hair. You can also mix bhringraj or Eclipta Alba leaf juice with coconut oil and apply it to your scalp and hair.
Besides the uses of coconut oil listed above, you should keep your hair clean, use products which have minimal side effects, use a comb that does not damage or break your hair and have a healthy diet.
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