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It is no secret that $ 10 for coconut oil can go a long way in the kitchen, but also if you are not a fan of it (It's the Jury that does not know how healthy it really is.) When it comes to your beauty routine, you can go on, because this stuff is the ultimate luxury for your threads (and yes, we're known to slavery everything also over our body!)
Why? Coconut oil contains fatty acids that are more easily absorbed into the hair and provide much more natural moisture. Recent studies, including these, show that coconut oil protects the hair because it is able to seep into the hair cuticle (the outermost layer of the hair) and the cortex (the middle layer of the hair). An older study concluded that the good-smelling oil is better than sunflower and mineral oils to strengthen the hair ̵
"Coconut oil has a number of benefits for the scalp and hair because of its unique range of natural lipids," agrees the Beverly Hills Dermatologist to Ava Shamban, MD "But it's not for everyone," she adds. For one thing, just as with applying oils to your face, too much directly on the scalp can clog your pores and cause a greasy scalp. (See also: Why Treat Your Scalp with Detox?)
Although conditioning properties can make hair more resistant to breakage, using food grade coconut oil can put strain on your hair and make it look "brittle and hard." Philip Berkovitz, founder of Philip B. Botanicals says that in most cases, "coarse, thick, dry or unruly strands" would be most beneficial, he says. (If your hair is fine, look at the coconut oil based products below .)
To make sure coconut oil is right for you, Dr. Shamban recommends a patch test and "one-time moderate amounts" a week to measure your response. "If you're in the clear, try them Hacks to get the most out of your coconut oil:
Start an Indian-inspired hair lotion ritual on a weekly basis.
Coconut oil is a staple for women in South Asia and throughout the Middle East and is often used before washing with shampoo. Try a version of traditional hot oil massage (sometimes referred to as champi or shiro abhyanga ) by rubbing oil into your hair instead of the scalp. To perform the Ayurvedic-inspired ritual, rub oil on your hair while you massage your scalp. Perform a deep head massage with your palms and fingers for about 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to act for 15 minutes. Then rinse the oil off with a conditioner before washing your hair the next day. In some cases, the calming properties of coconut oil help prevent dandruff and dry flakes, Dr. Shamban.
Use it to tame Frizz.
Coconut oil is produced almost exclusively from saturated fats, which makes it even against ripples affects the smallest amounts. If you're using it as a styling product, apply it to your ends for a mid-day de-frizz or apply throughout your hair before heat-styling. "Oil can be used to restore the ends that are least supplied by the natural oils of the scalp," adds Dr. Shamban added. Skip the roots to prevent hair from weighing.
Try a DIY hair mask.
Try it at home by mixing coconut oil with a carrier oil such as olive almond oil and a few drops of French lavender. Then add yoghurt containing lactic acid to remove dead skin cells, Berkovitz says. "It helps cleanse the scalp, cleanse dead cells, and pave the way for optimal growth," he adds. (See also: DIY hair masks to treat dry, brittle strands)
Sleep on it.
If your hair (and scalp) is on the dryer side and requires deep conditioning, use coconut oil for overnight treatment. Cut the combed hair into sections and brush with coconut oil from the roots to the ends. Have the hair braided or wrapped in a towel and sleep on oil spots on an old pillowcase. Just make sure you use a shampoo twice a day to keep the threads from looking greasy, and that the residue does not irritate or clog the scalp. Shamban added.
Products you can try
Coconut oil straight from the supermarket aisle? Fortunately, there are a variety of new products in which coconut oil is one of the main ingredients, but formulated so as not to strain the hair or clog the scalp. Conditioners, shampoos and creams can make use of the moisturizing properties of coconut oil without making the hair oily.
Briogeo's Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Peeling Shampoo is basically a scrub and cleanser for the scalp in one , The scrub cleanses your hair with charcoal from impurities, while coconut oil has a moisturizing effect. (Buy It, $ 42, sephora.com)
Leave-In Treatment: OGX's Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Butter provides a light conditioning treatment that smells like beach vacation. It also works as a styling product. (Buy It, $ 8, ulta.com)
Hot Oil Luck: St. Tropica's Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask comes in disposable bags to reduce oily mess. The cold pressed oil is mixed with biotin, hibiscus and green tea to strengthen the hair. Warm the mixture before applying. (Buy it, $ 15 for 3 masks, amazon.com)
Sleep Treatment: The Sephora Collection Coconut Hair Sleep Mask is designed to stay put overnight, leaving you with a softer curl in the Orient The mask is supplied with a cap, so that the oil can be absorbed by the hair during sleep. (Buy it, $ 5, sephora.com)